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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 1
  • Open plan kitchen
    Open plan kitchen
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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 3
  • The Deckhouse has lovely views over the farm and our sheep
    The Deckhouse has lovely views over the farm and our sheep
  • Main bedroom with king bed
    Main bedroom with king bed
  • A little bunk room for children
    A little bunk room for children
  • The shower room, we provide a non slip mat for little people
    The shower room, we provide a non slip mat for little people
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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 8
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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 9
  • Your own wood fired hot tub is very popular with visiting children!
    Your own wood fired hot tub is very popular with visiting children!
  • The Deckhouse cabin
    The Deckhouse cabin
  • We usually have pigs to look at
    We usually have pigs to look at
  • We have a shop on the farm which is open from April to October
    We have a shop on the farm which is open from April to October
  • Friendly alpaca on the farm
    Friendly alpaca on the farm
  • Our little playground is popular with visiting children
    Our little playground is popular with visiting children
  • Our goats are very friendly
    Our goats are very friendly
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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 17
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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 18
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    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 19
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The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm

Somerset, United Kingdom

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The Owner / Manager

Catherine Heard

Member since Jun 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:50%
  • Avg. Response Time:42 minutes
  • Availability Updated:15 hours 27 minutes

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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 Deckhouse is a boutique, 2-bedroom holiday cabin, with whitewashed timber walls inside and out, in the style of a cool beach house. From the gingham tablecloth to patchwork bedspreads, there’s a vintage twist to the decor and various eclectic finds add to the homely charm. High, beamed ceilings make the open plan living area feel spacious and airy while a large wood burning stove keeps the whole place nice and cosy. In one corner of the living area is a two-seater sofa, flatscreen TV and DVD player, while the other half of the room comprises a central dining table and fitted kitchen. The Deckhouse is all one level and has a bedroom at either end, plus a shower room/wc. One bedroom has a king-size bed and space for a travel cot, which can be provided. The second has funky bespoke bunk beds which are only 80cm wide so best suited to children. The Deckhouse opens onto a south facing, American style ‘porch’ with lovely views over the surrounding farmland, to watch the animals grazing in the fields and geese paddling around a little pond.

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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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

1 Sep - 28 Sep 2017 : 770 /week29 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : 550 /week20 Oct - 26 Oct 2017 : 795 /week27 Oct - 28 Oct 2017 : 0 /week29 Oct - 21 Dec 2017 : 550 /week22 Dec - 28 Dec 2017 : 950 /week29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018 : 0 /week1 Sep - 28 Sep 2017 : 872.949 /week29 Sep - 19 Oct 2017 : 623.535 /week20 Oct - 26 Oct 2017 : 901.2915 /week27 Oct - 28 Oct 2017 : 0 /week29 Oct - 21 Dec 2017 : 623.535 /week22 Dec - 28 Dec 2017 : 1077.015 /week29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018 : 0 /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 double bedroom and 1 x bunkroom.

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.

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.

Hot Tub

New hot tub for 2017


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