Middle Stone Farm
Middle Stone Farm, Brompton Ralph, Somerset TA4 2RT
It seems fitting that Middle Stone Farm has named its three safari tents after birds of prey – Buzzard, Hawk and Kestrel. Positioned between Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, this remote patch of rural Somerset is an ideal sanctuary for wildlife. Barn owls can occasionally be heard hooting and house martins arrive beneath the eaves of Catherine and Patrick’s farmhouse every summer. Then there are the farm’s own critters: goats, sheep, chickens and alpacas – it all adds to Middle Stone’s blissful backcountry feel.
Firmly at the upper end of the luxury scale, the safari tents feature everything you could possibly need beneath the forest green wingspan of their canvas roofs, including some added luxuries, like wood fired hot tubs outside, perfect for star spotting at night. At the heart of each tent is the wood-burning stove – a source of heat but also great for cooking on – and there’s even a small fridge beneath the aptly named ‘cupboard bed’: a two-person cubbyhole in the wall that children particularly adore. Each tent has an en-suite shower room at the far end, while, out front, the large sun deck reveals far-reaching views towards the Somerset hills.
In its own private corner of the farm, a wooden cabin called The Deckhouse offers an alternative to the three safari tents, and can be booked on its own or, if you're quick, together with the rest of the site to accommodate larger groups (they happily host small wedding parties and organised groups). The whitewashed cabin works well for both couples and families, with a king-sized bed and separate bunkroom, while a large, open plan living space has a slightly retro feel. It makes a beautiful contrast with the modern shower room and smart new wood-burner that gives added warmth to the airy interior. Plus, of course there’s another wood-fired hot tub just outside, complete with a barbecue area, log store and views across the farmland.
Evening campfires remind guests that, despite all the luxuries, this is still very much a camping holiday. Organic meat from the farm is available from the site shop if you want something to sear over the flames, along with local ciders, beer and wine, Exmoor gin, sourdough from the local bakery and the weekend papers (among other treats). For a proper pint, though, it’s a fair trek along the Somerset footpaths (three-and-a-half miles) to the nearest local watering hole. But then, the real gift of this glampsite is its off-the-beaten track location. Hop in to the car to get to the West Somerset beaches, drive the 20 minutes to the Quantock Hills, explore the nearby market town of Taunton or cycle into the fringes of Exmoor National Park three miles away. Off the track it may be, but you needn’t drive far for heaps of options.
The Owner Says
Middle Stone Farm in rural West Somerset offers three luxuriously furnished safari lodges and a wooden cabin each complete with their own private wood fired hot tubs and views of the surrounding hills.
The safari lodges each sleep up to six people, they are spacious and comfy and equipped with everything you need for your stay. With ensuite bathrooms, hot water from an artisan water heating stove, large wood-burning oven for cooking and heating the tent, a mini fridge-freezer, charging sockets and high quality furnishings, these exceptional safari tents represent the very best in luxury UK glamping.
The Deckhouse cabin is on a different area of the farm, perfect for couples or families seeking a bit more privacy. It looks out onto rolling farmland with geese, sheep and alpaca. It also has its own wood fired hot tub, a barbecue and outside seating area.
Middle Stone Farm is ideally located for exploring Exmoor National Park and the stunning North Devon coast. Porlock Weir, Dunster Castle and Tarr Steps are within easy reach. You could also go fossil-hunting on Kilve beach or take a trip on the popular West Somerset Railway, the South Devon beaches are only an hour's drive away.
On-site, there is a well-stocked farm shop (open from Easter until the end of October) with local foods, warm croissants in the morning, meat from the farm, local beers, ciders and well priced wine along with all the essentials for your trip. Barbecues are provided of course, so stock up on local produce and have a zero-food-mile cook up!
On the 30 acre farm you'll see an assortment of friendly and curious animals, look out for the alpaca, rare breed sheep and pigs, in the Spring there's an opportunity to help feed orphan lambs and goats.
We had a great New Year in the Deckhouse. The wood burner keeps it warm and cosy, and the whole place is super clean and really well designed for comfort in a small space. We appreciated the family friendly touches, and we had excellent communication with the owners throughout, whilst being left to enjoy our holiday. It was so good we have already booked again for next year!
Have just returned from a weeks stay at this lovely site. The accommodation was beautiful and lots of thought has gone into what guests may need during their stay. The log burner stove was lovely although alittle hot in the amazing weather we were fortunate enough to have. The children loved the play equipment and especially the goats , spent hours patting and running up and down with them. The honesty shop was a god send and reasonably priced items- you can order fresh bread, fresh meat and has a good selection of wine :0) The location is easy to find and lots to do around the area We are new to glamping have previously camped I would definitely Glamp again after this experience . I found middlestone farm to be an affordable family holiday/ break the prices are not ridicously high which will enable families to enjoy this lovely site year after year