Wambrook Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Chilling with the chickens and exploring a working farm all aided by family-friendly glamping accommodation
The village of Tatworth in Somerset is steeped in history. Though small, it’s a settlement that’s been around for centuries and even has its own small museum to show for it. There are the remains of a Roman Villa – though largely unnoticeable – and the parish church is owned by English Heritage, preserving its Grade II-listed status. Even the name has a story, stemming from the fertile soils that cover this edge of the Blackdown Hills – it comes from the Old English tat and worp meaning ‘A cheerful farm’. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come, since the good news is, whether intended or not, a cheerful farm still very much remains today and now you can even stay there!

Based around the gardens and grounds of a farmstead built in the mid 1800s, Wambrook Farm is a new glamping site with the oldest credentials. The place oozes the very history the area is so famous for. The farmhouse is a mix of small bricks and irregularly shaped grey stones, featuring long, narrow windows that sit, embedded unsymmetrically in its sides. The house is accompanied by barns and outbuildings that share the same listed status and, in the yard, a quaint stone granary houses and an old counting house where farm workers would congregate to received their pay.

Yet, as with all things, the passing of time mixes the old with the new and Wambrook Farm also intertwines itself with some modern trends. Along with their mixed organic farming – cows, sheep and arable crops – they run a solar farm nearby and grow large mats of sedum (sold as turf to cover eco-friendly, green roofs). Then, of course, there’s the glamping, their newest offering and an offering that should certainly not be turned down.

Dotted in a meadow just beyond the main building, the farm features two types of canvas lodge, with the regular lodges sleeping six in comfort and the ‘Frills’ lodge sleeping the same, but with the added luxury of an en suite shower (rather than just an en suite toilet) and a large veranda outside with a BBQ. Inside there’s a real sense of luxury but it’s still in keeping with the aesthetics of the farm, with wooden floors running throughout, dark timber furnishings and old style lantern lighting. The beds are comfortable and come complete with all the bedding, while, in the kitchen, the ‘cupboard bed’ is a particular winner with the kids, who can shut themselves away inside.

You don’t have to be a historian to enjoy the place either. This is a real family-friendly site with well-behaved pets welcome and ample space for little ones to run wild, including a flank of trees next to the tents that are perfect for den building. Beyond, the Blackdown Hills offer miles to explore or a short drive south whistles you to the west Dorset coast. Not that you’ll be in any rush to get away, most fall so in love with farming life they never want to leave!

Details

Facilities

Canvas Frills Lodges include a double bed, bunk beds and a cosy cupboard bed. The lodge has an en suite bathroom with shower and basin and flushing toilet. There is a kitchenette with outdoor cooker, and canvas covered veranda along with a living space area with sofas, a dining table and the like. Standard Canvas Lodges are similar in style but do not feature en suite bathroom facilities, a BBQ or large veranda. Wood is supplied for heating and cooking along with a starter pack of candles and lamp oil. Towels and bedding are all provided. Campers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have a farm tour from Ed and Eleanor and there is are also chickens around the lodges and coup where you can collect fresh eggs. Visit in the spring and early summer to see calves and lambs (you may even be able to help bottle feed them!)

Suitable For

Kids, families, groups and dogs (by arrangement) – yes. Campervans, caravans and tents – no.

Nearby

On the edge of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the farm offers some excellent walks to the west. For many, though, it's the 25-minute drive to the coast that's most appealing, with renowned Lyme Regis the closest place to hand. It’s not hard to see why this picturesque harbour town was Jane Austen’s favourite. Spilling down a steep hillside, its an interesting mix of tiny terraced fishermen’s cottages, thatched houses and vast elegant Victorian and Regency villas. Walk along The Cobb, a curving harbour wall dating from the 13th century, ideal for fishing from the walls and family strolls. At the bottom, a line of blackboards advertise boat and fishing trips, which leave from the harbour – on a fine day, you can simply turn up and choose the next trip going out. At the far end of The Cobb, there’s also a small Aquarium (07903 955300). For local history it's less than 10 minutes from the farm to Forde Abbey and gardens (01460 220231), a grand country house with a fantastic garden centre stocking perennials and grasses.

Food & Drink

There is an honesty shop on the campsite selling local goods and the farms own meat (when in stock) and a wood-fired pizza oven gets fired up during your stay, so you can try your hand at home cooking your own treat! Ed and Eleanor can help out if you need. Or wander down to the village pub a 5 minute walk away. Ye Olde Poppe (01460 220063) Inn serves excellent food and also has a few local real ales on tap.

Opening Times

Easter–end of October.

Location

Contact Wambrook Farm, Wambrook Farm, Tatworth, Chard, Somerset TA20 3DF

Show Map

Reviews

Add Your Review

Be the first to leave a review!

Related Guides

See Campsites in England

See Glamping in England

Book campsites near Wambrook Farm