“ Locations across the UK. Each Farm herd varies from dairy cows to beef cattle to organic. Every Feather Down farm tent is incredibly spacious and comfortable with bed, cooking stove and toilet! „
We spent a week on Boswarthen farm near Madron in Cornwall, run by Adrian and Madeleine Nicholls, and we are now counting the days before we can go back! We arrived on a bit of a chilly day, and ferried our luggage to our tent using the wheelbarrows provided. Upon opening up the front door of what would be our home for the week, we discovered a spotlessly clean, wonderfully equipped and beautifully designed interior - complete with everything we would need for cooking, entertainment and deep sleeps under feather duvets!
Within minutes of arriving Madeleine had popped over and greeted us in what we came to discover was her perpetual cheery way - everything was explained and once we had unpacked, and lit the wood-burning stove, we settled down to a wonderful BBQ of meat and fish organised ahead of time by Madeleine, along with a great birthday dessert which she had also arranged for us.
The next morning we awoke to find fresh milk and eggs - collected from the farm's chickens - delivered to our tent, and zipped up our 'front door' to reveal an incredible view of the sea which had not been visible the night before.
The week flew by, filled with trips to St Ives with its many art galleries ice cream parlours and fish and chips, stunning walks along the Cornish Coast, trips to the beach, BBQs, fish restaurants, shows at the nearby Minack theatre - carved out of a cliff face, and on our final night a wonderful bonfire organised by our incredible hosts.
I cannot recommend Boswarthen farm highly enough. Aside from the beautiful location, family friendly farm (with so much to do for children), and great locally sourced food, what makes this places really special is the family who run it - Madeleine and Adrian were the perfect hosts - friendly but not intrusive, full of fun, and incredibly helpful when it came to directions, advice, weather forecasts, phone chargers and anything else we needed!
The week flew by, but we felt so removed from the normal rush of our everyday lives that we felt we'd been away for weeks!
Man thanks! We will be back next year!
Jenny, Conor, Maz and Laura
Featherdown Farms (when can I book again)
We have just returned from a midweek break at Featherdown Farms. Never heard of them before? Well neither had we until we read an article in a national paper. The concept is simple, selected Farms in the UK diversify by having tents in a field where people can camp. Tents I hear you say, what's so special about that? These aren't any tents, these are holiday homes except they have canvas sides and roof. So lets start with the tents. Each Tent sleeps 6 people, there are 3 separate sleeping areas a bunk bed, a double bed and a cabin bed that sleeps 2. Now when I say that it has a double bed I mean a real double bed, proper frame, mattresses and duvets. It has mains water (cold only) into the kitchen area with a proper sink and even a flushing toilet. There is no electricity in the tent and light is provided by Lamps and Candles, which looks very romantic at night. To cook on there is a wood burning stove in the middle of the tent. This provides both your heating and hot water for washing up by Boiling Up a large kettle.
We booked our holiday at Boswarthen Farm in Cornwall although there are numerous other sites across the UK. When we arrived we were met by the Farmers wife who showed us to the field with the Tent. In the field were 5 other tents but very well spread out. So not to ruin the field you are not allowed to park your car by the tent. To allow you to get you bags from the car to the tent they give you a wheel barrow, which we thought was just the most bizarre but fun way we have ever started a holiday. When we booked on line we ordered a casserole meal for the evening as we just didn't want the hassle of cooking on the first night. Well the farmer's wife came down at 6pm with the most fantastic beef casserole I have ever tasted. I'm not sure if it was the fresh air or just the fantastic atmosphere of being sat round an old farmhouse kitchen table with candles for light but it was better than most expensive restaurant meals.
After dinner we were shown the farm and the honesty shop which was stocked with the basic essentials that you may need. You picked what you wanted and wrote the item on a list and paid for it at the end of your stay. A little more expensive than shops but the local ice cream was heaven in a tub and the local produced burgers and bacon will make you think about buying in a supermarket again. We were also shown a very modern shower block that had been built inside a barn so that you could freshen up when you wanted.
Right next to each tent were chicken coops. The farmer asked if we would like to look after the chickens and showed us how to tuck them away at night and feed and water them. Any eggs they produced were ours free of charge. Tell you what nothing like a real fresh egg for breakfast and our son was fascinated and couldn't wait to put them to bed each night and let them out in the mornings.
The first night we slept like logs. It was a bit cold getting up the following morning but what do you expect, it may be a posh tent but it is still under canvas. It took about an hour for the stove to get really going and throw out enough heat to make your breath disappear but once the kettle was going and breakfast cooking it was well worth it.
The farm we stayed on was a dairy farm and as part of the experience you could feed the calves, watch the cows being fed and help look after the other animals including goats and ducks. During the days we went and explored the local area and in the evenings our son played with the other children staying on the farm and we chatted to the other parents.
Like any camping experience the weather has a lot to do with it. It wasn't brilliant while we were there but it was dry. It cost us £195 for a mid week break and I have to say that for a different holiday experience this rates as one of the best. It was made all that more special by being treated as part of the farming family and our hosts were just brilliant and nothing was too much trouble.
I would highly recommend it, but just remember no matter how posh the tents and the facilities it is still camping so if you like your holidays in hotels with all the home comforts then think long and hard. However if you love the great outdoors, want a bit of adventure but hate the thought of pitching your own tent and sleeping on an airbed you are going to love this.
My recommendation, take a look at the website featherdownfarms.co.uk and order a brochure.
The Feather Down farm season is from Easter up to the end of October.