Luxury farm stays in safari-style tents on the edge of the New Forest National Park
Stonehenge, Bournemouth beach or the New Forest National Park? There are so many great places close to Midgham Farm that deciding which to visit on a day out during a holiday here can be a bit of a dilemma. And, while you ponder the options, your kids (if you’ve brought them) will be equally engaged in wondering whether to dig in the sandpit, feed the lambs or build a den in the woods.
Midgham is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners, en-suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.
At Midgham, that’s the Sykes family. They’ll welcome you to the farm, point out the farmhouse showers, honesty shop and animals then show you to your tent. It’s one of eight which are tucked among trees of the farm’s woodland, along with the site’s two log cabins. There are rope swings, sand pits and four campfire pits, too, for good old fashioned fun. The woodland attracts plenty of wildlife from roe deer to cuckoos, woodpeckers and owls while farm animals include ponies, pygmy goats, pigs, ducks, chickens and lambs in springtime. There’s also the chance to go fishing, paddling or wild swimming on a private stretch of the River Avon, just along the road.
Situated close to Fordingbridge, on the western edge of the New Forest National Park, there’s plenty to do among the trees. Midgham Farm is particularly handy for the New Forest Water Park with paddleboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding and an inflatable aquapark assault course. Stonehenge is just over 20 miles and a 40-minute drive from site with the beaches at Bournemouth even closer. Whether you stay on site or explore off it, one thing is almost guaranteed; you won’t run out of things to do on a holiday at Midgham Farm.
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Hosted by Feather Down Farm ..Joined in February 2021
From the host
Midgham Farm has been in the Sykes family since 1790. Today it's also home to horses, sheep, goats (of which two are tiny pygmy goats), pigs (which arrive around Easter and stay for the season), four different kinds of ducks, chickens, lambs, a calf (who thinks he is a dog!) and guinea pigs. Children who are staying here can help out with the newborns and really get a feel for life on the farm. Bottle feeding the lambs always goes down a treat! As well as all the animals, children will love the rope swings and climbing ropes plus all the sand pits with sit-on diggers.
A 15-minute walk away from where the site's tented cottages are set up is a long stretch of the River Avon, reserved for guests booking fly fishing (15 April to 30 Sept) or coarse fishing (15 June to 15 March), which can be arranged on the farm. The river is also a wonderful place to swim or paddle.
At Midgham Farm, you can relax at your tent or log cabin spread out on the forest floor which has lots of light coming through the canopy. For the energetic, there’s archery and axe throwing available across the wood. If you’re an animal fan, know that there are always new additions to the farm. Close to the campsite is a pretty woodland stream, perfect for paddling or playing a leisurely game of Pooh sticks on your glamping Hampshire farm holiday. For an evening back at the farm, there are four campfires at Midgham to gather family and friends around. The honesty shop is well stocked with everything you’ll need from breakfast to BBQ time, and has an espresso machine too.
A stretch of the River Avon, 15 minutes' walk away, is reserved for guests booking fly fishing (April 15–Sept 30) or coarse fishing (June 15–March 15), which can be arranged on the farm. The river is also a wonderful place to swim or paddle. The site is just outside the New Forest National Park with all its walking, cycling and wildlife-spotting opportunities. There's horseriding from Arniss Riding Stables (01425 654114) four miles up the road and it's the same distance to the New Forest Water Park (01425 656868) and the country estate at Somerley House, which often hosts events and festivals in the summer. The Go Ape treetop trail at Moors Valley Country Park and the children’s play trail there is nine miles away from Midgham Farm, and Paulton’s Park theme park is just 16 miles away. To get a glimpse of the past, Stonehenge is just 22 miles away, and Salisbury, 13 miles. The beaches of Bournemouth are 15 miles away.
Food and drink
There are basic supplies and local goodies available in the on-site honesty shop. Or to eat out nearby, try The Forrester’s Arms (01425 652294) in Frogham (four miles from Midgham Farm).