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Packing away your summer belongings… what type of storage you may need

The summer of 2021 came around and went pretty fast (despite the majority of us staying put in the UK since the beginning of 2020!). After speaking with many of our customers, it sounds like we all managed to make the most of it and enjoy what the Great British weather had in store for us. 

So now summer is over for another year, we thought we would take a look into what people are storing with us, and what type of storage solution we would recommend. 

Watersports equipment 

Paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, surfboards, oars, wetsuits and everything else that you have to trawl down to the beach or harbour every time… Being this active is exhausting, right? 

And now you have to find a home for all of it until next May time when it all starts again.  

Our medium-sized storage units are plenty big enough to hold a range of different watersports equipment and are available at both our storage site locations. Looking for storage for sports equipment? Get in touch today.

Caravans and motorhomes

Unless you’re a hardcore motorhome/caravan enthusiast, chances are your pride and joy sits at home on your drive for a lot of the year and just makes its appearance during sunny weekends away throughout summer. 

Whilst motorhomes are definitely not an eyesore, they are big, and that driveway space is precious nowadays. Plus, you don’t want to be leaving it out on the road if you can avoid it! 

When storing your motorhome or caravan with Hogleaze Storage, you will have peace of mind that it will be in safe hands. We have indoor and outdoor plots at our Dorchester site, all of which are approximately 3 metres wide and 8 metres long. 

Glamping and camping ‘stuff’

If you’re an avid camper you’ll know how much stuff you really need to take. Even if it’s just a long weekend trip, it can look like you packed for a 2 week holiday abroad. There’s tents, camping chairs, portable stove, battery packs, blankets, heaters, board games, air beds and sleeping bags (just to name a few things).

As well as saving space at home, keeping these belongings in a storage unit over winter can ensure that all this stuff doesn’t get damp or bitten away by mice in your garage. One of our smaller storage units up to 50 Sq Ft is a great alternative. You won’t have that last-minute fear that you’ll put your tent up with a huge hole right in the middle! 

Outdoor furniture & BBQs

Not enough garage space? Outdoor furniture such as tables and chairs, sun loungers, other patio furniture, BBQs (or maybe that pizza oven you didn’t get much use out of) can be bulky and take up a lot of space. Quite frankly you will have probably only used it for about 2 or 3 months of the year. No fear, a storage option is here! 

Our medium storage units are around the size of a single garage (75 – 100 Sq Ft) and are a good size for a typical two-bedroom home.

Your summer wardrobe 

Are you one of those people that has a (slightly unhealthy) obsession with your wardrobe, but don’t have the space for your seasonal items to be hanging around? A smaller storage unit could be the answer. 

Storing your clothes in a garage or similar can lead to them becoming damp and subsequently ruined, so a storage unit is a great option. 

Our storage units start from 25 Sq Ft which coincidently is the perfect size for a small walk-in wardrobe. 

Ready to sign on the dotted line?

Whether you are looking for a small 25 Sq Ft unit or the biggest we have at 150 Sq Ft, we are sure to find the perfect solution for your summer belongings. 

We have storage sites at both Dorchester and Weymouth in Dorset. We always try to accommodate people, but if we don’t have availability you can always join our waiting list and we will be in touch with you. 

For Weymouth self storage call our Weymouth branch on 01305 830000, and for Dorchester self storage call us on 01305 889777. If you are looking for vehicle storage, please call our Dorchester branch on 01305 889777

Don’t forget, no deposit is required, so start storing today!

Top tips for storing valuables in a storage unit

At Hogleaze Storage, we see a wide range of items being left in our Dorset storage units. From sentimental pieces to higher worth items like antiques and furniture – we’ve seen it all! 

With this in mind, we wanted to provide you with some top tips for storing your valuables. 

Label everything and keep a record of it 

Regardless of which valuables you are storing, for peace of mind when you come to take it out of your unit, labelling everything is essential. It will allow you to also know what items will be fragile as well, avoiding any breakages along the way! 

Before you fill up your storage unit, it’s important to also make an inventory of what is being stored. This way you will have documented every item and won’t have to worry about forgetting where you’ve put it.

Protect those precious antiques

A very common item to be stored at Hogleaze Storage is antiques, as many people don’t want to sell them but just don’t have  space in their home anymore. 

Fortunately, by storing these valuables in a secure storage unit, you can be rest assured that you won’t have any damp problems, which is a frequent issue people can get when storing antiques in garages, sheds or outhouses. 

Antiques come in all shapes and sizes so it’s important you protect them as best as you can: 

  • Use cardboard corners – these are handy for sharp breakable objects such as mirrors or units 
  • Use bubble wrap for smaller items 
  • Cover with sheets or fabric covers to avoid scratches, bumps, bruises and further damage
  • Box ‘em up! 

Keep your storage unit and valuables clean

The last thing you want to do is get your valuables dirty or ruined when moving them from your home into your unit. 

Some items, such as books, need to be kept dust free to preserve them, you especially don’t want a case of mould building up on your precious items. A quick dust around your unit every now and then can make a big difference. 

Remember: Don’t use harsh chemicals on valuables as this can tarnish them. 

Make full use of your storage space 

You want to make sure you make use of every inch of your unit whilst still making sure it’s accessible and has been stacked safely to ensure breakables or valuables stay intact. 

So whether you have a 25sqft or 150sqft space to play with, think carefully about your storage stacking:

  • Stack longer items such as mirrors horizontally to avoid them falling over 
  • Stack similar sized items on top of each other 
  • Don’t try a balancing act just to get more in your unit, know when enough is enough
  • Consider if you will need to access items at the back, make a small galley if your unit is big enough
  • Use boxes to avoid things falling over 
  • Use the labelling technique we mentioned earlier 
  • Ensure all boxes to be stacked are full, especially when storing books

Check the security of your storage unit

When choosing somewhere to store your valuables, your first thought will probably be ‘are my valuables safe?’ Hogleaze Storage puts the safety of your items first with the following measures: 

  • CCTV cameras 
  • Key fob entry 
  • Surveillance 
  • Alarmed entry 
  • Number plate recognition on entry 
  • Insurance for your goods stored can be arranged 

Contact Hogleaze Storage for your storage units

Hopefully, this article has given you some food for thought when it comes to keeping your valuables safe in a storage unit. 

For more tips and advice, follow us on Facebook, alternatively, for a free storage unit quote, get in touch with our Dorchester team on 01305 889777 or Weymouth on 01305 830000

Our Top Tips on How to Create a Home Office

It’s no surprise that now more than ever, most people you talk to will be doing some kind of working from home, whether that’s to homeschool the children, part time or full time to keep out of the office. For many businesses, there are plans to make this a more permanent fixture as stats are showing that those who work from home tend to be more productive.

In fact, a study by Employment Hero shows that a whopping 55% of people would look for another job if the remote working option was taken away! 

With this in mind, the team at Hogleaze Storage are here to help you work out how to create a home office. Whether this is something you’ve been planning to do for a while but you’re still sitting on your sofa getting a sore neck, or you’ve only recently been introduced to the ‘WFH’ life, Hogleaze Storage has got your back.  

  1. Establish where in your house your home office will be 

This is a really important first step, you need to consider the following: 

  • Is it a busy part of the house? – Will you get the peace and quiet you need? 
  • Are there too many distractions? – If you’re setting up your home office in the lounge for example, will you be tempted to switch on daytime TV? 
  • Is there plenty of natural light? – If you can avoid it, you don’t want to be stuck in a room with very little natural light or ventilation. Especially when spring and summer arrive, a bit of sunlight and fresh air can do wonders for your mental health whilst working from home.  

Don’t forget, you will likely be spending 8 hours a day in that one spot… so you need it to be right. Once you’ve decided your new office space, make sure everyone in the home knows it too… You don’t want your kids putting all their homework over your newly acquired desk space!

  1. Declutter the space

A clean desk is a clear mind… right? Whether you have a 1m x 1m space to call your home office or a whole room, you’ll more likely work much more productively if you declutter some of that unnecessary furniture or rubbish.

If you’re repurposing a spare room as your new office then you will probably have lots of ‘stuff’ that you don’t need in there… This is where Hogleaze Storage comes in! 

With business storage spaces from as small as 20 sq ft you can utilise them to hold extra beds you may not need at the moment, sofas that will be replaced by desks or wardrobes that will be substituted for filing systems. 

Alternatively, if your business has had to close due to COVID-19 and you’ve suddenly had to move everything online, you may have a lot of stock that needs moving around. With storage sites in both Weymouth and Dorchester, we look after many local businesses in this way too! 

All of a sudden, once you’ve stored your bits and bobs in one of our storage units, you’ll have one less thing to worry about and can easily get motivated to complete your work.

  1. Buy a new organisation system  

As well as your office space looking super organised and ‘Pinterest-ready’, your new organisation system can help you to separate work and home life, and get that right balance that everyone is looking for right now. Whether you treat yourself to some new stationery, boxes or go all out with new filing systems you’ll feel much better for it!

If paperwork and to-do lists are just left on the side in full view you won’t be able to get work out of your head! 

  1. Get yourself some (home) office plants… 

Ok, so this may not seem like a priority but honestly, a bit of greenery can do a world of good! Many studies have shown that house plants can make you feel more relaxed, reduce stress and anxiety and make you more productive. Plus, indoor plants actually make for cleaner air! It’s all quite scientific but believe us when we say plants help in more ways than you may think! 

  1. See if you can get some extra pennies in your pocket 

Lastly, did you know that the government is offering tax relief for employees that are having to work from home? You can find out more about this here >> 

It’s also worth checking with your employer as to whether they offer any scheme for home workers to cover certain costs such as phone bills, electricity and heating. You may also be able to reimburse you for new furniture costs such as office chairs and desks if they’re required (this way you’ll have extra money to put towards your business storage unit!) 

Contact Hogleaze Storage today for storage for businesses 

Hopefully this article has inspired you about how to create a home office, we would be happy to help you! If you’re looking for document or business storage solutions get in touch today for your self storage quote. We offer a range of units to suit your needs both short and long term. Don’t worry, we won’t tie you into long term contracts, so once it’s time to get back in the office, you can get your spare room back to normal again. 

Learn more about storage for businesses here and call us at Dorchester on 01305 889777 or Weymouth on 01305 830000. For more top tips follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Redecorate with ease by using a furniture storage unit

With the UK staying in Lockdown 3.0 for a little while longer, you might be thinking about redecorating your home to pass the time. Has spending endless days in your home given you the realisation that it’s probably time for a lick of paint, new carpets or perhaps some bigger renovation jobs? 

Whatever your project, large or small, you need to consider how to protect your belongings against dust, paint and maybe even the builders themselves. Read on for our top tips on how to prepare all your belongings for a furniture storage unit

Pack glassware properly

If you are decorating your kitchen, remember that glassware is easily broken, so safe storage is essential. Moving them to a furniture storage unit, along with other items that may get in the way is best to ensure that they remain in the same condition after the work is complete. The most important rule of storage for these types of items is to do it carefully – these items can be fragile and should be handled and packaged with care.

Do you have a disaster story to share about breakages while decorating or renovating? Maybe you’ve got some additional storage tips? Share them on our Facebook page

Take everything apart

Before moving items from each room, take apart everything you can – this includes desks, bookshelves, wardrobes and more. This extra step will make packing up the removal van and furniture storage unit far easier. It will also reduce the likelihood of breaking or scratching anything in the process, and you’ll find that you have much more room in your unit. 

Top tip – Put all screws, bolts, and other small items in a labelled food bag, and tape to the furniture piece to which it belongs – you’ll thank us later! 

Clean everything thoroughly

The last thing you want to bring into a newly decorated home is dirty / dusty furniture! Protect furniture in storage by ensuring everything is cleaned thoroughly first. 

Some tips for cleaning furniture before putting into storage:

  • With wooden or plastic furniture, use a baby wet wipe to clean visible dust and marks.
  • Clean fabric items like sofas and seat cushions with a mild fabric cleaner. Check that everything is completely dry before you start packing it up and make sure you vacuum the internal parts that gather items like coins, crumbs and wrappers.
  • Polish any metal sections with a polishing cloth and metal cleaner. This step will help delay the build-up of tarnish.
  • Cover larger items with a cloth or old sheet for added protection. 

Make the most of your unit

If you decide to use a local furniture storage unit, make sure you protect your items properly. Don’t drag items across the hard floors as this can wear or damage the item. Don’t pack your shelves too high and avoid leaving breakables on the floor. Use proper storage boxes and mark them well, so you know which box is full of sturdy items and which is full of breakables, e.g. boxes with fragile objects should be clearly marked “fragile”. Also, we recommend that you completely fill boxes that store books, so they don’t crush when stacked.

If you’re short on the packaging supplies needed to move your belongings into storage, then we offer handy supplies at great prices. These are available to purchase at both our Dorset storage sites.

Don’t ever try to store food or perishable items.

It may seem obvious but whether you’re storing furniture long term or just for a few months or weeks, never leave anything perishable in your storage unit that may attract vermin, bugs or mould! 

Consider a furniture storage unit from Hogleaze Storage 

If you’re redecorating your home or having some renovation work done, it makes a lot of sense to put your belongings in furniture self storage.

Our furniture storage units are cost-effective, easily accessible and can cater to your needs, whatever they may be! We don’t have a maximum length of stay, meaning that you can continue storing your possessions for as long as you like and be confident that your belongings are in safe hands. 

Get in contact with our storage experts to book your Dorset storage. Just call our Weymouth facility on 01305 830000 or email Alternatively, you can contact our Dorchester storage team on 01305 889777 or

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more tips and tricks on furniture self storage.

Dorset storage solutions for after the festive season

At this time of year, we all look forward to a long Christmas break to spend quality time with our friends and family. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want your home clutter-free before you introduce new presents and toys into the house, make space for relatives to stay, or host a party! 

But once the celebrations are over, and you have to take down the Christmas decorations, you might be looking for an affordable storage solution to help get your home sorted… We’ve found that the New Year is a time for fresh starts, so our article not only gives you tips on how to prepare your home for the festive period but how to restore some normality once it’s all over. 

Set a plan and get organised

The best way to get organised before or after the festive period is to start with making a list of the rooms and areas you need to tackle. Plan out when you are going to clear them and think about the logistics of what you’re going to do with all the ‘stuff’ once you’ve got it all out.

We recommend that you create three piles to divide your items into including, ‘bin’, ‘donate’ and ‘keep’:

  • Bin – What will you do with everything that needs to be ‘binned’? You will need to consider whether you’ll need to hire a skip, skip bag or rubbish removal company if there’s too much for you to take to the tip yourself. 
  • Donate – If you’re creating a pile to be donated to charity, you’ll need to check when they’ll be open during the festive period so you can plan when you can drop the items off. You could even consider reselling your unwanted items on GumTree, Depop, eBay or other online stores to help you earn a little extra cash for the New Year. 
  • Keep – For the items in the ‘keep’ pile, decide on what you really need to keep in your house. If you find that there is lots you want to keep but you don’t need access to on a day-to-day basis, a self storage unit might be the perfect option for you. 

Self storage solutions

If you’ve concluded that you really don’t need to keep everything in your home all the time, or simply need to create some temporary extra space, self storage could be an excellent way to keep your belongings safe but out of the way until you need them.  

At Hogleaze Storage we have self storage facilities in both Dorchester and Weymouth for items such as:

  • Christmas decorations and lights
  • Summer clothes / holiday suitcases
  • Garden items including hot tubs, garden furniture, toys etc
  • Boxes you don’t want to throw away
  • Sports equipment including surfboards, windsurfing gear, paddleboards, bikes etc
  • Camping equipment
  • Excess furniture

We even provide boxes, packaging materials and tape etc to help you store your items safely and efficiently! 

Benefits of our Dorset storage facilities

Our Dorchester – Hogleaze Storage and Weymouth – Hogleaze Storage offers you the option for flexible storage solutions, allowing you to book for short and long term, or even extend the length of your term to suit your needs.

We’ll be provided with a unit in a safe and secure facility with features such as number plate recognition, security cameras, alarms and regular staff inspections. Having access to your storage unit is important, so we have ensured this is easy to do with the likes of our key fob entry system and 24/7 access to our Dorchester site

“I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.” 

– Peter Lewis, Self Storage Dorchester 

Book your unit today! 

So there you have it – Your post-Christmas clear up couldn’t be easier with the help of a Dorset storage unit from Hogleaze Storage!  

If you’d like a show round of our self storage units or would like to enquire about our availability over the festive period, please contact our friendly team on 01305 889777 for Dorchester storage or 01305 830000 for Weymouth storage.  

View our Christmas / New Year opening hours here.

A Simple Guide to Dorchester Storage

Steeped in history and best known for its ties with Thomas Hardy, Dorchester is a charming, historical market town nestled on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs. 

If you’re looking for self storage in Dorchester; Hogleaze Storage have you covered.

Self Storage Dorchester

If you have recently moved to Dorchester or are looking to come back to the area, chances are you will need to sort out, organise and store your personal belongings somewhere safe and accessible like Hogleaze Self Storage Dorchester. 

No matter your storage needs, whether they’re small or large, business or personal, our Dorchester storage facility has plenty of units, in various sizes to meet your requirements. The size of our domestic storage units range from 25 square ft floor area (225 cu.ft.) 2 sq metres (5.4 cu. metres) up to 190 square ft floor area (1520 cu.ft.)18 sq metres (43 cu metres) so whether you need a full-size unit for your house move or a smaller business storage unit to store your business documents or excess stock, we will help you find the perfect Dorchester storage solution for you. 

We are happy to arrange a meeting which will allow you to view our facilities and visualise the appropriately sized storage for your belongings, just phone our team on 01305 889777 or visit our contact page

Please see our Domestic Storage and Business Storage pages for more information on our storage facilities at Dorchester.

Storing your Vehicle at Hogleaze Storage

Located just off the Roman Road at Town Hill, our Storage Units in Dorchester are conveniently located less than 5 miles from the centre of Dorchester. Easily accessible but hidden from the road by banks with wild flowers , the storage holds around 260 cars, caravans, boats and motorhomes in individually marked plots. You have the choice of undercover storage and outside storage, subject to availability, and at Hogleaze, you are free to come and go with your vehicle as you please 24/7.

Hogleaze Storage has been awarded the CaSSOA (Caravan Storage Site Owners Association) Gold Award which means we have reached the highest accreditation for secure vehicle storage in the following areas:

  • Perimeter protection
  • Access control
  • CCTV, surveillance & alarms
  • Site admin and on-site services
  • Fire safety

Read more about what makes Hogleaze Storage Dorchester one of the safest places to store your vehicle in our article here >>.

A Simple Guide to Dorchester Storage

Within a short driving distance of Poole, Weymouth, and Lyme Regis, it’s no great surprise that Dorset has over 250 campsites and caravan parks. If you are a caravan or motorhome owner, chances are you need somewhere safe to store your vehicle after the peak holiday season. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t do with the extra parking space on the driveway. We offer secure indoor or outdoor motorhome storage and caravan storage in Dorchester.

Or, perhaps you’re more of a classic car enthusiast. If you’ve enjoyed the beauty of driving your classic car in the great British summer weather but with Autumn on the horizon you’re thinking about swapping your elegant soft-top for the modern comforts of heated seats, winter tyres and parking assistance, storing your classic car with Hogleaze Storage will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is safe from sun bleaching, weather damage, or theft.

But that’s not all, our vehicle storage is also used for people looking to store a wide variety of vehicles including boats, motorcycles, and even trailers, jet skis and more!

The Cost of Self-Storage

Hogleaze Storage has a range of storage to suit all budgets and requirements and we ensure our prices are competitive whilst maintaining a first-class service. We require no deposit and the process of signing up for your storage solution couldn’t be simpler.

To find out how much our vehicle and self storage solutions cost, see our cost table.

Need Help Packing Up Your Belongings?

When storing your possessions you’ll want to ensure that they’re packed away safely and that they’re organised so items are easy to find. Additionally, ensure there are no hazardous products or flammable substances kept in your Dorchester storage facility for safety reasons. Read our article for tips on how to keep your home and belongings safe.

If you require packing materials we have boxes from as little as £3 each and a range of bubble wrap and tape available at reception. 

Looking for someone to help you move your belongings in? Due to our local connections, we can arrange for a full removal and storage service.

A Simple Guide to Dorchester Storage

What to Expect at Hogleaze Storage Dorchester

We are keen to ensure that your search for self storage in Dorchester is as simple and efficient as possible. Our process is as follows:

  1. Get in touch with a member of our team by either phoning 01305 889777, filling in a contact form or emailing
  2. Our team will then help you find the best solution for your needs, agree the size of unit required and the duration (short or long term rentals are available) and give you a competitive quote. 
  3. Finally, you’ll be invited to a guided tour of our facilities to complete some paperwork and be given an explanation of our security systems.

If you have additional questions regarding our storage facilities, please see our FAQ page.

Contact our Dorchester Experts

If you would like to hire one of our Dorchester self storage units, store your caravan, motorhome, classic car or boat, or would like further information about how we can help you today, then you’re always welcome to pop in during our opening hours, phone our team on 01305 889777, or get in contact. We look forward to welcoming you to our Dorchester storage facility.

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Everything you need to know about our outdoor storage facilities

With the UK still under some restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you might have had to postpone certain summer plans, which may include a family caravan trip or getting your boat back on the water. If that’s the case, an affordable, local storage facility might be the answer to freeing up some space.

At Hogleaze Storage in Dorchester, we provide our customers with outdoor storage to safely and securely store boats, caravans, jet skis, motorhomes etc, when they are not in use.

The outdoor storage plots are located on our Dorchester storage site, which is conveniently located just off Roman Road at Town Hill near the A35.

For all the answers to your outdoor storage questions, keep reading.

What can be stored in an outdoor storage plot?

Typically, our storage plots outside are used for safely storing vehicles that don’t need protection from the elements. With over 260 outdoor storage plots available, we often see a real mix of vehicles being stored, so we offer the following services;

We’ll always try to accommodate all your storage needs. If you have an item or vehicle that you would like to place in an outdoor storage plot, but you’re not sure whether we accept it, please phone our friendly team on 01305 889777 to discuss your requirements.

Why should you choose an outdoor storage plot?

There are many benefits to renting an outdoor storage plot with us, but a few include;

  • The convenience of flexible drop off and picks up. With your own personal access code, you’ll be able to come and go as you please to pick up one vehicle and leave the other in the plot.
  • We benefit from being located next to the A35 which makes it easy to collect your vehicle and be on your way.
  • We offer excellent customer service, whether you have a quick question about extending your outdoor storage or need to pay a bill, our team will always be a phone call away.

Looking for a different storage solution? Learn more about the different types of storage units and plots we have available in our article >>

Will my items be safe in an outdoor storage plot?

Security is paramount to us. Whether we are looking after your boat whilst you are on holiday, or you’re looking for a place to store your caravan when it’s not in use, you can rest assured that everything will be kept in safe hands at Hogleaze Storage.

Security features at our Dorchester outdoor storage facility include: 

  • CCTV
  • Number plate recognition
  • Locked barrier entrances
  • Daily staff inspections
  • Raised earth banks so that no vehicles can be seen from the road

Can I store more than one vehicle at a time?

Yes, of course you can rent multiple outdoor storage plots at one time, but please note that you can only store one vehicle per plot.

What contract options do you offer?

Although most of our customers store their vehicles and possessions with us year-round, we offer storage contracts from a minimum of one month. Don’t forget, no deposit is required, so start storing today!

Can I extend my storage contract?

Need to stay longer than expected? We understand that not everything can go as smoothly as you were hoping. Have no fear, you can easily extend your storage contract by phoning a member of our team on 01305 889777, but just try to give us as much notice as possible!

How much is outdoor storage with Hogleaze?

We work out your outdoor storage fee based on the size of the vehicle and the length of time you are leaving your vehicle with us. Our outdoor storage plots start from just £57.50 + VAT per calendar month. 

How do I get started?

If this sounds like the perfect storage solution for you, get in touch with a member of our team by phoning 01305 889777, fill out a contact form or email

After finding storage for your requirements, we’ll be able to supply you with a free ‘no obligation to commit’ quote. What are you waiting for? Contact Hogleaze storage today!

You can also find us on Facebook and send us a message here >> 

Our Dorset Self Storage Sites – Coronavirus Update

The Government have listed businesses such as our Dorset self-storage warehouses an important part of the goods management and distribution network. As such, we are allowed to continue to operate in the current environment. 

Guidance relating to the Coronavirus pandemic is changing often, but our objective is to keep our Dorset self-storage sites open insofar as we can. This is so our business customers can continue to operate. It’s particularly important for small to medium business owners, who are allowed to continue operating, to be able to access documents or their essential goods. The Government has specifically said online retailing should continue. Read more here >>

At Hogleaze Storage, the health and safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers is our main priority. Rest assured, we are following government guidelines regarding best practice during the current coronavirus outbreak as well as safety guidance from the SSAUK (Self Storage Association UK). 

To remain operational we ask that all visitors to our sites adhere to the Government guidelines regarding best practice. You can find them here >>

Steps being taken at our self-storage facilities in Dorchester and Weymouth

Our staff have intensified their cleaning levels to ensure that all commonly touched areas are sanitized regularly. We ask that anyone visiting our sites wash or sanitize their hands before entering or leaving the buildings.

If anyone is experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, we urge you to please stay home. These symptoms include, but are not limited to; new continuous cough and/or high temperature.

Our staff members will remain inside reception and office areas and we ask that visitors do not enter these zones. If visiting one of our sites, please adhere to government guidelines and keep a distance of at least 2-metres from other people using the facilities.

Opening Hours

To support our customers and colleagues through this difficult time, we’ll be operating our sites during the following hours:


For existing customers, access to our Dorchester site remains unaffected, with 24/7 access via key fob entry. If you’re looking to hire a storage unit at our Dorchester site, please call us on  01305 889777.


Our Weymouth storage centre can be accessed each Wednesday between 9 am and 5 pm or by appointment. For access on other days, this can be arranged in advance by calling our team on 01305 830000

We will continue to closely monitor information provided from the Government, SSAUK and the NHS to ensure we’re doing everything we can to continue to provide a clean and safe environment for our valued customers and employees.

Why is it important to store your classic car at a registered Dorset storage facility?

Your classic car is likely to be your pride and joy, but for many, it’s not feasible for it to be used as your main car, as daily life, long journeys and the English weather can really take its toll. This is when a Dorset storage facility will come to good use. 

If looked after well, your classic car is an excellent investment, and whether you are looking to make money in many years to come, or it is purely for you and your family’s enjoyment, you’ll want to take plenty of care of your classic car

Where’s the best place to store my classic car near me? 

Whilst we don’t want to wish away what we have left of the summer, the autumn and winter months are the most common times to store your vehicle.

Some opt to store their classic car in a garage at home, and whilst this can be a good option, it won’t always provide the right environment over winter. The wet weather can cause it to become damp if precautions aren’t taken, it will also take up a lot of space that may be needed for other belongings. 

In this instance, an indoor Dorset storage unit is your best course of action. If you choose the right facility, you can rest assured that your classic car will be kept safe and secure from the elements at all times. 

Choosing classic car storage near me

You don’t necessarily want to opt for the first vehicle storage site you find, you need to choose one that specialises in classic car storage near me to make sure that they have certain precautions in place, such as: 

  • Insulated full enclosed buildings – to ensure that your car is protected from the harsh elements. We have insulated buildings, so you can rest assured that your vehicle won’t get damp or moldy. 
  • Plenty of space – we know keeping your car in pristine condition is essential, so our plots are marked out with plenty of space around the whole car, giving you the space to open the doors and boot without bumping anyone else’s car. 
  • Security features – 24hr security cameras, number plate recognition, state of the art entry system and staff on duty means your car will always be in safe hands. 
  • Ease of access – with your handy key fob you can come and go as you please.
  • Plus, if you need to take your classic car out for the day, just leave your other car in your plot, keeping that one safe whilst you’re gone too!

Fortunately, Hogleaze Storage provides all the above benefits and more, just ask one of our team for more information or for your quote. 

Book your classic car plot at Hogleaze Storage 

Booking your plot with Hogleaze Storage is easy, simply pop us an email or give us a call on 01305 889777, and we’ll take a few details from you in order to create a bespoke quote, based on length of time required and the number of plots needed.

When you’re ready, just bring your car to our facility, complete your contract and we’ll provide you with your key fob. 

Keep on top of the latest news from our Dorset storage facility by visiting our Facebook page. Get in contact today >> 

How do caravan and motorhome storage facilities receive their CaSSOA accreditation?

When choosing a motorhome storage facility, there are many points that should be on your criteria checklist before you commit to leaving your motorhome in the hands of a business. You may have heard of the CaSSOA accreditation… In this article, we cover what this is, why it’s important and some pointers to look out for. 

What does CaSSOA stand for?

CaSSOA stands for the Caravan Storage Site Owners Association, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but essentially is the governing body for owners looking for secure and safe storage for their caravan or motorhome. 

Is there just one level of accreditation? 

No, CaSSOA accredits motorhome and caravan storage sites on 3 levels; bronze, silver and gold.  

How do businesses receive their accreditation?

There are very strict criteria that each site must go through before receiving their accreditation. An independent surveyor will visit the site and will award points for each element, which includes some of the following: 

  • Perimeter protection – are certain safeguards put in place around the facility to ensure the protection of the overall facility? 
  • Access control – how easy is it to access the facility? 
  • CCTV, surveillance & alarms – is a high level of surveillance in place across the site and how is this monitored? 
  • Site admin and on-site services – this may cover booking systems and the availability of people on site. 
  • Fire safety – CaSSOA will always check whether a fire risk assessment has taken place, see if there are smoke alarms fitted in indoor facilities and if they are tested/monitored regularly. 

Businesses with a higher amount of points will receive a better level (bronze, silver or gold). You can read more about CaSSOA’s point system here.

Should I consider a motorhome storage facility if they don’t hold this accreditation? 

As an accredited site, we would say you should only use a CaSSOA site… ask yourself, why haven’t they got their award? It’s likely that something will have been compromised, such as security or safety.  

Don’t forget, the accreditation only lasts 5 years, so check that it’s in-date before booking your motorhome storage. 

How will I benefit from choosing a CaSSOA accredited site?

Aside from the peace of mind knowing your motorhome is being looked after by an accredited site, you can also potentially benefit from a lower insurance premium on your motorhome, as insurance providers sometimes take into account where it’s stored. 

The storage facilities are amazing!

Mr Evans, vehicle storage customer of Hogleaze Storage

Does Hogleaze Storage hold a CaSSOA accreditation?

Hogleaze Storage receive the CaSSOA gold award

Yes, we are very proud to hold a gold CaSSOA accreditation, which means we have been awarded the highest level from the organisation. 

We were re-awarded the CaSSOA gold award in 2019 which you’ll see in pride of place in our main office.

A few reasons why people choose motorhome storage Dorset with Hogleaze Storage include: 

  • Easy access to your dedicated motorhome plot with indoor and outdoor plots available using your handy key fob.
  • Customers can leave their other vehicle in their plot, whist away in their motorhome.
  • 24-hour high-security features including CCTV surveillance and number plate recognition. 
  • A friendly team dedicated to your storage needs. 
  • Competitive rates giving you the best value for storage of your motorhome all year round. 
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Book motorhome storage Dorset today 

Booking motorhome storage is easy with Hogleaze Storage, simply fill in the form on the right outlining your storage requirements, and one of our team will be in touch with a quote. Our quotes are based on length of time and size of the storage plot needed. 

We recently wrote a blog post about choosing caravan storage and whether it’s better to pick a caravan site or dedicated storage facility, have a read here >> 

Get in contact today to book your motorhome storage plot by calling us on 01305 889777 or filling in our form online. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for the latest news and storage offers and deals.

Excellent Security and Beautiful Views

I very much appreciate the security (and, by the way, the beautiful

scenery) surrounding Hogleaze.

Claire Gross Dorchester Self Storage
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Hogleaze provides excellent facilities and service

We are emailing you to inform you that we have sold our motorhome and will no longer require the pitch. Should we buy another van, we will of course come back if you have availability.

You provide excellent facilities and service.

Ken and Cordie Tett Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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Really impressed with the service & customer-focused attention

I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

Unfortunately, our house move failed as the buyers pulled out on Christmas Eve (nice) so I’ve put my MX5 back in our double garage but I was happy knowing it was safe and snug at yours!

Guy Henville Dorchester Self Storage
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Fantastic value, easy and secure.

Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

Alex Davies Weymouth Self Storage
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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years…

Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
Jan Hankin Dorchester Self Storage
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage.

My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

Richard Allen Dorchester Self Storage
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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. 

Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
Bronwen James Dorchester Self Storage
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
Peter Lewis Dorchester Self Storage
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

Bob Malone Dorchester Self Storage
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Excellent facilities.

Excellent facilities. Gave us exactly what we were looking for.

Peter Bachrach Dorchester Self Storage
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Very secure.

We used Hogleaze Storage for nearly 1 year excellent faculties and all storage units very secure and high standard. Staff always friendly and happy to help. Would highly recommend them!

Claire Beaumont Self Storage
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Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage.

Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage. Really good rates, clean and light building with easy access. Can’t rate them highly enough. Thanks Hogleaze Storage!

‎Rob Hodgkinson‎ Self Storage
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I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have.

It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

Kirston Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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I would recommend Hogleaze Storage to anyone thinking of storing their possessions

It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

Simon Dorchester Self Storage
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The storage facilities are amazing!

Mr Evans caravan Vehicle Storage
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Using Hogleaze again

We are very pleased with the service and will be using Hogleaze again at some point!

Mr Stein Self Storage
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I have been delighted with the facilities provided and I’m sure I’ll be using Hogleaze again!

Mr Walsh Self Storage
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Excellent storage facilities

Hogleaze has excellent storage facilities which are also impressive both from a security and cleanliness point of view

Ms Maskall caravan Vehicle Storage
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A great experience

I have had a great experience with Hogleaze’s storage services and would recommend to anyone

Mr Huxford Self Storage
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A pleasure

It’s been a pleasure using your great facilities

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Recommended secure storage

I would recommend you to any people looking for secure strorage

Mr Graff Self Storage
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Thank you

I would like to thank you for the good service we have received whilst storing our caravan with you

Mr Bosley caravan Vehicle Storage
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Enjoyed the services

We have enjoyed the services at your storage facility and will hopefully be returning to you again in the future

Mr and Mrs Marsden Self Storage
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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport