You will find our Feather Down locations on several farms across the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Go on an adventure not too far from London, take a soak in a hot tub on the lake in Shropshire, spend a day at the beach in Dorset or go cycling in the Cotswolds. You can also just stay at the farm and meet all the animals that call it their home. To assist you in finding the perfect glamping destination for your trip, we have highlighted a few of our locations.
Chesters Collection (Jedburgh, Scottish Borders)
The magical myth of a secret garden becomes a reality at Chesters, the first Feather Down in Scotland. Children will love the vast and extraordinary tree house right by the tents, as well as the mini beastie-safari, fort with slides, and climbing nets at Born in the Borders just over the river. It’s all part of Chesters. Adults will love the location of the tents, positioned as if embedded in nature. Then there are activities including den building, foraging for wood for the campfire and following streams to the river to fish. All this and more nestled in a beautiful Scottish landscape (and an enviably midge-free one at that!) From both Edinburgh and Newcastle, this glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion and Country Estate in Scotland is just an hour and a half’s drive.
Cwmberach Uchaf covers 80 acres on the beautifully wild Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The tents are situated in a sheltered corner of the farm, with amazing views over the Amman valley and the mountain. The combination of animals to meet is very special, with unusual breeds of sheep, beehives for delicious homegrown honey, goats and lambs and piglets in the spring.
Nearby, visit Carreg Cennen castle, reached by a beautiful 5-mile walking route. Alternatively, there is the lovely market town on the River Towy, and beside it, Dinefwr Castle. The glacial lakes of Llyn y Fan Fach and Lyn y Fawr make for a good day trip, and Dinefwr Riding Centre offers riding lessons 3 miles from the farm.
Dolphinholme Collection (Dolphinholme, Lancashire)
Dolphinholme Farm, situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, is only 20 minutes from the coast and not far from the River Wyre, making a swim or paddle a very inviting prospect! The big play barn is always a hit with children, and the 2 hour/mile treasure hunt is the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside here. Intrepid children can also tackle the orienteering course, which will teach them compass skills in a safe environment.
Hidcote Manor is easily 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. The picturesque farm is a haven for wildlife, with bird plots that are host to skylarks, lapwings, and finches. There are several badger setts around the farm too, and their inhabitants can be glimpsed in the summer evenings if you’re quiet enough.
Within just a 20-minute drive are all sorts of attractions, ranging from the Cotswold Falconry Centre and Batsford Arboretum to Bourton-on-the Water’s Birdland, a model village, and motoring museum. Then there is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace, with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the river cruises there.
Hillside Farm can be found a 5-minute drive from Rhossili Bay, voted the best UK beach and third best in Europe in 2014. Pygmy goats, 40 chickens, rabbits and two dogs share 175 acres of farmland with the Taylor family and their sheep, all of which lies within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The family has farmed in the area from as far back as 1840. Lambing takes place from March to May, and there are always lambs to help bottle-feed during spring. You’ll also encounter horses and cattle roaming free, as it’s common land where farmers retain ancient rights to graze their animals.
Beyond the farm are legendary surfing beaches, mountain bike trails over Rhossili Down, or the shipwreck of the “Helvetia” to hunt down. Swansea is close by as are many places of mythological and historical interest. Otherwise, simply glory in the landscape in and around Hillside Farm, including 15 miles of glorious coastline.
Hollings Hill in Herefordshire boasts panoramic views, allowing guests to feel completely unconfined, able to look a long way out over the landscape and the Malvern Hills. The farm is only about an hour’s drive from Birmingham, belying the gorgeous natural surroundings. One of the original, tried-and-tested Feather Down farms. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stay up to date, and the Log Cabin and Canvas Frills Lodge both come with hot tubs!
The farm continues to be the menagerie it’s always been, and the goats, Holstein-Friesian milking cows, ponies, and chicken will all be there to welcome you. Why not come and watch the cows being milked?
Howbeck Lodge Collection (Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria)
Within the Lake District National Park, you can experience true rural isolation and a little taste of heaven at Howbeck Lodge on your Cumbria glamping getaway. There’s a network of walks starting right from your doorstep, peaceful beaches at the Solway Firth, and the beautiful lakes such as Ullswater, Derwentwater, and Bassenthwaite. The market town of Keswick isn’t far if you want to pop back to civilisation, but at Howbeck Lodge you might just want to retreat into nature completely.
Layer Marney Tower (Colchester, Essex)
Layer Marney is a farm at a startling historical Tudor location that’s just 20 minutes’ drive from the acclaimed Mersea Island. Come and meet Peggy and Darcy the beautiful black horses, learn about the rare goat-like Castle Milk Moorit sheep bred here, and check out the other farm animals. In spring you can enjoy bottle-feeding the lambs. There’s the spider’s web climbing frame behind the barn and more children’s play equipment by the Poultry Palace where the chickens live. Layer Marney Tower is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in England, and was built by Lord Marney, longtime friend of Henry VIII. It is barely an hour from Greater London, as seen recently on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed TV series, in which the owners of the Tower were joint winners, showcasing both the glamping opportunities and the tower itself. Layer Marney also has its own activity program which visitors are perfectly placed to join.
Lower Rodhuish is set in Exmoor National Park, half in the Crown Estate and half family owned. It is only a 15-minute drive down country lanes to sandy Dunster Beach. The 850 acres farm is part arable and part livestock, with 150 lambing sheep and 50 Devon Cross cattle. Paul and Charlotte also have pigs, chickens, turkeys, and beehives, and grow wheat, oats, barley, peas, and beans – all of which you can find out more about on the farm tour.
With kite flying and pond dipping on your tent’s doorstep, you’re in a Somerset farm holiday paradise for children. Further up from your tent is a grassy hollow just perfect for picnicking, with marvelous views across the sea to Wales and the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm.
Mill Farm is situated just an hour south of London in the South Downs National Park, one mile from Lurgashall, a quintessentially English village. Come and feed the lambs, go fishing in their private lake or take a farm tour, which includes free range woodland-pig spotting by season. For something a bit different, why not try clay shooting. However you choose to spend your time, Mill Farm is a wonderfully varied West Sussex glamping farm holiday.
There are several wineries in the area, and one visitor centre within walking distance of the farm. Another destination, Blackdown Hill AONB, is south England’s second highest point and offers stunning views across Surrey, Hampshire, and Sussex.
Just 5 miles from ancient Gloucester and a short walk from the Severn estuary, you’ll find the peaceful sanctuary of Moor Farm. The farm is accessible but secluded, waiting for you at the end of a mile-long private drive lined with beautiful trees.
Children will have a blast building dens or playing hide and seek in the copse where the tents are located. Older children might want to venture down to the canal for some fishing and boating or try out the new cycle trail around the farm. Moor Farm has a cosy communal area that makes it great for groups and a large ‘party’ barn that is perfect for larger festivities or weddings. And don’t forget to jump in the indoor swimming pool!
Located in a timeless patch of English countryside, Mount Pleasant Farm is a farm that is very much of the moment. At Mount Pleasant, you set the pace of your holiday, insulated from the stresses of modern life. It is the ideal farm for horse and pony lovers. Children can groom and learn to tack up the ponies, getting up close and personal to these charming animals. Even more exciting is the pony riding activity, in which children are lead on a short ride around the farm.
Work up an appetite on some glorious walks, and take in the amazing views from the top of the nearest hill, Bulbarrow, which is an impressive 274m above sea level. The market town Blandford Forum is just 25 minutes away, with lovely villages on the way and a Crazy Monsters indoor soft play centre for the little ones.
Upper Shadymoor Farm is an hour from Birmingham and an hour and a half from Manchester, yet feels worlds away from both, nestled in a woodland glade and with its own swimming lake. A particularly special treat is the hot tub, water trampoline, boating and wild swim water package; the ultimate hot-cold indulgence enjoyed by Scandinavians and Chinese for centuries. It’s an Upper Shadymoor delight for the whole family, often experience under the watchful gaze of local Red Deer.
The real star of Upper Shadymoor is nature itself. Bluebell woods and wild garlic flourish alongside Kerry Hill sheep, deer, horses, goats, pigs, chickens and the farm dogs.
If the UK does not take your fancy, why not try out one of our locations in France?
– Domaine St. Christophe (Saint-Mihiel, Meuse)
– La Ferme de La Folivraie (Louvières, Lower Normandy)
– La Ferme de la Moricière (Sartilly, Lower Normandy)
– La Ferme de Penquelen (Scaër, Finistère)
– La Ferme de Ronfil (La Lande Saint Siméon, Lower Normandy)
– La Ferme des Champeaux (Saint-Amand-le-Petit, Limousin)
– La Grande du Bost (Montagrier, Dordogne)