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Hidcote Manor Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Chipping Campden

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Family-friendly safari tent glamping on a National Trust farm in the Cotswolds

It’s often said that The Cotswolds offer visitors the very essence of England. If that’s true, then the holidays at Hidcote Manor Farm distill it even further. This farm, on a Cotswolds estate, is surrounded by thatched-roof cottages, walled National Trust gardens and rolling chalk hills, while a delightful footpath leads you through Kiftsgate Court to a 350-year-old honey-coloured pub, a 35-minute walk away. The market town of Chipping Campden lies four miles south and Shakespeare’s birthplace nine miles north. It's England in a perfectly packaged up form.

Hidcote Manor 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 invariably lovely, with log burners, en-suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little from location to location, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on, with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.

Here, that farmer is John. His family have farmed this 300-acre mixed farm since the National Trust took over the site during the Second World War. Their interest was in the garden designed by Lawrence Johnston, which surrounds the house. Now open to the public as a popular visitor attraction, farm stay guests have free access included with their stay. A short walk away, in a field on the edge of Hidcote’s farm is where you’ll find Feather Down’s safari-style tents. There are just five, each sleeping a maximum of six people, meaning guests are always outnumbered by the 450 sheep who graze in the surrounding fields. Come in spring and you may even have a chance to help with bottle feeding some of the lambs.

From here, you can follow long-distance footpaths, including The Heart of England Way, across fields to the popular market town of Chipping Campden (the walk takes an hour to an hour and a half, depending on your fitness). Jump in the car and, to the south, all of the Cotswolds is yours to explore and, to the north, is Stratford-upon-Avon. With the half-timbered cottages of its high street, the canal boat-studded river bank, Shakespeare’s birthplace and Ann Hathaway’s cottage, there’s plenty to see and do. And when the action is over there it’s back to the farm for the final scene. It’s a romantic one where the main players sit outside their safari tent and look over what Shakespeare himself might have called: “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”.

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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 each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has some playground equipment for children.

Suitable For

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

Nearby

Take the time to have a look around the estate's Hidcote Gardens (01386 438333) during your stay, access is included with your stay. This is, of course, the Cotswolds so there are plenty of pretty villages and towns to explore. Chipping Campden, home of the arts and crafts movement is one of the closest, just a four-mile walk away. Broadway, ‘the jewel of the Cotswolds’, is a little further off by car. Attractions within a 20-minute drive of site include The Cotswold Falconry Centre (01386 701043), Batsford Arboretum (01386 701441), Bourton-on-the Water’s Birdland (01451 820480), model village (01451 820467) and the combined motoring and toy museum (01451 821255). Stratford-upon-Avon is just 10 miles from site. There, you can visit Shakespeare's birthplace, Ann Hathaway's Cottage, visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and perhaps enjoy a cruise on the River Avon.

Food & Drink

There's a cafe within the National Trust-managed Hidcote Gardens next door serving coffees, cakes and light bites. For something more substantial, you can work up and appetite on a two-mile walk to Mickleton and pay a visit to The King's Arms (01386 438257) in the High Street which has a beer garden. For fish and chips, try Russell's in Broadway and for campsite supplies, there's a convenience store in nearby Micleton and plenty of shops in Chipping Campden, four miles from site.

Open

April–October.

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Accommodation

Five family-sized safari tents.

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Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges

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Location

Contact Hidcote Manor Farm, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR

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Getting There

From Stratford-upon-Avon, leave the town by crossing the river. At the roundabout take the second exit towards Shipston on Stour (A3400). After approximately 200 yards turn right onto the B4632 (Clifford Chambers). Follow the road for seven miles to Mickleton and at the roundabout take the second exit. Drive through Mickleton. At the next roundabout take the first exit, then after 20 yards turn left again. Follow the signs for Hidcote Manor Gardens. At the top of the hill take the next right. Turn immediately before the garden’s car park. Drive slowly all the way to the bottom of the village. Pass the duck pond on your left and head towards the end of the road.

It's not easy to get to site by public transport. The closest train station is at Honeybourne, five miles from site but there are no buses and no taxi rank so book a taxi in advance if you plan on arriving here. Alternatively, head for the train station at Moreton-in-the-Marsh, 10 miles away, as it has better onwards travel services. From Moreton-in-the-Marsh you can take a bus towards Stratford-upon-Avon and get off at Mickleton, two miles from site.

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