The Old Summer Dairy in the heart of Somerset offers a simpler way of life, off grid but with all comforts provided in our luxurious Belltents, Log Cabin, unique Crash Pads and quirky retro Vintage Caravan. A perfect escape from a busy world and ethical tourism at it’s best.
Our facilities are high quality and comfortable and when you book your stay here you can be confident that we re-invest available money into our nature reserve with wildflower field, wildlife pond and woodland surrounding the site to benefit wildlife and enhance the environment. We are off grid with electricity provided by solar power and a diesel generator which is enough for everyday use and we use eco products where possible.
Our Glamping (Glamorous camping) site with 5 fully furnished Belltents is ideal for Group bookings such as Family gatherings, Hen or Hag parties, bespoke Weddings, Birthday celebrations, Retreats or Friends reunions. It is quiet and secluded with proper toilets and hot showers, a well equipped outdoor kitchen, a covered barn for outdoor dining and gathering, a BBQ area, chillout space with woodburner and sunken firepit outside for campfires under the stars. We also have an extra 6M Belltent sleeping up to 4 and 2 Crash Pads which are like American covered wagons on legs not wheels with double mattresses in which can be added to the site. There is also 1 smaller Belltent with 2 single beds in.
New for 2018 is a 60’s Vintage Sprite 400 caravan which can also be added anywhere on site for 2 people. It has a lovely summer themed interior, queen size mattress (4 feet wide), small dining area, fridge, gas hob, kettle, crockery, cutlery etc all in keeping with the vintage theme and an awning outside for a real retro experience.
This would bring the total in this area to 32.
Our Log Cabin is 300m away and can be booked as a separate entity or added to larger bookings. It sleeps up to 5 in sleeping lofts and also has the option of additional Belltents or our Crash Pads added outside to boost the numbers for smaller gatherings in this area. This creates the possibility of sleeping up to 15 people in this area.
There is a lot of open space for outdoor games and activities and old fashioned family fun and there are lovely walks from our fields to the local orchards, river, where people wild swim on warm days, the village and onto the local pub which serves good food.
We want you to have a great experience here so please don’t hesitate to contact Claire on 07746580551 to discuss your requirements. Our booking pages are straightforward to use but a conversation is often better to ensure we provide exactly what you want and we can tailor the facilities to suit a wide range of requirements.
We are within easy reach of the A303 and A37 and half an hour from the M5 as well as close to Castle Cary or Bruton stations. There is a Shell garage and Spa shop as well as a and great pub called the Cross Keys in the village of West Lydford. Yet our site is peaceful and secluded with stunning views to Glastonbury Tor making it a great place to escape from busy lives.
The area is renowned for cycle routes as part of the National Cycle Network and we are within easy reach of various National Trust gardens such as Lytes Cary, Barrington Court, Montacute and Stourhead.
Local nature reserves include Westhay, Shapwick Heath, Avalon Marshes, Ham Wall and Bridgwater Bay.
Fishing in the local river Brue is by arrangement with local authorities.
Other accessible attractions include Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor, Clarks village in Street as well as RNAS Yeovilton, Haynes Motor museum, Wells Cathedral and local cities such as Bath, Bristol or Exeter for shopping experiences.
The Jurassic coastline is within a 1 ½ hour’s car journey to include Lyme Regis and West Bay.
For the more artistic visitor, the nearby towns of Castle Cary, Bruton and Frome provide various artisan shops, cafes and markets for all tastes to include local foods and arts and crafts. The new world class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre of Hauser and Wirth which includes the Roth Bar and Grill is in Bruton just a few miles away.
We are positive there will be something for everyone within easy reach of the site.
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