Glamping at the Brew

UK England South West England Somerset Shepton Mallet

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A uniquely peaceful Somerset glamping site set around two ponds in its own beautiful wildlife garden.

On the fringes of the Mendip Hills in deepest Somerset there's a slice of enchanting land known locally as 'The Brew'. It was created over 200 years ago by the local Oakhill Brewery and has at its heart an old pleasure garden with ponds, waterfalls and an extraordinary grotto that is gently being restored after years of neglect. Its new owners are re-wilding and developing it into a 21st-century sanctuary for buzzards and kingfishers, butterflies and bats, even a family of a deer, while at the same turning part of it into a private and uniquely peaceful glamping site that is yours to discover – 'Glamping at The Brew'.

There's a combination of off-grid and on-grid experiences at 'The Brew'. Off-grid there are six luxury Lotus bell-tents: each has a proper king-sized bed, with duvets, blankets, towels, a hot water bottle and chests of drawers for your clothes; immediately outside there's an outdoor table and two chairs, a kettle and mugs for coffee and tea, while a compost loo and cabin showers are close at hand. You could even take a morning dip in the spring-fed ponds if it took your fancy!

On-grid there is a large and very comfortable yurt, enticingly positioned in the old walled garden a couple of minutes' walk from the tents, a great communal space. Here you have more privacy, with your own shower room and two (yes two!) flushing loos. The yurt has sofas and chairs, indoor and outdoor dining tables, bluetooth and wifi, and – we're not kidding! – its own vinyl collection and turntable. There's an outdoor kitchen and a garden room which provides space for reading and writing, games and books, art materials and binoculars. The garden room has a double sofa-bed and can also be used as an extra bedroom if camping off-grid is too hardcore. The garden itself has a barbecue and pizza oven plus a firepit and even its own water-feature, which you can admire from a handwoven swing.

The site is on the edge of a quiet village and is perfect for families with older children or groups of friends who want to enjoy a chilled break amid nature in a special and accessible location. There's a large canopy that provides cover for a gathering-space complete with beanbags and cushions. As for the ponds, they are quite large and on two levels, with a waterfall between them: the lower one is being developed for wildlife, while the upper pond is given over to leisure pursuits, with five inflatable kayaks for guest use and two paddleboards for hire.

Finally you can stroll to the nearby Oakhill Inn, just a few minutes' away, which serves delicious food and drink and does takeaways if you can't be bothered to stir from your garden perch. If you can, then it's worth knowing that just half a mile away lies the ancient woodland of Beacon Hill, with views towards Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels.

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Facilities

The six lotus belle tents each feature either a king-size bed or twin beds (flexibility in set-up), two chests of drawers, duvets, wool blankets, towels, hot water bottle and a fire-pit. Each tent has an outdoor table and two chairs with a Kelly Kettle, mugs, crockery and cutlery for coffee and tea. A log cabin shower room has hot showers and wash basins. There is a log cabin compost loo. The walled garden is home to a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and utility area with fridge freezer and dishwasher. A 21-foot yurt acts as a lounge area, with sofas, chairs, table, vinyl collection and turntable, bluetooth, WiFi and games. A garden room provides the space for nature writing books, maps, art materials and binoculars. There are two ponds, with a little cliff and waterfall between them. The lower pond is for wildlife, the upper pond is for leisure with five inflatable kayaks placed near the top for you to use freely with a good selection of life-jackets available. There are two paddleboards for hire.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Tents, campervan, caravans and dogs are not permitted at this location.

Nearby

There's a print-out provided of good walks on the doorstep and local features, such as and Iron-Age hillfort (Maesbury Ring), ancient woodlands like Harridge, Beacon Hill and Cranmore, and stately homes like Ashwick Grove, English Hertage's Nunney Castle (0370 333 1181) or the National Trust's Stourhead (01747 841152), as well as Longleat House (01985 844400). It's less than four miles to the Mendip Hills AONB and six to the tiny city of Wells, with Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole just beyond.

Food & Drink

It's a three-minute walk to the Oakhill Inn (01749 840442) or, at the other end of the village, try the Mendip Inn (01749 841703; 10 minutes' walk). For French-inspired cuisine try The Redan Inn (01761 258560) or, for the best views in the area, visit the Holcombe Inn (01761 232478). For something earlier in the day, try pizzas and light lunches in the Walled Garden Mells (01373 812597; 15 minutes' drive) or the Garden Café (01373 454178) for good vegetarian and vegan food in Frome. Local farm milk and eggs are readily available in the village within strolling distance of the campsite too.

Open

End of May–End of September 

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The Owner Says

On the edge of the Mendip Hills, close to historic Wells and not so far from Bath lies 25 acres of enchanting land we call 'the brew'. At the heart of the site is an old pleasure garden with large spring-fed ponds, waterfalls and an extraordinary grotto. This 'lost' garden was created in the eighteenth century by the owners of the Oakhill Brewery. After years of neglect we are gently restoring this special space, enhancing it for wildlife, preserving some of its wildness and re-imagining it for our times. It is a space for people to enjoy. It is already a sanctuary for wildlife with buzzard, kingfisher, heron, owl, butterflies, bats and a deer family.

We have created a private and peaceful on-grid/off-grid combo that is for the exclusive use of up to 12 people.

Off-grid: Six luxury lotus belle tents each have proper beds for a good night's sleep. They sit together to make an intimate gathering for a single group. Log cabin showers and a loo are to hand. Take a morning dip in the spring-fed ponds or kayak or paddle-board and finish off with a hot shower by the lake. A large canopy provides plenty of cover for a gathering space with bean-bags, cushions, fire-pits and a cuppa from your Kelly Kettle. Then head over to the walled garden a couple of minutes walk from your tents.

On-grid: Step into your own lush walled garden with stylish 21ft Yurt. Place an old vinyl record on the turntable. Relax on the handwoven swing. Here there is a luxurious shower room & two flush loos.

There is also a garden room here with a double bed that can be used if there is anyone in the group that prefers to sleep in the garden, nearer amenities.

Cook in the outdoor kitchen and eat from the splendid hand-made table.

South-facing, star-studded & inspirational.

Our fabulous local pub the Oakhill Inn is just 3 mins walk away and serves delicious food and drink and does take-aways. In fact this part of the south-west is rich in local food providers, caterers, markets, farm shops. We can probably find a local private chef if you want to really put your feet up.

Just one kilometre from the top lake brings you to ancient woodland Beacon Hill woods with views towards Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels. Bliss.

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Accommodation

Exclusive Hire of entire site only! Six Lotus bell-tents and one yurt, each sleeping two people. 

Whole Site - 6 Lotus Belle Tents max 12 ppl

Bell tent Sleeps 12
The whole site. Accommodation consists of 6 x 4m Lotus Belle Tents and exclusive use of the Walled Garden including outdoor kitchen, plumbed in shower and flushing toilets and 21ft Yurt to relax in.

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Location

Contact Glamping at the Brew, Oakhill, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5HT

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Getting There

The postcode BA3 5HT will bring you towards the village of Oakhill on the Bath Road (the A367). You don't need to go into the village. If you are travelling north, towards Bath, you'll see a turning on the left just before you reach the village marked 'Pondsmead' and 'the Oakhill Surgery'. If you are going south, towards Shepton Mallet, then you will see the same turning on your right just past the school and the Oakhill Inn. Turn into the driveway and go straight – past the Doctor’s Surgery on your left and Pondsmead Care Home on your right – keep going almost to the end of the driveway. Just before the driveway there is a gate on your left. This is the grass parking area for the glamping site. Please turn into the parking area and park wherever is free.

Castle Cary is the nearest train station, about nine miles away. There is a bus stop in the village, five minutes walk from the campsite, opposite the Oakhill Inn.

Reviews

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Incredible place for a big group

Rob and Amanda were fantastic hosts - they sent us plenty of information beforehand and gave us a comprehensive tour of the off-grid glampsite and the home comforts of the walled garden. They have clearly put a lot of thought and effort into both the comfort of their guests and their green credentials. The attention to detail was fantastic and we really wanted for nothing during our stay. The tents are comfortable, with lovely hot spring showers on site. The walled garden has a fully functioning outdoor kitchen, which is superbly equipped for BBQs etc. Again, a lot of effort has gone into the landscaping of the garden, which is beautiful. The central yurt is a comfortable hangout spot and is easy to heat. The description on the site looks great but it's even better in reality and we will definitely be back!
Jul 14, 2021 by Ryan Miller Verified Review
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Great stay with everything you'll need for glamping!

Our party had a great stay at Glamping at the Brew. All was as described with cosy bell tents, great facilities (particularly the well-equipped outdoor kitchen) and lovely surroundings all to ourselves. There's plenty of space to enjoy the site whatever the weather which is not always the case with camping! Plenty of good walks and good pubs nearby and attractions further afield. Our hosts were more than happy to help where needed and provided us with all we needed for a comfortable holiday. Thanks for the lovely stay!
Jul 12, 2021 by Chris Hardy Verified Review

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