Has anyone tried Featherdown Farms camping holidays yet?

(45 Posts)
Soapbox Sun 01-Apr-07 11:18:13


Would be interested in any feedback!

Lucycat Sun 01-Apr-07 15:26:39

Wasn't Abbie-mumsnet going here?

looks gorgeous if a little Bodenesque

PeachyClair Sun 01-Apr-07 19:40:50

Looks nice though not sure it is really a tent is it? Come on creaky floorboards in a tent LOL??????????

TwoToTango Sun 01-Apr-07 20:37:30

It looks great - really different - i've just sent for a brochure - will keep my eye on this thread for any feedback

Cloudhopper Sun 01-Apr-07 21:01:29

I really fancy this - has anyone been to one? Are all the tents close together or are they spread around the farm?

TwoToTango Sun 01-Apr-07 21:15:36

Just found this brief review - scroll down a bit

Soapbox Sun 01-Apr-07 22:26:20

Mmmm - I've never been a camping type - just thought this might be a less spidery option

I'll keep my eye out for a few more reviews first before I book, but it does sound like a lovely get away from it all idea

misdee Sun 01-Apr-07 22:33:56

am i being dense, but what is the price of this sort of holiday?

Yes my cousin and his wife did and they loved it!

Soapbox Sun 01-Apr-07 22:44:10

Misdee - a 3 day weekend break in Mid August is around £400 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Blu Sun 01-Apr-07 22:48:54

<<Blu struggles with eyebrows which have been deeply knitted since she spotted this thread when it first appeared and went into knit-spasm trying to picture Soapbox as a camper>>

misdee Sun 01-Apr-07 22:49:43



Soapbox Sun 01-Apr-07 22:55:13


Okay - I confess - I am looking to send DH off with the children while I stay in a nice hotel (without any scurrying furry friends)

You can unknit your brow now

Blu Mon 02-Apr-07 10:50:10

Aha! That makes sense.

Consult Marina - I think she sent her DH off on a Tipi with her DS.

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Apr-07 19:44:43

Was supposed to be going to the Welsh one this weekend, but farmer decided not to go ahead with it, so can't give you a report as yet. However, am heading to the Cornwall one in the summer instead, so will let you know what it's like when we get back.

misdee Sat 07-Apr-07 09:29:03

well i got the brochure through and price list. not as bad as expected lol. might be what we need after this nightmare has ended. but i think we would ahve to couple it with an all adventure pack weekend break elsewhere straigh after to placate everyone lol.

bakedpotato Mon 14-May-07 12:50:16

bump, anyone been yet?

bakedpotato Mon 14-May-07 18:24:09


bakedpotato Wed 16-May-07 10:07:22


DeviousDaffodil Wed 16-May-07 10:10:20

Why not just go in a tent?looks a bit twee.

bakedpotato Wed 16-May-07 10:14:56

too drippy for proper camping, want beds

bakedpotato Wed 16-May-07 16:13:53

No frontline reports?

twynkle Thu 17-May-07 16:48:36

I wanted camping but without having to put up a tent and sleep on the floor so we went here last year:


It was REALLY lovely.

MrsCarrot Mon 28-May-07 13:05:48

We've just been looking at these. Usually do 'proper' camping with no amenities, just a field by the sea but this year, having just got married and with a four month old I can't be bothered to even draw up a list of what we need.

There's only one week available in the summer at one of the farms, in the lake district, and as we went to Yorkshire at Easter we've decided to go south and have a tipi in cornwall.

Just arrive. Unload car. Beds made. Fire ready. Own private field. Sounds bloody lovely.

Very interested to hear what others think of the feather place though.

Anteater Mon 28-May-07 13:26:34

How about this??
May be what some of you nonbodenesque ones are looking for!

MrsCarrot Mon 28-May-07 13:53:11

Wow, thanks for that link, anteater, that place looks amazing!

happycampers Wed 06-Jun-07 19:51:52

Soapbox - yes, just got back from one. It was great. In fact we (two families) enjoyed it so much that almost didn't post - to keep it our 'secret'!!

We too are too drippy for proper camping (last traumatic attempt c1983) and wanted cosy beds, a loo in the tent and showers - all lived up to expectation. Think safari tent, with a retro feel, rather than ridgepole. If you do proper camping then, yes, it will probably be too twee and a bit Bodenesque, but suited us perfectly.

The tents are well spaced apart so there is privacy. Our site was all based in one field. The kids (ranging from 3 months to 6 years) loved collecting the eggs from the hen house, collecting mini beasties and getting mucky. The canopy beds were a huge hit for the kids and the stove perfect for warming our toes and the mulled wine at night!

It might be a bit tricky if you have a crawler or early toddler as the stove is in the middle of the tent and can't really be protected, but if the weather is fine they'll be mostly outdoors.

Looking forward to going back!

willow2 Fri 15-Jun-07 21:20:16

Which one did you go to?

soapbox Fri 15-Jun-07 21:30:44

Thanks happycamper - was it spidery at all?

willow2 Tue 19-Jun-07 14:21:23

bumping for happycamper

willow2 Thu 21-Jun-07 21:00:16


happycampers Sun 24-Jun-07 15:45:18

Sorry, been away so just seen this.

Soapbox - can't recall any spiders or many beasties in the tent. I'm sure DD1 would have alerted me with a piercing shriek if there had been. I wouldn't have liked it either. Bizarrely, quite a few very tiny snails, but outside only and mostly in shells. Honestly was very civilised, lots of cream retro enamelware and the duvets were toasty. Sitting round the stove in evenings with a mug of mulled wine.......

Willow2 we went to <<whispers>> Lochhouses in Scotland. Only been running a few weeks, farmer was lovely and enthusiatic. Was a v short walk over the dunes to a fab beach, so perfect outing with no hassle.

Take cheapy candles with you as you will need the light.

Are either of you going to go?

dramaqueen Sun 24-Jun-07 15:49:14

We are booked to go to the Lincolnshire one over August bank holiday. Dh is not the camping type (I usually take the dc on my own camping) so this looked like a win-win thing for us. I am looking forward to a proper bed and no leaks.

triplets Mon 25-Jun-07 22:46:06

I spotted this in a mag at the hairdressers the other day. Sounds fun and more my type of camping than the two day struggle last year with the trailer tent, never again! I have sent for the brochure, but feel that I would only want to go in the summer, not a hardy camper at all!

happycampers Tue 26-Jun-07 09:40:12

Oh yes, it really is soooo easy but does give the feel of camping and being outdoors - 'glamping' I think it's called, g-lamourous camping! If you've done the trailer tent thing then this will be heavenly for you, just pack your bag and a few food bits and off you go.

Agree it wouldn't be quite the same if very cold and wet, but think they only operate over the summer. The wood burning stove does make it nice and cosy though.

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 28-Jul-07 14:09:20

Going to the Cornish one soon. Any tips on what to take, HC?

happycampers Tue 31-Jul-07 21:42:55

Just spotted this. Ummm....probabably not a lot as most things are either provided or you can buy for reasonable price in the honesty shop. But handy things include:
a torch per bedroom, maybe a stock of candles to save buying when there, some easily cooked food (M&S tinned spag bol went down well!), loo roll, antibacterial hand gel for when you have no hot water, some ice packs to supplement the one provided.

Wish we'd taken a cafetiere as using the coffee filters and a pot was a bit of a faff. Mulled wine also goes down a treat in the evenings when gathered round the stove but will perhaps be a bit warmer in Cornwall in August. Would be hard keeping white wine or beer cold enough, though there was some space in the fridge in the honesty shop, just make sure you label it!

Be aware the wax drips everywhere so don't put you food under the candelabra! Will post again if think of anything. When are you off, am very .

Re: Feather down farm holidays. I cringe at this type of thing. Spent every summer at my grandma's farm, outside loo, warm milk from the cows, mice in the kitchen yuk! And yet it was fantastic really..being woken up by cows and cockerels, picking blackberries and raspberries..it's all down to the weather for me.

Wouldn't like to go when it's not sunny. Think it's soooo expensive too. Could stay at the Hilton for cheaper.

happycampers Sun 05-Aug-07 08:58:42

aah, but this has an inside loo and no mice! Agree can be expensive but couldn't get a family of five in the hilton for that price - collecting scrambled egg from under a heater isn't quite the same as a warm egg from a hen's bottom. This simple life don't come cheap y'know!

WhatKindofFool Sat 13-Apr-13 20:19:01

Just found this old thread. I'm thinking of going to featherdown in the Lakes this summer. Can anyone share experiences please?

ubik Sat 13-Apr-13 20:30:07

To experience true al fresco dining - and cooking! - take delivery of everything to prepare and cook from scratch, an extremely hearty soup or stew for four to six hungry people. Receive the firewood, ingredients, cast iron pot, and every utensil required - all direct to your tent. The cost is £27.50 for the soup or £32.50 for the stew.

£30! For some veg and a bit of wood. shock

hermioneweasley Sat 13-Apr-13 20:32:41

My brother went. It was shit. We went to centre parcs the following year for half the price.

WhatKindofFool Sat 13-Apr-13 21:59:11

I certainly wouldn't buy the soup kit!!!

NettleTea Sun 14-Apr-13 15:25:39

can I blow our trumpet as an alternative?? here

AuntLucyInPeru Sun 14-Apr-13 15:48:15

We did the 3 day weekend break last September in Kent and absolutely loved in. Ds was 5 and Dd 2. Going back with extended family in July.

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