Middle Stone Farm

UK England South West England Somerset Taunton

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Family-friendly glamping with hot tubs on the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park

Tell someone you’re going on holiday to Brompton Ralph and they’ll probably look at you quizzically. Tell them it’s a few miles from Huish Champflower, Lydeard St Lawrence and Clatworthy and they’ll likely be none the wiser. While other villages in the South West are well known and bustle with tourists in the summer, those close to the north Somerset coast remain blissfully quiet. And, in the case of Brompton Ralph, that’s despite the fact that it’s just three miles from the edge of Exmoor National Park and 25 minutes inland from a beach with fossil hunting to rival the Jurassic Coast. Without the fanfare of some fancy tourist attraction, there’s not much to draw you here specifically – save for a little place called Middle Stone Farm. And what a place it is.

Despite its wonderfully middle-of-nowhere location, there’s nothing middling about Middle Stone Farm. It offers top-end luxury glamping in six safari lodges, a cabin and a holiday cottage; each has a log-burning stove, a fire pit and its own hot tub – should you choose to hire it. The site makes up for the lack of local village store with an on-site licensed shop (open spring–November) offering home-cooked meals and local produce including Somerset ciders and beers. And as for a tourist attraction; how about the farm itself? It’s a 32-acre idyll with rare-breed sheep, pygmy goats, chicken, geese and alpacas. A farm tour with a tractor ride will show you the lot. There’s also table tennis, badminton and football goals as well as two children’s play areas – and all that is apart from the accommodation which is a tourist attraction in its own right.

The space and sense of adventure that comes with the safari lodges is hard to beat, whether you come as a couple or as a family. Playing games in the log-burner warmed living space or out on the deck whilst looking over glorious Somerset countryside is enough to keep you occupied for days. The lodges are separated across two fields with the bird tents, Kestrel, Buzzard and Hawk, suited for dog-owners and families with younger children (as the play area is in sight). The beach tents, Klive, Porlock and Bossington are, perhaps, better for older children and couples, though there’s not much in it. The cute Deckhouse Cabin and colourful Stable Cottage are more secluded, more solid and open all year when the area is quieter still.

If you’re here for a weekend, the appeal of the on-site attractions might just stop you from exploring off it but that would be to miss the free-roaming ponies and mythical moorlands of England’s least-visited national park, the subtropical gardens of Dunster Castle, the picturesque fishing port of Porlock Weir and the fossil treasure-trove at Klive beach. If you don’t want to miss all that, our suggestion is to forget about a weekend in the middle of nowhere and to book yourself in for a week instead.

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Facilities

All tents, the cabin and the cottage provides self-contained accommodation with a private shower room and flushing toilet, a log burning stove, made-up beds, fully-equipped kitchen and more. Outside each is a barbecue, fire pit and a hot tub (available at an extra charge). There’s a licensed on-site shop which sells produce from the farm, home-cooked meals and other local items. There are two children’s play areas as well as table tennis, badminton and football nets and there are farm tours where you can meet the animals of Middle Stone Farm with a tractor ride at the end.

Suitable For

Glamping couples, families, dogs – yes. Groups, tents, campervans, caravans – no.

Nearby

It's three miles to Exmoor National Park (01398 323665), home to some of the finest walking and scenery in the country, with Tarr Steps a particularly good route for families. Wimbleball Lake is another popular destination with walking and cycling routes around the water and watersports available on it (01398 371460). A little further north and you end up at the seaside, overlooking the Bristol Channel. Kilve beach, an area of Special Scientific Interest, is a top spot to go searching for fossils, while the sandy beach at Blue Anchor Bay is also popular – backed by the Driftwood Cafe serving excellent fish and chips. Within the national park, Porlock Weir, Lynton and the Lorna Doone Valley are also particularly stunning. There are good National Trust properties within a 30-minute drive too including Dunster Castle and Watermill, Coleridge Cottage and the vast Holnicote Estate.

Food & Drink

You can pre-order homemade meals, breakfast hampers and meat from the farm (all year) or visit the licensed on-site farm shop for local goodies including produce from the farm, homemade meals and local beers, cider and wine. Catherine and Patrick will likely suggest the best places to eat out but some consistently good local-ish recommendations include The White Post Cafe (01823 400322) seven miles away in Langford Budville and The Lost Kitchen (01884 242427), 20 miles away. There are also lots of lovely independent eateries in Porlock Weir. The closest shops to site are in Wivelscombe, four miles away and the nearest pub is The Bear Inn, a three-and-a-half-mile drive away; it’s not suitable to walk.

Opening Times

Deckhouse cabin & cottage: Open all year.

Safari tents: Spring to November.

Family Friendly

You don't need to go on safari to stay in a safari tent these days. But with alpacas, goats and rare breed pigs and sheep, you can make a very British safari of your own at Middle Stone Farm. Binoculars aren't even required.

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The Owner Says

Middle Stone Farm in rural West Somerset offers six luxuriously furnished safari lodges, a wooden cabin and quirky self catering cottage each complete with their own private hot tubs and views of the surrounding hills.

We're a working Organic Farm with rare breed pigs, goats, flocks of chickens, ducks and geese, friendly farm dogs and a flock of rare breed sheep. Farm tours are available for interested guests.

Five of the safari lodges sleep up to six people and the largest lodge Stag sleeps eight so a good choice for extended families. All the accommodation is spacious and comfy and designed with families and couples in mind. We are not a site for adult groups and do not host any more than 4 adults in any of our safari lodges without prior agreement. The cabin and cottage are suitable for a maximum of 2 adults and have bedrooms for up to 2 young children under 13.

All our glamping has private bathrooms with proper loos, electricity, fridges and private hot tubs. Each lodge has its own hammock, firepit barbecue, outside furniture and Swedish hot tub, all the glamping has good views too!

Middle Stone Farm is ideally located for exploring nearby Exmoor National Park and the stunning North Devon coast. We are in a quiet part of the West Country, it's never busy here even in August! Highlights are Porlock Weir, Dunkery Beacon, Tarr Steps, Bossington Beach, Dulverton and Dunster Castle, the Lorna Doone Valley and circular walk at stunning Simonsbath.

There are two children's play areas and a well stocked farm shop in the glamping fields open from Spring to November.

Three of our safari lodges are suitable for a single dog on a lead, we also keep some accommodation dog free for guests with allergies.

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Accommodation

Six safari tents, a cabin and a holiday cottage.

The Deckhouse Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 4
White washed quirky cabin designed for couples, or a family of 4 with private garden, firepit, views around the farm and a private hot tub for additional hire.

Buzzard Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Buzzard sleeps up to 6 people. There's a king bed, two singles and quirky double cabin bed. The bathroom is ensuite with flushing loo, spacious shower and basin with water heated by a wood stove. There's an optional hot tub outside along with hammock and BBQ area. Dogs are only allowed at certain times of year.

Hawk Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Hawk lodge sleeps 6 people and is the tent in the middle of the Bird Field. All the three lodges are identical inside. All our lodges have a private bathroom, well equipped kitchen, sofas, dining areas and proper beds. Outside the lodge is a hot tub, bbq area, picnic table and hammock. Dogs are only allowed at certain times of year.

Kestrel Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Kestrel Lodge sleeps 6 people, it's in the corner of the field so not overlooked. It has a slightly larger hot tub than Buzzard & Hawk. The interior of the 3 lodges is identical. Kestrel has good views although being closest to Exmoor receives the most weather! Dogs are only allowed at certain times of year.

Badger Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Badger sleeps up to 6 people in three bedroom spaces. It has a private ensuite bathroom, well equipped kitchen with wood burning stove, dining area and comfy leather sofas. Outside is an optional private hot tub, bbq area and there are great views from this lodge. We do not allow dogs in this lodge.

Stag Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Stag Lodge sleeps 6 people in four separate sleeping spaces, perfect for extended family. A private wood fired hot tub is available to hire and there are fantastic views from this lodge.

Fox Safari Lodge

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Fox Lodge sleeps 6 people and is in the corner of the field, it is not overlooked and fairly private. There are 3 sleeping spaces, a spacious ensuite bathroom, well equipped kitchen with wood burner, dining room and comfy leather sofas. There's a private wood fired hot tub for hire outside this lodge.

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Location

Contact Middle Stone Farm, Middle Stone Farm, Brompton Ralph, Somerset TA4 2RT

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Getting There

A rare campsite where putting the postcode in your Sat Nav actually works! It will bring you all the way and take the quickest route. If you don't have one, then, from Taunton, take the B3227 to Wiveliscombe. In Wiveliscombe take the B3188 which will take you through the village of Ford and up the hill to Pitsford Hill and past the cricket club. ¼ mile from Pitsford Hill take the lane marked Brompton Ralph on the left, Middle Stone Farm is the first driveway on the left.

A direct train from London Paddington (0845 748 4950) to Taunton (0845 748 4950) takes 1hr 45 minutes if you're on the fast train. The glamping site is still a 30 minute drive from Taunton train station though and there is no public transport to Brompton Ralph.  You need a car to make the most of your visit!

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Relaxing Honeymoon

Me and my now husband stayed for 4 nights in the Deckhouse at Middle Stone Farm, right from the get go everything was made very easy with the instructions on how to find the farm and our private parking space. The cabin itself is decorated in such a cute way, I loved all of the artwork on the walls and pops of colour throughout! We spent our 5 days exploring the local areas and every evening we relaxed in the wood fired hot tub and just watched all the animals potter around and just enjoy the peace and quiet! We booked this stay when Covid had eased off slightly, but the week we were actually there was when everything was kicking off again, we felt safe knowing the place had been cleaned and aired out prior to our stay as we had instructions on what we were to do to help out ready for the next guests. Unfortunately we didn’t really see the owners (understandable with social distancing) but Patrick did wave from his quad bike every time he went past going about his day! We had the most relaxing time and didn’t want to leave and head back to “normality”, it was a really lovely little escape from the world as it is right now! Hopefully we can return again one day, maybe next year for our anniversary! Thank you again for a lovely stay! X
Sep 26, 2020 by Briony
★★★★★

Excellent stay- planning on returning!

We have just returned from a Mon-Fri stay at the Kestral lodge. We absolutely loved it! Given that it is September, we were lucky with the weather, only the evenings and early mornings were a bit chilly, but we thoroughly enjoyed building the fires to heat the water and the stove! The lodge was really spacious, very clean, and had everything we needed for our stay! We loved being able to see the piglets every morning before we headed out to explore! The instructions in the lodge were really clear and helpful, meaning that our stay was contactless (it didn’t have to be if we struggled, but for those conscious of these things in the current climate, it can be!). We had no need to use the farm shop, but would if we returned as it offered some really tempting items! I loved the little touches- like the fresh flowers in the vase on the kitchen table and the eggs left for us to use! I also have to mention how well the stove heated the whole lodge, that the fridge freezer was more than adequately sized for our stay, and that the night sky was incredible to see from the decking and the hot tub. We are trying to work out when we will be returning next year! There is so much to see and do close by, that we could have been there a month and not seen it all! Thank you Middle Stone Farm! X
Sep 19, 2020 by Clare F
★★★★★

A blissful recharge for us all

Just returned from a lovely long family (2 adults, 2 children 12 & 10) weekend at Middle Stone Farm. Firstly, it really is a beautiful part of the world. Our safari lodge was charming, well equipped, ingenious, in use of space & fittings and spotless. In fact, it was far more welcoming and cosy than some holiday cottages we’ve stayed in! And once the log burning oven and the hot water fires were lit, the lodge was positively balmy. The honesty shop was a great boon - well stocked with a wide variety of fairly priced local produce and camping go to items. Our daughter isn’t keen on dogs and Patrick was very understanding, giving her tips on how to tell Wilbur and Molly (the farm dogs) to clear out when not wanted. Using the farm as a base, we were spoiled for choice as to activities to enjoy. Highlights included an energetic 4 hour walk along the Coleridge way from Nether Stowey and a delightful visit to Dunster Castle. Thank you Catherine and Patrick! We hope to return soon. The Family French
Apr 16, 2019 by The Family French

Response from Middle Stone Farm

Thank you so much for your lovely review - we are delighted to hear you had a happy time glamping in Kestrel Safari Lodge.  We love Dunster Castle too, we're lucky to have it on our doorstep, it's open all year round and we never tire of it.  Do come and stay again one day.  Best wishes Catherine and Patrick
★★★★★

Perfect short break

We stayed for a long weekend in june.2 adults 2 children 5 & 10. Been camping loads of times but never glamping wasn't sure what to expect this exceeded our expectations. Owners very welcoming standards of accommodation great.best stocked shop ive seen for a small camping site.You will be a expert at lighting stoves by the end of your holiday as there are 3 stoves to light for different things including hot the hot tub. Freshly made bread and croissants made to order if required. Small site great for families and couples. We would go again and highly reccomended.
Jun 6, 2018 by Gemma&Ian

Response from Middle Stone Farm

Thank you very much Gemma and Ian for leaving us a review.  We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay here and hope your children had fun too.  Do come and stay again one day. Best wishes Catherine and Patrick
★★★★★

Perfect Deckhouse

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!
Jan 11, 2017 by Kate

Response from Middle Stone Farm

Hi Kate, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review.  I am so pleased you had a good New Year stay in the Deckhouse Cabin and we look forward to welcoming you back.  Best wishes Catherine & Patrick
★★★★★

Amazing

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
Jul 26, 2016 by kristy

Response from Middle Stone Farm

Hi Kristy, thank you very much for leaving us a 5* review - we were so pleased to hear you had a good time glamping in our safari lodge and we hope you will visit us again one day.  We have made lots of changes and upgrades since we opened in 2016.  Best wishes Catherine & Patrick

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