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Mill Farm Glamping: A Review


Glamorous camping - or glamping - has become increasingly popular over the last few years as many move away from staying in the traditional hotel or holiday cottage and look for something a little more alternative. Yurts, safari tents, tipis and tree houses are springing up across the country and have given an opportunity to escape from reality whilst still providing a certain level of luxury.

Those of you who have read this blog for a while will know that I'm a huge fan of glamping. There's nothing better than waking up with the birds on a cool summer morning cuddled up in cosy warm bed before heading out over the dew soaked grass to collect eggs and cook them over a fire you made yourself.

Last year we planned our fifth glamping adventure and decided to try something new by heading to Mill Farm, an organic farm nestled amidst the rolling green countryside of Wiltshire.


Accommodation
Accommodation is made up of five specially made safari tent 'lodges' set around the edge of a field with a duck pond at its centre, chicken and geese, a hot-tub and pizza oven. There's also an honesty shop to stock up on last minute essentials, a play barn for the children and some friendly donkeys.

Each lodge sleeps six in three 'bedrooms' and also boasts an open plan kitchen/living/dining area with wood stove, sofa and dining table and chairs. There's a shower room (with a beautifully hot and powerful shower) and separate flushing toilet. You'll even find a fridge, lights, cupboards and Wifi...it certainly feels like you're staying in more of a house than a tent!
One of Ivy's highlights was getting to sleep in her own little 'house', complete with windows, light switch and table and chairs!

Best Bits
Mill Farm is a delightful place for children, and is wonderful for a family holiday. There's plenty for kids to get involved with from feeding the cows on a farm tour, riding on a electric tractor, riding the donkeys or jumping in the hay barn. It was wonderful relaxing on our veranda watching Ivy feed the ducks and playing with the other children.
There's also plenty of activities to do in the local area - Longleat was a favourite day out of ours.

The family who own the farm are also incredibly hospitable and friendly and we enjoyed several chats with the owners who made us feel very much at home.


Worst Bits
Part of the attraction of glamping for me is embracing the simplicity of getting back to nature and doing without all the trappings of normal life. Mill Farm goes above and beyond to provide a comfortable and luxurious stay and so to a certain extent I felt like we lost some of that simplicity. This isn't a criticism of Mill Farm per-se, just that if you're looking for compost loos and no phone signal this isn't the place for you. Having said that, with two children added to the mix I kind of preferred not having to trek across a cold dark field to use the toilet. Glamour has its benefits!

The only disappointment we had in our stay was the cost of all the extra services that were provided. There are tons of extra fun bits you can add onto the holiday but none of them were cheap (the hot tub was £40 a day for example). I completely get that it is a business and we didn't need to include those things but it just felt like we were constantly thinking about our budget, and there were a few things we paid for (a fire pit, extra gas cylinders and matches) that I assumed would be included from past experience of glamping places.


Conclusions
If you're looking for a UK holiday with a difference I cannot recommend Mill Farm highly enough. We had a wonderful time...and even extended our stay for an extra three days which must be proof enough of our enjoyment!

If you would like to see more of our trip to Mill Farm click HERE

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