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Glastonbury Hill Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South West England Somerset Langport

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Safari tents perched on a hillside farm with views over the Somerset Levels

For a bit of peace and quiet, go to Glastonbury. No – not the UK’s biggest music festival but the rather more sedate surrounds of Glastonbury Hill Farm. It’s actually a 30-minute drive from the festival site and the town that gives it its name. Nonetheless, festival and farm are linked by county, cows and camping (of sorts). While Glasto, the festival, welcomes crowds of 200,000, at Glastonbury Hill Farm it’ll be more like 20. And instead of festival-style facilities, guests at the farm have en-suite loos and private showers.

Glastonbury Hill Farm, you see, is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Here, there are just five ensuring the place is never crowded. Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little from place to place, the on-site experience is unique, with hosting left in the capable hands of the farmer.

At Hill Farm that farmer is Peter. He’ll welcome you to site, introduce you to the animals and show you to your tent, which looks out over the Somerset Levels all the way to the Blackdown Hills. It’s the perfect place for barbecuing, stargazing and storytelling without the distractions of modern life. This sheltered field, surrounded by trees, is a haven for wildlife too. Listen out for owls, look out for deer and keep your eyes peeled for crane. These majestic wetland birds were re-introduced into the wild near here so a sighting, while lucky, is not out of the question.

Langport is the closest town to the farm with the River Parrett flowing through it. You can hire paddleboards, kayaks and canoes to take to the water or bikes to stay on dry land. If those views of the hills have tempted you, they’re a great place to walk and explore, about a half-hour drive away. And, as we mentioned, it’s the same distance to Glastonbury if you want to venture that far. On the way back to site, perhaps swing by the nearby Bere Cider Company for something to drink in with that view.

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Facilities

Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. A private hot-water shower is not quite en suite but private and just outside your tent. There is also a sheltered veranda outside with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue.

Suitable For

Glampers – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

The ancient town of Langport is less than two miles from site on the River Parrett. There are plenty of independent shops and cafes there as well as Langport Boat Hire where you can hire paddleboards, kayaks and canoes to take to the river. If you prefer dry land and two wheels, try Parrett Trail Bikes (01458 253626) and head out on the Parrett Trail on the river banks. Animal lovers might like to visit the alpacas at Stoodley Alpacas in nearby Curry Rivel (four miles from site) and bird watchers may like to make the trip to RSPB Ham Wall, 10 miles from site. Keep an eye out for re-introduced common cranes released as part of The Great Crane Project. Muchelney Abbey (0370 3331181), which was once a landmark greater than Glastonbury Abbey, is just two miles south of Langport and the famous little town of Glastonbury, is just 12 miles away with Glastonbury Tor just outside town and the site of the famous music festival not far away. For walking or cycling there are three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within reach (some within sight) across the Somerset Levels; the closest is the Blackdown Hills, 17 miles to the south of site with the Quantocks and the Mendips not too far off either. Wells, Bath and Bristol are also easily do-able in a day trip as is a trip to the seaside.

Food & Drink

A few basic supplies are available on site and there are breakfast baskets available to book in advance (contact site directly). Your host, Peter, is a bit of a foodie so ask him for the most up-to-date advice but off site the closest pub is The Old Pound Inn (01458 250469), two miles from site with the recommended The Halfway House a little further (01458 252513 ; four miles from site). There's also a vineyard and winery just a mile from site, Smith and Evans (01458 259075) and it's not much further (three miles) to the Bere Cider Company (01458 250166).

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April–October.

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Accommodation

Five safari-style tents looking out over the Somerset Levels.

Canvas Lodge with private outdoor shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
Sleeps 6. If you’re a nature lover, there is nothing quite sensational as showering in the midst of nature. Located right next to your tent is where you will find our wooden, rustic private outdoor shower.

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Location

Contact Glastonbury Hill Farm, Wood Drove, Langport, Somerset TA10 0DD

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Getting There

From the A303 at Podimore take the A372 towards Langport. After about eight miles turn right to stay on the A372/Newtown Road. After half-a-mile, turn right on to White Hill but take the left fork. At the end of the road, turn left onto Bowdens Lane. After about 300 yards you arrive at Wood Drove with Hill Farm on your left.

Bridgwater train station is the closest to site, about 11 miles away. From there, you can get a number 16 bus to Langport or Huish Episcopi, which will get you within a mile-and-a-half of site.

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