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Feather Down Farms at Sunninglye Farm
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great fun and a great escape from modern living”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Just had a wonderful weekend at Sunninglye Farm with a big group of friends - 15 children in total. We really loved the 'glamping' experience; it's a wonderful opportunity to relax and get away from the stress of modern day living. The children had great fun playing in the woods and at the pond; we did the den building and raft building/breakfast which were both good fun.

The honesty shop was very useful and stocked lots of nice food as well as any essentials that we needed. The family who run the farm were very hospitable and were happy to help us when needed without fussing around us.

Cooking breakfast in our tent on the wood burner with a cup of freshly ground coffee whilst looking out over rolling hills is THE way to start the day.

I recommend this as a great holiday for a group - we will be back next year.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Our familly stay allowed us to go back on time; no electricity (and no ipad for the kids) was an eye opener. We recommend the "butterfly leg of lamb" in mint sauce which is fantastic.
This is a most for kids who are raised in the city and barely know what a tree is

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Had a wonderful weekend at Sunninglye, the third time we have been to this location. Once again a great welcome by Sunninglye Farm. Thankfully they had a word with the powers that be so we had some really good weather over the weekend !

We took all of the 7 tents with friends and basically did what Featherdown Farm does best - to be at one with nature, enjoying the stunning views and eating the local produce (sausages/marinated lamb is amazing - don't go here without sampling them), with amazing friends and enjoying the creature comforts that glamping offers.

Sunninglye has so much to offer, the local pubs a delight and the fishing near by is brilliant. If you get a chance, do the raft building and farm tour. Kids will love it and we felt so secure. The hosts at Sunninglye keep their distance - but nicely so - always on hand to help should you need them.

We WILL be back ! All 29 of us !!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This is by far the best Featherdown experience we have had and it's all down to the thoughtful and generous management by the family who do everything to ensure that it works for your family.
We went for with another family and had two tenneager sand tow 11 year olds. We hoped it would be relaxing and keep the kids amused without electronic devices. Actually we hardly saw them. The animals were tame and unusually the kids could immerse themselves in the farm without being told off or bitten! They loved the space, the woods, the pond and the piglets were a massive hit with all ages! So sweet.
The family, from Jo to the youngest were all charming and helpful, quick with Calpol and sting cream when one of ours get nettle stings and generous with tme and information about farm life and the area we were in.
The tents are fab and comfortable as usual, there were bar b q's provided and picnic tables outseide out tent and an area for a camp fire, all away from other tents and with a fantastic outlook.
We did raft building which was hilarious, and the bar b q breakfast which was provided by the farm was both delicious and excellent value with everything you could think of and more.
The kids spent several hours doing a treasure hunt, yes, even the teenagers, and just loved the freedom.
The other families were friendly and if I could make one suggestion it's that there is an opportunity for mixing, perhaps around a larger camp fire. Just a thought and a minor one, because it works and it workds briliantly here. Kids already talking about going back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Jo & Gill were wonderful hosts and really paid attention to the needs of our family. We have two children with Autistic Spectrum needs and one of them with a fear of fire - this was explained to Gill on our pre-visit call and they made sure that we had everything that we needed for the children and their needs were considered at all times - they couldn't have been more understanding and thoughtful. The views were amazing, the home cooked meals were defrosted and ready for us on arrival, the picnic box was delicious with home made flapjacks & Fruit scone. The girls really enjoyed their pony pampering and our son was more than happy with his own personal tree house next to our tent. Feeding the lambs at 6.30am was a real treat for the children too!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

We stayed in the first week of April. The weather forecast was terrible, but we had plenty of sun, although it was pretty cold. We'd brought plenty of thermals due to the forecast, so were fine. My goodness it was cold at night though - we were cosy in several layers of clothing, two duvets each and a hot water bottle, but getting to bed was a chilly affair...
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
The 'tents' were lovely spaces, and having the feeling of camping but with a flushing loo was luxury indeed. The beds were comfy, the 'cupboard bed' is an inspired idea, the views across the farm were beautiful and none of us wanted to leave. The honesty shop provided pretty much everything we needed, and we heeded warnings about how long it takes to make a cuppa by slowing ourselves right down and enjoying the anticipation.
Our hosts were courteous and friendly throughout, though they took a while to 'warm up' - I liked them all the more for that - they were real people and their love of this place was evident.
We were lucky enough to be there during lambing season and there were new ones every day, and beautiful wild plants in the hedgerows as we walked into the village (approx 2 miles).
I could go on... it was magical, we loved it, and will go again (to this farm and others) - we're hooked!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

We stayed here in August. We had a fantastic time. I thought Jo was very welcoming and she visited everyday to make sure everything was ok. We ordered fresh fruit and a salad basket as well as a BBQ pack and a picnic, all of was excellent and good value for money (better than i expected). The farm is in a lovely setting and all the tents look out over the farm.The only negative point is that its on a flight path, you dont hear planes constantly but i did notice them in the evenings.
The tent was fantastic, bigger than it looked in the brochure but with all the charm I had hoped for. The beds were comfy and the kitchen was very well equipped. The stove takes HOURS to get hot, if you like to have hot drinks take a single gas burner as you just wouldnt want to have to light the stove every time you wanted a cup of coffee! All of the tents had an area outside for a campfire and you were free to collect as much firewood in the forest as you liked, my boys loved toasting marshmallows on it in the evenings and i loved reading by the fire at night. Its an idea to take torches and headlamps if you like to read as the candles and oil lamps dont really provide enough light for that.
One slight drawback of the farms is that you cant check in until 4 but we made the most of the day by going to cambersands and Rye for the day on the monday, it started the holiday off well and its only about 40 minutes away from the farm so definitely worth doing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on the farm, its very relaxing and the children really enjoyed the simple things like collecting fire wood and feeding the animals, i would recommend featherdown to anyone but especially to those with small children. .

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Feather Down Farms at Sunninglye Farm
Address: Bell Yews Green, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Royal Tunbridge Wells
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Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Number of rooms: 42
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