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  • Open plan sitting room and kitchen
    Open plan sitting room and kitchen
  • The log burner creates lots of warmth on chilly evenings
    The log burner creates lots of warmth on chilly evenings
  • The main bedroom has a king bed
    The main bedroom has a king bed
  • The main bedroom has a king bed
    The main bedroom has a king bed
  • The second bedroom with twins
    The second bedroom with twins
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    The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 6
  • The second bedroom with twins
    The second bedroom with twins
  • Roomy bathroom with large shower
    Roomy bathroom with large shower
  • The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 9
    The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 9
  • Outside sitting area with barbecue
    Outside sitting area with barbecue
  • There are opportunities to feed goats and lambs in the spring
    There are opportunities to feed goats and lambs in the spring
  • There is a climbing frame and swings on the farm
    There is a climbing frame and swings on the farm
  • The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 13
    The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 13
  • The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 14
    The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 14
  • Ice cream sold in the farmshop
    Ice cream sold in the farmshop
  • The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 16
    The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 16
  • Resident goats
    Resident goats
  • The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 18
    The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm Image 18
  • Curious alpaca on our farm
    Curious alpaca on our farm
  • Our flock of rare breed sheep
    Our flock of rare breed sheep

The Cottage - Middle Stone Farm

Somerset, United Kingdom

Per week

from 500.00 to 680.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Catherine Heard

Member since Jun 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:66.67%
  • Avg. Response Time:42 minutes
  • Availability Updated:25 days 23 hours

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BFB's Overview

Glamping doesn’t come more glam than the three amazing safari lodges at Middle Stone Farm in Somerset, plus two holiday cottages are brimming with cosy, contemporary charm.

Technically families will be sleeping under canvas in the 2/3-bedroom lodges but these are a world away from any tent, being fully furnished and featuring an insulated wooden floor, a wood-burning range cooker, partitioned bedrooms and an ensuite shower with a flushing loo. Add to this, electric lights and sockets for charging mobiles or iPads and even the most reluctant campers will be perfectly happy, especially watching sunsets over the rolling countryside from the lodge’s big decked veranda. For children, of course, the lodges are cool as cool can be, from the hidey-hole cabin bed that makes the perfect den, to spilling outside to play in the 3-acre field with a climbing tower and slide.

There might not be wild animals roaming around the safari lodges but there could be a free-ranging chicken or two from the 100-strong flock and little ones will also love meeting other animals including alpacas, rare breed sheep and pigs, Welsh ponies, geese, a dog and a tortoise! Owners of the farm, Patrick and Catherine, moved here to realise their dream of living a sustainable lifestyle and are passionate about growing and rearing their own food, some of which is available at their new onsite farm shop, along with other local, artisan produce.

Besides the safari lodges, the couple have converted a stable into a lovely 2-bedroom cottage and created a 2-bedroom Deckhouse cabin, which both have airy, open-plan living areas with high beamed-ceilings and wood-burning stoves. The Cottage and the Cabin have been furnished and finished to the highest standards, with all mod cons and cosy home comforts, and boxes of toys are provided for children, along with practical baby and toddler essentials.

Accommodation overview
Middle Stone Farm comprises three large, ‘glamping’ Safari Lodges (6+ baby), The Cottage (4+baby) and The Deckhouse (4+baby).

The Cottage was originally a stable, adjacent to the farmhouse, that has been lovingly converted into a smart, 2-bedroom holiday home for a family of four plus a baby. The living area and dining kitchen is open plan, with high beamed ceiling, flagstone floors and comfy, contemporary furnishings, plus the cottage has central heating throughout. At one end of the living area, families can snuggle into a pair of sofas by a wood burning stove to play with the toys provided or watch DVD’s on the large flatscreen TV. At the other side of the room, the fitted kitchen includes an electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, essential utensils and children’s crockery etc. and a dining table that seats 4 people, plus a high chair is available. The cottage has two bedrooms, which both have space for a travel cot that can be provided – one with a king size wrought iron bed and the other with twin single beds. A spacious modern shower room has bold mosaic tiling and chunky timber panelling, a walk-in shower, washbasin and wc. The cottage has a small garden with a patio table and barbecue.

Location Information

Middle Stone Farm is at the end of a private lane, approximately 1 mile from the little village of Brompton Ralph in West Somerset. The farm is set in 32 acres of farmland and surrounded by rolling countryside, just a few miles from Exmoor National Park.

The onsite farm shop stocks everything families need for breakfast, as well as local meat, cheese, artisan produce and wine. There is also a small village shop in Brompton Ralph and, for other essentials, there’s a Co-Op in the small market town of Wiveliscombe (4 miles). Locally known as ‘Wivey’, the town also has a good butchers and The Wivey Larder, the family friendly Bear Inn with a play area in the beer garden, and even the heated outdoor, ‘Wivey Pool’. To take the hassle out of shopping, the owners will happily take delivery of online orders from Tesco, Ocado or Cook.

Exmoor National Park is 267 square miles of stunning landscapes for families to explore, from ancient woodlands and wild moors to rugged cliffs that plunge into the sea along its Heritage Coastline. Dunster Castle makes a lovely day out and families can even book a picnic to be ready for collection on arrival. The Exmoor coast includes the pretty little harbour hamlet of Porlock Weir and the historic Linton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway that links the two popular seaside towns. At the far side of Exmoor National Park, other top family attractions include Exmoor Zoo, the award-winning Big Sheep activity park and Crealy Adventure Park (45mins).

Besides enjoying the Somerset countryside and Exmoor National Park, families can have days at the beach at Blue Anchor Bay only 25 minutes drive from Middlestone Farm (13 miles). The Bay is a long sweep of sand and shingle beach, which is great for peering in rockpools at low tide and finding fossils that have crumbled to the shores from alabaster cliffs. After all that sea air, it’s time for ice cream or fish and chips from the Driftwood Cafe.

Nearest medical services: GP 3 miles. A&E Taunton (11 miles)

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5/5

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

2 Jan - 13 Jul 2017 : £500 /week14 Jul - 4 Sep 2017 : £670 /week5 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : £500 /week20 Oct - 29 Oct 2017 : £600 /week30 Oct - 21 Dec 2017 : £500 /week22 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : £680 /week2 Jan - 13 Jul 2017 : €591.7 /week14 Jul - 4 Sep 2017 : €792.8781 /week5 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : €591.7 /week20 Oct - 29 Oct 2017 : €710.04 /week30 Oct - 21 Dec 2017 : €591.7 /week22 Dec - 31 Dec 2017 : €804.712 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Middle Stone Farm is owned and run by Patrick and Catherine Heard. Patrick is a wine merchant and farmer and Catherine is an artist and mother to three small children.

We moved to the farm with a dream of setting up a sustainable lifestyle and business, rearing and growing our own food. We are passionate about the local area and our lifestyle and we love to share it with our guests.

We are always on hand to give local tips on where to go, to avoid the tourist traps and discover special places.

With 3 children, 50 or so chickens, flock of alpaca, sheep, goats, pigs, geese a dog and a tortoise there is always something going on at our farm!

What do they love about it?

We love our corner of West Somerset as it's a relatively undiscovered part of the country and it's not busy and congested in the holiday season. We are surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and masses of wildlife. You will see barn owls, buzzards and kestrels here and house martins and swallows soar over our barns in the summer months. We enjoy rearing our rare breed animals and our friendly goats love to meet visiting children. We try to be green and eco friendly, we have a bio mass boiler, solar panels, our own spring water and a lot of produce in our farm shop is home made or home reared.

What do the kids love about it?

Children love our glamping tents, the secret cupboard beds, baskets of boardgames and eating by candlelight. Outside there are wood fired hot tubs, barbecues and each tent has swing ball and a hammock. The cottage is more spacious and near the farmhouse so visiting children can meet Molly the farm dog who lives near the barns. The cabin is right next to a field of friendly goats and also has its own hot tub. All the children gather at the playground and the football net and there are friendly goats and alpaca to meet too. We provide cots, high chairs, baskets of toys, ride on tractors so you will hopefully have a bit of room left in your car boot for other holiday essentials!

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4 + infant in 1 x King size bedroom and 1 x twin room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Bristol Airport is just under 1.5 hours away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Blue Anchor Bay 20 mins drive away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Farm shop on site.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be provided.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Highchair and travel cot.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

This baby friendly cottage has toys and children's DVDs.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Farm shop on site, supermarket delivery available along with Cook meals.

Outdoor Toys

Climbing tower and slide in the grounds.

Stairgates / no stairs

The Deckhouse is all on one level.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The Deckhouse has a private terrace.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-fi is provided.

Friendly Animals

Resident ponies, alpacas, sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs.

Golf

Golf club just 20 minutes drive away.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Log burner in the lounge.

Reviews

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  • We loved the cottage. It had everything we needed for 3 adults and a toddler. The decor was very pretty and cottage-y, Beds were super comfy, it was warm and cosy with central heating and a wood burner. The kitchen was well equipped, the wi-fi worked well and it was peaceful and lovely. There was lots of hot water for the big shower. The farm shop was handy, with fresh farm eggs. It was so pleasant to wake up to the sound of the birds and animals. We did a few day trips and thoroughly enjoyed exploring Somerset. But there's still lots we didn't see so we would definitely come back. (We are from Canada). Thank you Catherine and Patrick!Review dated 31/10/2016

  • We had a lovely time at this beautiful, peaceful farm. The cottage was warm and cozy (we did have the wood burner on but there is also central heating) and the beds are super comfy. Lots of hot water for showers. The Wi-Fi worked great. We loved the animals, the farm shop was ideal, and Catherine and Patrick were friendly and helpful, but not intrusive, even though the cottage adjoins the main house. We took some day trips and discovered quintessential rural England (we live in Canada!). We would definitely come back. Have to go to Stonehenge next time ... and Bath .. .and so much more yet to see. Thank you!Review dated 31/10/2016

We loved the cottage. It had everything we needed for 3 adults and a toddler. The decor was very pretty and cottage-y, Beds were super comfy, it was warm and cosy with central heating and a wood burner. The kitchen was well equipped, the wi-fi worked well and it was peaceful and lovely. There was lots of hot water for the big shower. The farm shop was handy, with fresh farm eggs. It was so pleasant to wake up to the sound of the birds and animals. We did a few day trips and thoroughly enjoyed exploring Somerset. But there's still lots we didn't see so we would definitely come back. (We are from Canada). Thank you Catherine and Patrick!

We had a lovely time at this beautiful, peaceful farm. The cottage was warm and cozy (we did have the wood burner on but there is also central heating) and the beds are super comfy. Lots of hot water for showers. The Wi-Fi worked great. We loved the animals, the farm shop was ideal, and Catherine and Patrick were friendly and helpful, but not intrusive, even though the cottage adjoins the main house. We took some day trips and discovered quintessential rural England (we live in Canada!). We would definitely come back. Have to go to Stonehenge next time ... and Bath .. .and so much more yet to see. Thank you!

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.



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