Camping and glamping in a wild setting of meadows, woods and streams, with activity options and an on-site coffee van
"We offer more than the average farmer's field but we’re closer to nature than formal camping grounds." That's how we were first introduced to Be Wilder Camps, a glamping and camping site just south of the Somerset village of Wanstrow, which uses immersive experiences, a wild landscape and rustic accommodation to provide an experience that puts you back in touch with nature.
The range of accommodation options, from camping pitches to safari bell tents and tipis, means the facilities vary depending on the level of luxury you’re opting for. In the safari bells you'll find orthopaedic mattresses that give the beds you have at home a run for their money, alongside all the home comforts you could ask for, welcome mat and all, with interiors decorated with tables, lamps, rugs and plants. All guests, meanwhile have use of the hot showers and proper flushing toilets, while considered extras include and on-site coffee van that serves dangerously moreish pastries. As long as you’re eating it outside, you’re allowed to count it as a wild breakfast.
There's a fun, bohemian feel to life here, which activities like yoga and archery only lend themselves too. Most of the experiences and activities take place in the 10 acres of woodland owned by the farm but, for those who want to explore on their own, there's a network of paths connected to the site that lead into the expansive 100 acres of Breach Wood. The activities give you the chance to connect with your fellow campers and glampers but there are other wild guests that frequent Be Wilder Camps too – rare insects, birds and deer – while, along the hilltop where the accommodation is set, there are a total of 15 springs passing through the site before they reach the local River Frome.
Understanding the campsite's location depends on what you're here for. It's between Cranbourne Chase and the Mendip Hills (if you're a hiker, biker or just fancy exploring the countryside) or it's between the popular haunts of Frome and Bruton (if you're here for markets, galleries and fine food). The hilltop campsite field, known as Field 725, is a good vantage point for taking it all in and a footpath leads across the fields to the good honey-stone pub in the village of Batcombe. By car, meanwhile, Nunney Castle, Longleat and the National Trust's Stour Head Estate are all within easy reach.
Wanstrow, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tara W.Joined in May 2022
From the host
Be Wilder Camps are something truly special, a unique and beautifully wild outdoor living experience aimed to connect you right back to nature and all of its glory. Our sites provide family friendly and truly immersive experiences with a range of beautiful glamping accommodation under canvas. Tailored area-specific activities and courses are designed to give you the chance to learn and connect with others and the environment. Our onsite facilities are there to make your stay as easy and as comfortable as possible. Redwood Rare Breeds is a new rare breeds farm park in the making. Located on the edge of the Mendip Hills, Somerset between the popular hotspots of Frome and Bruton. The campsite field, known as Field 725, is perched on the top of a hill with outstanding views of the surrounding area, flanked on one side by untouched natural woodland adding to the wildness of the site and enhancing the opportunities for getting back to nature and in touch with your wild side.
Frome is just over 10 minutes’ drive away, voted by The Times as ‘one of the best places to live in Britain’, this bustling market town is equally as exciting to visit. The creative hub, sees many artists and craftspeople gather in its town, showcasing their work in the independent shops on its winding lanes and is also host to the popular Frome Festival, spotlighting the artistic talents of its community. The Hauser and Wirth gallery is also 10 minutes away in the car. Featuring work from both up and coming and world-renowned artists, the gallery is home to internationally famed art and architecture as well as a multi-purpose arts centre. Heritage hotspots nearby include English Heritage-owned Nunney Castle, Longleat House (01985 844400; now better known as Longleat Safari Park) and the National Trust's Stourhead Estate, all of which are within a 20-minute drive of the campsite.
Food and drink
Osip (01749 813322) is 10 minutes’ away from Be Wilder in Bruton and describes itself as a ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant – there's no menu for their dinner servings, instead you're trusting the Michelin-star chef’s expertise to provide you with an unforgettable meal. At The Chapel (01749 814070), also in Bruton and set inside an old 17th-century chapel, is as adept at serving coffee as cocktails and has its own artisan bakery catering for every craving, from scones at afternoon tea to takeaway pizzas. If you choose to dine in, the south-facing outdoor terrace is a stunning spot to dine. The Three Horseshoes Inn (01749 850359) in Batcombe is five minutes’ drive away from the site. A very popular spot among locals and visitors alike, they serve hearty pub classics alongside their great range of beer, topping off their classic country pub atmosphere with a lovely outdoor beer garden and roaring fires inside in winter.