Kittisford Barton Glamping Lantern & Larks

UK England South West England Somerset Taunton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Achingly beautiful countryside with 21st-century accommodation
Nowhere typifies the British countryside quite like Kittisford Barton. On the western edge of Somerset, this newly opened glampsite sits within 260 acres of organic agricultural splendor. Fields fold into woodland, and ponds pepper the landscape. Tiny streams trickle water towards the River Tone, surely the wiggliest waterway in the entire southeast, and mature, bushy hedgerows segment the fields into a patchwork of varied colour. If Somerset wants to lose its stereotype of farmers in their flat caps, this place isn’t doing it any favours.

Yet the site is, in fact, strikingly modern. Not in an urban, gritty sense, but simply in terms of the luxuries on offer. Low key camping this is not. There are five safari tents in total, pitched in a large open field, giving both a sense of space and privacy. Each of the tents sleeps up to six people, with three separated bedrooms: a double room, a twin room and a children’s room with bunk beds. On top of this, there’s also a large open plan living area with a dining space and a couple of sofas to relax on after a day exploring the surroundings. The kitchen (there are gas hobs and all the cooking utensils you could need) offers real convenience, while at the heart of it all is that one essential piece of glamping kit – a toasty log burning stove heating the entire tent with ease.

The location is certainly a boon for kids – think den building in the woods and evening barbeques on the safari tent veranda – but don’t be fooled by the rural atmosphere it maintains. While Kittisford Barton enjoys the peace and tranquility that comes from being in the middle of the countryside, it is, in fact, only a ten minute drive to junction 26 of the M5, a real convenience if you’re a stickler for itineraries.

There’s a Go Ape in Haldon Forest so families can monkey their way across the treetops using zip wires and climbing nets, while the beaches of the north coast are just 20 minutes in the car. Exeter, meanwhile, is a speedy zip down the motorway – great for rainy days hiding in galleries and museums – while Exmoor, the closest of the lot, is the best when the sun’s out – a staggering natural playground and one of the UK’s quietest National Parks.

Details

Facilities

Each of the safari tents at Kittisford Barton sleeps 6 within three roomy bedrooms providing privacy and comfort. The tents have one double, one twin and a bunk bed with all the bed linen provided. The safari tents are furnished with sofas, dining furniture, a log burning stove, a kitchen with gas hobs and cooking utensils and an en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet.

Suitable For

Dogs, families, large groups, couples – yes. Campervans, separate tents, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

The West Somerset Railway (01643 704996) is UK’s longest Heritage Railway where you can board a steam train and travel all the way to the seaside town of Minehead taking in some breath-taking views along the way. For walking and cycling there's a variety of options. Exmoor National Park is nearest – grab an OS map and explore the vast moors – while Dartmoor is also within reach (just under and hours drive away), but you needn't look to the national parks. The Blackdown Hills AONB is right on the doorstep of the site and the Quantock Hills, to the north east, are also vying for your attention. For beaches, head north and it's around 20 minutes, to the south cost it's only ten minutes or so more. For something really different, Quad World (01392 881313) is a multi-award winning quad biking company with a large track close to the site that caters for everyone from first timers to seasoned quad bikers.

Food & Drink

Among the optional extras that can be added to your booking are a large and a basic breakfast pack, a BBQ pack, and a campfire pack, all of which include food and drink that can be prepared on the log burning stove in your tent or on the fire pit just outside. The town of Taunton is a short half hour drive away where you will find a number of pubs and restaurants that are perfect for an evening meal. Set in a 17th century Grade II listed building is The Willow Tree (01823 352835), a restaurant that has won a number of accolades for its fine dining that uses the best ingredients the West Country has to offer. Ciao Amore (01823 353127) is a restaurant in the heart of Taunton that serves authentic Italian food and is known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Open

March – October.

Family Friendly

With cows and calfs to visit and pigs and goats to meet, you'd think a visit here would turn your children into wannabe farmers. It turns out it's builders they become. Build a den in the woods. Build a dam in the stream. Built a pillow fort in the bedroom. Maybe bring a tool-kit along?

The Owner Says

Lantern & Larks have chosen this secluded spot on the Somerset-Devon border as one that oozes peace and tranquility. With the Blackdown Hills AONB creating an incredible backdrop, Kittisford Barton is spoilt for choice when it comes to country walks and patchwork scenery. The organic farm alone is 260 acres of ponds, woodlands, fields and trails for keen adventurers to wander. Guests to the site will be able to see the farm's animal inhabitants, meet the friendly goats or collect eggs from the chickens that live in the orchard – a firm favourite with all ages!

Location

Contact Kittisford Barton Glamping, Kittisford Barton, Wellington, Somerset

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Getting There

Southbound: Exit the M5 at Junction 26, take the 3rd exit and follow the signs to Wellington. On reaching the next roundabout take the first exit on to the A38 signposted to Exeter. After 200 yards you'll go straight over a small roundabout. Stay on the A38 bypassing Wellington and take the first exit at the next roundabout, staying on the A38 to Exeter. After approximately 1 mile you will come to a pub called The Beambridge on your left. Take the right hand turn opposite the pub, signposted to Holywell Lake and Thorne St Margaret. Then follow the signs to Thorne St Margaret by going straight across the next crossroads. Take the 2nd right turn, signed to Thorne St Margaret. Turn down the next left turn and this will take you through the little woods. At the end of this lane turn right (which will appear to be straight on). Stay on this road for about 1.5 miles and you will go round a corner and over Pooh Sticks Bridge. Carry on up a hill and along a flat. At the end of the flat you will come to a Kittisford Barton on your right.

Northbound: Exit M5 at Junction 27 and take the 3rd exit following the A38 to Wellington. After approximately 4 miles you will come to a pub called The Beambridge on your right. Take the left turn opposite the pub, signposted to Holywell Lake and Thorne St Margaret. Then follow the signs to Thorne St Margaret by going straight across the next crossroads. Take the 2nd right turn, signed to Thorne St Margaret. Turn down the next left turn and this will take you through the little woods. At the end of this lane turn right (which will appear to be straight on). Stay on this road for about 1.5 miles and you will go round a corner and over Pooh Sticks Bridge. Carry on up a hill and along a flat. At the end of the flat you will come to Kittisford barton on your right.

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