Farm Camp Glamping
Child friendly glamping, Wiltshire
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About Farm Camp Glamping
Glamping in Bath has taken a very different turn. Glamping as a posh-camping notion is fabulous, but there are stratas of glam - and Farm Camp goes with a ping!
With made up beds, wood-burning stove, all of your cooking equipment supplied and your very own loo, as well as the availability of hot showers you are off to a grand start. With lots of lovely quirky things to do on site - do you know anyone that has paid to learn to herd sheep (has to be hilarious fun and a must do family activity), a spot of Robin Hood archery, or go on safari to hunt the estate’s very own Big 5, here in our very own West Country, for goodness sake - you are guaranteed a fun filled, memorable family holiday.
Tim’s family have proudly farmed the surrounding land for 5 generations and his Great Grandfather, Herbert, used to run the village pub in Winsley. Church Farm still has sheep (450 of them) but with the farming economy becoming increasingly difficult the family has wisely decided to also offer other folks a bolthole to enjoy nature and get back to basics - in a highly civilised fashion mind! The farm now offers a number of converted farm buildings for holiday cottages, as well as the glorious tents; next door, cousin Tom, has established Hartley Farm Shop & Cafe where you will happily stock up daily with fresh, local produce, grab a coffee, have lunch or do all three!
Glamping at Church Farm
Tim has three bell tents on site - each named after a West Country phrase; Wossnem, Eesorite and Ispecso - ask for an explanation when you arrive. The tents sleep 2-4 people and offer comfy, ready-made futon beds with fresh linen and one towel per guest, a wood burning stove with kettle, cooking and eating equipment, a cool box to keep your supplies chilled overnight, wind up torches and lanterns to help out later on, a lovely tealight chandelier to make everything look pretty come twi-light and fabulously your own private space in which to enjoy it all.
You have made the decision to glamp it up therefore not only is your shelter waiting with made-up beds you also have the luxury of two hot showers with eco-friendly shower gel supplied, your very own compost loo, the communal Egg Shellter - a larger shelter to gather, cook with the Big Green Egg (it looks amazing) and eat with your fellow campers, The Common - a green space available for games, snoozing and relaxing, The Deck where you will collect fresh drinking water and wash up at the sink alng with practical considerations such as Refuse & Recycling bins and the car parking field.
To Do with the Kids
So you have space and equipment already supplied, therefore pack the car with the 'Like Bike' to go off-roading or down to the local pub for early doors and tea, (cycles are available to hire either by the hour or day), nets to catch butterflies, grab a jar and find some insects or make a treasure map and hunt. The kids will need little in the form of entertainment with the chance to be adventurers and enjoy some freedom.
However when you just have to plan something then you can go on Safari - asking the kids to be stealth like is hilarious at the best of times but when they get in the mode this will be such fun. Keep calm, keep quiet, and go hunt the camp's very own Big Five comprising the Deer, Fox, Badger, Buzzard and Llama. Spottings we are told are fairly regular - getting a good photo to prove it is your challenge! The deer sometimes graze at camp, our foxes and badgers come out at night, the buzzards hunt the nearby fields and the llamas (most likely easiest) obligingly wait for you as they live on the farm.
After wild-animal spotting you have to try the ancient art of sheep-herding - it makes me giggle typing it! You shall be taught the basic principles then it’s up to you to try to move the sheep around a simple course, against the clock. The fun to be had just watching,let alone the exasperation of trying! For groups of 4 or more charged at £10 per adult, £5 per child (ages 3-13).
For older children and their parents archery tuition is available. For a grownup treat yoga sessions as well as aromatherapy massage can be arranged.
Facilities On Site(ish)
Church Farm itself is a stroll down the country lane. Here you will find a fabulous Indoor Heated Pool, a games room with table tennis, table football and pool - perfect distractions which if enjoyed slowly through the day could be categorised as a legitimate yet very easy ‘Day Out’.
As the camp is 'off-grid' there’s nowhere to charge your can’t do without gadgets. Fortunately there is power available and you may charge appliances in the laundry room’s power sockets.The already mentioned Laundry Room also has fridge and freezer space and washing machines and tumble dryers. 'Church Farm' is also where you will find the Reception when you need to book the sheep-herding experience.
With goals to ultimately implement an organic business and a healthy nod to our environment Tim has diligently started by using compost loos, recycling waste and providing eco-friendly soaps. Materials from around the farm have re-appeared in a different guise too, who knows how the Gurt shelter started out. In the future, Tim plans to organically develop business on the farm providing a natural and ethical setting for us to enjoy family holidays, activities and events which can only be a good thing all round (I’m biased - it’s my almost MSc escaping from me). Tim politely asks that you keep your ear to the ground or stalk the farm via social media for updates.
All prices and bookings include your own bell tent accommodation in a private location with its own compost loo shed nearby, ready-made futon beds with fresh linen, a soft towel per guest, hot showers, a sack of logs for the stove, coals for your own firepit bbq, and use of the indoor heated pool .Ideal for friends and family gatherings - you can book exclusive use of the camp. Under 3s free of charge and cots can be provided.
Minimum of 2 night stay.
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