Kittisford Barton Glamping (Lantern & Larks)
Kittisford Barton, Wellington, Somerset
Achingly beautiful countryside with 21st-century accommodation.
Yet the site is, in fact, strikingly modern. Not in an urban, gritty sense, but simply in terms of the luxuries on offer. Low key camping this is not. There are five safari tents in total, pitched in a large open field, giving both a sense of space and privacy. Each of the tents sleeps up to six people, with three separated bedrooms: a double room, a twin room and a children’s room with bunk beds. On top of this, there’s also a large open plan living area with a dining space and a couple of sofas to relax on after a day exploring the surroundings. The kitchen (there are gas hobs and all the cooking utensils you could need) offers real convenience, while at the heart of it all is that one essential piece of glamping kit – a toasty log burning stove heating the entire tent with ease.
The location is certainly a boon for kids – think den building in the woods and evening barbeques on the safari tent veranda – but don’t be fooled by the rural atmosphere it maintains. While Kittisford Barton enjoys the peace and tranquility that comes from being in the middle of the countryside, it is, in fact, only a ten minute drive to junction 26 of the M5, a real convenience if you’re a stickler for itineraries.
There’s a Go Ape in Haldon Forest so families can monkey their way across the treetops using zip wires and climbing nets, while the beaches of the north coast are just 20 minutes in the car. Exeter, meanwhile, is a speedy zip down the motorway – great for rainy days hiding in galleries and museums – while Exmoor, the closest of the lot, is the best when the sun’s out – a staggering natural playground and one of the UK’s quietest National Parks.