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Bucklebury Reading Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England Berkshire Newbury

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Children’s playground
  • Groups welcome
  • Games room
Safari tents with all the fun of a farm park in Berkshire

The only problem with taking kids to a farm park is that it can be hard to drag them away at the end of the day. But at Bucklebury Reading Farm, between Reading and Newbury, you don’t have to. When the farm park closes, the fun continues for anyone who has booked to stay in one of the on-site safari tents. The barbecues and board games come out and then it’s time to bed-down in the properly comfy beds of your tent, warmed by its wood-burning stove.

Bucklebury Reading 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. Those log burners are one of the highlights along with en suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little from place to place, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on. And Bucklebury Farm is certainly one of a kind.

There are farmyard animals, including goats, donkeys, pigs, ponies and sheep. And, in the wider parkland, which stretches across some 77 acres, herds of red, fallow, sika and axis deer roam. You can see them on a tractor and trailer ride, which, unbelievable as it may seem, comes in a close second to most kids’ favourite activity; the chance to cuddle rabbits and guinea pigs in the Pat-a-Pet barn. There’s a great adventure playground, go karting and woods to explore. It's no surprise that this combination of farmyard fun and camping makes this an ideal place for young families but there are more grown-up activities too.

This well-heeled part of the countryside (once the home to the Duchess of Cambridge) has plenty of good country pubs for long lunches and beautiful places to walk. Highclere Castle, where TV’s Downton Abbey was filmed, is one of the closest attractions to site and the market town of Newbury is just eight miles away. The great news is that however you spend days out here, it’s unlikely there’ll be tears when it’s over as you’ll be heading home to the farm for another night of canvas, candlelight, barbecues and board games.

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Facilities

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 and just off it, each tent has a private en-suite bathroom with a hot-water shower and a flushing toilet. 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 space for games and play equipment.

Suitable For

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

Nearby

Bucklebury Farm Park is an attraction in its own right, open to the public as well as farm-stay glampers. You can meet farm animals, join a deer safari and kids can get stuck in at the adventure playground. There are also woodland walks within the farm and park. In fact, beyond the farm, the Pang Valley, is a great area for walking. The Nature Discovery Centre (01635 874381), five miles down the road, offers lakeside walks, wildlife habitats and a place for picnics. The castle and grounds at the Highclere Estate are open to the public and recognisable from the award-winning TV series Downtown Abbey, 14 miles from site. The town of Newbury is just eight miles away.

Food & Drink

There's an on-site honesty shop with a few basics for campers and in the farm park you'll find Bucklebury Farm Shop where you can buy home-reared venison, rare-breed Berkshire pork sausages and more local produce. Off site, try award-winning gastro pub The Bladebone Inn (01189 714000) or one of the two pubs The Bull Inn (01189 744582) or The Old Boot Inn (01189 745191) in the neighbouring village of Stanford Dingley, all are around two miles away.

Open

April–October.

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Accommodation

Five safari-style tents.

Canvas Lodge with ensuite shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Sleeps 6. We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges. At 45m2, our spacious lodges are placed in stunning locations and will meet your need for modern comfort and craving to be close to nature. The Canvas Lodge is suitable for 6 people, 5 adults and 1 child up to 12 years old.

Canvas Lodge with ensuite shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6
Sleeps 6. We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges. At 45m2, our spacious lodges are placed in stunning locations and will meet your need for modern comfort and craving to be close to nature. The Canvas Lodge is suitable for 6 people, 5 adults and 1 child up to 12 years old.

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Location

Contact Bucklebury Reading Farm, Bucklebury Park, Please Hill, Reading, Berkshire RG7 6RR

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Getting There

From Reading, London and the east, leave the M4 at junction 12 and take the A4 towards Newbury for approximately six miles until you can turn right for Bucklebury. Follow signs to Bucklebury until you reach the crossroads where Bucklebury Farm Park is signposted. If approaching from Oxford and the west, leave the M4 at junction 13 and follow signposts for Hermitage until a mini roundabout with a left turn towards Streatley. On arrival in Buckley village, look out for and follow signposts for the farm park.

The closest train station to site is at Midgham, just three miles away. From there a taxi would be necessary to reach site.

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A fantastic first family holiday

My wife and I took our 16month old son, on his first camping holiday. When we arrived, they kindly drove our luggage to our tent for us and then helped us get settled in. The tent was felt very homely, and we had a lovely night sleep. Our son slept well in the provided travel cot. The next morning we were given a private tour of the farm and introduced to all of the animals. The staff were all very friendly and very keen to help or answer any questions anyone had. Our son enjoyed the soft play in the barn and the playground activities outside. He especially enjoyed sitting in the go karts before the farm had opened up to the public. The deer safari was very fun for both him and us. All in all it was a very lovely time where we were able to forget about the outside world and just relax.
Jun 12, 2021 by Edward Lewis Verified Review

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