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Fords Farm Glamping

· Oswestry, Shropshire, England
4.9421 acres hosted by Oliver J.
4 glamping pitches
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Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Bell tent glamping in the grounds of a 17th-century farmhouse in Shropshire.

It’s lucky that the family behind Fords Farm Glamping are a sociable bunch. For months after they moved to their farmhouse in the Shropshire countryside, every weekend saw a different friend or family member pay them a visit. And it’s easy to see why. This spot in the countryside outside Oswestry is a two-minute walk from the peaceful Montgomery Canal. It’s also a five-minute walk from the pub, a short drive from charming Shrewsbury and half an hour from Snowdonia National Park. Lucky for us, then, that visits aren’t just limited to family and friends.

In one of two fields behind their 17th-century farmhouse, the Johnsons have pitched four bell tents for glamping guests to stay. Arrive here, and Oliver or Tracey will welcome you to site and show you which one is yours. And although the location is likely to quickly win you over, you’ll soon realise that it wasn’t just the destination that those family and friends were coming for. The Johnsons are amiable hosts and this is a small but sociable site where saying hello to your neighbours is almost part of the deal. Shared areas include a raised undercover deck with bistro seating and a communal campfire pit.

Back at your tent, it’s a comfortable six-metre set up with proper beds for couples or families of up to six and a log burner to help keep things toasty. Outside, there’s a picnic bench, barbecue and two reclining chairs where grown-ups can relax while kids explore the meadow. It’s a flat field that’s just right for camping and kicking a ball about, but watch out for the free-range chickens and ducks while you do it. You might also be treated to a welcome sniff from Dexter the collie and Bramble the farmhouse cat.

We’re told that Oswestry is known locally as “'bout an hour” because it’s about an hour from everywhere: from Chester, from Birmingham, from Liverpool, from the Shropshire Hills, the Peak District and from the coast (at Barmouth). We’d say there’s a little artistic licence in there but all are possible day trips — and the proximity to the cities makes this a great weekend escape for many. If that’s what you’re using it for, the local attractions are enough: the walks, the canal, days in Oswestry or Shrewsbury followed by dinner at the pub. We’d say that’s ‘bout perfect for a weekend away.

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17 Ratings · 12 reviews
Joseph M.recommends
September 20, 2023
Snowdrop 5M Bell Tent
Great View, Lovely people and great location for a short getaway.
Ruth T.recommends
September 11, 2023
Snowdrop 5M Bell Tent
Great glamping experience. Beautiful location and facilities exceeded our expectations.
Eric A.recommends
June 2, 2023
Bluebell 6M Bell Tent
Very nice host & animal ambassdors
Oliver and his dogs and cat are extremely friendly. The tent and all other facilities are very clean and tidy. Such a hassle free glamping experience can make you feel very enjoyable. It is also a perfect site to see the beautiful sunset. Definitely recommend Oliver's land to anyone looking for a easy to handle camping experience
Ernus L.recommends
June 1, 2023
Sunflower 6M Bell Tent
Wonderful stay
Nice place! Clean with all you need for glamping. Oliver and his animals are all friendly. We had a wonderful stay.
Channa J.recommends
May 31, 2023
Snowdrop 5M Bell Tent
Glamping paradise
We had a fantastic experience. I am a first time camper, but loved the stunning sights, extremely and nice smelling clean loos (with soothing wind chimes), useful bits that we could buy for reasonable prices using an honesty box, and the relaxed vibe overall. Did an amazing BBQ to sunset and had a cozy campfire too. What is not to love?
Alison B.recommends
September 2, 2022
Marigold 6M Bell Tent
Truly lovely spot. Amazing attention to detail in the tent and all facilities. Clean, comfy, friendly and Dexter the dog and the chickens were a huge hit with the children. We will definitely be back!
Oswestry, Shropshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Oliver J.Joined in April 2021
From the host
Enjoy glamping in the grounds of our 17th Century farmhouse in Oswestry, Shropshire. We have individually designed and furnished our selection of bell tents, to provide our guests with a unique environment in which to enjoy luxury glamping in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. With all the creature comforts you need for a relaxing stay provided, we're sure you'll leave refreshed and relaxed.
Nearby attractions
You can enjoy walks straight from site out into the Shropshire countryside and along the Montgomery Canal, which is just a two-minute walk from site. There's also a launching point into the canal if you have a kayak, canoe or paddleboard with more opportunity to take to the water at Ellesmere Lake, eight miles away. The market town of Oswestry is less than five miles away and medieval Shrewsbury is about 15 miles from site. Chester is a bit further (almost 30 miles) but also recommended as a day trip from site. It's about the same distance, over the border in to Wales, to reach the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Families with younger kids may enjoy the indoor and outdoor fun at farm park Park Hall Farm (01691 671123), four miles from site, while adults may be more interested in a trip to the nearby British Ironwork Centre and Sculpture Park, just a mile down the road. All ages can get involved with go-karting or paintballing at Rednall Karting (07989 471307), three miles away.
Food and drink
A five-minute walk from site, takes you to the recommended Queens Head pub (01691 610255) which offers a home-cooked menu and a variety of local ales. The Stonehouse Brewery (01691 676457) is a five-minute drive away offering freshly brewed ales, gins, cider and even their own whisky with food as well.
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