Camping vs Glamping in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 13:10 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:18 15 August 2016

Relax with friends in your Lantern & Larks safari tent

Relax with friends in your Lantern & Larks safari tent


Do you like to pitch your own tent and be at one with nature or do you prefer a few luxuries? However you like to camp, we pick the idyllic summer spots for you to try

Enjoy complete tranquility at Pool Bridge. Photo by Chris GladstoneEnjoy complete tranquility at Pool Bridge. Photo by Chris Gladstone

Back to basics

Pool Bridge Camp Site, Porlock, near Minehead

Spread over two meadows, surrounded by ancient oak woodland and with a river running through it, discover a camp site where a peaceful night’s sleep is guaranteed. Very sheltered and with an abundance of wildlife all around, the peace and quiet at Pool Bridge is what makes it such a hidden gem. The site, at the top of Horner Valley, is two and a half miles from Porlock and facilities are minimal but there is a small shop on site as well as a toilet and shower block.

Ebborways Farm, Priddy, near Wells

Simplicity is the key at Ebborways Farm where the seven acre site is perfect for those in pursuit of an authentic camping experience. It will be just you, a field and a campfire in sumptuous, serene surroundings. Facilities are limited to a water supply and composting toilets, and you can pitch wherever you like. The site is one of the main camp sites for Priddy Folk Festival and is perfect for those who like to sing into the night, without disturbing the neighbours.

Hornblotton Farm, Hornblotton, near Shepton Mallet

A yurt at Pool Bridge CampsiteA yurt at Pool Bridge Campsite

Spend a night camping at 50-acre Hornblotton Farm to get a real experience of farmyard camping. This is purely back to basics camping – there are no showers or washing facilities but you do get the use of a basic toilet and wash block on this working farm. And because it’s a farm, you will get a warm welcome from the animals, as well as the opportunity to buy fresh eggs, sausages and bacon to cook on your campfire.

Pitchperfect Camping,Woolverton, near Bath

An ideal spot for youngsters, this family-run camp site offers beautiful countryside views and is close to Longleat and Bath for days out. Designed with families in mind, the site offers baby bathing and changing facilities, as well as hot showers and a family or disabled unit. Children will enjoy running around or riding bikes in the large grassy meadow and there is also a playground with swings, slide, sandpit and trampoline.

The Masons Arms, Odcombe, near Yeovil

If you don’t like to be too far from a pint or two, try camping at this traditional country pub. The Masons Arms, in the village of Odcombe, is surrounded by walking trails including a hike up nearby Ham Hill. Being a pub site, campers can take a night away from the campfire and enjoy dinner in the pub. The site has a toilet and shower block, sinks and a washing up area but also provides a hairdryer, iron and ironing board.

Vintage furniture and mod cons make for luxury camping at The Yurt RetreatVintage furniture and mod cons make for luxury camping at The Yurt Retreat

Little luxury

The Yurt Retreat, Fordscroft Farm, near Crewkerne

An adult-only sanctuary, the Yurt Retreat offers a spot of luxury either in one of its four yurts or in The Bird House, a luxury treehouse. Standing on tree trunk stilts, the treehouse is designed to bring the outside in but also include modern luxuries such as a fully equipped kitchen. The Mongolian style yurts feature vintage furniture, wood burner and mains electricity plus a private toilet and sink and all have use of the lodge, a communal space comprising kitchen, lounge and showers.

Middlewick Farm, Wick Lane, Glastonbury

Set in their own paddock at this 16-acre farm at the base of Glastonbury Tor, take a break in one of three luxury E-den camping cabins. Lie in your full size double bed and gaze at the stars through the velux window above. Each cabin has its own private wetroom and barbecue. In the same paddock there is also a shepherd’s hut, available in the summer months, that is ideal for a solo traveller although can sleep two. Guests also have use of the farm’s indoor heated swimming pool and steam room.

Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa,Cheddar

Fancy relaxing in your own private hot tub outside your luxury lodge? The five star Cheddar Woods resort may not be the same as sleeping under canvas but the lodges are still all about making the most of the great outdoors and enjoying life’s luxuries at the same time. The spacious lodges, some with private hot tub, offer fully equipped kitchens and flat screen TVs and are all sited to make the most of the natural landscape that surrounds them.

Secret Valley, Cobbs Cross Farm, Goathurst

This really is one site where you can have your camping break exactly how you want it. Choose to stay in a wooden wigwam, a yurt, a shepherd’s hut, a reindeer lodge, a tipi or a lotus belle tent. Secret Valley is a working organic farm, vineyard and outdoor activity centre in the Quantock Hills that is perfect for catering for larger groups and special celebrations. The accommodation is grouped together across the 400-acre farm site and is ideal for a big family occasion.

Lantern & Larks, Kittisford Barton, near Wellington

This camping experience is still all about the canvas but with a few added extras. The safari tent, set on an organic farm, sleeps up to six so is ideal for a camping trip with a few friends. The canvas three-bedroom getaway is complete with sofas set around a wood burning stove and a dining area with pine table and chairs, while the outside decking includes a firepit. Wake to beautiful views across the Blackdown Hills before enjoying country walks around the local area.

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