Autumn Glamping with Hot Tubs in Somerset
Autumn is a great time to go glamping, our safari lodges are open through to the end of October and our cosy cabin The Deckhouse is open all year round. If you're a couple, group of friends or family with pre-school children you'll probably prefer September and October too. Our prices are cheaper than in the school holidays, we have special couple discounts too and the farm has a completely different vibe, it's generally much quieter and calmer in the glamping fields in the autumn months.
Our safari lodges are perfectly warm in the autumn with large wood burning stoves, thick duvets on the beds and cosy throws on the sofas, lots of hot water bottles and LED lighting so as daylight fades you'll still be able to read a book, we have electrics in the lodges too so don't worry you can charge your phone and check your emails too, we're lucky to have a good 4G signal on the farm! All our lodges and the cabin have firepits too, perfect for cooking your supper, toasting marshmallows and relaxing around in the evening. If you enjoy lighting a fire you can cook breakfast on the firepit grill too - warm your hot chocolate or coffee and we think eggs and sausages are delicious cooked over a wood fire. We have plenty of barbecue options in our shop and we offer stews, casseroles and crumbles in the cooler months too.
By mid September the swallows and house martins line up on the telegraph lines chatting about when to head off to South Africa, it's sad to see them go, but lovely when the Barn Owl starts to swoop through the fields in their place. Make sure you pack your wellies, the grass is dewy in the morning and often the day starts a misty landscape with the views of Exmoor hidden until the sun breaks through after breakfast! There are plenty of sloes, blackberries and hawthorn berries in our hedgerows and if you know your mushrooms there are lots of those to forage for too. On the farm there's still plenty going on: we separate the lambs in September, start to harvest the apples, the vegetables are being preserved for the winter and by September the boar pigs are usually on their way to the butcher ready to be made into sage and hop sausages which we sell in our shop and breakfast hampers.
Glamping on the Farm in the Autumn
August weather can be unpredictable (it certainly was this year), but September is usually lovely, warm in the day time and slightly chillier evenings - the perfect weather for glamping when you can get cosy around the fires.
October Half Term is a popular time to stay so you need to book ahead if you want to glamp this week. Our farm tours and tractor rides are usually busy again and we'll have pumpkins in the shop if you feel like some carving (the pigs will love to eat the remnants!) and it's lovely to hear the sounds of happy children out with their torches in the early evening. We have good National Trusts nearby who usually run Halloween trails and family activities and Somerset Museum in Taunton usually has something going on too.
Cosy Autumn Glamping in our Cabin
The sound of soft rain when you're glamping is really rather lovely, and so is the smell of the sweet night air whilst you sink into your steaming hot tub under a sky full of stars. Exmoor is at its best in the late summer, early Autumn when most of the tourists have gone and it's a sea of purple hues whilst it's covered in flowering heather. The beaches around us are never busy and by September you're quite likely to have the beach to yourself. There are lots of traditional pubs, our favourite is The Royal Oak in Luxborough - highly recommended for lunch after a morning walking
Footpaths and views on Exmoor National Park
Our safari lodges all have good views of the Quantock Hill and Exmoor. We're only a few miles from the National Park where there's lots to see and do, amazing walks and empty beaches. I took the photo above at North Hill just above Minehead, there are so many footpaths up there, mostly really easy walks with breathtaking views over to Wales. There are plenty of places to park and have a picnic, or head on to Porlock Weir where there are lots of options for lunch.
Family Glamping with Private Hot Tubs and Firepits