Old Summer Dairy
A refreshingly off-grid slice of the great outdoors, indoors, set in a wonderful wildflower-strewn wildlife sanctuary in Somerset...perfect for breaks and bespoke group celebrations with a natural difference.
As if by magic, experience the weight of the world lifting cleanly from your shoulders as you drive through the lushly enchanting Somerset woods, to the Old Summer Dairy - the perfect place for a fresh and invigorating stay in all seasons of the year.
Enjoy the magnificent panorama all around you, with Glastonbury Tor visible on the horizon, as you breathe in clear air and smell the soft scent of wildflowers in the breeze. The surrounding fields are home to a wildlife sanctuary, offering plenty of opportunity to make friends with the local roe deer, foxes, hares, rabbits and badgers who are all frequent visitors...along with the resident barn owl, and not forgetting the Pipistrelle bats who reside in the log cabin!
Eco-friendly, the site is off-grid - giving you a blissful opportunity to reconnect with nature, and each-other. Electricity is available from solar panels, and gas powers most of the equipment provided.
All that's left for you to do is choose your ideal accommodation from the luxurious timber-framed log cabin, or the beautifully furnished 6-metre bell tents.
The expertly crafted log cabin, with its very own wildflower meadow and exceptional countryside views, is the perfect place to get back to nature - whilst relaxing with a more than a few creature comforts built in! Comfortably housing up to 5 people, the loft-based sleeping spaces (two double, one single) are accessed by stepladders...perfect for the more adventurous holidaymaker! There's also a double sofa bed available on the ground floor, along with a generous kitchen/living area and a shower, toilet and sink.
The well-equipped kitchen includes all you need for whipping up tasty feasts, with a sociable table and chairs ideal for congregating - that is, when you're not dining al fresco with a sizzling barbecue. Larger groups can enjoy the cabin alongside a 4-metre bell tent close by, so there's no need for anyone to miss out on an important celebration.
The 6-metre bell tents are furnished with a cosy double bed and two single chairbeds to sleep up to four people. Heaters will keep everybody toasty no matter what the weather's like, and there's a handy timber-framed block nearby with toilets and hot showers.
The kitchen area includes a large family fridge and a gas oven - though why not gather everyone together for a communal barbecue and a traditional fireside singsong under the stars? There's also a covered barn available for rainier days and endless family activities...simply let your imagination run free!
For larger group celebrations including weddings, the cabin and bell tents can be hired together for a truly special event to remember forever - why not make the whole Old Summer Dairy site completely yours for a while, with any extra guests bringing their own tents or camper vans? The friendly owners, Edward and Claire, are happy to discuss your requirements and can also provide contacts for cakes and group catering. And if you're visiting the Glastonbury Festival you're in luck, as the site offers a fantastic boutique glamping experience within easy reach of the festival itself.
You'll find there's plenty to explore around the Old Summer Dairy site. The fields are the perfect starting point for a stunning selection of river walks (on sunnier days, wild swimming is a wonderful treat!) that lead to blooming orchards and the local village...where you'll find a shop for essentials and a welcoming pub that's perfect for a refreshing pit stop!
If you prefer exploring on two wheels rather than two feet, there are plenty of National Cycle Network routes to choose from, with National Trust gardens including Stourhead and Lytes Cary within easy reach. Nature reserves are also abundant, including Avalon Marshes and beautiful Bridgwater Bay - and the Jurassic Coast is under two hours away by car.
Further afield, celebrated attractions including Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor and local cities including Bath, Bristol and Exeter are all wonderful places to stop, look around - and in some cases, shop ‘til you drop! The more artistic of holidaymakers will adore the towns of Frome, Castle Cary and Bruton, all of which boast fabulous artisan shops, cafes and markets.
Whatever the weather, come and experience summer all year round at the Old Summer Dairy, where you're sure to discover a perfect something for everyone.
Things to note
Cots and highchairs are available upon prior arrangement, ladders in the cabin are used to access the sleeping areas, however a double bed may be set up on ground level for those less able-bodied. Regrettably no pets. No smoking permitted.
Region: West Lydford, Somerset
Cost (from): £250 (2 nights)
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 316
The Cabin sleeps up to 5, 2 double sleeping lofts, 1 single sleeping loft, bedding & towels provided, shower, toilet, sink, kitchen area, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle, crockery, cutlery, dining table, chairs, undercover outdoor space, gas BBQ.
5 x 6 metre Bell Tents sleep up to 4, double bed, 2 single chair beds. 1 smaller 4 metre Bell Tent sleeps 2. Tents include bedding & towels, storage boxes, outdoor seating, BBQ area, covered barn use. Heaters are provided in the 6 metre tents only. Communal shower & toilet block, kitchen, gas oven, family fridge, sink, worktops, crockery, cutlery.
Farmers markets, wildlife spotting, hiking, bird watching, cycling, cathedrals, palaces, caves, safari park, railway, museums, shopping.
At a glance
- Timber cabin sleeping up to 5 people and a selection of bell tents sleeping up to four each, set close to Glastonbury Tor.
- The entire site and accommodation can be hired for large group celebrations of up to 27 guests (sleeping up to 22 in beds on the campsite and up to 5 in the Log Cabin)
- The site is within easy reach of the A303 and A37, and the nearest train stations are Castle Cary or Bruton.
- Bedding, towels and toiletries are provided. The cabin is non-smoking, and regrettably pets are not permitted.
- Plenty of shopping, sightseeing and dining opportunities nearby, with walking/cycling routes to explore. Close to cities including Bath and Exeter, with the Jurassic Coast less than 2 hours away by car.