There’s no shortage of experience at Woodland Escape, an aptly named glamping site in the heart of Somerset. The team behind this small-scale spot have been in the industry for years. In fact, owner Rob grew up on his family’s holiday park just a few miles across the border in Dorset, setting up his first glamping site within a quiet section of the campsite grounds there. It was always his dream to find a more natural, off-grid location though. And this burgeoning, rural woodland is certainly an idyllic choice. His dream has finally been realised.
Despite the vast amount of space, Rob has curbed the place to seven furnished bell tents and two, beautifully kitted-out yurts plus one Safari Lodge. The result is a wonderfully private woodland with small clearings for each unit but trees nicely dividing them from one another and providing perfect privacy. Campfire smoke wafts up through the leafy canopy and a few solar-powered lamps add some extra light in the evenings. The woodland isn’t particularly dense, so there’s plenty of room for children to chase around and play games, while local footpaths lead out into the open fields with several enjoyable loop walks nearby.
This is a glamping site that wears its quirks on its sleeve. Along with a hidden wood-fired hot tub adults can use and the garden games you can borrow, children are each given a ribbon on arrival that they can tie to the wishing tree in the heart of the woods. A combination of an ash and an oak tree that have intertwined and grown together, the tree is a wonderfully magical looking thing, perhaps possessing some genuine powers. Tie the ribbon, close your eyes and make a wish: “I wish to come back every summer, I wish, I wish, I wish”....
Bell tents feature a double bed, 2 single futon sofa beds, storage trunk, electric solar lighting and phone charger point, cool box and food storage, firepit, cutlery, crockery and drinks glasses, gas stove with hob and grill, BBQ, picnic bench, water and breakfast hamper on arrival. Yurts feature a double bed, 2 single futons, bedside tables, rugs, electric solar lighting and phone charger point, coolbox, BBQ, firepit, picnic table, cutlery, crockery and drinks glasses, gas stove with hob and grill. The glamping site has hot showers and proper flushing toilets, board games to borrow, garden games and free reign to explore. Hot tub (only available for exclusive use by prior arrangement) in a secluded area surrounded by trees and greenery, each hot tub hire includes a bag of logs and kindling for the burner as well as complimentary use of towelling gowns and flip-flops during your stay.
Glamping only. Couples, families, dogs, groups and exclusive hire (20 people plus) of the whole site – yes. Tents, campervans and caravans – no.
The Haynes International Motor Museum (01963 440804) is just a couple of miles away, home to a collection of over 400 cars and motorcycles as well as other automobilia, and the Fleet Air Museum (01935 840565) is just a jot further.
Food & DrinkThere's a great little bakery (01935 850450) down the road, while its a mile and a half to the nearest pub, the excellent Sparkford Inn (01963 440218).
The Owner Says
Off-grid glamping with hot tub available in Somerset with Bell tents, Yurts and a Canvas Lodge
Woodland Escape is located amongst the trees in the heart of rural Somerset to provide luxury off-grid woodland glamping holidays for digital detox getaways.
With three types of accommodation and three levels of luxury to choose from, there is a package to suit every budget from £13.38 per person per night.
Accommodation includes Stargazer Yurts, Bell tents and the new Canvas Lodge.
Exclusive hire of the whole site is available for bookings such as stag & hen parties and corporate retreats.
Special offer July 2018: Last minute midweek!
Special Summer Midweek Glamping Rates! Special rates apply for midweek stays in July, subject to availability. Please contact us directly for more information.
Accommodation2 Stargazer yurts, 7 bell tents and a Canvas Lodge. Check Availability
Exit the M4 at Junction 18. Take the A46 and continue onto the A363. Take the B3109 and continue on to the A361. Continue until joining the B3092. Merge onto the A303. At Hazelgrove roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A359. Pass the Sparkford Inn (on the left) and turn left on Wolverlands (sign posted South Barrow). Pass the entrance to Sparkford House on your left. Enter South Barrow, passing the church on your right. Descending the hill and round the bends, the road becomes Strawberry Lane. Descend the hill on Strawberry Lane, passing Fosters Farm on your right. As you descend the hill you will see the campsite flags flying at the entrance. Woodland Escape is on your right.
If you are coming to the glamping site from London on the A303 the most direct route is simply to follow the signs to Haynes Motor Museum.
Our postcode at Woodland Escape is BA22 7LR.
Castle Cary (0845 748 4950) is the nearest train station, 5 miles away.
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