Mill Farm takes luxury camping to a whole new level with their high end luxury accommodation, set on their organic farm in the heart of the glorious Wiltshire countryside.
Organic Glamping Pioneers
As glamping pioneers, Joe and Izzy Dyke have been welcoming guests to Mill Farm since 2007. They know exactly what it takes to deliver an exceptionally comfortable, unforgettable stay – making Mill Farm Glamping breaks a top choice for families, couples and group holidays – and also for corporate outings.
If a farm glamping experience staying in a fully equipped luxury canvas lodge doesn’t quite wet your appetite, then perhaps a stay in King Arthur’s Willow or the luxurious Mill Farm House might be more your style. These two luxury accommodations are available all year round and are Mill Farms flagship accommodations. For more details check out the ‘accommodations’ section for more information.
Chris Dyke (Farmer Chris)
Joe and Izzy’s fun and hugely hospitable son shares his infectious enthusiasm for good food, farming and the local countryside with guests. A skilled mechanic, he is, however, slightly less keen about emptying the property’s septic tank!
“We love sharing everything about Mill Farm with our guests – from feeding the calves and chickens or just enjoying a walk along the stream. We’re passionate about organic farming and there’s something here to delight every guest.
“It’s a very special place and a very special experience.”
Owner Joe’s passionate commitment to organic farming began in 2000, when his sister fell ill, convincing him that natural methods offered a healthier, happier way to grow food. Now Joe loves sharing his organic knowledge with his guests as well as his keen interest in woodland – and the fact that glamping at Mill Farm gives visitors a rare chance to enjoy a simpler way of life – without missing out on its little luxuries!
A keen football fan, Joe lives life with gusto by his personal motto: work hard, love much and laugh often…
Farmer’s daughter Izzy shares her husband Joe’s passion for organic farming and living life to the full. Mother-of-four Izzy loves mixing family with farming and the great variety of guests who come to stay at Mill Farm.
She also enjoys rare moments of relaxing in front of a good film or cooking! A talented artist, Izzy used to paint miniatures on goose feathers, but now fulfils her creative passions around the farm.
Our Organic Farms
The Dyke family own the flourishing Mill Farm – along with neighbouring Belle Vue Farm – both run organically and certified by the Soil Association since 2000: Belle Vue is home to a herd of 100 organic dairy heifers – along with a small gaggle of organic geese, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs.
It is also a recognised Freedom Food producer – offering an assurance that the wellbeing of its livestock is governed by the UK’s strict welfare standards – ensuring all animals enjoy the best quality of life.
Joe and Izzy Dyke are the third generation of Dykes to tend this very special corner of the British countryside. They passionately believe that organic farming is a more natural choice that is better for the health of their cattle – and of the consumer.
“Our baby calves stay with their Mum much longer than non-organic dairy cattle – resulting lower vets bills, happier cows and more contented calves,”says Joe.
Removing chemicals from the soil has also greatly improved the variety of birdlife at Mill Farm – Joe takes great pleasure in showing this on his farm tour.
Mill and Belle Vue Farm are surrounded by swathes of idyllic green pastures and woods, near the village of Poulshot ideal for an organic glamping holiday. The market town of Devizes is just 3 miles away, offering a good selection of shops and cafes – plus one of Britain’s best authentic breweries, where horse drawn drays are still used.
Glamping guests stay in luxurious accommodation situated in Mill Farm’s Top and Bottom Water Meadow – a haven of tranquility – and home to the farms’ lovely chickens. The well considered facilities include a handy honesty shop, supplying visitors’ essential needs – plus a few special treats.
Mill Farm is famed as the birthplace and home of Wiltshire’s notorious 18thCentury highwayman, Thomas Boulter. In 1774, Boulter made a legendary escape on horseback from Staines, on the outskirts of London to Poulshot, riding across two counties in under one day. He completed the 70 mile journey from London to the Mill in just seven hours on a mare called Black Bess – rumoured to be descended from highwayman Dick Turpin’s horse of the same name.
Thomas Boulter was born at Poulshot Mill in around 1748, to a poor and lawless family. His father was a horse thief who was sent to the Plantations. Meanwhile, Thomas worked at Poulshot as a miller until 1774, when he took to the road as a highwayman. After numerous daring hold-ups and escapes, he was eventually caught and jailed. He broke out of prison, but was finally recaptured, tried on a number of counts and sentenced to death. Hanged at Winchester on 19th August 1778, his execution was attended by large crowds, many of who regarded him as a People’s Hero.