A lovely Somerset glamping site close to the edge of Exmoor that covers all the bases, with a cabin and holiday cottage too.
Brompton Ralph Somerset TA4 2RT 01984 248 443
It's fitting that Middle Stone Farm decided to name their three safari tents after birds of prey – Buzzard, Hawk and Kestrel. Positioned between Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, this remote patch of rural Somerset is full of wildlife: a resident owl hoots from the old barn opposite Catherine and Patrick’s farmhouse and housemartins arrive beneath the eaves every summer, ready to start building their nests. Then there are the more catered-for critters: rare-breed pigs and sheep, goats, chickens and alpacas, all of which give the farm its unpretentious, backcountry atmosphere – an agricultural escape that’s ideal for family holidays (children can help with animal feeding and enjoy trailer rides around the field during the holiday season). There's also a small playground for kids and during summer a small shop selling farm produce, local beers, artisan bread and fine wines and foods.
But the accommodation isn't confined to glamping: there's a whitewashed wooden cabin in its own corner of the farm, and a converted stable block next door to the farmhouse that serves as a lovely two-bedroom holiday cottage. The safari tents are at the upper end of the luxury scale, fully kitted out with everything you need. The kitchen has cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils, a wood-burning oven and small fridge, plus there's an en-suite shower room and a south-facing sun deck with a private hot tub you can relax in. Each tent sleeps six in a double room, twin room and a quirky 'cupboard bed': a two-person cubbyhole in the wall that children particularly adore. There is an en-suite flushing loo, shower (hot water is fuelled by a wood-stove in the bathroom). No wifi but a good 4G signal.
The whitewashed wooden deckhouse sleeps a family of four in a king-sized bed and separate small bunk room, while the retro feel of the open-plan living space makes a nice contrast to the modern shower room and the smart new wood-burning stove, which adds both warmth and cosiness to the light and airy interior. There's also a wood-fired hot tub. As for the cottage, it's housed in a converted stable attached to the farmhouse and is furnished very tastefully with a mix of traditional and contemporary furniture – comfy sofas, colourful rugs that set off nicely against the white walls, slate floor and beams of the open-plan living room. It too has a wood-burning stove, along with a modern kitchenette and light and uncluttered bedrooms with brass bedsteads and colourful quilts. Outside there’s a small raised patio with a table and barbecue and views around the farm, and the cottage has wifi throughout and is heated by a bio mass boiler; and both cottage and cabin use both solar power and borehole water. All in all, then, not only a thoroughly comfortable and family-friendly place to stay, but an environmentally-friendly one too!
Middle Stone Farm is nestled in the gorgeous rolling hills of West Somerset. We have three luxury safari tents with ensuite bathrooms and wood fired hot tubs, perfect for families, couples or groups of friends. There's a wooden cabin on the other side of the farm and stables converted into a cottage by the farmhouse. We have a small shop selling our own eggs and meat, great wines, local beers and cider, other local fine foods and essentials. Come and meet the animals, run around the field or simply use the farm as a base to explore beautiful Exmoor and the North Devon coast.
Our Favourite Spot
Watching the flames dance in our wood fired stoves or stepping outside to look at the stars. Exmoor National Park Europe's first International Dark sky reserve and a great place to come stargazing.
The local area
It's very rural here, we're well off the beaten track. You won't find queues of traffic on the roads when you head out to explore and you'll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the unspoilt hills. Exmoor, the Quantocks and the North Devon coast are on our doorstep and stunning!
Best local places to eat and drink
The Notley Arms in Monksilver is great, but you have to book - it's very popular. Scarlett's Garden is lovely for lunch and artisan pizzas. The Pebbles Tavern in Watchet is fun in the evening with sea shanties and acoustic music and loads of ciders.
Why stay with us?
We're surrounded by stunning hilly farmland bordering Exmoor. Come and spot the wildlife, birds of prey and grazing alpacas, goats, and sheep. We're easily accessible, only 30 minutes to the M5 at Taunton, or two and half hours from London by train! This is an eco friendly working farm and a great place for couples, groups and families to unwind and connect with nature.
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We love the cosy safari tents at Middle Stone Farm in Somerset and the good news is they're offering 15% off a 3-night stay over the weekend of 22 September - so just £446.25 for a 3 nights (or around £25 per night per person!). Their hot tub is a great place for star-gazing and nearby Wimbleball Lake is considered the best place in Europe to watch the Milky Way!
You can book online with Cool Places or call 01984 248 443 or go direct to the Middle Stone Farm website - and be sure to mention CoolPlaces!
3 large, fully furnished safari tents that can comfortably sleep up to 6 people, a two-bedroom wooden cabin that sleeps 4 in 3 beds, and a two-bedroom holiday cottage that sleeps 4 in a king and 2 singles.
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Safari tents cost from £895 a week in peak season, £690 the rest of the year £495 for 4 nights midweek, £550 for a 3-night weekend. The cabin costs from £70 a night, the cottage from £65 a night in low season, £650 a week during school holidays.
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From Taunton, take the B3227 to Wiveliscombe, and from there follow the B3188 which will take you through the village of Ford and up the hill to Pitsford Hill and the cricket club. Shortly after Pitsford Hill you will see a lane marked 'Brompton Ralph' on the left; take this and after 3 field entrances you will see Middle Stone Farm.
Open all year.