We’ve just returned from the most fabulous week at Featherdown Farms Manor Farm at West Worldham. Until i started to do a little research on farm stays a few weeks back i had never come across the concept of Featherdown Farms. If you haven’t they a franchised farm glamping experiences that are located across the uk and europe. We thought it sounded just what we needed so booked a monday to friday stay on the Manor Farm at West Worldham near Alresford, it was the first Featherdown Farm in the uk and its fair to say the owners, Will and Anna really do have it nailed.
The farm is around a 40 minute drive from us which made for a really easy trip and we were able to take our 2 year old labrador, Bella with us too. On arrival we were greeted by Will who showed us to our tent and showed us where to find the on site honesty shop which was well stocked with various essentials and local meat. We booked a “with frills and hot tub” tent which consisted of a big tent with woodturning stove, a double room, kids room with bunkbeds, a cupboard bed – more on this later, flushing loo, sink with cold running water and outside a shower and wood fired hot tub.
We settled in quickly and had the most magical time. The girls absolutely loved playing in the cupboard bed, beautifully designed with little hearts carved out of the front, they ended up sleeping in it every night together. It was an eventful stay as Freya managed to obtain several injuries and Ottie gave us a pretty tricky time as far as sleeping went but all in all still a perfect holiday with little ones.
Highlights of the stay were the wonderful hot tub, Alfie the Lama in the field outside the tent, wonderful dog walks across the fields, walking up Selbourne zig zag, cooking pizza in the wood fired pizza oven, the amazing fresh croissants and bread delivered to our box in the honesty shop in the morning, finding freshly laid eggs, relaxing with a strong bacardi in the hammock and a wonderful lunch at Flowerpot brewery in Cheriton.
Give me Featherdown over Centre Parcs every time.