Uber-stylish glamping in a beautiful rural setting; adults only
Each sleeps 2
Bang on the border of Somerset, Devon and Dorset border lies an organic farm whose fields and woodland are home to a clutch of extraordinary glamping units. We use the word glamping very lightly; true, 2 are Mongolian yurts, but with wooden floors and en vogue furnishings they utterly contradict their rustic label. A further 2 are cedar-clad roundhouses, ridiculously beautiful, with boho-chic interiors and alfresco bathtubs. And then there’s the treehouse, hidden away in its own copse, brilliantly designed to resemble a oversize birdbox with round windows and larch walls.
Strung with fairylights and full of luxe detail (heated blankets, welcome bubbles), all are superbly romantic, and all have a private garden with a firepit to toast marshmallows and star gaze; night skies here are enormous. If you’re here for a couple of days, just chill – there’s a Woodland Sauna, and the fields around you are home to wild deer; beautiful to watch. If you’re staying longer, make the most of the nearby Jurassic Coast. And whatever you do, go for dinner at the Lord Poullett Arms, one of our favourite-ever gastro pubs, just 20 mins’ walk away – plus a moonlit stroll home.
Getting here: drive or taxi to Crewkerne then taxi (2 miles)
The farm generates 50kw of its electricity through solar PV, and has its own spring water borehole that supplies the properties. The units themselves are eco builds, and clad in locally milled cedar and larch.
- Woodland and countryside walks are all around.
- This area is a hotspot for brilliant restaurants: 20 mins’ walk away is the superb Lord Poullett Arms in pretty Hinton St George, all beamed ceilings and log fires (leave room for the amazing dark chocolate truffle with hazelnut and sea salt ice cream). Or taxi to F.east in Ilminster (fantastic veggie food) and The Trading Post (a quirky railway carriage restaurant).
- Go for breakfast (yep, still on food!) at Hive Café at Burton Bradstock then walk along the beautiful beach and coastal path round to West Bay, with its golden cliffs, the setting for Broadchurch.
- ‘Gateway to the Jurassic Coast’, Bridport is home to vintage shops, tiny independent galleries and a Saturday farmers’ and artists’ market.
- We love Lyme Regis, a curve of pastel Georgian houses and the famous Cobb Harbour. Be sure to get a Baboo gelato while you’re here, locally made, their Flu Buster sorbet is a thing of beauty – lemon and orange juice, honey, ginger and cayenne.
- The owner recommends a day trip to the idyllic village of Abbotsbury with its ruined Abbey, Tithe barn and subtropical gardens.