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“Brilliant and super-relaxing.”

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Feather Down Farms at Lower Rodhuish Farm
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“Brilliant and super-relaxing.”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We've just come back from Lower Rodhuish Farm after an amazing weekend's stay. We rented two tents for two families, and our girls (3, 6 and 6) had an amazing time. Our big girls were able to take responsibility for two chickens and two guinea pigs for the weekend, our eldest not being put off remotely by getting stuck into cleaning out the guinea pig cage. They also enjoyed meeting and grooming the ponies and getting the farm tour. The tents were huge and remarkably well appointed, so we didn't feel cramped at all. It was a good tip off from Charlotte to bring fruit and vegetables and it was easy to get fresh milk, eggs, meat for the BBQ etc in the honesty shop. Our girls also enjoyed toasting their marshmallows on the campfire at night.

It was lovely to give the big girls the freedom to go and explore in the field and to play independently around the farm and we found lots to do in the vicinity when we were able to drag the kids away from the farm!

We'd definitely do another Feather Down farm visit again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We came back from a 4 night stay at Lower Rodhuist, we had a lovely time and our girls (2 & 5) didnt want to leave. The 6 tents are close to the car park, honesty shop, wood store and animal feed, showers and farmhouse which was great for us having small children.
The children loved going into the field with the orphaned sheep, walking up the steam to go pond dipping at the top of the field, the hanging tyre swing was alao a big hit.
We fed our left overs to the pigs which was comical and spied over the gate at the cows.
The children enjoyed looking after their own chickens and were excited when they laid eggs. Equally they liked feeding and entering the big chicken coop.
Our 5 yr old learnt how to groom a pony which she enjoyed (youngest not interested).
Soup in a pot was delicious as were the pizzas, honesty shop well stocked for things you may have forgotton.
Getting to know your neighbours adds to the childrens entertainment and great in the evenings round the campfire.
Showers very clean with lots of hot water
Tents fantastic
Lots of places to visit locally.
Can't wait to re-book, would happily visit this farm again but next year may try one closer to home

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We have just had a wonderful stay at Lower Rodhuish. We have stayed at a different Featherdown Farm previously and really enjoyed it but this one was even better; Charlotte and Paul were really welcoming, the honesty shop was well stocked and beautifully set up, the showers were large with lots of space to hang clothes etc out of the way, the setting was beautiful with the tents arranged so that you felt secluded, you could have a campfire, there were portable BBQs to use, and the den for the kids and the tennis court were great. Amazing holiday break, thank you.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 24 May 2013 via mobile

Lovely lovely experience. The "tents" are super! Large enough to move about in but cosy when the windows are down and the wood burning stove and candles are lit.
Charlotte and Paul are wonderfully helpful and really want you to make the best of your stay.
The honest shop is stocked with everything you could want. I loved the bacon and my wife fell in love with the hot chocolate pieces. If only we could give 6 stars it was brilliant. We would recommend to anyone plus if you have children it is a must, the farm tour and animals are super for little ones. Will be booking again soon

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

Charlotte and Paul were wonderful hosts. The glamping hut was spacious and had everything you would need including the kitchen sink. Would defiantly stay again and wide selection of produce on honesty shop

  • Stayed May 2013
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Additional Information about Feather Down Farms at Lower Rodhuish Farm

Property: Feather Down Farms at Lower Rodhuish Farm
Address: Lower Rodhuish Farm, Rodhuish, Exmoor National Park TA24 6QR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Rodhuish
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Rodhuish
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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