Aller Farm Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Honiton

  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Despite the luxurious lodgings, this family-friendly farm site has been lovingly crafted with kids in mind

South West England is blessed with a bounty of bucolic beauty, with Devon the proud possesor of no less than five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There's the enchanting coves of the North Devon Coast; the striking, red triassic cliffs of East Devon; the classic pastoral patches of South Devon; the verdant Tamar Valley straddling the border with Cornwall; and last but by no means least, the Blackdown Hills. These inland lying peaks are among the county's lesser-visited regions. But anyone who bypasses these lush undulating slopes and wooded pockets in favour of the county's coastal delights aren't getting the whole picture. Traversing the high-hedged lanes and paths, you really get a sense of what life must have been like here a century or two ago – utterly idyllic and blissfully remote. The Blackdown Hills AONB is unique in that there are no towns or cities within its boundary. You can walk for miles without hide nor hair of another living soul. That is until the chime of church bells or howls of 'howzat!' from the cricket green beckon you to the one of the scattered quaint villages that dot the landscape. Villages like the sleepy drive-through of Stockland, home to the Parris family's Aller Farm.

Hosts Nigel and Emma are exceptionally welcoming to guests staying on their working Devonshire dairy farm-cum-glamping retreat. Guests, both young and young at heart, are treated to guided walks and encouraged to join in the day-to-day running of the farm, including the daily milking rounds. Aller Farm calves year round, and there's always an adorable baby cow near the tents so guests can chart it's progress. There are also plenty of turkeys, ducks and free-range laying hens, which means fresh eggs for breakfast.

While the setting might be authentically rustic, accommodation here is strictly of the glamping persuasion, with three spacious safari offerings to choose from. Oak, Ash and Beech all comfortably sleep up to six guests in their cosily-furnished confines. There's a double bed for mum and dad, bunks, and a 'magical cupboard bed' the kids will all be fighting over. Each tent has its own bathroom with proper flushing loos, while the latter two even boast their own private wood-fired hot tubs – the perfect setting for contemplating the unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside.  

Despite the luxurious lodgings, this family-friendly farm site has been lovingly crafted with kids in mind. Conscientious little touches like the den building and little outdoor explorer kits available mean children can let their imaginations run riot as they connect with nature.

Needless to say there are innumerable lovely walks leading right from the farm. Nigel and Emma are happy to help you plot your route, or just follow the River Yarty to the east or the Umborne Brook to the west. Some of the region's most popular attractions lie within easy reach, not least the UNESCO-anointed Jurassic Coast, around a 20 minute drive away. But back on site, it's wonderfully secluded. At night a chorus of hooting owls accompany the crackling of flames from the firepit and gentle babbling of the stream behind the tents. And as you decide how best to spend tomorrow, plans might have to be shelved as the lure of the life on the farm might just prove too strong. And what's wrong with that?

Details

Facilities

Each tent has a double bed, 'magical cupboard bed', bunk and wood-burning stove. Private bathroom with toilet, hot shower and sink. Fully-equipped kitchen with sink, utensils and cool box. Sofa and dining area. Outside picnic bench, firepit/BBQ.
Guests are entitled to one complimentary net of logs per night, per tent. One additional net of complimentary logs per night for the wood-fired hot tubs. Extra logs can be purchased, outside the pantry. Toys, games, balls and books are stored in the pantry – help yourself! 

Suitable For

Families, glampers – yes. Tent campers – no. Dogs are allowed outside of school holidays (maximum 2 per tent).

Nearby

Devon has countless natural and historic wonders to explore. The Jurassic Coast stretches more than 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset. Swing by Lyme Regis Museum (01297 443370) first, before making your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, armed with your new found knowledge. The county boasts not one but two national parks in both Dartmoor and Exmoor. These are two of England's last great wildernesses and perfect for exploring on foot or bike. If you're feeling lazy, Dartmoor Electric Bicycles (07914184220) can help you cover the former while the 4-wheel-drives of Experience Exmoor (01271 889316) should see to the latter. County capital Exeter makes for a great day out, with plenty of historic intrigue and a vibrant restaurant scene to investigate. Escot (01404 822188), The Donkey Sanctuary (01395 578222), and Ferne Animal Sanctuary (01460 65214) have enough furry friends to keep the kids enterained, while to the south-east, Corfe Castle (01929 481294) and Durdle Door are ready and waiting for those essential Dorset photos.

Food & Drink

Breakfast hampers can be preordered ready for collection on your arrival. The Farm Honesty Pantry stocks all the essentials needed for your stay including local sausages, burgers, steaks, bacon, bread, butter, cheese, jams, apple juice, homemade casseroles, ice cream, and Emma's legendary brownies. Free-range eggs can be collected from the hen house each morning. Cook your own handmade pizzas in the wood-fired pizza oven, or knock up a stew with Emma's pre-prepared pot – simply hire the pot (filled with the ingredients ready to chop) wood and tripod and while away an hour or two whilst your casserole simmers away. River Cottage Canteen (01297 631715) is a 15 minute drive away in Axminster, while the local village pub, The Tuckers Arms (01404 881342) in Dalwood, is a charming thatched-roof pub just 3 miles away. Hix Oyster & Fish House (01297 446 910) serves up sumptuous seafood and sea views overlooking the harbour at Lyme Regis, while Hive Beach Café (01308 897070) at the stunning Burton Bradstock beach is an equally lovely spot for lunch. If you're really looking to treat yourself, the lavish restaurant at Combe House Hotel (01404 540400) in Honiton is the place to do it.

Open

May 22nd – end of October Half Term.

Location

Contact Aller Farm Glamping, Stockland, Honiton, Devon EX14 9EQ

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Getting There

Aller Farm lies just a 10 minute drive from the A303 between Ilminster and Honiton. Head through the village of Stockland, then, with the school on your right hand side, take the next right after the school. The campsite is located in the first farm on the right. The car park entrance is just before the farmhouse entrance.

The closest train station is Axminster which is a 15 minute drive from the campsite.

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