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Mill Farm Glamping
When entering your canvas lodge you may well find an inquisitive duck inspecting your veranda or a cheeky chick taking a nap on the entrance rug. It’s as if they’re trying to remind you something; that they’re the ones who really live here and not you. But this is precisely the charm of Mill Farm, which is much as it says on the tin – a fully operational, organic farm with 100 heifers, 200 baby calves, wild geese and, of course, Moto the Mill Farm donkey.
A family-run operation in the heart of rural Wiltshire, Mill Farm positively buzzes with life, yet still boats all the essentials for a perfect glamping holiday. Designed for guests wanting to reacquaint with nature without compromising on comfort, each of their five canvas lodge comes beautifully furnished, featuring a generous master bedroom, secondary bedroom (with single beds), and a stove with an oven, hob, and wood-burning fire. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of having a piping hot shower and flushing toilet located on the rear deck, while out front the dining area opens onto a covered veranda. All that local produce somehow tastes even better in the fresh country air.
It’s the newest additions to the farm that are the biggest highlight. Perfect for the pages of a Guinness World Records book specifically for camping, their specially made ‘squirrel lodge’ was the first of its kind in the UK – a two storey safari tent – where extra space allows for a sumptuous four-poster bed downstairs and another two bedrooms up above, while their treehouse, completed in 2017, is a mammoth wooden structure with five separate rooms inside. In the centre, a large kitchen and living area is encircled by the smaller tower-roofed rooms, including a modern bathroom. Outside, meanwhile, the sweeping balcony offers beautiful views across the countryside.
Mill Farm can feel like the middle of nowhere (which is one of its draws), but in reality civilisation is surprisingly nearby, with plenty of fascinating attractions to keep you busy. Avebury rivals (and some would say exceeds) Stonehenge as England’s most impressive pre-historic site. Spared from over-commercialism, visitors are able to meander freely throughout these mysterious stones, which date back to a mind-boggling 3000 BC. For visitors who just can’t resist that Stonehenge photo opportunity, you’re in luck, the iconic and much loved monument is only a half hour drive away.
One of the farm's real delights has to be the surrounding wildlife. Rabbits, deer, foxes, kingfisher, and kestrels can all be spotted from the comfort of your lodge. One animal less likely to make an appearance is the badger, however Chris, Izzy, and Joe have introduced their very own (and very cool) watching hide. Guests have the rare and unique opportunity to get up close to these night-loving creatures, whilst the rest of Wiltshire is tucked up in bed.
FacilitiesLodges are kitted out with everything you need, including beds (all bedding and linen supplied), showers and toilets, a kitchen, dining area and a wood burning stove with oven. The 2-storey lodge has an extra bedroom level, while the treehouse has 5 different rooms, with a similar set-up (including the bathroom and kitchen facilities). An old barn hoses and honesty shop, which stocks fresh bread, butter, milk, cakes, cheeses, quiches, honey, jams and pickles and there's also a fridge packed full of locally sourced meats and meals. There’s a clipboard for recording your purchases, which is settled at the end of your stay. Make sure you check out the blackboard, here the times and prices of events taking place on the farm are posted. This is updated daily and includes info regarding the free farm tour, donkey rides, laser sport, horse riding and other activities. There's also a straw play arena for rainy days.
Suitable ForGlamping only. Tents, campervans, caravans, pets – no.
20 miles from Mill Farm, Longleat (01985 844400) is an excellent safari park with wolves, lions, monkeies (hold on to your windscreen wipers!), tigers and more. The brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield, Longleat was the first of its kind and considered a breakthrough in the way captive animals were kept (with animals roaming freely and visitors watching from their cars). Bowood House & Gardens (01249 812102), home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Landsdowne, offers another great family day – home to a treasure trove of fascinating items, from Queen Victoria’s wedding chair to Napoleon’s death mask. The grounds are a peaceful break from the hectic adventure playground, where fearless 7 year olds rule the roost! Often refereed to as The Prettiest Village in England, Castle Combe is known for its charm and tranquillity, and has also attracted the attention of movie location scouts over the years, with War Horse, Dr Doolittle, and Stardust all filmed at the village. For real history, though visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Located near Salisbury in the lovely Wiltshire countryside, it's a highlight of any trip to the South West.
Food & Drink
3 miles away is The Bistro at Vaughan's Kitchen (01380 720043), a family run business situated in the centre of Devizes. Owners Peter, Jurgita, and Judy aim to give guests a dining experience that will "tickle your taste buds". The lamb steak, followed by a dollop of homemade profiteroles will certainly get them started. The Mezze platter is also a good choice. Love to cook? Then take one of the courses on offer (01380 530203.) From World Cuisine and Mastering the Basics to Knife Skills and Pastry Specials, all Marco Pierre White wannabes are sure to find a course to improve their culinary clout. Mill Farm is partnered with Vaughans Kitchen, so the cookery school can come straight to your lodge door. A fifteen minute walk up Poulshot Road takes you to The Raven Inn (01380 828 271), a charming pub with traditional decor and good quality grub, or, if the sun’s shining, head to The Rowdey Cow Café & Ice Cream Parlour (01380 829666) for 16 flavours of fresh ice cream that’s made on the farm. There’s outdoor seating in the garden and a play area for the kids.
Opening TimesApril – end of October.
Accommodation4 canvas lodges, a 2-storey canvas lodge and the new treehouse.
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From London: Exit the M4 at Junction 14 Hungerford. Follow the signs to Marlborough; at Marlborough, follow the signs to Devizes. Follow the A361 to Trowbridge and when leaving Devizes, you will enter a dual carriageway going down a hill, take the next left into Poulshot. Go past the Raven Public house and past the village green (with the football posts.) At the next sharp right hand bend, you’ll find Belle Vue Farm on your left.
From Salisbury: Follow signs for the A360 to Devizes. Follow the A360 all the way until the turn off for Worton, which is on the left of a T- Junction after the railway bridge with traffic lights. Follow this road through Worton and keep driving until you reach a sign on the right, marked Poulshot, Devizes, and Rowde. Take this turning and follow the road which goes into Poulshot. Keep going along until you see a farm with a ramped entrance and a slight incline, this is Belle Vue Farm.
On arrival, please drive into the main farm entrance and knock on the farmhouse back door. You will find Joe or Izzy here. If not, we will be very close by so please wait in the farmyard for us.
The nearest train stations are Trowbridge and Westbury. There’s a bus from Trowbridge to Poulshot (4 times a day), the journey takes just under 30 minutes then the walk from the bus stop to the farm is another 30 minutes.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews
Stayed for a weekend over Halloween 2015. The tent was enormous, very comfortably furnished with beautiful furniture and loads of pretty/vintage added extras. The wood burning stove warmed the whole tent and cooked fabulous food! We had two bedrooms with comfortable beds and electric blankets! The best bit....the kids had their own wooden barn with bunk beds inside the tent! They absolutely loved it! Lovely hot power shower too. The location was superb, peaceful and plenty of animals to keep the kids entertained. Farmer Chris and his family were super welcoming and helped us with anything we needed. Highly recommended for romantic breaks, family and definitely for kids! It was fun to see my daughter help Lucy muck out the donkeys!! We will be back!!!