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Oakhill Ponds, spring-fed swim

· Somerset, Somerset, England
25 acres hosted by Amanda M.
4 glamping pitches
A uniquely peaceful Somerset glamping site set around two ponds in its own beautiful wildlife garden.

On the fringes of the Mendip Hills in deepest Somerset there's a slice of enchanting land known locally as 'The Brew'. It was created over 200 years ago by the local Oakhill Brewery and has at its heart an old pleasure garden with ponds, waterfalls and an extraordinary grotto that is gently being restored after years of neglect. Its new owners are re-wilding and developing it into a 21st-century sanctuary for buzzards and kingfishers, butterflies and bats, even a family of a deer, while at the same turning part of it into a private and uniquely peaceful glamping site that is yours to discover – 'Glamping at The Brew'.

There's a combination of off-grid and on-grid experiences at 'The Brew'. Off-grid there are six luxury Lotus bell-tents: each has a proper king-sized bed, with duvets, blankets, towels, a hot water bottle and chests of drawers for your clothes; immediately outside there's an outdoor table and two chairs, a kettle and mugs for coffee and tea, while a compost loo and cabin showers are close at hand. You could even take a morning dip in the spring-fed ponds if it took your fancy!

On-grid there is a large and very comfortable yurt, enticingly positioned in the old walled garden a couple of minutes' walk from the tents, a great communal space. Here you have more privacy, with your own shower room and two (yes two!) flushing loos. The yurt has sofas and chairs, indoor and outdoor dining tables, bluetooth and wifi, and – we're not kidding! – its own vinyl collection and turntable. There's an outdoor kitchen and a garden room which provides space for reading and writing, games and books, art materials and binoculars. The garden room has a double sofa-bed and can also be used as an extra bedroom if camping off-grid is too hardcore. The garden itself has a barbecue and pizza oven plus a firepit and even its own water-feature, which you can admire from a handwoven swing.

The site is on the edge of a quiet village and is perfect for families with older children or groups of friends who want to enjoy a chilled break amid nature in a special and accessible location. There's a large canopy that provides cover for a gathering-space complete with beanbags and cushions. As for the ponds, they are quite large and on two levels, with a waterfall between them: the lower one is being developed for wildlife, while the upper pond is given over to leisure pursuits, with five inflatable kayaks for guest use and two paddleboards for hire.

Finally you can stroll to the nearby Oakhill Inn, just a few minutes' away, which serves delicious food and drink and does takeaways if you can't be bothered to stir from your garden perch. If you can, then it's worth knowing that just half a mile away lies the ancient woodland of Beacon Hill, with views towards Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels.

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5 Ratings · 5 reviews
Kate M.recommends
July 1, 2024
Oakhill Ponds, spring-fed swim, Kat
Really lovely tranquil place to stay. Tents were comfortable and well equipped. We enjoyed the hammock for relaxing, as well as the lake to swim in. We used the hot tub- be aware that it is wood fired.. the fire is started for you but you need to be there an hour and a half before you book to keep it going (it is very near to the lake and the tents though). There’s a pub very nearby which has good food if you don’t fancy cooking. Overall a lovely place to stay. Good location and set up making you feel at one with nature.
Sofie H.recommends
June 20, 2024
Lotus Belle - wild swim & wildlife
We enjoyed camping on Amanda and Rob’s land. They were very attentive and considerate hosts. We understand their site is relatively new, and they’re still getting their feet under them. We still had a very pleasant stay, making use of their outdoor cooking equipment and their spa area, from which you can see a large amount of their beautifully natural land. We hope to be able to return, since we happened to come on a particularly rainy weekend, and didn’t get to see the deer!
Donna S.recommends
May 31, 2024
Oakhill Ponds, spring-fed swim, Kat
Perfect Glamping Relaxation
This is a real gem of a find. A perfect place to relax and unwind. Set across acres of land are a series of lotus tents, each with its own outdoor space equipped with a small log fuelled burner to make tea. There are also chairs, table and kitchen utensils. Our lotus tent had a very comfy double bed with a super quality duvet and there was no chance of getting cold at night with additional blankets and hot water bottles if needed. Each tent also has its own bathroom with warm running water and sawdust toilet. The land itself is beautiful with the option to swim in the lake. Additional facilities of a wood fired hot tub and sauna that could be booked added a real element of luxury and peacefulness. Amanda and Rob were fantastic hosts and only too happy to answer any questions and were on hand if needed. Highly recommend a stay here…you won’t be disappointed.
Ryan M.recommends
July 14, 2021
Secret garden spring-fed swim & spa
Rob and Amanda were fantastic hosts - they sent us plenty of information beforehand and gave us a comprehensive tour of the off-grid glampsite and the home comforts of the walled garden. They have clearly put a lot of thought and effort into both the comfort of their guests and their green credentials. The attention to detail was fantastic and we really wanted for nothing during our stay. The tents are comfortable, with lovely hot spring showers on site. The walled garden has a fully functioning outdoor kitchen, which is superbly equipped for BBQs etc. Again, a lot of effort has gone into the landscaping of the garden, which is beautiful. The central yurt is a comfortable hangout spot and is easy to heat. The description on the site looks great but it's even better in reality and we will definitely be back!
Chris H.recommends
July 12, 2021
Secret garden spring-fed swim & spa
Our party had a great stay at Glamping at the Brew. All was as described with cosy bell tents, great facilities (particularly the well-equipped outdoor kitchen) and lovely surroundings all to ourselves. There's plenty of space to enjoy the site whatever the weather which is not always the case with camping! Plenty of good walks and good pubs nearby and attractions further afield. Our hosts were more than happy to help where needed and provided us with all we needed for a comfortable holiday. Thanks for the lovely stay!
Somerset, Somerset, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Amanda M.Joined in February 2021
From the host
Nestled in the edge of a Somerset village, Oakhill Ponds offers the perfect blend of off-grid luxury ; nature. Swim in the refreshing spring-fed waters, experience the unique charm of the off-grid spa with horse-box sauna and Hikki Bohemen hot-tub in the spa area. Relax in your hammock; read, reconnect, revive. We have four lotus-belles and one shepherd hut at the moment (another on its way). Each lotus belle has a well equipped outdoor kigchen for cooking outdoors with views and a private log-cabin shower room. Enjoy comfortable furnishings & wood-burning fires & a private shower room, With an excellent pub serving food on your doorstep & star-studded skies overhead enjoy an unforgettable breathing space Stout was first brewed in the village of Oakhill in 1767, using water which came down from the Mendip Hills. Before modern medicines were available, Oakhill Stout was thought to have magical healing properties, which made it nationally famous; now you can take a dip in these refreshing waters. The Shepherds hut sits by itself in the wildlife meadow a few minutes walk from the large ponds. You have your own garden area with your private Swedish Hikki bohemen hot-tub, outdoor cooking & dining area and small pond & wildlife area Your stay in a lotus belle includes: Your own private hot shower room and toilet Quality linen, towels, and organic toiletries Your own outdoor kitchen-diner with wood-fired stove Access to fridge space in our communal kitchen Relaxation in a 2 person FatBoy hammock Two wood-burners, inside for cozy warmth and outside for rustic cooking Spring-fed swimming ponds for refreshing dips Enchanting waterfalls, serene woodlands, and hidden grottos Dive into a treasure trove of knowledge in a unique horse lorry library, brimming with books on the natural world Further options: Book the outdoor spa, sauna, and hot tub for relaxation & nature immersion Paddle-boards are available to rent All of this is just a leisurely stroll away from an excellent pub, serving delicious local food. Each lotus belle has a large two person hammock perfect for reading. The lotus belles are named after an inspirational women writer on the natural world. whose work reflects features of this landscape.
Nearby attractions

There's a print-out provided of good walks on the doorstep and local features, such as and Iron-Age hillfort (Maesbury Ring), ancient woodlands like Harridge, Beacon Hill and Cranmore, and stately homes like Ashwick Grove, English Hertage's Nunney Castle (0370 333 1181) or the National Trust's Stourhead (01747 841152), as well as Longleat House (01985 844400). It's less than four miles to the Mendip Hills AONB and six to the tiny city of Wells, with Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole just beyond.

Food and drink

It's a three-minute walk to the Oakhill Inn (01749 840442) or, at the other end of the village, try the Mendip Inn (01749 841703; 10 minutes' walk). For French-inspired cuisine try The Redan Inn (01761 258560) or, for the best views in the area, visit the Holcombe Inn (01761 232478). For something earlier in the day, try pizzas and light lunches in the Walled Garden Mells (01373 812597; 15 minutes' drive) or the Garden Café (01373 454178) for good vegetarian and vegan food in Frome. Local farm milk and eggs are readily available in the village within strolling distance of the campsite too.

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