Dolphinholme Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England North West England Lancashire Lancaster

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Good old-fashioned fun on the farm, with safari tent stays on the edge of the Forest of Bowland

After a day of old-fashioned fun on the farm, how about a hearty stew cooked on the fire and an evening playing games by candlelight? A stay at Forest of Bowland Farm in Lancashire promises all this and more. The farm is home to eight off-grid safari-style tents on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland. It’s not far from the seaside towns of the west coast and within an hour’s drive of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. In other words: life here is all about the great outdoors. Spend your days splashing about in the river, watching cows grazing in the fields or exploring coast and countryside. Then cosy up under canvas – without having to pitch a tent.

Forest of Bowland Farm is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners, en suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation doesn't vary much, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on, with hosting left in the capable hands of the farmers.

Forest of Bowland Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s. It’ll be him, Barbara or son John who’ll welcome you here. They’ll give you a tour of the farm, which is home to a herd of cows and a lot of chickens producing free-range eggs (though stringent health and safety rules mean guests aren’t able to visit them). Your tent is set on the edge of 35 acres of woodland, overlooking a 10-acre field. The River Wyre, at the bottom of it, seems to be the only thing rushing by in this peaceful spot. Apart from your kids, who’ll be racing to the indoor playbarn as soon as they get the chance. With hay bales, a sand pit, a tyre swing and a trampoline, it’s only bettered by the outdoor play area’s zip line – and the chance to build dens in the woods.

Off site there’s a good pub just a couple of miles down the road (but be sure to book in advance as it’s popular). The location on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland means it’s as good for walks in the country as it is for days at the seaside: plenty of good old fashioned fun however you like to enjoy it.



Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully-equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa. You can choose between a tent with an en-suite toilet with use of a shared shower a short walk away and a tent with a complete en-suite bathroom that features a toilet, sink and hot-water shower. At both, there is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. There is also a sheltered veranda outside with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area and a well-stocked honesty shop. There's plenty of play space with playground equipment including a zip wire outside and an indoor playbarn with a trampoline, swing and hay bales to clamber about on.

Suitable For

Glampers, dogs – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.


The on-site indoor and outdoor play areas may be enough to keep younger children occupied but, for a change of scenery, there is a play barn (and tea room) at Old Holly Farm (01524 791200), five miles away. Other local attractions include picnicking at Abbeystead reservoir, fishing at Wyreside lakes (01524 791154), or horse-riding at the Bay Horse School of Equitation at Forton (07791 476033), just the other side of the M6. The site is on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and there are lots of great places to explore on foot or by bike and for more of the great outdoors you can be within the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales National Park within an hour. Lancaster Castle (01524 64998) and the Maritime Museum (01772 534075), are good wet weather options and both about seven miles away. The traditional seaside village of Arnside is a little over half an hour away, and four miles beyond is Morecambe. Even the bright lights of Blackpool are not too far for a visit, just 20 miles away.

Food & Drink

The on-site honesty shop is stocked with local goodies and basics and you can pre-order the ingredients to make a farmer's stew or soup on the fire. To eat out, try The Fleece at Dolphinholme (01524 791233), which serves hearty pub grub, or the Bay Horse at Forton, three miles away, which offers gastro-pub fare (01524 791204). Wallings Farm near Cockerham (01524 793781), about six miles from site, has an ice-cream parlour as well as a nice coffee shop and a good restaurant.



The Owner Says

Dolphinholme Farm is situated on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, 20 minutes from the coast and not far from the River Wyre, making a swim or paddle a very inviting prospect. The Gorst family have farmed here for over 70 years. It is a former goat farm but now a farm that offers free-range eggs and serves well-known supermarkets nationally. For biosecurity the chickens cannot be visited. There are cattle and sheep as well as Belted Galloway cow or “Orea cow”, which will be calving around August. There are also four Labradors called Raven, Musto, Millie and Proc, Meg the Jack Russell and Harriet the cat. It’s very easy to fall in love with the place, so it’s hardly surprising that the Rough Guide to Camping in Britain quoted from the guest book: “This is the greatest holiday ever and I want to work here when I’m older’’.

The farm is a fantastic natural playground for young and old alike. Their indoor play area will put your local park to shame, with a huge trampoline, swing, sandpit, and giant slide. The outdoor play area and zip wire are also always a hit with children. The more adventurous can explore the farm’s deciduous woodland, which provides ample opportunities for den-building. Bring your own wetsuit and/or your own dingys to have a splashing time on the river. Another water-fun activity would be the small sandy beach where you can dip in during the sunny days.

Right by the farm is the Forest of Bowland, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which features a dramatic landscape of gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moor and plays host to a rich variety of upland bird-life. While staying at Dolphinholme Farm, it’s easy to take a trip to the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Forest of Bowland and the funfairs of Blackpool. The historical city of Lancaster is also nearby, as is Morecambe with its promenades and fabulous views across the bay. Make sure to plan a visit to the local pubs and enjoy yourself an excellent meal.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled


Contact Dolphinholme Farm, Dolphinholme House Farm, Dolphinholme, Lancashire LA2 9DJ

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Getting There

Leave the M6 at junction 33 taking the first exit off the roundabout. Take an immediate left up Hampson Lane to a T-junction, and turn right. Follow the road for two miles to a crossroads with The Fleece pub in front. Turn left towards Dolphinholme village, then continue to the first of a set of mini roundabouts. Take a sharp right into Lower Dolphinholme, go through the village and take the first lane on your left after leaving the village to reach the farm.

Reaching the site by public transport is not very easy. The closest train station is at Lancaster, 12 miles away, and the only buses that ply the route are for the local schools so run Monday-Friday and at school start and finish times.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


I really loved this, so relaxing.

The tents are so homely and comfortable. We are no strangers to log burning stoves and our Scout son was comfortable with the lack of electricity and took control of warmth, light and hot tea. The area is beautiful for walking. Dolphinholm is so picturesque. It's a great area for cycling too. The owner is very helpful and genuinely cared if we enjoyed the area.
Jul 10, 2021 by Julia Dunlop Verified Review

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