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Huntstile Organic Farm

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General

  • Foodie farm site near the Quantock Hills
  • Buy Lyme Bay crab, Cornish oysters, fish, pork, fruit, veg...
  • Licensed café, ancient woodland walks and a campers' fridge

Foodies: this is the site for you. Huntstile Organic Farm near Somerset’s Quantock Hills knows its food inside and out and backwards too: owners Lizzie and John are fervent about good food grown simply, locally and well.

Their 650-acre site grows, produces and rears top quality produce of all flavours – fruit, veg, wheat, pork, duck and chicken – and sells it in its licensed café for all to sample, along with homemade puds, dishes derived from family recipes and freshly sourced local supplies including organic fish, Lyme Bay crab and Cornish oysters. Huntstile is also in an area of low light pollution: gorging oneself on oysters then lying beside the tent and looking up at the stars sounds like a holiday we’d like to hunt anywhere…

Guests can help feed the farm pigs, goats and chickens (just ask the staff) and if you ask very nicely, the farm cats and dogs might take you walkies around the farm’s footpaths, fields, woodland and farm structures like the sixteenth century seed granary (Huntstile has been a farm since at least the eleventh century and surrounds a fourteenth century farmhouse).

If you prefer to self-guide, pick up a map from the dining room and take a tour around the farm or take one of the walks to the Quantock Hills start directly from the farm gate; John and Lizzie can provide maps for other nearby and smashingly scenic walks to their homemade stone circle and through ancient woodland.

Facilities at Huntstile include loos, showers with free hot water and access to a campers’ fridge with freezer space (kids can also have a bouncingly good time in summer on the big garden trampoline).

The farm café is in the former stables/dove loft and serves continental breakfast or a full fry-up (book when you arrive) from Tuesdays to Saturdays as well as Sunday lunch and lunches/dinners – and picnics – when requested.

Huntstile is pet-friendly and dogs are welcome.


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9.9

Overall rating based on 14 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

93% would stay here again.

 

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Great site, clean facilities, good for young kids - friendly staff! 15/08/2017

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    Really great site, lots of nice facilities - showers and toilets all very clean. Food available in the on-site cafe / bar as well as a very nice breakfast. The owners and all staff are very friendly and helpful. The pitch was surrounded by apple trees, pear trees and a lot of interesting things to do for our 4 year old. We'll visit again!

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very nice, quite site. owners very helpful. close to taunton...excellent ... 06/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom robert l. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (two man)
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    very nice, quite site. owners very helpful. close to taunton...excellent cooked breakfast.

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Overall we would really recommend this to anyone 30/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom John D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch (six man)
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  • Liked: 

    Loved the quietness of the site and the genuine helpfulness of all of the staff. We have a 16 month year old and he loved walking around to see the animals. The site is close to some really good things to do and is only a short distance from the M5.

    Disliked: 

    We had the breakfast one morning and we feel that at £10 a person it was a bit steep. We would have loved that each morning as the produce was excellent and fresh... however when we were paying £20 for a night in the tent, we could not justify the additional £20 just for breakfast.

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Recommended and would definitely go back. Best camping experience yet. 29/07/2017

stevealois

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    Rural setting, relaxed and quiet atmosphere. Lots of space as only 5 others camping at the same time. We cheered ourselves up on a wet morning by having breakfast on the farm which was delicious. There were more facilities available than suggested on Pitch-up, such as a washing up sink, fridge freezer and a washing machine. We could also charge our phone chargers on a shelf by the fridge-freezer or in the cafe, so didn't mind that no electric on the pitch. The facilities are up by the main house, which is a 5 min walk from the campsite, but this didn't bother us although we're glad we had our torches as no strong lighting on the way. We had no problems with our dog on site in spite of this being a working farm. We even had some tips from the gardener on how to care for our rhubarb.
    Would also recommend the high ropes at the Vivary Adventure Centre in Taunton, where we easily managed to book activities and a crazy golf session for our 9, 11 and 13 year old children.

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Excellent. very friendly staff. 10/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nichola C. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch (six man)
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    A large field with a compost toilet (kept in excellent condition). There were only 3 other tents there which made it nice and quiet.
    We were able to borrow the barrel BBQ and firewood (as it wasn't being used), which was brilliant.
    The kids LOVED the daily animal feeds and bombing about the farm in the jeep, and they kept the goats (who they also named) well fed at other times.
    The trampoline and other kids toys kept them busy at times (enabling us to pack up the tent in relative peace).
    We enjoyed an amazing buffet breakfast on our last morning, and the reviews on the sausages were not wrong - gorgeous!.
    Great to have access to a freezer compartment.
    Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Disliked: 

    you are too far from Norfolk! Not that you can do anything about that.
    We had rain on our last eve - boo! My friend assured me that its always sunny in the south west. Haha. No blame attached though!!

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Glorious countryside, family-friendly site, lovely people and animals. 05/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Martha L. Confirmed

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    We loved everything about our stay at Huntstile Organic Farm. It was a beautiful, peaceful setting and the owners were friendly and helpful, bringing us over a fire pit and lending us towels when we realised we'd forgotten all of ours. The field was quiet and mostly flat, with a handy compost loo, water tap and bins and not far to walk to the bathrooms (clean and good hot showers!)
    Our kids (13, 10 and 7) really enjoyed the gentle and unrushed experience of helping to feed the animals, especially getting a trip in the land rover to meet the cows.
    We wished we could have stayed longer than 2 nights (and sorry we didn't manage to say goodbye properly, we were rushing off to a wedding and running a bit late - thank you all so much!)

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Friendly staff and lovely clean and warm facilities and a compost loo! 17/04/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lizzie_s245286 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch (six man)
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    This is a working farm with a very relaxed atmosphere where the children were able to explore and meet the animals. Beautiful views and quiet!

    Disliked: 

    I was a bit anxious of the small lake by the campsite but the area we camped in had a fence around it so that was good. This isn't really a dislike as actually the children loved fishing for tadpoles in it, it just meant we needed to make sure they weren't too close to the edge.

From the manager...

Thank you for your review.
We love to have children here on the farm and hope that they still enjoyed their visit even if Mum and Dad were a little anxious! We have life buoys at the edge of all our ponds and life jackets are available should you need them.
We hope to see you all here again!

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Great camp site but theres a weird noise 03/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch (six man)
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    Small campsite and a great place
    Friendly owners
    Lots of farm animals for kids to look at
    Good breakfast
    Lake in the campsite was fenced off and toddler proof

    Disliked: 

    There was a low drone noise at night / early morning. Could have been the motorway or a generator, but it did take away from the 'wild' feeling and would stop us from staying again. Might not bother most people though.

From the manager...

Thank you for leaving your review.
I think the noise you mention must have been the neighbouring dairy farm's mixer wagon. Occasionally when the wind is in the wrong direction it can be heard (a low rumbling sound).
I'm sorry if it spoilt your stay, it isn't usually an issue ,as you can see from the other reviews.

I note from your rating that you think £20 for a large family pitch isn't value for money, however we think we provide a good service at Huntstile and we love our campers! So its disappointing to hear from a family who feels what we provide is overpriced.

£20 (for a pitch for a family of 4) includes unlimited use of the hot showers (lots of hot water on demand), free access to charge points for your phone (and your car for that matter!), a huge pitch, free wifi zone, you can have your car next to your tent and have access to fridges and freezers, hairdryers, we even have washing and ironing facilities, there is a trampoline and games for the children and, of course, they can join in with freeding time.

There are certain nights of the week that we fire up our wood-fired Pizza oven and serve fresh pizza with salads and garlic bread, we also have other suppers on offer on most other nights, We don't have a "clubhouse" or entertainment as such, but most people appreciate that and its one of the reason's they come here.

Huntstile Farm is a small site with only 20 pitches in the orchard. We are always looking to improve our site so any constructive suggestions are always welcome.
I hope you give us another chance one day.

Kind regards,
Lizzie

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Beautiful site and wonderful team 31/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Hannah B. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (two man)
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    We found the site to be a calm and relaxing environment with beautiful farm buildings and scenery. The team are passionate about organic farming and this shows from the way they speak to the care they take of their animals. We will definitely be returning.

    Good value for money
    Clean toilets and showers
    Excellent breakfast

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From the manager...

Thank you so much for your lovely review, its much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Lizzie

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very nice friendly site, very child friendly, excellent staff, amazing 26/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom darren j. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch (six man)
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  • Liked: 

    very child friendly site, unusual toilet that works well, kids loved the animals, very peaceful site, unusual as camp areas marked by apple/pear trees, amazing view of sunset/sunrise. we were there with 4 kids using the site as a base for visiting locally and hardly saw the kids when we were on site, they were always off exploring.

    couldn't rate accommodation as we were camping, and we didn't use the wifi

    Disliked: 

    bit awkward to get to as down narrow lanes, this is probably why it's so peaceful on site

From the manager...

Thank you for leaving your review, it was loveoy to have you all to stay!
The high hedges can be a bit daunting on a narrow country lane such as ours, however there are many passing places along the way - and its only a mile from the main road!

I hope we see you again next summer.

Kind regards,
Lizzie

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

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Evening entertainment

Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Goathurst Bridgwater, Somerset, England, TA5 2DQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0969°N 3.0496°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
North Petherton (Somerset): Verriers Coach Stop — 1.5 miles
Bridgwater Coach Station — 3.2 miles
Taunton Bus Station — 6.1 miles
Train stations
Bridgwater Rail Station — 3.3 miles
Taunton Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Bishop's Lydeard — 6.9 miles
Ferry ports
Bridgwater Ferry Terminal — 4.1 miles
Weston-super-Mare Knightstone Harbour — 17.8 miles
Minehead Harbour — 20.1 miles
Airports
Cardiff International Airport — 24.3 miles
Bristol International Airport — 24.8 miles
Exeter International Airport — 29.9 miles

Directions


Exit the M5 at Junction 24 and turn left at the roundabout towards North Petherton. Just before you enter the village, turn right into Old Road, signposted Goathurst and Broomfield, then take the second right to Huntstile and Goathurst (note: this second turning is about 1.5 miles up the road; it's just a little white village stick sign).

We are a mile from this second turning on the right, and we are the only farm on this road. Come down the narrow lane and pass two little stone cottages on your right and then a red brick house on the left. The big cow barn and farm buildings are in front of you. Carry on round the corner to the left and you will find two driveways on your right. Take the second one, signposted 'camping', and it will lead you down to the little granary on mushroom stilts and the farmhouse.

If you can’t find us and you get to the brick barn on the left with the blue door and blue circular window then you have gone too far!

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Huntstile is three miles from Bridgwater, six from Taunton and about 20 minutes’ drive from the coastline of highly recommended Kilve Beach, with the Quantock Hills, Somerset villages and lots more local produce along the way.

Ask John and Lizzie for tips or go in whatever direction takes your fancy: northish to the coast, south to Taunton, east and north-east to Glastonbury and Cheddar, and west to the Brendon Hills and then Exmoor Forest. Weston-super-Mare, Minehead, Bristol and Cardiff are all within 25 miles.

As they’re only five miles from the farm, many guests make the Quantocks their first stop, for gentle walking, strenuous hiking or other outdoorly pastimes such as horse riding, mountain biking and fishing.

Sea fishing is available along the coast of the Quantocks and Bristol Channel, coarse fishing year round at Durleigh Reservoir in Enmore, and fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout at Hawkridge Reservoir just outside Spaxton. Prefer to sightsee? Take the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard to the coast at Minehead.

Three golf clubs nearby will let you keep your hand in even on hol; for beginners, the ‘still learning’ and youngsters, the informal setting of Cannington Golf Course’s pitch and putt course is a good place to start (and comes with licensed clubhouse for afterwards).

Cannington overall is a handy place to learn the ropes: its riding centre has lessons for kids aged four to 14 and the Cannington Activity Centre has climbing walls, rope challenges and activity days.

Around 20 minutes’ drive takes you to Ramscombe, also in the Quantocks and a picnic spot favourite of the Huntstile Organic Farm staff, as it has loads of space for running and kicking a ball around, brooks to dam, purpose-built barbecues for lunch (and dinner), and a two-mile Red Walk suitable for most abilities.

Also head for Hestercombe House, overlooking the nearby Blackdown Hills and featured on the BBC’s Gardens Through Time. The formal gardens here were designed by Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens and have 40 acres of woodland walks, an orangery, stonework and a temple. Fyne Court, seven miles from Huntstile, is a National Trust nature reserve with woodland garden and estate meadows.

Must see

  • Clarks Village (13.6 miles)
  • Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (14.5 miles)
  • Glastonbury Abbey (14.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Fyne Court (2.8 miles)
  • Coleridge Cottage (6.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  11 a.m.

Huntstile Organic Farm cancellation policy

No penalties

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

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Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

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At all times we are a working farm, so there will be large machinery moving around at most times of the year somewhere on the farm. There can be dangerous pieces of machinery in the two yards – we don’t like to restrict access on any parts of the farm, and we actively encourage children to ask questions about farming and see the combine harvester and tractors in action.

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