Middle Stone Farm
Brompton Ralph, Somerset TA4 2RT
It seems fitting that Middle Stone Farm have named their three brand new safari tents after birds of prey – Buzzard, Hawk and Kestrel. Positioned between Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, this remote patch of rural Somerset is an ideal sanctuary for wildlife. A resident barn owl hoots from the old barn opposite Catherine and Patrick’s farmhouse and house martins arrive beneath the eaves every summer, twigs in their clutch, ready to start building. Then there are the more catered-for critters: rare-breed pigs, sheep, chickens and alpacas grazing the meadow. All give the farm it’s unpretentious, backcountry atmosphere – an agricultural escape that’s ideal for families.
The safari tents are firmly at the upper end of the luxury scale, fully kitted out with everything you need, and housed beneath the forest green wingspan of their canvas roofs. The kitchen has cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils – best put to work on the artisan wood-burning oven – and there’s even a small fridge located beneath the aptly named ‘cupboard bed’: a two-person cubbyhole in the wall that children particularly adore. Each safari tent has an en-suite shower room at the far end and a south-facing sun deck out front, plus a bubbling wood-fired hot tub you can relax in.
In its own private corner of the farm, a wooden glamping cabin offers an alternative to the three safari tents, and can be booked on its own, or if you're quick, the tents and cabin can all be booked together to accomodate a larger group. The whitewashed deckhouse sleeps a family of four in a king-sized bed and separate bunkroom, while a large, open plan living space has a slightly retro feel. It makes a nice contrast with the modern shower room and a smart new wood-burner, adding its glowing warmth to the light and airy interior.
Evening campfires remind guests that, despite all the luxuries, this is still very much a camping holiday. You can purchase meat from the farm shop too, if you want something to sear over the crackling flames. For a proper pint, though, it’s a fair trek along the Somerset footpaths to the nearest local watering hole. But then, the real gift of this campsite is its off-the-beaten track location. Hop in to the car to get to the beaches of the Bristol Channel a few miles to the north, Exmoor National Park to the West, the Quantock Hills to the east and the market town of Taunton just south. Off the track it may be, but you needn’t drive far for heaps of options.
The Owner SaysMiddle Stone Farm in rural West Somerset offers three luxuriously furnished safari lodges and a wooden cabin each complete with their own private wood fired hot tubs and views of the surrounding hills.
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!
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