A Camping or Glamping Holiday?!
If the idea of sleeping outdoors appeals, but traditional camping doesn’t then glamping is definitely your answer! You’ll still have the wonderful experience of sleeping under canvas, spending time outside in the fresh air around a fire and surrounded by nature – but with proper beds and thick duvets, ensuite bathrooms all to yourselves and large wood burning fires and if you’re lucky you’ll come to a site with a hot tub too for the ultimate glamping experience!
We’ve been careful at Middle Stone Farm to make sure our glamping is not overcrowded and each safari tent is slightly different and quirky. You’ll be warm, dry and cosy whatever the weather and you definitely won’t be roughing it!
Part of the appeal of traditional camping is the feeling of living outdoors, you’ll still have that experience in our safari tents, opening the doors and letting the breeze and sunshine (hopefully) in, spending the evenings around the firepit or on your raised terrace deck with a glass of wine, or an interesting beer from our shop. Views are obviously important too! Our lodges look onto the Exmoor and Quantock hills, we have new trees growing and hedgerows planted, and you’ll see farm animals from most of our accommodation too.
Although we have plenty of lovely places to explore nearby, you probably won’t want to get into your car every time you want some milk – there’s no worry there as we have a well stocked farm shop in the glamping field with all kinds of treats and essentials for your stay. You can buy things to cook yourselves, or ask us to cook for you and collect cakes, curries and lasagnes etc when you're ready to put them in your oven to warm up. If you’re staying with children, we provide highchairs, travel cots and baby baths too, and for older children there is table tennis, badminton, climbing frames and swings. We try to provide for a variety of guest and age group!
If you’re looking to cut down your carbon footprint, camping and glamping are one of the lowest impact forms of holiday out there, particularly if you already live in the UK. We take recycling very seriously, all our wood comes from sustainable forestry on Exmoor, they plant more trees as they cut them down. We have lots of solar panels on the barn roofs creating power for our guests and our water comes from our own spring. We grow our own veg in the summer, sell eggs from our hens, pork and lamb from our animals and in autumn we have a small apple harvest.
Unlike a camping holiday where your car boot is probably packed to the gunnels, you shouldn't need to bring much with you if you're glamping here, as we provide most of your kit. The beds will be made up for you with warm duvets, blankets and hot water bottles, the bathrooms are also well equipped with towels, loo paper and hand soaps. And in the kitchen you'll find everything you need to prepare meals, all the glasses, crockery, cutlery and pans and if you don't feel like cooking, you can collect a lasagne or curry from our shop, ready to warm up when you're back from a day out exploring the local area.
You do need a car to make the most of your visit, we don't have any public transport to our farm as it's very rural here! Exmoor is on our doorstep, here's a photo of our son looking down onto Bossington Beach, one of our favourites. This is a small part of the South West Coast path, Raynor Winn talks about this stretch of path in her brilliant book The Salt Path. The bit we walk is fairy easy, even in flip flops, but if you're keen there are some challenging hikes with rewarding views around Minehead, Porlock and Lynton & Lynmouth.