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Review of Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset

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Posted by Lynn Morris at 10:29 on Thursday 18 August 2011

>> For contact details and more information, see our full listing of: Huntstile Organic Farm

Huntstile is not just a beautiful place to stay in the rolling foothills of the Quantocks it is also a working organic farm.

View of Apple loft and Huntstile cafe area where guests have a choice of fresh, home-grown and organic food. Photo: Lizzie MyersView of Apple loft and Huntstile cafe area where guests have a choice of fresh, home-grown and organic food. Photo: Lizzie Myers

The accommodationThe spacious and impressive Blue Room Master bedroom. Photo: Lizzie MyersThe spacious and impressive Blue Room Master bedroom. Photo: Lizzie Myers
Every room is unique and has its own particular character. They range from a tiny twin room in the cider house loft to regal accommodation in a Jacobean paneled room in the old farmhouse. Many rooms have spectacular views over the farm to the countryside beyond and all are ensuite. There are some that interconnect which would be perfect for families and some are on the ground floor for easy access. Others, such as the little summer house in the garden are just right for a romantic getaway. There is also a gypsy caravan on the grounds, which in time will be renovated into accommodation. It is definitely worth browsing the photos and finding the room that suits you best. Camping is also an option if you bring your own tent. A loo, shower, sink and washing machine are provided for campers. 

The activities
Take a walk to the farm’s stone circle or the nearby Quantock Hills have plenty of walks of all lengths as well as mountain bike trails. There are also a few impressive stately homes and gardens to visit in the area, including Hestercombe House, Halwsell House and Fyne Court. If fishing takes your fancy, Durleigh Reservoir and Hawkridge Reservoir are less than five miles away. Or if all that sounds like a bit too much, just hang out on the farm, help collect the eggs, pet the goats and watch life go by.

The food
The food is organic and completely delicious. Big English breakfasts are available which include eggs from happy chickens on the farm and local bacon and sausages. Vegetarian options are also readily whipped up and the farm grows lots of organic vegetables and produces organic beef. I ate a tasty salad that had been growing in the ground less than 20 minutes before it was on my plate. Evening meals can be arranged with 24 hours notice. 

What makes Huntstile Organic Farm green?
Breakfasts include organic eggs fresh from the farm, there is an organic vegetable patch and much of the rest of the food is local and organic. If you are interested in country life Huntstile is a great place to stay. There are lots of opportunities to learn about life on a farm. Occasionally the Quantock Beekeeper’s Association runs weekend courses and Huntstile has regular farm open days.

Delicious garden salad. One of the many home-grown, fresh and organic dishes. Photo: Lizzie MyersDelicious garden salad. One of the many home-grown, fresh and organic dishes. Photo: Lizzie Myers

How to get there using public transport
The nearest train station is in Bridgwater, which is about six miles from the farm. Take the train from London to Bridgewater by changing trains at Taunton.

A better option might be to catch a Berry’s Coach from Hammersmith bus station in London to North Petherton about one and half miles from Hunstile. From there you could walk or use a local taxi service. 

Top tip
Allow your children free range. When they tire of petting the goats, playing with the three friendly dogs and collecting the eggs they can occupy themselves for happy hours 
on the trampoline, swing ball or playing garden games. Or rent the cute summer house and take someone you love for cozy, romantic getaway.

Verdict
A fabulous place to come for both a romantic weekend and a family holiday on a relaxed, welcoming farm. Definitely a good choice for organic foodies! 

The beautiful countryside view from the home-made Stone Circle. Photo: Lizzie MyersThe beautiful countryside view from the home-made Stone Circle. Photo: Lizzie Myers

>> For contact details and to check availability, see our full listing of: Huntstile Organic Farm

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