We recently enjoyed a short break with Featherdown Farms and since we got back we’ve been telling all who will listen how much we loved it. And we’re also giving them plenty of reasons why they need to book a break too. Two years ago we spent the weekend in the Lakes, with Farmer John, so I knew that we would love another chance to glamp in style! Feather down Farms are short breaks with a difference. You get to spend time on a real, working farm. You’re surrounded by the countryside with nothing more to entertain you than the sound of the animals and the company of your nearest and dearest. You get to light candles as the sun dips below the horizon and you can do this at any of the numerous locations across the UK, and also overseas, in France, Germany, USA and South Africa. This is truly a break from reality. And if you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why you need to book a short break at Featherdown Farms
1. Because glamping is WAY cooler than camping.
Camping is just not for me. I am no stranger to ‘roughing’ it, and I am certainly not too posh to do it either. I’ve been camping, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t like sleeping in an oversized canvas sack, and I hate sleeping bags full stop. Listening to other people too close by and having to trek across mud to use the loo… no thank you! Glamping is much more my style.
Forget the flimsy tent and think instead of a sturdy canvas covering fitted around a solid wooden structure. Think separate rooms, a fully flushing loo, running water and a wood burning stove.
No need to trek across mud, and no sleeping in bags either. Each Featherdown Farm tent has proper beds and that, to me, is top trumps.
2. Because there is no WIFI.
Hear me out a moment! When we arrived at Dolphinhome Farm, Ghostwriterdaddy and I were still frantically trying to finish off the day’s work. Usually, we work until around 9/10pm and only really sit down together after that. We both run our own businesses and sometimes it can be hard to switch off. Yes, it was our choice to ditch the nine to five, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard work. So a break at Featherdown Farms is a true break. No WIFI and no 4G means that you are forced to put your phone down for the weekend, and really switch off. And it isn’t as scary as it sounds!
3. The kids will love it.
This one is a no brainer. To spend the weekend on a working farm is nothing short of awesome. Now imagine that you are five years old, and the farm is your playground.
With a play barn.
And a river to paddle in. And a go-kart track.
And a little honesty shop filled with treats. And bunk beds for midnight giggles.
Now tell me your kids wouldn’t love it.
Ours had SO much fun. Watching The School Boy and The Preschooler race from the car and into the fields was beautiful. Listening to them as they pulled on their boots in the morning, desperate to get to the hens to see if any eggs had been laid was beautiful.
Allowing them the freedom to roam and play outside safely was beautiful. At last, they could play, and laugh and wade through the long, wavy grass without a care in the world. Just how childhood dictates they should.
4. YOU will love it.
So, I was brought up in a small village in the Cambridgeshire countryside. I was surrounded by farms as a child and it was normal to me. Since moving away and meeting Ghostwriterdaddy, I’ve been more of a city dweller, and somewhere along the way I lost my roots a little. It’s bound to happen. But being at a Featherdown Farm farm is a little like being at home again. The silence in the dead of night. The blackness of the sky when all the world is sleeping.
The fresh country air. Even Ghostwriterdaddy admitted that he didn’t miss the city one little bit while we were away.
5. You’ll re-discover your love of adventure.
There’s nothing like arriving on holiday and throwing down your bags so that you can go and explore. And the kids beat us to it, only popping back to see us when they’d discovered something else ‘really cool’ to tell us.
“There’s an actual toilet with a chain!” (there was)
“There’s a goat at the bottom of the slide!” (there was)
“There’s a chicken laying a REAL egg!” (there was)
“There’s a trampoline!” (there was)
“There’s a goat that sounds just like Bella shouting for Daddy!” (there was, but only at 3am unfortunately…!)
We took a long walk across the fields on the second day, and happened upon the river that ran through the village. Down there someone had built a couple of rope swings, and the water was shallow enough to paddle out and throw stones for a while. And as we stood, our family of six, and drank in the stillness of the day I thought to myself how lovely it was that my children were here, now, playing. No TV. No mobile phones. No iPad. No distractions, not even any toys. A football, or a skipping rope. Just them, and a river. And they didn’t want to go home.
I could write a list of twenty-thousand more reasons why you need to book a short break with Featherdown Farms. I could talk all night about the beautiful surroundings and the remote peacefulness of the location. The feeling of waking as the dawn breaks, not because your alarm clock tells you to. And as you wake, you hear the sounds of the farm coming to life and the animals beginning to ready for the day. And you sink into your soft, warm and cosy bed and you wonder how you will ever go back to the city again.
I could write a list of reason twenty-thousand more reasons why your children will benefit from a short break with Feather down Farms. It is more than the experience of being completely removed from every day life. It is more than the opportunity to collect eggs from the hens and climb hay bales and throw stones into the river. It is more than being free to run as fast as your legs will carry you through thick grass on a sunny day.
It is all of this, and more.
Our break at Featherdown Farm was, as predicted, wonderful. We were thrilled with Dolphinhome Farm and our hosts, John and Barbara were fantastic. Our tent was clean and warm and fully equipped with all that we needed to be self sufficient for the weekend. The farm tour was fun and the play barn was amazing. We could not have asked more from our location and we would desperately love to return one day. A true break from the norm, and that is how it should be.
We stayed at Dolphinhome Farm free of charge. All opinions are my own. You can book a September break at Featherdown Farms from just £299, so hurry and book now!