Wambrook Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South West England Somerset Ilminster

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Family safari tent glamping on a working farm in Tatworth, Somerset, with the backdrop of the Blackdown Hills

The village of Tatworth in Somerset is steeped in history. Though small, it’s a settlement that’s been around for centuries. There are the barely noticeable remains of a Roman Villa, the parish church is owned by English Heritage and the pub is one of the oldest in the West Country. Even the name of the place 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, a cheerful farm still very much remains today and now you can even stay there.

Based around the gardens and grounds of a 17th-century farmstead, Wambrook oozes the very history the area is famous for. Yet, as with all things, the passing of time mixes the old with the new and along with the mixed organic farming – cows, sheep and arable crops – there's a solar farm nearby. Then, of course, there are the holidays; the farm's newest offering and one that should certainly not be turned down.

Wambrook is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with well-stocked kitchens, log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little from place to place, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on, with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.

At Wambrook that’s Ed and Elena. Along with the younger members of their family, they set the scene for your stay with a tour of the farm. This is a 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's perfect for den building. Beyond, the Blackdown Hills provide both a view-tastic backdrop and miles to explore. Cycling, horse riding and walking are common pursuits and a short drive south whisks you to Dorset’s Jurassic coast where there's more outdoor adventure. Happy days can be spent on Lyme Regis and Charmouth beaches, finding fossils and splashing about in the sea, before the return to another joyous place; your spot on this cheerful farm.

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Facilities

Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space (which has a cupboard bed suitable for young children). The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area, as well as space for games and play equipment and a pond. There is an honesty shop on site too.

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.

Open

Easter–end of October.

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The Owner Says

The charming and breath-taking land of Wambrook Farm can be found in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s just 30 minutes from the beautiful beach at Lyme Regis, known by many of the locals as ‘the pearl of Dorset’. Wambrook is a sustainable mixed organic farm with various animals you will meet. At the farm you will be introduced to sheeps, a pedigree herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and wheat and barley crops. Sedum matting for environmentally friendly roofs is also grown here, and has been for the past 15 years.

The farmhouse, stables and buildings are all listed, built in the mid-seventeenth century. Echoes of the past are everywhere at Wambrook, such as a granary in the yard that looks like a chapel and an old counting house inside where long-ago farm workers received their pay. However, Wambrook is as forward-looking as it is steeped in rich history! It has a solar farm and a biomass heating and hot water system fueled by sustainable wood grown on the farm.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

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Accommodation

Six family-sized safari tents on the farm.

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Location

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

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Getting There

Whether approaching from London via the M3 or Bristol via the M5, you'll want to head for Chard on the A358. Once in the town, turn right at the traffic lights on to the A30 towards Honiton. Carry on out of town to the top of the hill then turn left towards Wambrook. After approximately one mile turn left. The site will be on the left.

We are not reachable by public transport 

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