You don’t connect with a farm by joining its WiFi network. You get mud on your boots, collect eggs by hand and warm your toes beside a log fire. That’s part of the reason why the Cool Camping team have had such a long affection for Feather Down Farms, a network of family farm stays across the UK.
You see, there’s a reason we call them Feather Down ‘farms’ and not Feather Down ‘glamping’. Yes, their family-sized safari tents offer king-sized beds and beautiful timber furnishings. But, ironically, the real focus of Feather Down is on a simpler way of life.
It’s why, today, we’re so excited to release hundreds of available dates to book on coolcamping.com – so you can find and book your farm experience for 2022, wherever you are in the UK.
Have you ever bottle fed a lamb? Have you ever cooked over a wood-fired stove? Have you ever lived for a weekend without electricity, stocked up with oil lanterns, candles and logs? It’s making the effort to slow down on a holiday that can really help you connect with nature.
It’s this more deliberate pace of life and appreciation of the outdoors that we see time and time again mentioned in your reviews on the Cool Camping website. Whether it’s meeting ponies at Midgham Farm, just west of the New Forest, or watching the cows being milked at Billingsmoor in Devon, basing yourself on a farm guarantees acres of space and oodles of hands-on activities.
“Perfect spring time treat! The bluebells in the woods by the tent were in perfect bloom during our early May visit. The Kids loved bottle feeding the lambs!” rupertm1
When we first started the Cool Camping collection, our mission was to help people find the smaller, more rural campsites that often operate alongside working farms and smallholdings. Our selected Feather Down sites are all places where you can learn about farming directly from your host and really experience farming life first hand.
While no two farms are the same, there’s a comfortable consistency to Feather Down’s accommodation. Their Canvas Hideaways – off-grid safari tent accommodation with comfy beds, a proper flushing loo, a fully-equipped kitchen and a living and dining area – offer ‘glamping’ whilst still keeping you close to nature. Your hosts have provided everything you need for a comfortable holiday but they also walk a careful line to ensure there aren’t too many distractions either.
“The tents are very cosy with candles and wood burning stoves” Lucinda
“Going without electricity is our greatest luxury”, one member of the Feather Down team recently told us. And he meant it. Without TVs and phones to distract you it’s the simple tasks that bring families together. You can light the fire together, the kids can make pancakes and, once the candelabra’s lit, there are board games to play and books to read. Life without the gadgets forces you to slow down and appreciate time with the people around you.
Most of the tents have private showers alongside or even inside the tent, but for the few locations that don’t you’ll still be allocated a cubicle in the farm-house shower block. And, at a few lucky locations, there are also hot tubs you can soak in too (for our favourite, check out the views from the hot tub at Hollings Hill Farm near the Malvern Hills).
With the majority of hosts positioned in or near UK National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Feather Down farm locations speak for themselves. While those on the hunt for beach holidays might head to Lunsford Farm near Hastings or Treganhoe in Cornwall, there are also great family sites for hillwalking, like Lake District Farm or Hidcote Manor in the Cotswolds. When it comes to life on the farm, one thing you can be sure of is space to run wild and a location where the surround-sound is of the birds and the prime-time viewing is of the sunset. Here are just a few of our favourites…
Dairy cows and family trips to the beaches on Cornwall’s western tip.
Paddling in the beck and hiking up Blencathra and the Caldbeck Fells.
Try fishing and egg collecting between visiting the historic sites of 1066.
Hot tubs, oil lanterns and woodland walks on a Tudor country estate.
See the cows being milked and cook feasts on the wood-burning stove.
Acres of open space and views from your hot tub of the Malvern Hills.
Feed the lambs, build dens in the woods and spot New Forest ponies.
Groom the horses, feed the lambs or head to the beaches of the Jurassic Coast.
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