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“Perfect for first time Glampers”

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Feather Down Farms at East Shilvinghampton
Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for first time Glampers”
Reviewed 14 September 2011

We came here for 3 nights over a weekend at the beginning of September with 3 other friends' families and occupied 4 of the 6 tents. All of us had young kids aged 1-4 and it was perfect for them. The tents are arranged so you can see all the other tents and keep an eye on the kids as the field itself is totally enclosed and safe to let them run around.

The tents themselves are amazing. Real wood burning stoves to keep you toasty and separated bedrooms, along with a kitchen table, sink with running water and a functioning loo.

Joby and Martin (who's farm it is on) are both welcoming and chatty. They made sure we had everything we needed and gave us a guided tour and let the kids sit in the tractor.

The setting is brilliant, in the middle of rolling countryside, a few miles from Chesil beach and the Swannery at Abbottsbury - which has an awesome kids farm and play area.
Glamping I think could be for everyone, although make sure you arrive with some food as the honesty shop doesn't stock everything you may want on that first night. The farm even has a B&B if elderly relatives want to come and join the fun but not sleep under the stars.

Best bit, sitting outside on pub benches and enjoying a glass or two of wine under the stars with our friends – once the kids had fallen asleep. Will definitely do this again as it’s perfect for young families.

Room Tip: Don't trust a sat nav to get you here - it really is in the middle of nowhere
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

Just back from a four-night stay here with our 2yr old and 5yr old. First time on a 'Featherdown Farm' for us, and we loved it.

I think two things made it; the beautiful countryside plus Martin & Joby's very warm hospitality; they always found time to chat to us when we saw them during the day!
The place is also supremely organised; the shower block is excellent (nice hot water)and the 'honesty shop' is stocked with local produce.

The farm tour was great; the kids bottle-fed the lambs and calves, collected eggs from the chickens; and climbed into the (rather large!) tractor. There's also loads to see and do nearby - swans at Abbotsbury, Chesil beach of course, Portland Bill (great view from the top) and we even drove to Studland one day, for a sandy beach.

Apart from that the tent was v spacious and had everything we needed. It was also very dark at night (most tents aren't!) so the little ones went to bed on time and slept through - even during the summer solstice! Must have been all that fresh air...

Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Feather Down Farms at East Shilvinghampton

Property: Feather Down Farms at East Shilvinghampton
Address: Portesham DT3 4HN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Portesham
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Portesham
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Weymouth and Chesil Beach are close at hand to this dream of a Dorset Feather Down Farm. ... more   less 
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Feather Down Farms At East Shilvinghampton Portesham, Dorset

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