Glamping at Kittisford Barton in Somerset is set amongst the stunning scenery just half an hour west of Taunton. Though surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the site is just 10 minutes from junction 26 of the M5, making it easily accessible and well located for local amenities. 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!
OUR SAFARI TENTS
THIS TRULY IS: ‘COMFORT UNDER CANVAS’.
Your Lantern & Larks home from home is a canvas-wrapped three bedroom rural hideaway, and will sleep six in complete comfort. But if there are four people or fewer in your party, we are pleased to reduce the price by 15% during low season. The tent is equipped for practical day-to-day comfort and furnished with a gracious, relaxed elegance. Solid decking floors run throughout the spacious interior, extending to the terrace at the front and a practical porch entrance to the rear.
The living area is open-plan with plenty of room for families and friends to enjoy the ‘at home’ parts of your holiday together. A solid, wood-burning stove is the lodge’s warming heart. It makes for a cosy retreat from our seasonal chill. A sofa and array of casual seating circle a large coffee table. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine, or prepare for Monopoly mania or several strenuous sessions of snap.
DINE IN COMFORT
You can sit up for breakfast and supper in the dining area. A pine table and high-backed chairs seat six with ease. From the practical selection of tableware and ornamental dressings in the kitchen, you can decide whether to lay the table for a simple family feast or add those touches of candle-lit elegance that make dinner the highlight of your day.
All the bedrooms are roomy and separated for privacy and comfort. The tent has one double; one twin; and lovely bunked bed fun in the third for toddlers or teens. All beds are all in solid pine with comfortable mattresses and plush duvet sets throughout. The tent has ample room to lose holiday clutter and to hang, stack and drawer clothes and toiletries too.
YOUR VERY OWN SHOWER AND WC
The wooden door to the great outdoors here adds to your privacy because this is also where you’ll find the shower and WC. The shower runs off an independent hot water system and the spray can be altered to suit with its adjustable head. Both ‘rooms’ are plumbed in, to drain and flush away from the standing.
NOW YOU’RE COOKING
Home cooking takes on various forms. The kitchen has a butane hob for copious cups of tea – ideal for simple meals or a stir-fried treat. Simmer an all-in casserole on the hob of the wood burning stove or warm up a curry carry out inside.
STEP INTO THE OUTDOORS
Zip yourself out of the dining area and into the practical nerve centre of your Colonial canvas hideaway. Here, there is room for all those outdoor necessities – muddy wellies, dripping coats, sandy buckets and spades. Gather the family around the fire pit, on your decked terrace and get comfortable on the stylish cane outdoor sofa and armchairs, barbeque to your heart’s content with local produce cooked to taste on the intoxicating ballet of flames. On a Lantern & Larks holiday, your garden is whichever delightful slice of the British countryside you choose to stay in. Each will be situated in a peaceful corner of private land or farmland, making the most of the local flora, fauna, tranquillity and views.
Explore the locality, the village life, footpaths, the sounds and sights. Then sample the broader highlights of the area’s woodland, moors, coastline, towns, hills and valleys, waterways and lakes, its country houses and the many varieties of regional treasures that gave us reason to light our special lantern here.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Somerset is a haven for gentle country walks, quiet evenings and peaceful wildlife, but you’re never too far from civilisation either. If you fancy getting back to the city for a while Taunton and Exeter are both an easy drive away and offer a fantastic range of retail centres, independent shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and attractions.
Join one of the many walking routes crisscrossing the Blackdown Hills
Cothay Manor Historic House and Gardens
Go Ape at Exteter’s Haldon Forest
Dunster Castle and Water Will
Saltmarshes of Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve
Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Staying closer to home you will also find a handful of towns and villages to explore such as Appley and Wiveliscombe
From £385 for a 3 night low season break
From £500 for a 3 night mid season break
From £655 for a 3 night high season break
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