Featherbed

UK England East Midlands Northamptonshire Brackley

  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Hot Tubs
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Walking
Adults-only glamping with private facilities on a Northamptonshire farm

It’s the peace and quiet that most people comment on when they visit Featherbed. There are no cars, no kids and no distractions from the important business of relaxing in the countryside. The occasional neigh of a horse or the sound of a combine harvester in the fields are the rather pleasant soundtrack at this rather pleasant, adults-only glamping site in Northamptonshire.

Featherbed is part of Middle Farm, a 900-acre arable affair that sits in countryside between the Chilterns and the Cotswolds – just 90 minutes from central London. When Isobel, who looks after glamping guests, moved here from the city years ago she used to lie in bed and marvel at how little she could hear. Now, it’s your turn. Isobel has feathered four beds for glamping guests who can choose from a sliding scale of luxury and price.

The best-value stay is the traditional canvas bell tent which sits in its own little paddock with private facilities a hop and a skip away, across the field in a farm outbuilding. Next up it’s the dinky Hat Hut, a unique little cabin which, like the nearby shepherd’s hut, is self-contained with a kitchenette and en-suite shower and loo. Tall people may want to skim straight past and on to the shepherd’s hut as the bed in the Hat Hut, is a small-but-perfectly-formed, 5ft 8ins long. The Luna Bell tent is the top spot; sitting alongside a little copse of trees and a pond with a Swedish hot tub and a horsebox kitchen outside.

The tents are on grass, the cabin and shepherd’s hut on gravel and close to the farm buildings (some of which house offices) but all look out across the flat farm fields towards the setting sun. On warm days, this is the best time here. Activity around the farm slows, the sun goes down and you can get a campfire going. Perhaps you’ll be cooking up local produce from one of the great farm shops nearby, whilst discussing which garden or stately home you’ll visit next. There are several; from Stowe Gardens to magnificent Blenheim Palace. Walking or cycling to nearby pubs and day trips to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are other grown-up ways to spend days. For a more modern outing, head for the designer shops of Bicester Village or home of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Both are near enough for an easy visit but far enough to preserve the peace of this rather pleasant place.

Details

Facilities

Each tent or hut has a made-up double bed, its own cooking facilities, shower, toilet, outside seating and a fire pit. The Luna Tent has a Swedish wood fired hot tub outside too. Its shower and composting toilet are outside the tent, as are the cooking facilities, which are housed in a horse trailer that's been converted into a kitchen. The Bell Tent's facilities are in a private outbuilding a short walk away, while both The Shepherd's Hut and the (smaller) Hat's Hut are both self contained with en-suite facilities and a kitchenette.

Suitable For

Glampers, adults – yes. Camping in your own tent, campervan, motorhome or caravans, groups, under 21s, dogs – no.

Nearby

There are lots of options for walking or cycling straight from the farm – including routes to local pubs. There are plenty of lovely gardens and grand houses to explore nearby, starting with the woodland gardens at Evenley Wood, three miles from Featherbed. The National Trust's Stowe Landscape Gardens (01280 817156), are seven miles from the site and another nice place to walk or picnic and, within 20 miles, you can visit Claydon House (01296 730349),  Waddesdon Manor (01296 820414) and Blenheim Palace too. Bicester Village Outlet Shopping Centre is eight miles away, Silverstone is 10 miles away. Oxford is 25 miles away with Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa all a little further but within an hour's drive.

Food & Drink

Isobel has a large vegetable garden on site and guests are welcome to PYO but if you fancy heading out for food, there are three pubs within three miles of Featherbed and two of them are called The Red Lion. There's The Red Lion (01280 703469) at Evenley on the village green, which comes recommended, and  The Red Lion (01280 848970) at Little Tingewick with its beer garden. The Butcher's Arms at Fringford (01869 278068) is another pub on a village green within walking or cycling distance and the perfect spot to watch local cricket. There are plenty more pubs worth a visit in the surrounding villages and towns, with The Rose and Crown (01295 811317) at Charlton another recommended spot. There are lots of places to pick up local produce too, including the Barn Owl Farm Shop, two miles away, which sells its own dairy products, including ice cream, and also has a butchers counter, and Boycott Farm Shop (01280 821286), which has it's own café and is handy if you're visiting Stowe. There's also Eagles Fine Foods ten miles away in Deddington and there are local markets in Bicester, Brackley and Buckingham.

Open

Huts are available all year but the tents are from May–September only.

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The Owner Says

Set on a family farm, surrounded by beautiful countryside where you can walk straight from the farm across stunning landscape. There are pubs in walking/cycling distance. Each unit is individual and have their own facilities.

Accommodation

Two bell tents, a wooden cabin and a shepherd's hut.

Grandpa's Spinney Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Five metre bell tent set just by a small wood, double bed, seating inside and out, fire pit, kitchen and shower/toilet in unit a short walk away

The Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Self contained with double bed, basic kitchen and eating area, tv, shower/toilet. Seating outside and fire pit

The Hat's Hut

Quirky Sleeps 2
Quirky hand made wooden hut, small double bed, basic kitchen, eating space inside and out, shower/toilet

Nine Acres Luna Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Five metre luna tent in the trees by a pond looking over the fields. It has a double bed, storage, towel rail, seating. There is seating outside too with a fire pit and a Swedish hot tub, there is an outdoor shower and compostable loo. The Kitchen is in a converted horse trailer

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Location

Contact Featherbed, Middle Farm, Mixbury, Brackley, Northamptonshire NN13 5RN

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Getting There

From Junction 10 of the M40, travel north towards Brackley. When you reach a roundabout, turn right on to the A421, signposted for Buckingham/Finmere. Stay on this road for two miles, passing Mixbury on the left. Take the next right towards Cottisford and Hethe (the second turning with the same signs and the one opposite the route to Westbury). Go down Featherbed Lane for half a mile to find the farm and the site on the right.

The nearest train station is Bicester Village or Bicester North, approximately seven miles away. From there you will need to take a taxi to Featherbed.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect Stay

We stayed in the Sheperds hut for 3 nights. We went for peace and quiet away from our normal lives and that's what we got. The hut was clean and facilities were good. Amazing site for the sunset and saying hello to the 2 horses was nice. We never had any issues that needed the attention of the team but when we did see them they were very polite and friendly.
★★★★★

amazing, peaceful, simply perfect

would highly recommend to stay here, Isobel and Pete are amazing, nothing is too much trouble and they go above and beyond. we stayed in the teepee glamping tent and it was just what we needed, very chilled you have your own fenced off area with a little bit of woodland and lovely out look on to the fields. An added bonus is you get the best sunsets from this site. With the Teepee you also get your own kitchenette and bathroom, which is immaculate condition and has exactly what we needed. Thank you for making our little get away perfect
★★★★★

The perfect get away

Such a lovely time away,we had everything we needed and you could tell the hosts had though carefully about the our experience and what we may need, They were also very friendly and accommodating. We were in the Luna tent and it was just perfect,set away from anyone else so you really felt like it was just you and the countryside. There is a town near if you do need anything and some lovely places to eat. We had mixed weather but the way the tent and the hot tub was set up we were still able to enjoy the views and was nice to be sat nice and warm in the hot tub and see the rainfall across the fields,really an all weather holiday. I would definitely recommend it to friends and would love to return.
Jul 9, 2021 by Laura
★★★★★

Couldn’t have asked for more

A week in Hats Hut. Small but perfectly formed. Everything we needed for a sun filled relaxed week. If you want the peace of the countryside this is the place for you. Sit back listen to birds singing and forget the rat race. Hats hut is sweet with all we needed. Isobel an attentive host. Patch (the horse) a sociable neighbour 😁 highly recommend
Jun 19, 2021 by Jo Springall Verified Review

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