From the moment we arrived at Lantern and Larks, the views of the stunning Somerset landscape and fresh country air immediately released any tension or worries we’d had during the week.
Located in the unspoilt surroundings of Kittisford Barton, the site is only half an hour from Taunton and within easy access of a variety of Somerset-Devon attractions. For us, everything we could have wanted was there within the 260 acres of farmland, and the hosts go out of their way to make the stay as pleasant as possible. In fact, we felt so calm and close to nature that we didn’t leave the farm the entire weekend, happily easing into a slower pace.
The term ‘Glamping’ seems to cover a variety of setups, but our accommodation was certainly on the luxury end of the scale. Each spacious tent is canvas built on decking floors with a large verandah bringing you closer to the outdoors and a perfect place to sit and enjoy the view every morning. There are seriously comfortable beds for 4-6 people (complete with cosy blankets and hot water bottles), and pets are more than welcome. With no access to mains electricity, and a woodburner keeping the tent warm and toasty, we felt the true experience of camping. However, added comforts and extra touches including hot water for our shower and toilet, a twin gas hob for that quick morning brew and twinkling fairy lights meant we could relax and made our stay even more enjoyable. We had ordered the breakfast and BBQ packs prior to our arrival, and were delighted with the range of local produce provided, including the delicious Kittisford Seville orange marmalade.
Despite our tent being a peaceful place to relax, we definitely weren’t alone. There were plenty of animal residents to greet us on arrival and keep us entertained. Our particular favourites were the speckled pigs Rosemary and Sage, the newborn kid on the block and farm dog Pepsi who eagerly led us back on the right path after getting lost on an afternoon ramble. You can even collect fresh eggs from the hens every morning.
If you don’t want to leave the campsite during your stay (highly recommended), the Honesty shop has plenty of supplies: firelighters, marshmallows for toasting, even local honey. For children, there were pond dipping kits, outdoor games, and Lantern Goes Wild - a great activity to get the little ones outdoors and up close with nature.
On the host’s recommendation, we took part in the Stampbox challenge; the perfect way for families to explore the surrounding fields, woodlands, ponds and farm land. Fun clues led us to collect stamps through trails lined with wildflowers, and along a stream to Pooh Sticks bridge (we played of course). A short uphill stroll took us to a secluded picnic spot within the woods; there are rope swings and trees to climb for kids while the adults can enjoy a well deserved rest.
After spending most of our time outside in the picturesque countryside, we left the campsite feeling rested and slow-paced, but so much brighter than we were on arrival. If you’re in-tent on trying glamping this year (see what I did there?), we’d definitely recommend Lantern and Larks for a family break. Our only regret is that we couldn’t stay for longer.
Mumsnet was invited to stay at Lantern and Larks (Somerset) free of charge in exchange for this review. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are independent, honest and my own.