Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre
Region: South WestDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Trendle Farm Bruton Somerset, , BA10 0BA
Contact: 01749 813 302
We have three buildings: The Farm House can sleep 28 students in bunk bedded accommodation, with showers and lavatories. One of the rooms is ensuite. There is a teachers’ flat with three bedrooms, one double, two single, bathroom, sitting room with tea making facilities. The duty instructor also has a room there for 24 hour cover. The Clubhouse sleeps 47 students and five teachers. All teachers rooms are ensuite. There is also a sitting room with coffee and tea. The Garden Cabin sleeps twelve students in three ensuite rooms, plus one or two teachers again with ensuite. Schools never share the same building. Camp site has sturdy canvas tents with flooring which accommodate 5 – 6 students. There are camp beds provided for students.
Teachers have their own single tents with beds. There are showers, lavatories, a barn for wet weather, a fire pit, drying lines, and a solar drying room. There are also facilities for tea and coffee making.
All buildings have coded key pads on the outside doors, there is CCTV on the main building, gates are locked, and 24 hour duty cover. Please also include information regarding security, for example: 24hour reception cover, CCTV.
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What size groups do they cater for?
We have accommodation for 84 in the three buildings, plus teachers, and a camp site for 40 – 50 students plus teachers. We can also take up to 100 day visitors. We work in groups of a maximum of 12 students with one our instructors and one adult from the visiting school.
Please provide location information?
Situated just on the outskirts of Bruton in Somerset. 2.5 – 3 hours from London, M3/A303 or 1 hour from Bath and Bristol. There is a railway station in Bruton with trains from Bristol, Bath and Weymouth.
why you are great for educational visits?
The school groups can do all the activities onsite which means they have a very full and varied programme with at least five activities in a day taken by experienced and qualified instructors who stay with the same group for the whole visit. This we believe builds a bond between instructor and their group. The meals are delicious, with much of the fruit and vegetables grown organically in the gardens, and the bedrooms are comfy and warm. We have had schools returning for over 25 years. Because we are not a large Centre many teachers say that it is like coming home and they are delighted to see familiar faces every year.
Our return rate is over 90%.
Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?
We write individual programmes for each group in conversation with the party leader, asking what their aim is and what they would like included. There are various categories including team building, communication, decision making, leadership, a history and river project, and environmental topics including a sustainability tour.
Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
We can sleep 84 students in 15 bedrooms. The rooms vary in size with one bedroom of 12, two of 8, the others are 6, 5 and 4. All are bunk beds and we supply the bottom sheet, pillow and pillow case and blanket. We ask the students to bring sleeping bags or duvets. Nine of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers and lavatories the others have shared bathrooms. The teachers rooms are doubles or singles, and are mostly ensuite. All rooms centrally heated.
Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?
Yes, no restrictions.
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Our risk assessments are updated annually with any new activities introduced written at the time of introduction and include risk assessments on the whole visit from the time the group arrives to departure in all areas. We provide risk assessments for teachers. Fire drill is carried out with each group on the arrival day.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
The cost of the visit varies depending on length of stay and time of the year.
Low season midweek residential: Mon-Friday. £252 pp.
Low season weekend Friday – Sunday £133 pp
Mid season midweek £278 pp
Mid season weekend £153 pp
High Season midweek £342 pp
High season weekend £183
Camping midweek: £290 pp
Camping weekend: £162
Discounts: residential – if over 50 in a group 3 free student places
Every 10 – 12 children one free adult place. Other adults with the group pay bed and board.
These costs include all the activities (at least five a day) from 9am until 6.30 pm and two evenings, instruction, all specialist equipment including buoyancy aids, helmets, climbing harnesses, waterproofs, full bed and board. There are no hidden extras!
Group Day visits five hours: £43 pp
Half day visits 2.5 hours £25
Please list facilities available?
Dining Room, two sitting rooms, cellar, two barns, two drying rooms, environmental centre the Applestore, tuck shop, water fountains. There are facilities to eat packed lunches. We do provide all meals for residential school groups. We have internet access but not internet rooms with computers.
Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All our staff our first aid qualified and on site 24 hours.
Are there disabled facilities?
Ramp to dining room, disabled toilet.
The venue is not suitable for wheel chairs because of the hilly nature but perfectly suitable for other disabilities.
Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?
To follow shortly.
Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We feel we are very different from most centres in our holistic approach both to our visitors and the environment. We try to keep the gardens as attractive as possible, growing all our plants organically. We have planted 10,000 native trees throughout the estate, reinstated hedgerows, and have rare breed sheep, pigs, a Shetland pony, a donkey, chickens and bee hives. We have a strong environmental ethos and have held the Gold Green Business Award for six years.
We have a wide range of over 40 activities and outdoor pursuits to suit students from seven years upwards. These range from canoeing, high ropes, climbing wall, two 240 metre zip wires over the river, assault course, archery range, air rifle range, low ropes, fire lighting, tree climbing, grass toboggans, raft building and racing, tunnelling, animal feeding, cooking in a clay oven, crafts, history, sustainability and river projects, problem solving games and tasks.
As a Centre which was founded over thirty years ago we are very experienced and knowledgeable in what teachers are looking for in a trip, and constantly have extremely positive feedback at the end of their stay – this inevitably results in repeat bookings for the following year.
Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years
Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December
Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres