Badger Safari Lodge

UK England South West England Somerset Taunton Middle Stone Farm

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Private Bathroom
This is glamping at its most luxurious. A self-contained safari lodge with a private hot tub in glorious Somerset countryside.

  • A spacious safari lodge with its own bathroom, separate bedrooms and living area
  • Outside space includes a front deck, hammock, BBQ area and hot tub
  • One of three tents on a 32-acre farm with rare breeds and shop selling local produce

The Owner Says

In a four acre field with stunning views towards Exmoor National Park stand three luxurious safari lodges each with a wood-fired hot tub.  Badger Lodge is the first safari tent guests reach as they approach them from the car park.

This lodge comfortably sleeps up to 6 people.  There are 3 sleeping spaces  - a king bed in one room, a twin room and a separate quirky king cabin bed popular with couples and children!  The comfortable beds are made up for your arrival with freshly laundered bed linen, thick duvets and plenty of blankets.  There is a private ensuite shower and wash room at the end of the lodge with spacious shower, flushing loo and upcycled quirky basin unit, towels are provided.  There’s plenty of hot water on demand.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to make delicious meals on the wood stove (a bit like an Aga) or prepare a barbecue.  There's dresser with glasses and crockery, a fridge/freezer plus electrical sockets for charging a phone.  The lighting is via LED lights and there are plenty of candles for evening atmosphere too.  A comfy sofa faces the fire and there are books and board games to borrow for the evening.

There is a wooden deck at the front of the lodge with rattan garden furniture and wonderful views.  There is a private wood fired hot tub close by, (available for an extra fee), barbecue area and hammock.   There is a store of firewood alongside the lodge to fuel the kitchen stove and the hot tub.

Middle Stone Farm's shop is open from April to October.  There are a couple of play areas on site and the farm offers farm tours and  tractor rides too.

We do not allow pets to stay in Badger Lodge.

Features & Facilities

Middle Stone Farm has 6 safari lodges - 3 in two separate fields.  There is also a bespoke wooden cabin called The Deckhouse and stable conversion cottage.  Each accommodation has a wood fired hot tub (optional extra).  Five of the safari tents sleep 6 guests in a king room, twin room and cabin bed and Stag Lodge sleeps 8.  All the accommodation has private bathrooms with flushing loos and hot showers.  Bedlinen and towels are provided. The kitchens in the safari lodges are well equipped with fridge/freezer, electricity and large Aga style wood burning stove.  Logs are provided for free for use within the safari tents and the Deckhouse Cabin. There is a single electrical socket for charging phones and 4G reception.  The Stable Cottage has WiFi.  The on-site shop sells local food, farm produce, wine, local beer and cider, as well as basic groceries.  BBQs are provided and firebaskets are available for campfires (wood can be bought on site for this). Laundry and babysitting service available. Farm tours from Spring to October.  Gazebo available for group bookings. Lots of animals to see, two play areas.  

Activities

It's 3 miles to Exmoor National Park (01398 323665), home to some of the finest walking in the country, with Tarr Steps a particularly good route for families. A little further north and you end up at the seaside, overlooking the Bristol Channel. Kilve beach, an area of Special Scientific Interest, is a top spot to go searching for fossils, while the sandy beach at Blue Anchor Bay is also popular – backed by the Smugglers Inn (01984 640385), serving excellent fish and chips. Within the national park, Porlock and Lynton are also particularly stunning areas of the coast. The National Trust owned wild garden at Fyne Court is hidden away in the nearby Quantock Hills, just east of the campsite, and 11th-century Dunster Castle (01643 821314), surrounded by a charming medieval village, is also within half an hour.

Food & Drink

You can order homemade meals,  breakfast hampers and meat from the farm.  The farm's honesty shop is open from April to October.  Every Saturday until midday there is a farmers' market at Wiveliscombe (8 minute drive).
Good places to eat are The Royal Oak at Luxborough, The White Post Cafe at Langford Budville, The Swan in Bampton, The Driftwood Cafe at Blue Anchor Beach.  For special occasions we recommend Duende an award winning restaurant in nearby Wilveliscombe.

Family Friendly

You don't need to go on safari to stay in a safari tent these days. But with alpacas, goats and rare breed pigs and sheep, you can make a very British safari of your own at Middle Stone Farm. Binoculars aren't even required.
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Getting There

A rare campsite where putting the postcode in your Sat Nav actually works! It will bring you all the way and take the quickest route. If you don't have one, then, from Taunton, take the B3227 to Wiveliscombe. In Wiveliscombe take the B3188 which will take you through the village of Ford and up the hill to Pitsford Hill and past the cricket club. ¼ mile from Pitsford Hill take the lane marked Brompton Ralph on the left, Middle Stone Farm is the first driveway on the left. A direct train from London Paddington (0845 748 4950) to Taunton (0845 748 4950) takes 1hr 45 minutes if you're on the fast train. The glamping site is still a 30 minute drive from Taunton train station though and there is no public transport to Brompton Ralph.  You need a car to make the most of your visit!