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Luxury en-suite pods and traditional camping set in a six-acre, wildlife-friendly, Somerset orchard

Set on the fringes of the idyllic village of Butleigh lies Orchard Farm – a tranquil spot for camping and glamping set amidst organic Somerset apple trees. This charming hideaway site manages to feel both intimate and spacious. A flat, mown section of the six-acre site is allocated for just 10 camping pitches, while a trio of luxury glamping pods are situated at the heart of the orchard. 

A refreshingly relaxed atmosphere reigns in the orchard, with the trees providing natural plots, not to mention welcome shade in the summer. Options for both grass pitches and hardstanding’s are available, with good clean facilities for all campers. As for the three deluxe pods, these bespoke luxury structures come fully insulated with double glazing and underfloor heating (there's also a fourth pod with a toilet only). They come lovingly furnished with relaxed decor that complements the orchard’s tranquillity nicely. Each features a private en-suite with shower, kitchenette with Belfast sink, fridge with freezer box, twin zone hob, kettle and toaster, plus a dining table (a Smart TV is also provided and the pods are equipped with WiFi). Twin doors open onto a large decking area, allowing guests to the splendour of orchard life – whether rising early to enjoy your morning coffee with the dawn chorus of birdsong, or stargazing with a glass of wine as the atmospheric decking lights illuminate the surrounding trees.

Late April in the orchard sees the trees in beautiful blossom and the orchard is a magnet for a variety of wildlife, (including glow worms in the warmer summer months). Besides the abundant apple trees, there is an area planted with wildflowers, while frequent visitors include woodpeckers, owls and jays. Campsite owners Kathy and Steve do their bit to help too, running a release aviary with Somerset Wildlife that sees them adopt batches of fledgling birds and help return them to the wild. It’s quite the picture of natural harmony.

Leaving behind the heady scent of apple blossom on site, the local area is one of England's most vibrant destinations and demands to be explored. World-famous Glastonbury is just down the road – home to the iconic festival, it's also arguably the nation's epicentre of all things spiritual. The Chalice Well, Glastonbury Tor and the myriad spots associated with Arthurian legend are essential visits. The Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels make for fantastic rambles – in fact the whole region is eminently explorable on foot, with a walking path linking to many of the surrounding villages and Coombe Hill leaving directly from the orchard. Moreover, the coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea are less than an hour's drive away. Then again, you may opt for life back at camp, enjoying a chilled glass of organic Somerset scrumpy sourced from the very same trees. How do you like them apples?

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