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Woodland Escape

UK England South West England Somerset Wincanton

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
Enlivened by birdsong and the crackling sound of campfires, this is a magical Somerset glampsite that's worthy of its name

There’s no shortage of experience at Woodland Escape, an aptly named glamping site in the heart of Somerset. The team behind this small-scale spot have been in the industry for years. In fact, owner Rob grew up on his family’s holiday park just a few miles across the border in Dorset, setting up his first glamping site within a quiet section of the campsite grounds there. It was always his dream to find a more natural, off-grid location though. And this burgeoning, rural woodland is certainly an idyllic choice. His dream has finally been realised.

Despite the vast amount of space, Rob has curbed the place to seven furnished bell tents and two, beautifully kitted-out yurts plus one Safari Lodge. The result is a wonderfully private woodland with small clearings for each unit but trees nicely dividing them from one another and providing perfect privacy. Campfire smoke wafts up through the leafy canopy and a few solar-powered lamps add some extra light in the evenings. The woodland isn’t particularly dense, so there’s plenty of room for children to chase around and play games, while local footpaths lead out into the open fields with several enjoyable loop walks nearby.

This is a glamping site that wears its quirks on its sleeve. Along with a hidden wood-fired hot tub adults can use and the garden games you can borrow, children are each given a ribbon on arrival that they can tie to the wishing tree in the heart of the woods. A combination of an ash and an oak tree that have intertwined and grown together, the tree is a wonderfully magical looking thing, perhaps possessing some genuine powers. Tie the ribbon, close your eyes and make a wish: “I wish to come back every summer, I wish, I wish, I wish”....

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Facilities

Bell tents feature a double bed, 2 single futon sofa beds, storage trunk, electric solar lighting and phone charger point, cool box and food storage, firepit, cutlery, crockery and drinks glasses, gas stove with hob and grill, BBQ, picnic bench, water and breakfast hamper on arrival. Yurts feature a double bed, 2 single futons, bedside tables, rugs, electric solar lighting and phone charger point, coolbox, BBQ, firepit, picnic table, cutlery, crockery and drinks glasses, gas stove with hob and grill. The glamping site has hot showers and proper flushing toilets, board games to borrow, garden games and free reign to explore. Hot tub (only available for exclusive use by prior arrangement) in a secluded area surrounded by trees and greenery, each hot tub hire includes a bag of logs and kindling for the burner as well as complimentary use of towelling gowns and flip-flops during your stay.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families, dogs, groups and exclusive hire (20 people plus) of the whole site – yes. Tents, campervans and caravans – no.

Nearby

The Haynes International Motor Museum (01963 440804) is just a couple of miles away, home to a collection of over 400 cars and motorcycles as well as other automobilia, and the Fleet Air Museum (01935 840565) is just a jot further.

Food & Drink

There's a great little bakery (01935 850450) down the road, while its a mile and a half to the nearest pub, the excellent Sparkford Inn (01963 440218).

Opening Times

March–September.

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Accommodation

2 Stargazer yurts, 7 bell tents and a Canvas Lodge.

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Location

Contact Woodland Escape, Woodland Escape, South Barrow, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7LN

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Getting There

Exit the M4 at Junction 18. Take the A46 and continue onto the A363. Take the B3109 and continue on to the A361. Continue until joining the B3092. Merge onto the A303. At Hazelgrove roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A359. Pass the Sparkford Inn (on the left) and turn left on Wolverlands (sign posted South Barrow). Pass the entrance to Sparkford House on your left. Enter South Barrow, passing the church on your right. Descending the hill and round the bends, the road becomes Strawberry Lane. Descend the hill on Strawberry Lane, passing Fosters Farm on your right. As you descend the hill you will see the campsite flags flying at the entrance. Woodland Escape is on your right.

If you are coming to the glamping site from London on the A303 the most direct route is simply to follow the signs to Haynes Motor Museum.

Our postcode at Woodland Escape is BA22 7LR.

Castle Cary (0845 748 4950) is the nearest train station, 5 miles away.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★☆☆

Charming but basic

First, the positives. Really lovely staff; very laid-back, helpful and accommodating, who made us feel instantly welcome. Thank you Ian, especially. It was a very hot long weekend, end of August, and we were grateful for the abundant shade of all those trees. Tents were spacious and comfy, with •just• enough space between them not to feel on top of each other - though I did feel bad about near neighbours as we were a 3 tent group with 7 children in total... Room for improvement: trestle tables and benches old and uncomfortable; you need to bring your own chairs (and decent pans for cooking). We were all severely bitten by a mystery insect, not mosquitos, but something which has either infested the site or the tents' bedding. Nasty bites. And, unfortunately, the roar of the A303 was rather loud at night - though quiet on Sunday night, thankfully. We did also feel bad for the tent right by the car-park, with everyone tramping past to the toilet etc every few minutes. No privacy for that pitch, and we were grateful not to be there. In conclusion, £83 a night is pretty steep for what this site is - charming in its way, but still fairly basic. Yet a good time was had by all, and it's a gorgeous part of the countryside for exploring. Hope these comments are helpful to others.
Aug 27, 2019 by Nick
★★★★★

Excellent

Just back from an amazing stay here. The location is beautiful and peaceful. Barbecues are supplied and so on the first night we had a bbq. After exploring Glastonbury and the Tor on the second day we decided to order a take away pizza -which was delivered to the car park at the campsite!!!!!!! (Excellent pizzas from a local kebab and pizza place) the entire site is clean and tidy with great shower facilities. we couldn’t have asked for anything more. The best thing about this site is the team that run it. Ian, jess & Alfie could not have done any more for us; lovely relaxed and friendly people - nothing was too much trouble for them. Can not wait to go back and do it all again!
Sep 21, 2018 by Vikki
★★★★★

Peaceful environment, comfortable yurt

Beautiful woodland, it felt very remote amongst the trees, particularly as the site is off grid. Accommodation very comfortable and well equipped, plenty of opportunity for lighting fires and barbecuing. The hosts were very welcoming and friendly. We spent a very happy 3 nights here, and would definitely recommend
Jul 27, 2018 by Marianne S

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