– Wednesday, July 15, 2020 –
Since COVID-19, our travel plans have gone chaos and there is no doubt we still want to go on a holiday – even when it’s only a staycation near your home. There are many Feather Down glamping locations near London that are ideal for Londoners looking for a staycation and weekend escape! Here at Feather Down, we have 9 glamping locations that are 2 hours away from London:
Battle Vineyard Collection – East Sussex, Battle
Distance from London: 1h 50m
Boasting panoramic countryside views, Battle Vineyard Collection is the ideal glamping and wine tasting holiday in East Sussex! At Battle Vineyard Collection, you have the option to do a wine tasting and winery talk which allows you to taste three different kinds of English wine! If you are feeling a little indulgent then spoil yourself with Afternoon Tea and a side of sparkling wine – a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with home-made jam and clotted cream, and an assortment of home-made sweet treats all of which will be served on vintage china! You can have your own private hot tub at this location too!
The sprawling farm and deer safari park is much more than a working farm. The team prides itself on fostering a love for the great outdoors and educating their guests about produce. It is home to a variety of deer– Red, Sika, Fallow and Axis, rare breed Berkshire pigs, pygmy and Anglo-Nubian goats, Dexter cattle, ponies, donkeys, poultry, guinea fowl and even reindeer! Activities include tractor rides, “Be a Farmer for the day”, adventure playground, go-kart, or den-building. Active folks will adore Bucklebury’s surrounding areas, with ample areas to ride bikes, run and take in the country air.
Canfields Farm is a beef farm that also has lambs and chickens you can help feed and has a special feature – the outdoor water-play area with a waterfall shower and sandpit! There are animals such as cows, calves, horses, donkeys, sheep and chickens you will be able to meet! On the farm, you can collect eggs from the Loman chickens and get to know the Goodwood lambs. The cows in the field next to you and horses at livery will be happy to keep you company! In front of the tents, a playground and play pitch is ideal for football or badminton, or whatever games you and your children can think of!
Hidcote Manor Collection – Gloucestershire, Chipping Campden
Distance from London: 2h
Hidcote Manor Collection is accessible from both London and Birmingham, and lovers of the Cotswolds will find the farm irresistible. The tents are a stone’s throw from the honey-coloured limestone hamlet that clusters around the gorgeous National Trust gardens of Hidcote Manor. Hidcote Manor Collection is a picturesque farm that is a haven for wildlife, with bird plots that are host to skylarks, lapwings, and finches. Lambing takes place in late March and early April when help is needed with bottle-feeding the little ones!
Layer Marney is a farm at a startling historical Tudor location only 20 minutes drive from Mersea Island. Layer Marney has quite a story! The farm tour covers the farm, its colourful animals, and the thrills and spills of the history of the house. Instead of the “regular Farm Tour,” guests at Layer Marney have free access to the tower when it is open. All tents come with a private shower and some have outdoor hot tubs, which can be booked as an extra. This is truly an indulgent way to get back to nature. In spring you can enjoy bottle-feeding the lambs.
Lunsford Farm – East Sussex, Pett
Distance from London: 2h
On Lunsford Farm itself, the tour is not to be missed, as it features introductions to the Romney ewes and cross-bred cows and calves, and Bertie the Aberdeen Angus bull. The four tents nestle among a small group of trees on a stretch of higher ground. The perfect vantage point from which to take in the stunning sea views. Roaming the farm will uncover some beautiful original farm buildings as well as a possible water vole sighting at any of several ponds. The natural surroundings mean there’s always something to discover or explore. To set you up for the day, all you need for the perfect full English breakfast is on hand in the Farm Larder, including bacon, sausages, bread, eggs, and milk.
Manor Farm – Hampshire, Alton
Distance from London: 1h 30m
Our first Feather Down Farm and it remains a tranquil oasis of calm within the South Downs National Park. Manor farm is comprised of arable crops, cattle and a large flock of sheep that graze the water meadows. Guests young and old are always delighted by the farm buggy! Which they join in with the checking of the animals. Many of the guests find the environment of Manor Farm so relaxing they rarely venture outside of it. We can make sure that you are feasting on the finest of produce while drinking in the sunset.
Under 30 minutes from the M1 and less than an hour from Greater London, New Barn Farm is easy to get to but feels secluded and remote. Driving to the farm along a narrow private track you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s ideal for families of animal lovers! As you can meet and groom horses during your stay and there’s a mini-zoo by your parking spot. A holiday at New Barn is all about getting back to nature! You might see and hear badgers, foxes, a variety of owls, woodpeckers rattling the trees and small stocky Muntjac deer, all from the safety and comfort of your tent. There’s also the sheep, the Kune Kune pigs, Pygmy goats, horses, ponies to groom, donkeys, ducks and chickens.
Sunninglye Farm is nestled on the Kent / Sussex border among the rolling hills of the High Weald, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors are always pleasantly surprised by the peacefulness of the setting. Younger children are free to climb and swing and play safely among the trees near the tent. The older ones might like to explore the farm while attempting to conquer the Sunninglye Challenge, a farm trail that combines fun with education and will occupy them for a good couple of hours. You won’t go hungry on this site as they offer all sorts of hampers, boxes, and packs of foods plus meats, meals, cheeses, bread, and cakes!