Some five months late, I’ve finally got around to writing about the great time we had at Lower Rodhuish Farm. Our small family (me, husband and five-year-old daughter) spent a week there in August and couldn’t have had a better time, despite the sometimes less than camping-friendly weather.
We’d been to Featherdown before, so took some things – like the huge, well-equipped tents – for granted. What made it really special though, were the location and the ultra-friendly famers, Charlotte and Paul. Even though it was harvest time while we there, and so a crazily busy time for them, they still found time to show everyone around the farm and be on hand whenever you needed anything – from extra lamp oil to suggestions for day-trips.
Our daughter loved looking after her own hens for the week as well as two very laid-back guinea pigs (any hopes that it would put her off having one as a pet backfired). Pony-mad, she especially loved grooming Charlotte’s old family pony as well as watching the racehorses going out for their daily exercise in the quiet lane running alongside the farm. Feeding the pigs our leftovers was another highlight.
There was a well-stocked honesty shop with delicious homemade cakes along with the best honey we’d ever tasted – Mr Fox’s honey made in the village nearby. And there was an excellent shower block with huge, spotlessly clean showers.
The location of the tents meant we could relax while our daughter ran wild with other kids in the big field opposite, which had a very shallow, so very safe, stream meandering through it.
There were fire pits outside the tents so you could sit around a crackling fire in the evening, toasting marshmallows and getting to know your neighbours (ours were a lovely Dutch family).
There was plenty to do beyond the farm too. We visited Dunster Castle, the Exmoor Pony Centre and had an amazing day boogie boarding at Woolacombe. All in all, a brilliant and super-relaxing holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being Feather Down’s first farm on Exmoor, we’re uniquely in a national park and close to the coast – it’s a three-mile, 10-minute drive down country lanes to the Blue Anchor Bay’s pebble beach.We’re also the perfect base for reliving childhood memories of West Somerset holidays, with Porlock Bay, Dunster Castle, Watchet Harbour, Tarr Steps and the West Somerset Railway all on our doorstep. ... more less