England’s first community owned farm, offering a warm welcome to all in their cosy glamping yurts
It’s not uncommon, when commenting on a campsite, to talk about the affable campsite owner, drifting from pitch to pitch, attentive, welcoming and ensuring the sociable atmosphere that makes the site so special. At Fordhall Farm though, things are a little bit different. That’s not to say this isn’t a welcoming place – there are few spots so warm, homely and inviting – it’s just that were you to assemble all the owners together they’d hardly fit in one field, let alone inside the glamping yurts on site!
Split among no fewer than 8,000 different shareholders, Fordhall is England’s first ever community owned farm and an ever diversifying masterpiece of all things rural. The hundred head of cattle and 200 sheep graze in luscious, wild-grass meadows and Gloucester Old Spot pigs grunt and nuzzle in their dusty pens. The 140 acres are home to many other species besides. Butterflies flutter between the wads of rye grass and fledglings dart to and fro among the hedges. It’s a serene backdrop for a holiday.
The yurts themselves are situated in a quiet corner of the farm, at the conjunction of green pastures where the cows graze. Though a pair, they really act as one glamping unit, linked together in the centre so that one yurt provides a large bedroom space, while the other acts as a living and kitchen area. Though entirely off-grid it’s a place of serious comfort. Sunlight streams through the ceiling window to bathe the wooden kitchen table in a warm glow and it’s accompanied by countless carefully thought out touches, like the well-stocked book case, a wicker picnic hamper or the essential bottle of wine that’s awaiting your arrival.
Elsewhere the farm provides plenty for glampers to explore. Walking trails that weave among the meadows and the trees allow you to see various different aspects of the organic farm at work, while a farm-shop and kitchen café provide some of their home-reared meat to take back to the yurt and slap upon the barbie. It is inevitably here, perched on the veranda of your abode that much of the holiday is spent – the combination of view, barbecue and summer chairs will see to that – but when you manage to extract yourself from the comforts of the farm there are treasures nearby. To the south the Shropshire Hills provide hiking and mountain biking trails that etch their way through the rolling maze of purple heather, while to the north the historic centre of Chester, with its leaning Tudor buildings, makes for the perfect rainy-day day trip.
Shropshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Kate H.Joined in January 2016
1 Ratings · 4 reviews
September 29, 2020
Fordhall Organic Farm Yurt
So cosy inside and once you get the log burner going it gets really toasty! Feels lovely to love out the farm style door into the fields and see the sheep and cows grazing around you. Say in the sun on the deck with a glass of wine chilled in the gas fridge was perfect. Idyllic farm location with really friendly helpful staff. Supplied plenty of firewood, eggs, biscuits, candles, hot water bottles and blankets. Massively recommend.
September 5, 2020
Everything we needed had been thought of and supplied. Location of yurts felt private and secluded and had a pleasant view. The facilities are basic but more than adequate (if you enjoy candle light) and for those who prefer mod cons then an electric shower and flushing toilet are available 3 minutes walk away from the yurt.The only shame was that you could hear the noise of traffic on the A53 at night.
September 5, 2020
Everything we needed had been thought of and supplied. The situation of the yurts felt private and secluded and had a pleasant view. The facilities were more than adequate (if you enjoy candle light) and if you prefer all mod cons then electric shower & flushing toilets are also available within a 3 minute walk from the yurts. The only shame was that you could hear the noise of traffic on the A53.
September 5, 2020
We found that everything we needed had been thought of and supplied. The yurts are located in a secluded spot on the farm where you have privacy and a pleasant view. The facilities are basic but more than adequate (if you like candle light) and for those who prefer all mod cons, electric showers & flushing toilets are available within a 3minute walk from the yurt. The only shame is that you can hear the noise of traffic on the A53.
From the host
Spend a magical holiday in our Shropshire-made Mongolian yurts, privately situated on our 140 acre organic farm in North Shropshire’s Tern Valley. Our two yurts are interconnected, providing the perfect getaway for up to six people. One is used as the bedroom and the other the living space. We only rent this as one unit, so you have complete privacy, peace and quiet.
The Shropshire Hills (01588 674080), around 45 minutes to the south, make for an excellent day-trip, as does stopping short in the country town of Shrewsbury, with its fabulous castle (01743 358516) and a cluster of decent museums. Closer to home, the National Turst's, 18th-century Attingham Park (01743 708123) is fascinating. You can explore the mansion inside and out, with extensive grounds to explore and, on a slightly smaller scale, Hodnet Hall Gardens (01630 685786) is also just 15 minutes away. For something different, it's around a 25-minute drive north to Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker (01270 629219) – not so secret anymore – which gives a remarkable insight into the post-Second World War fears of nuclear weapons, alongside fabulous displays and a wider look at the UK's military history.
Food and drink
The Farm Shop sells a variety of produce: milk, butter and bread, seasonal vegetables, cheeses, drinks, jams beer, cider, wines and much more, while Arthur’s Farm Kitchen serves cooked breakfasts, hot lunches, Sunday Roasts and light bites. For supermarket supplies though, there's a Sainsbury’s Local (01630 606400) 25 minus' walk away and a Morrison's Supermarket (01630 658842) a bit further (more like 45 minutes). The closest pub is the Kings Head (01630 478207; 20 minute walk), though it's worth heading slightly further to the excellent Red Lion (01630 652602; 40-45 minute walk). Finally, head to town every Wednesday for Market Drayton's fabulous weekly farmer's market!