Our Feather Down accommodation
one of our six (!) hideaways at Manor Farm
We booked our stay with Feather Down Farms as part of a large grouping celebrating a number of milestone birthdays, meaning we needed enough space to accommodate six families with eight children ranging in age from three to fourteen. This gave us the perfect chance to test out a number of the accommodation options available on most Feather Down Farm sites: four canvas hideaways with private outdoor showers; a further canvas hideaway with en-suite shower; and finally one smaller log cabin. Each canvas hideaway sleeps up to six people, while the log cabin slept two.
Our views on the accommodation were universally positive. The rustic canvas hideaways were surprisingly spacious with plenty of open plan living space including a sofa, dining table and kitchen area. Lit by candles and gas lanterns, and with heating provided by the log burning stove in the centre, the tents provided a cosy, warm and relaxing space to enjoy as a family even as the evenings drew in. As regular campers we’re used to the fact that tents get cold overnight even in the summer, making thick jumpers and blankets a must for a comfortable sleep, but our log burner ensured our accommodation stayed pleasingly warm throughout the night.
our rustic and cosy glamping accommodation – we loved the traditional gas lamps and log fire
Sleeping arrangements also worked really well for everyone. The canvas hideaways accommodate up to six people divided between a main double bedroom, a separate bedroom with bunk beds, and then a cosy raised cabin bed with wooden doors which opens onto both the living space and master bedroom depending on your preference. Inevitably the children all fought for the right to sleep in the unique cabin bed! We all found our beds super-comfy, with pillows and duvets as good as the ones at home if not better. Beds came pre-made in the master bedroom but not elsewhere which made for some slightly awkward clambering in the children’s rooms (for a small extra charge you can get the kids’ beds made too!) and you’re asked to remove all the bedding and drop it off in a laundry room before you leave.
The hideaways were well equipped with everything we needed during our stay including kitchen tools, a large cool box, bedding, towels, candles and fire-making equipment (logs, matches, firelighters etc). There’s no electricity of course – the whole Feather Down Farms ethos is about enjoying the great outdoors away from the modern distractions of the 21st century – but we had no issues boiling water for hot drinks or even cooking breakfast on the stove. A small word of warning though that you definitely need to plan ahead if you fancy a brew; it took us over an hour to get the water boiling! You’re permitted to bring your own gas stove if you need a bit more flexibility.
“what shall we play next?”
The smaller log cabin proved a perfect space for the couple who stayed in it; an equally cosy, charming and comfortable space. It also benefitted from a pair of gas hobs which the rest of us were slightly envious of.
Outdoors, the tents and cabin all came equipped with a covered deck area with seating, a fire pit and a BBQ. With the benefit of multiple spaces to enjoy we found we utilised different spaces at different times during our stay, allowing the children a change of scenery when we needed, but would all have been happy with the location and aspect of any of the hideaways.
a shower with a difference!
There were only two minor issues we encountered during our holiday. The shower in one of our hideaways (the only en-suite one, ironically!) didn’t work throughout; repairs were attempted after we reported the problem but it didn’t fix it unfortunately. As a big group we had plenty of other showers to borrow but if we’d been staying on our own the impact would have been greater. The on-site staff were very apologetic, in their defence, and we recognise these things just happen sometimes. And it’s worth saying that the outdoor showers were fabulous: there was something quite special about the combination of a properly hot shower and a gentle sunny breeze!
Oh and at 0400 one night our fire alarm went off at full volume leading to a slightly terrifying dash from bed to ensure the tent wasn’t on fire. It wasn’t of course so we’re not quite sure what happened there, but better safe than sorry..