This is the ultimate in luxury camping or glamping as it has become known, and is enough to tempt even the most reluctant of campers out into the woods. It is a beautiful, traditionally made tent from Scottish canvas and red cedar wooden poles, made by a small company in Somerset. Situated in a large sunny glade in exclusive area in our ancient woodland, it offers home from home comfort, with the excitement and adventure of sleeping under canvas.
The careful setting of our safari tent works in harmony with our desire to better manage our woodland. We have reintroduced a coppicing cycle, the centuries old method of woodland management, and the tents are situated in the glades created by this coppicing. This method will benefit both the flora and fauna and will ensure the woods remain in good health for generations to come. The large sunny glade is in an area of the woodland that is exclusive to the safari tent.
Living ‘off grid’ in the woodland for a few days gives a unique experience of being with nature. The tents are equipped with lots of reference books for adults and children alike, and spotter guides for each of the seasons that children can take off and explore with. It really is a children’s paradise!
The tent sleeps up to 8 if you use the sofa bed. It has two bedrooms (one double and one twin) and a double cabin bed, which children love. It has a Belfast sink (with hot water) and a woodburning range with oven for big stews and roast dinners. Plus a two ring cast iron gas burner so you don’t have to light the fire for that early morning cup of coffee. It has a bathroom with shower, hand basin and toilet (composting but not smelly honest!)
And new for 2021 we have installed a rather wonderful pizza oven , we stock the dough, tomato topping and mozzarella, so you just need to bring your own toppings – great fun and very tasty!
There are plenty of soft furnishings and woolly blankets for sofas and beds. Also hot water bottles in case the nights are chilly come spring and autumn.
There is a dining table, chairs and there is a sofa and comfy chairs round the wood burner. The kitchen is equipped with everything you‘ll need to cook up feasts for the family.
Outside there is a fire pit with a large double tripod, grill and Dutch Oven for outdoor cooking, with big tree trunks around the fire. On the veranda outside the tent there is outside seating.
We provide an initial ‘fire pack’ of 1 x 15kg net of logs, 1 net of kindling, 1 pack of firelighters and a pack of matches. More of all of these can be bought at our shop.
From the back of the tent you access the bathroom which contains a large corner shower unit, free standing basin (both with hot water) and an eco waterless composting toilet.
All the bed linen is included in the price, you only need bring your own towels. Pets welcome but please can they bring their own beds!
The Safari Tent is bookable for either a 2 night Friday and Saturday night break, or for a small increase you can also book the Sunday night. And midweek you can book for 4 nights breaks Monday to Thursday. Outside our busy periods of school holidays we can be flexible and offer shorter breaks during the week so please do email me your requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org
The whole site is car free , the safari tent is a short walk from the car park (200M). Farm map https://dernwoodfarm.co.uk/farm-map/
Please check our Things to Know before you book section on the Booking Information page so you understand what kind of site we are.