Feather Down sites in Wales and Scotland are located only at prime spots: the latest, Cwmberach Uchaf in the Brecon Beacons, no less special. Overall guest review ratings for these sites range up to almost perfect scores, and their offer is set to improve yet. The Wales and Scotland locations are having their accommodation types upgraded for the summer in common with their English cousins or have have had these upgrades in advance.
Cwmberach Uchaf Farm in South Wales draws closer to opening - on July 1st, the enthusiasm of Mark and Sarah Dempster unabated. The farm lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park and having been left for 15 years before the current generation took over, it has an away-from-it-all feeling appropiate to the landscape of the Brecon Beacons. There are endangered species here, such as the cuckoos that have never stopped visiting. On the farm, the variety is also wide: goats, unusual sheep breeds, bees in hives and pigs. Mark and Sarah accept the friendly family dogs (up to two per tent) of guests too.
Glanmor Isaf Farm in North Wales is into its 7th season and still achieving a 9.9 overall review score. Guests are a field away from the beach - the farm's own private beach - and five minutes' drive from the Snowdonia National Park. The beach is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, stocked with cockles and mussels that can be collected for smoking on the campfire. Glanmor Isaf is only a 1 hr 30 minute drive from Liverpool.
Pant y March Farm is an organic farm to be found around the mid. point of the length of Snowdonia National Park, overlooking the largest lake in Wales, Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala). For a real feast for the senses, at this location, Snowdonia views can be taken in from a hot tub. Pant y March's canvas lodges with hot tubs already include the two upgrades that 200 other Feather Down tents around the country are receiving by the 1st of July: a grand-looking canopy extension plus the decking that is being laid out beneath it. With only two tents, the farm can be a serene spot that with its sheep, pigs, calves and donkeys still offers more than enough to do. Adding to the menagerie, guests may bring up to 2 family pets.
Hillside Farm in the South Wales Gower Peninsular Area of Outstanding Beauty is a 5-minute drive from Rhossili Bay, acclaimed the best beach in the UK and third best in Europe. Beach combing will turn up an actual shipwreck, the 'Helvetica'. Rhossili Bay is also rated the UK's no.1 dog-walking beach. Hillside Farm allows up to two dogs per tent. It is common land around here over which farmers retain olden-day rights to graze their animals, so horses and cattle can be seen roaming free. Ellen Taylor's tasty foods sustain for adventures on the land and by the sea.
Chesters in the Scottish Borders (Jedburgh, Roxburghshire) is just 1 hr 15 minutes' drive from Edinburgh and under 30 minutes from Northumberland National Park over the border. Chesters featured on TV's Channel 4 programme "Country House Rescue". The location is not a farm but is nevertheless home to sheep, cattle, roe deer, pheasants, buzzards and partridges. Chesters is an estate with much for families: a vast treehouse; a grass maze; a mini animal-safari; a fort with slides and climbing nets; and more just over the river at Born in the Borders. There is a river to go fishing and boating. Family dogs (up to 2) can join in the holiday to Chesters too.A Feather Down stay in Wales-Scotland is from £275 for a 4-night Midweek and from £305 for a 3-night weekend.
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