Saturday, 9 May 2015

Down on the Feather Down Farm

We haven't camped for some five years now, somewhat put off by a particularly wet few days in Swanage. Our only saving grace was that we were with very good friends and so together we were able to "make the best of it" and just about keep our sense of humour amidst the wet mud, wet clothes, wet everything really. Glamping however - staying in a luxurious frills lodge, sleeping in a proper bed, en suite bathroom facilities, long evenings eating and drinking by candlelight around a wood burning stove and your very own hot tub - now that sounds much more romantic and my kind of thing!

Feather Down have glamping sites located on working farms all over Europe and the UK, allowing you to escape the hecticness of daily life and indulge yourself in nature amidst beautiful, unspoilt countryside. So a couple of weekends ago we packed up the car, the girls and of course pup and headed off to Manor Farm located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, just outside Alton, Hampshire, to enjoy our very own Feather Down Farm experience.

Home for the weekend was "Back Platt" a luxurious frills tent, complete with outdoor shower, campfire and hot tub, all with a lovely feeling of privacy.

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Sleeping arrangements came in the form of our own room with double bed, whilst the girls had the choice of bunk beds or this very cosy cupboard bed.

 
 

Inside every detail had been thought of. From enamel pots, pans and vintage crockery to oil burners and candle holders hanging from a branch (definitely an idea to borrow!) you found yourself in rustic, vintage heaven!

 

So having been welcomed and shown by Anna, who runs the farm with her husband Will, the Honesty Shop (stocked with everyday essentials and most importantly home to the coffee machine!), where to get our fresh eggs for the morning and more wood to fire up the hot tub, it was time to get the campfire going and let the magic of glamping unfold....

 A Friday night fish and chip home cooked supper delivered 
 by the nearby Three Horseshoes pub

 
 
 
 Lit candles and lamps; gathering around the campfire to toast
 marshmallows; evenings are always a special part of glamping.


 
 
 
 Beautiful, tranquil, rural surroundings, oh and meet Alfie the Lama!


Chilling out in the hot tub...did I mention we had one?!

 
 
  
Taking pup back to his roots, he was very at home!

 
Going out with Luke, one of the farm workers, for a tour 
of the farm and to meet some of it's new arrivals 
was definitely a highlight of the weekend

The sun shone; we laughed, relaxed and enjoyed some lovely quality time together as a family; the hospitality from Anna and Will was wonderful and it was the tranquil oasis it promised to be. Definitely my kind of thing!


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