Welcome to The Retreat

The Story of our Wiltshire Farm

Comfort in the Countryside

The Biggin family have worked Mermaid Farm in the little north Wiltshire village of Christian Malford for three generations.

We’re privileged to live in such a peaceful, rural spot in wonderful Wiltshire, which, although it is just a short distance from the busy M4 motorway, feels like it is a remote haven of tranquillity. That’s why we’ve called our farm glamping business The Retreat – here you truly can retreat from all the stresses and strains of daily life and chill out in comfort in the countryside.

Mermaid Farm used to be a thriving dairy farm, but as so many farms to keep the farm viable we had to diversify. We now offer DIY livery in approx. 30 acres of the farm the rest is all arable.

Our glorious glamping pods together with our shepherd’s hut have proved to be a worthwhile addition to our farm life in all respects.

Meet the Local Wildlife

We have discovered that we truly enjoy hosting the guests who come to stay in our glamping pods, and providing all the necessaries for a great get-away. We meet all sorts of wonderful people and it is a pleasure to introduce them to our farm – including the resident donkeys – and our local wildlife.

Our glamping pods and shepherds hut have fitted in perfectly with some of our other farm operations. Our DIY livery venture, covering 30 acres of the farm, has become a hit with horse owners in the area. We also run a very successful seasoned firewood supply and delivery operation.

This means we can offer you accommodation for your equine friend when you come to stay with us, and of course you’ll never run out of fuel for the glamping woodburner and barbecue!

If you need to escape from the rat race, we’ll give you as much peace and quiet as you want here at The Retreat, or point you in the direction of some entertaining diversions in the local area.

Our Village

Our farm is off of the main road through Christian Malford on the B4069, a village lying just south of the M4 about 5.5 miles (9kms) northeast of Chippenham in Wiltshire.

There’s a small primary school, village hall, shop and post office, and a Grade 1 listed parish church that dates from circa 1300.

Our little settlement’s main claim to fame is that we have a Jurassic treasure trove of fossils in the vicinity. Scholarly palaeontologists investigated and discovered some exceptionally well-preserved squid-like cephalopods with tissue still attached back in 2008, after the fossil site was dug by a member of the British Geographical Survey.

There are some pleasant footpaths to explore in the local area, and a popular recreation ground at The Green, with a cricket pitch, football field, children’s play area, zip wire, skate park and outdoor fitness area.

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