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  • The Deckhouse Cabin sleeps a family of four and is open all year round
    The Deckhouse Cabin sleeps a family of four and is open all year round
  • Open plan kitchen and living space
    Open plan kitchen and living space
  • There is a wood fired hot tub available close to the cabin
    There is a wood fired hot tub available close to the cabin
  • The wood stove provides heating in the colder months and firewood is provided.
    The wood stove provides heating in the colder months and firewood is provided.
  • Lambs in April
    Lambs in April
  • There are friendly pigs on the farm from April to October
    There are friendly pigs on the farm from April to October
  • Alpacas
    Alpacas
  • The main bedroom has a king bed and there is space in this room for a travel cot
    The main bedroom has a king bed and there is space in this room for a travel cot
  • Private shower room, a baby bath is available upon request
    Private shower room, a baby bath is available upon request
  • The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 10
    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 10
  • Open plan sitting room and kitchen
    Open plan sitting room and kitchen
  • The Deckhouse Cabin looks out on open farmland, it is separate from the rest of the glamping and fairly private
    The Deckhouse Cabin looks out on open farmland, it is separate from the rest of the glamping and fairly private
  • The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 13
    The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm Image 13
  • View from the bedroom window
    View from the bedroom window

The Deckhouse - Middle Stone Farm

Somerset, United Kingdom

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The Owner / Manager

Catherine Heard

Member since Jun 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:4 minutes
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BFB's Overview

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

Although, 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, 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 six large, ‘glamping’ Safari Lodges, 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.

A private, wood-fired hot tub can be rented during guests stay. Please select from options and extras when making your booking request.

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

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

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

We moved to the farm with a dream of setting up a sustainable lifestyle and business plus 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, flocks of chickens, geese, sheep, alpaca, pigs and two dogs, there is always something happening on the farm!

Catherine & Patrick at Middle Stone 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 and only 3 miles away from Exmoor National Park. You can see barn owls, buzzards and kestrels here and house martins and swallows soar over our barns in the summer months. 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 safari lodges, the secret cupboard beds, baskets of boardgames and eating by candlelight. Outside there are wood fired hot tubs, barbecues, hammocks and we have two play areas in the glamping fields. We offer farm tours to interested children from April to October and children love to have the opportunity to bottle feed lambs and meet the noisy pigs! There is lots of open field space to run free and as we have a few lodges here there are always other children to meet on the farm if children (and adults) want to socialise.

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

There is a well stocked farm shop onsite.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be provided.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Highchair and travel cot.

Indoor Toys

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

Meal Delivery / Room Service

The owner can arrange catering on request with prior notice. There is also a farm shop on site and a supermarket delivery available along with Cook meals can be arranged.

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

The owners offer animal feeding farm rounds for little ones between April and October. There are 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

A wood-fired hot tub (private) can be arranged during guests stay. It costs between £60-£100 for a 1-7 day stay including fire wood.


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