Fords Farm Glamping

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Oswestry

  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Bell tent glamping in the grounds of a 17th-century farmhouse in Shropshire

It’s lucky that the family behind Fords Farm Glamping are a sociable bunch. For months after they moved to their farmhouse in the Shropshire countryside, every weekend saw a different friend or family member pay them a visit. And it’s easy to see why. This spot in the countryside outside Oswestry is a two-minute walk from the peaceful Montgomery Canal. It’s also a five-minute walk from the pub, a short drive from charming Shrewsbury and half an hour from Snowdonia National Park. Lucky for us, then, that visits aren’t just limited to family and friends.

In one of two fields behind their 17th-century farmhouse, the Johnsons have pitched four bell tents for glamping guests to stay. Arrive here, and Oliver or Tracey will welcome you to site and show you which one is yours. And although the location is likely to quickly win you over, you’ll soon realise that it wasn’t just the destination that those family and friends were coming for. The Johnsons are amiable hosts and this is a small but sociable site where saying hello to your neighbours is almost part of the deal. Shared areas include a raised undercover deck with bistro seating and a communal campfire pit.

Back at your tent, it’s a comfortable six-metre set up with proper beds for couples or families of up to six and a log burner to help keep things toasty. Outside, there’s a picnic bench, barbecue and two reclining chairs where grown-ups can relax while kids explore the meadow. It’s a flat field that’s just right for camping and kicking a ball about, but watch out for the free-range chickens and ducks while you do it. You might also be treated to a welcome sniff from Dexter the collie and Bramble the farmhouse cat.

We’re told that Oswestry is known locally as “'bout an hour” because it’s about an hour from everywhere: from Chester, from Birmingham, from Liverpool, from the Shropshire Hills, the Peak District and from the coast (at Barmouth). We’d say there’s a little artistic licence in there but all are possible day trips — and the proximity to the cities makes this a great weekend escape for many. If that’s what you’re using it for, the local attractions are enough: the walks, the canal, days in Oswestry or Shrewsbury followed by dinner at the pub. We’d say that’s ‘bout perfect for a weekend away.

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Facilities

There are two showers, two toilets and an undercover washing-up sink in one of the farm outbuildings. Each tent can accommodate between four and six people with beds and bedding provided. Each is kitted out with a wood-burning stove, cutlery, plates, cups, a kettle and a single ring camping gas stove. Outside, there's a barbecue and seating for each tent and a communal fire pit area. There's also a covered decked area with tables and chairs where you can socialise with other glampers, eat undercover or relax while enjoying the farmland views. Charging points are available here. Charcoal for barbecues and logs for the wood-burning stoves are provided.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples – yes. Campers with their own tents, campervans or caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

You can enjoy walks straight from site out into the Shropshire countryside and along the Montgomery Canal, which is just a two-minute walk from site. There's also a launching point into the canal if you have a kayak, canoe or paddleboard with more opportunity to take to the water at Ellesmere Lake, eight miles away. The market town of Oswestry is less than five miles away and medieval Shrewsbury is about 15 miles from site. Chester is a bit further (almost 30 miles) but also recommended as a day trip from site. It's about the same distance, over the border in to Wales, to reach the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Families with younger kids may enjoy the indoor and outdoor fun at farm park Park Hall Farm (01691 671123), four miles from site, while adults may be more interested in a trip to the nearby British Ironwork Centre and Sculpture Park, just a mile down the road. All ages can get involved with go-karting or paintballing at Rednall Karting (07989 471307), three miles away.

Food & Drink

A five-minute walk from site, takes you to the recommended Queens Head pub (01691 610255) which offers a home-cooked menu and a variety of local ales. The Stonehouse Brewery (01691 676457) is a five-minute drive away offering freshly brewed ales, gins, cider and even their own whisky with food as well.

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The Owner Says

Enjoy glamping in the grounds of our 17th Century farmhouse in Oswestry, Shropshire. We have individually designed and furnished our selection of bell tents, to provide our guests with a unique environment in which to enjoy luxury glamping in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. With all the creature comforts you need for a relaxing stay provided, we're sure you'll leave refreshed and relaxed.

Accommodation

Four bell tents.

Bluebell 6M Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Our 6M Bell Tents can accommodate a couple or a family of up to six people, 1 x Double Bed, 2 x Full Size Single Futons and 1 x Small Double Click-Clack Sofa Bed.

Sunflower 6M Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Our 6M Bell Tents, can accommodate a couple or a family of up to six people, 1 x Double Bed, 2 x Full Size Single Futons and 1 x Small Double Click-Clack Sofa Bed.

Marigold 6M Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Our 6m Bell Tents can accommodate a couple or a family of up to six people, 1 x Double Bed, 2 x Full Size Single Futons and 1 x Small Double Click-Clack Sofa Bed.

Snowdrop 5M Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Our 5M Bell Tents can accommodate a couple or a family of up to four people, 1 x Double Bed, 2 x Full Size Single Futons

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Location

Contact Fords Farm Glamping, Twyford Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4LJ

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Getting There

The site is not far off the A5. Take the turning for Queens Head, about 15 miles northwest of Shrewsbury and a mile south of Oswestry. After about half a mile, you'll find Twyford Lane on the left. Fords Farm is the first turning on the left. The closest railway station is Gobowen (five miles away) but Shrewsbury (15 miles away) is perhaps better connected with links to Birmingham and beyond and a bus service (the Arriav X5) operates from the town towards Oswestry with a stop at Queen's Head, a five-minute walk from site.

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