Kestrel Safari Lodge

UK England South West England Somerset Taunton Middle Stone Farm

  • Sleeps 6 (max 4 adults, 5 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pet Friendly
This is glamping at its most luxurious. A self-contained safari lodge with a private hot tub in glorious Somerset countryside.

  • A spacious safari lodge with its own bathroom, separate bedrooms and living area
  • Outside space includes a front deck, hammock, BBQ area and hot tub
  • One of six safari tents on a working farm with farm shop onsite

The Owner Says

Kestrel Safari Lodge comfortably sleeps up to 6 people making it a great glamping option to gather with friends and family. It is in an enclosed field with three other lodges (Hawk and Kestrel). Buzzard is nearest the shop, play area and wood store.  The tents are about 20 metres apart giving them an element of privacy but they're still close enough if you want to socialise or book the site as a group with other families.  (However please note during the Rule of 6 we cannot host groups).

There is a king bed in one room, two singles in the twin room, and a double cabin bed inside a quirky cupboard which children love.

The beds are made up for your arrival with duvets and blankets.  There is a spacious en-suite shower and wash room with flushing loo at the back of the lodge, hot water is provided by a wood fuelled water heater which also warms the bathroom space.  Towels and bathmats are provided.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to make delicious meals on the wood stove or prepare a barbecue.  There's an electric mini fridge/freezer, LED lighting, large wood stove to cook on – a bit like an Aga, an electrical hob plus an electrical socket for charging a phone or laptop.  There are also comfy sofas and a dining table for 6 inside the lodge. Outside is a spacious deck with rattan furniture and gorgeous views of the surrounding hills.  The deck is fenced and gated.  Below the lodge is a wood fired hot tub (optional extra), a firepit/barbecue, hammock and picnic table.

  • The private wood fired hot tub is not included in the rent, it is an optional extra and can be selected on the booking form.
  • A maximum of 4 adults may stay in this lodge.   We are not hosting larger groups at the moment due to Covid 19. 
  • Please note we are a quiet and rural place perfect for couples and families but not suitable for noisy gatherings.  We operate a strict noise curfew at 10pm.  Please make sure you have read our T&C.
  • No smoking or vaping in the lodge or around the hot tub please.
  • There are two playgrounds within the glamping fields.  We run farm tours through the glamping season for interested guests.
  • A generous supply of firewood is included in the lodge hire, more can be purchased from us if you need it.  We don't provide a supply for the fire pit., charcoal is available in our shop.
  • There is parking for two cars in a designated parking space.
  • A single well behaved dog may stay in this lodge for a small extra fee, please make sure you have included your dog on the booking form, we will ask you the breed in our booking confirmation email, please make sure you have included your dog on the booking form.  Please read our dog rules in our T&C

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About Middle Stone Farm

Suitable For

Couples and families  –  yes.  Adult groups - no.  Pitched tents, camper vans and caravans – no.   Guest dogs - sometimes.


It's 3 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. 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 Trusts within a 30 minute drive too. 

Food & Drink

You can order homemade meals,  breakfast hampers and meat from the farm.  The farm's shop is open from April to October.  There are lots of good places to eat nearby and on Exmoor.   We recommend Ziangs and wood fired pizzas in Porlock Weir, The White Post Cafe in Langford Budville,  The Tarr Steps Inn, The Foxy Bean Cafe on the Quantocks,  The Farmers Arms at Combe Fleury,  The Notley Inn if you want gastro food, or The Bear Inn in Wiveliscombe is our local 

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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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 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
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Middle Stone Farm is located at 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!