Fordhall Farm Yurts

UK England West Midlands Shropshire

  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
England’s first community owned farm, offering a warm welcome to all in their cosy glamping yurts

It’s not uncommon, when commenting on a campsite, to talk about the affable campsite owner, drifting from pitch to pitch, attentive, welcoming and ensuring the sociable atmosphere that makes the site so special. At Fordhall Farm though, things are a little bit different. That’s not to say this isn’t a welcoming place – there are few spots so warm, homely and inviting – it’s just that were you to assemble all the owners together they’d hardly fit in one field, let alone inside the glamping yurts on site!

Split among no fewer than 8,000 different shareholders, Fordhall is England’s first ever community owned farm and an ever diversifying masterpiece of all things rural. The hundred head of cattle and 200 sheep graze in luscious, wild-grass meadows and Gloucester Old Spot pigs grunt and nuzzle in their dusty pens. The 140 acres are home to many other species besides. Butterflies flutter between the wads of rye grass and fledglings dart to and fro among the hedges. It’s a serene backdrop for a holiday.

The yurts themselves are situated in a quiet corner of the farm, at the conjunction of green pastures where the cows graze. Though a pair, they really act as one glamping unit, linked together in the centre so that one yurt provides a large bedroom space, while the other acts as a living and kitchen area. Though entirely off-grid it’s a place of serious comfort. Sunlight streams through the ceiling window to bathe the wooden kitchen table in a warm glow and it’s accompanied by countless carefully thought out touches, like the well-stocked book case, a wicker picnic hamper or the essential bottle of wine that’s awaiting your arrival.

Elsewhere the farm provides plenty for glampers to explore. Walking trails that weave among the meadows and the trees allow you to see various different aspects of the organic farm at work, while a farm-shop and kitchen café provide some of their home-reared meat to take back to the yurt and slap upon the barbie. It is inevitably here, perched on the veranda of your abode that much of the holiday is spent – the combination of view, barbecue and summer chairs will see to that – but when you manage to extract yourself from the comforts of the farm there are treasures nearby. To the south the Shropshire Hills provide hiking and mountain biking trails that etch their way through the rolling maze of purple heather, while to the north the historic centre of Chester, with its leaning Tudor buildings, makes for the perfect rainy-day day trip.

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Facilities

Yurts feature: double bed, bunk beds and a futon; sheets, pillows, duvets and extra blankets (we provide bedding for 4, if want us to provide bedding for futon/sofa bed extra charges apply, you are welcome to bring own), drawers for storage and a dressing table with mirror. The fully equipped kitchen including pots, pans, crockery and all the utensils required, gas barbecue and hob , indoor sink with large water container, kettle that can be used either on the wood burner or gas hob, gas powered cool box and wine glasses (essential!). A bathroom hut features a camping shower and a separate compost toilet. Flushing toilets are also available in the main building (a 5 minute walk from the yurt). There is also outside seating, an edible garden around the yurts, farm trails (please note, the ground is wet so please keep to the designated trails), a wildlife hide and woodland activities for children: stepping stones, rope swing, orienteering, climbing web.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families, groups – yes. Tents, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

The Shropshire Hills (01588 674080), around 45 minutes to the south, make for an excellent day-trip, as does stopping short in the country town of Shrewsbury, with its fabulous castle (01743 358516) and a cluster of decent museums. Closer to home, the National Turst's, 18th-century Attingham Park (01743 708123) is fascinating. You can explore the mansion inside and out, with extensive grounds to explore and, on a slightly smaller scale, Hodnet Hall Gardens (01630 685786) is also just 15 minutes away. For something different, it's around a 25-minute drive north to Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker (01270 629219) – not so secret anymore – which gives a remarkable insight into the post-Second World War fears of nuclear weapons, alongside fabulous displays and a wider look at the UK's military history.

Food & Drink

The Farm Shop sells a variety of produce: milk, butter and bread, seasonal vegetables, cheeses, drinks, jams beer, cider, wines and much more, while Arthur’s Farm Kitchen serves cooked breakfasts, hot lunches, Sunday Roasts and light bites. For supermarket supplies though, there's a Sainsbury’s Local (01630 606400) 25 minus' walk away and a Morrison's Supermarket (01630 658842) a bit further (more like 45 minutes). The closest pub is the Kings Head (01630 478207; 20 minute walk), though it's worth heading slightly further to the excellent Red Lion (01630 652602; 40-45 minute walk). Finally, head to town every Wednesday for Market Drayton's fabulous weekly farmer's market!

Opening Times

All year round.

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The Owner Says

Spend a magical holiday in our Shropshire-made Mongolian yurts, privately situated on our 140 acre organic farm in North Shropshire’s Tern Valley. Our two yurts are interconnected, providing the perfect getaway for up to six people. One is used as the bedroom and the other the living space. We only rent this as one unit, so you have complete privacy, peace and quiet.

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Accommodation

2 glamping yurts on a community owned, 140-acre farm.

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Location

Contact Fordhall Farm Yurts, Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS

Getting There

The farm is within 16 miles off the M6 J15 (follow signs for Shrewsbury A53) and M6 junction 10A then, M54 J3 (Follow signs for Newport A41 then Market Drayton A53). Approx 35mins from Junction 10A and 20mins from Junction 15. The farm drive is signposted off the A53 between Market Drayton and Tern Hill. The site is located adjacent to the Muller Dairy factory. If you are coming on public transport you will need to get the buses to or from Shrewsbury (64 Bus), Telford and Hanley/Newcastle-under-Lyme (164 Bus). If you ask the driver nicely, he will usually drop you at the farm drive!

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