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Has anyone tried Featherdown Farms camping holidays yet?

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Soapbox Sun 01-Apr-07 11:18:13


Would be interested in any feedback!

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.

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

can I blow our trumpet as an alternative?? here

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

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

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.

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

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?

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!

SpiritualKnot Fri 03-Aug-07 09:20:09

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'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 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 .

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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?

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


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

bumping for happycamper

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

Thanks happycamper - was it spidery at all?

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

Which one did you go to?

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!

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

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

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 13:05:48

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.

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.

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

No frontline reports?

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

too drippy for proper camping, want beds

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