Owley Woods Glamping

UK England South West England Somerset Cheddar

  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Grown-up bell tent glamping within walking distance of Cheddar Gorge.

It doesn’t take long to work out how Owley Woods got its name. As soon as the sun starts to set, over nearby Cheddar, the owls begin their nightly twit-twoo. It’s a soothing serenade that accompanies the crackle of campfires at this adults-only glamping site on the edge of the Mendip Hills.

Owley Woods Glamping is a bijou little site, with five Lotus Belle Tents set up in a paddock that’s about an acre in size. Despite being high on the hills above Cheddar, the surrounding trees mean it’s a sheltered spot, which is probably why the owls and other birds like it too. But for Paula and Matt, who’ve decided to share this space with us glampers, it was the view that clinched the deal. From parts of the site, you can see Cheddar, the reservoir beyond, and right across the Somerset Levels. The West Mendip Way passes close by the camping field and provides a route to it all; to the shops and pubs of the village, to the top of the gorge, or through it.

Those who like to walk will be most happy to rest their heads here, and grateful for the proper beds and cosy bedding that’s inside the five-metre bell tents. They are spacious for two and dogs are welcome to stay with their owners in two of the tents. Although they are off-grid, there’s solar power for lighting and, handily, for charging phones. Each tent is kitted out with cooking equipment and there’s an off-ground fire pit with a barbecue grill outside as well as an outdoor log burner that doubles as a hot plate for cooking and kettles.

If you don't fancy cooking though, it’s close enough to wander down to Cheddar (a 15-minute walk or a five-minute drive). There you can gorge yourself on cheese (pardon the pun), pick up some Somerset cider, or visit one of the cafes or pubs. The busy tourist trade means there are plenty of places to choose from. Walking, cycling, caving, and climbing are all possible right here but if you fancy exploring Somerset further, Wells, Glastonbury, and towns on the coast are all easy days out too.

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Facilities

Each Lotus Belle Tent is fully kitted out with a king-size bed, bedding, rugs, cushions and throws, chairs or a sofa bed, bunting and fairy lights as well as a cooking kit and a cool box. Tents are off-grid, but there's a portable solar power pack with USB sockets for phone charging and solar lighting. There are two bathrooms, each with a shower, loo, and sink, with a separate undercover washing up sink. There are outdoor games available on-site including croquet, quoits, and boules.

Suitable For

Glamping adults and dogs (in two of the tents) – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, kids, stag and hen parties, noisy groups – no.

Nearby

Cheddar is famous for its cheese (check out the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, 01934 742810, which makes the only Cheddar still made in the village), the sweetest strawberries, stunning walks and for the highest gorge in the country, Cheddar Gorge (01278 751874). The village and surrounding area are great for those seeking activity or for those looking for a more relaxed getaway, with climbing, caving, hiking, or sightseeing and enjoying a cream tea just a few of the things to do in the immediate area. The site is within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the West Mendip Way passes site and is a great route for walkers who want to explore the gorge itself or further afield. Cheddar Village is a 15-minute walk (or five-minute drive) away with a vast array of pubs, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, supermarkets, and lots of quirky shops. You can hire bikes there from Cheddar Bikes (07864 329840) and perhaps explore the largely traffic-free Strawberry Line route. Cheddar Reservoir is four miles from the site and the place for angling, paddleboarding, or kayaking with Cheddar Watersports. For caving try Cave Climb (01934 741623). Wells is eight miles from the site and Glastonbury is 14 miles away with the Somerset seaside resorts of Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham, and Brean all within 15 miles.

Food & Drink

The gorge is full of fantastic cafes and restaurants — enough for you to try a different one each day but Lion Rock Cafe (01934 742288), Cafe Gorge (01934 741985), and The Bath Arms (01934 742425) are some of your host's recommendations as well as La Rocca Italian Restaurant (01934 743782). There are also plenty of takeaway options including the award-winning Tuckers Fish & Chip shop (01934 741212). If you need supplies Cheddar has a local deli, butcher, and baker as well as a small Sainsburys and Tesco Express all within walking distance. Larger supermarkets can be found in Wells (20 mins drive) or Weston Super Mare (25 mins drive). Don't miss cheddar cheese, strawberries, and cider!

Open

July-October.

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The Owner Says

Situated on the West Mendip Way with footpaths leading to Cheddar Village, Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills it is the perfect location for you if you enjoy walking, hiking, climbing, cycling or just relaxing and listening to the birds sing. Overlooking Cheddar Village and Cheddar reservoir, we are secluded in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by spectacular views, amazing sunsets and dark skies for stargazing, it really is a fantastic location.

After staying with us for one night you will realise why all of our tents are named after owls. Choose from The Tawny, The Bubo, The Screech, The Pygmy and The Boreal, and we have bathroom facilities called  ‘The Owlet’. 

Lotus Belle Tents let you experience being back to nature but without sacrificing your creature comforts. These amazing 5 metre tents have 18 square metres of standing space with 1.8 metres of headroom all the way to the edge, so yes, you can get dressed standing up!

Fitted with king size beds, cosy bedding, throws and cushions, table and chairs, bunting and of course sparkly fairy lights. A real home from home with a colourful theme for your glamping staycation in Cheddar Gorge.

Accommodation

Five Lotus Belle Tents

The Boreal Belle

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury 5 metre Dog Friendly, Lotus Belle Tent, fully furnished with king size bed, sofa, table and chairs and lots of little extras to make your staycation amazing. The Boreal Belle is dog friendly so you can bring your four legged friends to enjoy all the walks with you

The Bubo Belle

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury 5 metre Lotus Belle Tent, fully furnished with king size bed, sofa, table and chairs and lots of little extras to make your staycation amazing.

The Pygmy Belle

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Adult only, dog friendly, Luxury 5 metre Lotus Belle Tent, fully furnished with king size bed, sofa, table and chairs and lots of little extras to make your staycation amazing. The Pygmy Belle is dog friendly so you can bring your four legged friends to enjoy all the walks with you

The Tawny Belle

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury 5 metre Lotus Belle Tent, adult only, dog friendly, fully furnished with king size bed, sofa, table and chairs and lots of little extras to make your staycation amazing.

The Screech Belle

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Luxury 5 metre Dog Friendly, Lotus Belle Tent, fully furnished with king size bed, sofa, table and chairs and lots of little extras to make your staycation amazing.

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Location

Contact Owley Woods Glamping, Owley, Bradley Cross, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3YR

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Getting There

The site is a 30-minute drive from the M5 J21 via the A371 to Cheddar Village. From the village turn left at the monument and then right onto Redcliffe Street. Follow the road for a quarter of a mile until Bradley Cross and then turn left by the post box, follow the track to the end, keeping left when the track forks and Owley Woods Glamping is then signposted. The track runs along the West Mendip Way so please drive slowly and be aware of walkers and their dogs. Buses to Cheddar village run every hour from Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol and Wells. The nearest train station is Weston-Super-Mare from where the 126 bus (towards Wells) passes Cheddar.

Reviews

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A wonderful weekend away - great location and fabulous facilities. Paula (the owner) was very attentive and had thought of everything. I would highly recommend it :)

Response from Owley Woods Glamping

Thank you so much for your lovely review, so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon 🦉🧑‍🍳

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