A beautiful Somerset farm with safari tents, a deckhouse and holiday cottage – plus your own personal hot tub!
Brompton Ralph Somerset TA4 2RT 01984 248 443
It's fitting that Middle Stone Farm decided to name their three safari lodges after birds of prey – Buzzard, Hawk and Kestrel. Positioned on the edge of Exmoor National Park, this remote patch of rural West Somerset is full of wildlife. Resident housemartins and swallows nest in the barns opposite Catherine and Patrick’s farmhouse, while rare-breed pigs and sheep, goats, chickens and alpacas all lend the farm an unpretentious, back-country atmosphere – a peaceful rural escape that’s ideal for group stays, couple breaks and family holidays.
The safari lodges are at the upper end of the luxury scale, fully kitted out with everything you need. The kitchen has a wood-burning stove to cook on and a small fridge, plus there's an en-suite shower and wash room, and a sun deck with a private hot tub. Each lodge sleeps up to six people, with a king bed, a pair of singles and a quirky 'cupboard bed' – a two-person cubbyhole that children adore. There's no WiFi but a good 4G signal.But the accommodation isn't confined to glamping, The Deckhouse is a white-washed pavilion-style cabin in its own corner of the farm, popular with couples and open for stays all year round. It sleeps up to 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. There is a private wood-burning hot tub near the fire pit and barbecue area outside, and glorious views of open farmland.
There’s also The Stable Cottage next door to the farmhouse, sleeping up to four people. This is furnished with a mix of traditional and contemporary
furniture – comfy sofas, colourful rugs and pictures, along with a slate
floor and beams in the open-plan living room. It too has a wood-burning
stove, along with a modern kitchen, and uncluttered bedrooms with brass
bedsteads and colourful quilts. Outside there’s a small raised patio
with seating area and barbecue and views around the farm. The cottage
has WiFi throughout and heating is provided by the farm’s biomass
There is a farm shop onsite selling local produce, including artisan beers, interesting breads, fine wines and home-cooked dishes. The emphasis is on low food miles but all the essentials are stocked too.
Middle Stone Farm is nestled in the gorgeous rolling hills of West Somerset. It’s all about the hot tubs here! All our glamping has private wood-fired hot tubs. We are on the edge of Exmoor National Park, an International Dark Sky reserve – far from light pollution, the dark skies are incredible here! We have three luxury safari lodges and a cool wooden cabin we call The Deckhouse – all our accommodation is well suited for friends, couples and family stays. We welcome groups and can sleep up to 26 people.
Our Favourite Spot
Watching the flames dance in the fire pits whilst toasting marshmallows and sipping a good red wine from our shop!
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.
Best local places to eat and drink
The Notley Arms in Monksilver is great and Scarlett's Garden is lovely for lunch and artisan pizzas on Sundays. The Pebbles Tavern in Watchet is fun in the evening with sea shanties and acoustic music and loads of ciders. Tracebridge has a great Friday pizza night through the summer and a hip atmosphere.
Why stay with us?
We're friendly and welcoming and enjoy sharing our local knowledge with guests. West Somerset is quite special as its off the tourist track and really unspoilt. Although remote, we’re easily accessible, only 30 minutes to the M5 at Taunton, or an hour and three-quarters from London by train.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
The Cosy Club
Hunts Court, Corporation Street, Taunton Somerset England United Kingdom TA14AJ
Vintage, shabby chic style, bar, restaurant and venue for events. Amazingly eye catching a warm atmosphere.
The Scrumper Deli & Canteen
19b Bath Place Taunton TA1 EP
A fab place for breakfast or lunch in the heart of Taunton.
Things to see & do nearby
Middle Stone Farm have combined their Valentine's offer with Half Term. You can stay in either The Deckhouse or The Stable Cottage and be treated to both fizz and flowers! So, if you're going away with the family this half term it's the perfect treat for the adults as well. What's more, The Deckhouse also a hot tub - the perfect way to relax!
Prices & Booking:
Prices for The Deckhouse is £420 for Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February. The cottage is available for the weekend from 9th to 12th February for £250. To book, please call 01984 248 443 and don't forget to mention Cool Places!
The whole site sleeps up to 26 people. Three large, fully furnished safari lodges comfortably sleep up to 6 people. A two-bedroom wooden cabin sleeps a couple and two children, and a two-bedroom holiday cottage sleeps 4 in a king and 2 singles.
Find a bed in a place to sleep near you
Safari tents cost from £120 a night with week stays only during the summer holidays. The cabin costs from £80 a night, the cottage from £70 a night in low season.
- Dogs Welcome
- DVD Players
- Gardens & Grounds
- Hot Tub
- TVs with Freeview
- Getting Away from it All
- Groups Welcome
- Lodges & Cabins
- Something Different
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 three field entrances you will see Middle Stone Farm.
Open all year.