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Gilcombe Glamping
Somerset Ba10 0 Qe, England
1 acre
Sociable glamping near Bruton, with a laid-back atmosphere and big views
If you’re an avid festival-goer you might already recognise the name 'Gilcombe'. This beautiful 300-acre organic farm was once home to the award-winning Sunrise Festival and now the smaller-scale Farmfestival too. And, despite the dreamy calm and seclusion of the glamping site, visitors here could probably guess it. Perhaps it's the laid-back atmosphere of the place or the fact that groups are welcome but there’s something undeniably chilled and festival-esque about the space. Set in an elevated meadow, with far-reaching views south towards King Alfred's Tower; an 18th-century folly at the north-western edge of the Stourhead Estate, Gilcombe Glamping is home to 12 Lotus Belle Tents, bulbous canvas structures with proper beds and furnishings inside. The site is off-grid but that doesn’t mean you’ll be wanting for comforts. Each tent has its own designated eco loo, there are gas-powered hot showers and, along with furnishings that include Moroccan rugs and lanterns, every abode also comes with its own cool box, BBQ and cooking facilities. For large group bookings, there’s a separate covered area for gatherings and activities like yoga, while, even if you’ve just booked one or two tents with friends, you can pull the dining tables and chairs provided together to gather for a meal. For sun sets, take a wander across the field to Gilcombe’s very own stone-circle, which is perfectly aligned with Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge (25 minutes’ drive and 45 minutes’ drive respectively) and adds that bohemian touch to all things festival spirited. Elsewhere, the pretty village of Bruton is just a mile away, a hot-spot for the rich and famous of late, who are drawn here, like most glampers, for the mix of excellent pubs and restaurants and the burgeoning arts scene that includes the new Hauser & Wirth gallery. The Stourhead Estate, Nunney Castle and Haynes International Motor Museum are all within a 15-minute drive and Longleat House and Safari Park is also just 20 minutes away.
Activities
Hiking
Natural features
Forest
Field
Farm
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Location
Somerset Ba10 0 Qe, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Gilcombe G.Joined in April 2021
From the host
Sociable glamping near Bruton, with a laid-back atmosphere and big views
Nearby attractions
Gilcombe Glamping is five minutes from the charming town of Bruton, where local attractions include The Stourhead Estate and Alfred’s Tower, both around 15 minutes away in the car. With its Palladian architecture and world-famous landscape garden, The Stourhead Estate (01747 841152) feels as if you're stepping back in time and has featured in such films as Pride and Prejudice. King Alfred’s Tower, on the edge of the estate, is 49 metres tall and steeped in history, named after King Alfred and commemorating George III’s accession in 1760. The Hauser and Wirth gallery (01749 814060) is also nearby around (five minutes' drive from Gilcombe), home to world-class art and architecture and a multi-purpose arts centre. You’re also not far from Longleat Safari Park, perfect for a family day out at 20-minutes away. For slightly longer trips, the town of Bath is 40-minutes north of the campsite and Glastonbury Tor is 25-minutes west.
Food and drink
From the freshest produce, Gilcombe Farm has its own superb farm shop, a five-minute stroll from the glamping site. For anything else, it takes around half an hour to walk into Bruton (or drive in under five minutes), where The Roth Bar and Grill (01749 814700) has daily changing menus and source seasonal produce from their own walled garden and local producers. The Chapel (01749 814070) is als a good bet, both as a place to dine but also as a bakery with fresh pastries and sourdough donuts to take out with you for the day’s exploring. Tiny Osip (01749 813322) is home to one of Britain’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs and makes the perfect choice if you’re looking as much for an experience as you are a place to dine. Two of the best pubs in the village are The Sun Inn (01749 813493) and The Castle Inn, which has a log-burning stove and a diverse live music schedule. Matt's Kitchen, also in the village, serves delicious 'no nonsense' homely food and has a relaxed BYO policy.
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