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“Great way to experience the Somerset countryside”

South West Deer Rescue
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We went on a warm-ish winter’s day, with a 3 year old and visitors from abroad. Wellies are a must as it’s authentically muddy! Mike was a great host, really passionate about the centre and its residents, the deer. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a great morning in the Somerset hills.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This is my second visit to this amazing park , the first being on an open day. This was by far a more personal experience although both were brilliant.
We went at 6pm so just before dusk which is when deer are more active, the group of boys and girls nearly used up all their digestives in the first field, those white deer are certainly not starving!!
Mike is a local guy who has turned his passion into something amazing here. His love for the deer really shows, they all respect him and you can tell instantly they have a bond.
The walk through the various groups takes on average 1.5 hrs, it's hilly and uneven as it's basically rustic farm land so anyone who has mobility problems would not be suited sadly but we have to remember this isn't a zoo it's a sanctuary that keeps the environment as natural as possible.
Mike and his team rely on donations from the guided tours to keep this place running, the miles of fencing alone must cost a fortune to maintain. It has to be high and secure to keep deer in and poachers out.
This is an appointment only attraction you can't just turn up and wander around. It really is a hidden undiscovered place, I'm local and I knew very little about it, it's so hidden away but truly amazing. The stags are magnificent and the deer love a scratch.
Hope to make it a 3rd visit next year

3  Thank southwestsampler
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Ive always loved seeing deer at a distance but this experience blew me away to be able to be so close to them and feed them was a dream come true. Mike was fantasic answering all questions and making time to chat with everyone. The tours are by appointment only but i would definitely recommend going.

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Cricket St Thomas, and after checking what was on offer nearby, we decided to phone and book an appointment/visit for the following day...we can only echo what most have already said about the sanctuary and Mike. Informative, funny, engaging, at no point was time an issue(we stayed nearly 3 hours). If your in the area, please go along and support this fantastic place and help support the amazing work that Mike continues to do..the views are pretty awesome too!

Thank Phil H
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

This is a place well worth visiting, my four year old and six year old loved it but we also went with teenagers. The views are amazing the talks are so informative , the deer are friendly, we will definitely be going back again. Xx

Thank Jacalf1
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