Chesters Estate Feather Down Farms

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders Jedburgh

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Safari tents with hot tubs, set on a Scottish estate with a river running through it and its very own brewery

There’s a seven-minute walk from where you park your car to where you lay your head at Chesters. But don’t worry you don’t have to carry all your luggage there – you can push it in a wheelbarrow instead. If that still sounds too much like hard work, then move along quickly please. Those who will like this place will enjoy the walk. It’s a chance to stretch the legs and forget the stress of the journey as you head towards the riverside, through woodland and past a pretty walled garden. Excitement builds step-by-step until you reach your destination; a safari tent among trees with a hot tub and views of hills beyond. It’s somewhere to relax in the days ahead in between all the tree climbing, wild swimming, fly fishing, hill walking and paddling in burns. But nae bother, if you don’t fancy that walk; all the more chance for the rest of us to visit instead.

Chesters is part of the Feather Down network; rural estates and farms 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 well-equipped kitchens, log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up safari tents don't vary much from location to location, the on-site experience is as unique as the places they’re found, with hosting left in the capable hands of landowners.

Here, it’s John and Ellie who run the place, and what a place it is. A 1,800-acre estate in the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Teviot, with just four safari tents. Each has its own en suite toilet, private outdoor shower cabin and an optional hot tub for hire. Chesters has been passed down through the generations to John who, with Ellie, has breathed new life into the place. It’s still home to a working farm with fields of cows, sheep and crops but the crops now include barley, which is used to make John and Ellie’s Born In The Borders beers. You can pick up a couple from the on-site honesty shop along with other basics and, for fresh fruit and veg, it’s PYO at the walled garden that sits between the big house and your spacious safari tent.

Chesters is a great place to simply relax and enjoy life in the countryside. You can wild swim or fish in the river on site or head out on some lovely walks nearby. There are opportunities for horse riding and golf too but if you want something more specifically Scottish, perhaps head further afield. A day trip to Edinburgh is not out of the question – it’s only about an hour away away – or, closer to home, head for The Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre in Jedburgh a few miles down the road. Wherever you go, make sure you call in at John and Ellie's Born in the Borders brewery for a taste of Scotland that’s as authentic as any.

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Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space (home to 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 an en-suite flushing toilet. There's running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. The hot-water shower is not quite en suite but private and just outside your tent along with a hot tub (available to hire as an optional extra). Also outside each tent there's a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue, as well as a discovery tent, kitted out with a telescope, microscope, fishing nets, paints, books and games. The site's shared facilities include a walled vegetable garden where you can pick your own fruit and veg and an honesty shop with basic supplies for sale. You also have access to the River Teviot.

Suitable For

Glampers only; kids, couples, families, well-behaved dogs on leads (max two per tent) – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents – no.


Exploring on site includes the opportunity to take a bracing dip in the River Teviot (ask Ellie for tips before taking the plunge), or to go for a row (a boat can be hired on-site). Fly fishing enthusiasts can try their luck for salmon and trout. Day tickets are £10 and John and Ellie can suggest a local gillie who can provide a lesson. Off site, but just a 10-minute ride away, is Monteviot Gardens (01835 830380). It has an arboretum of ancient trees and is placed conveniently for a tea-and-cake stop in nearby Woodside Nursery and Walled Garden (01835 830315). Harestanes, three miles up the road, is a great place for the whole family with beautiful walks in the Teviot Valley, a cafe and an extensive play park. In nearby Jedburgh you can visit the Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre (01835 863 331) or Jedburgh Abbey and perhaps set out for a walk on part of the 65-mile Borders Abbey Way that links to three other ruined abbeys in Kelso, Melrose and Dryburgh. There's more history at Floors Castle & Gardens (01573 223333) 15 miles from site. Other countryside pursuits available in the area include horseriding at Langlee Stables (01835 862560), archery (01450 870008) and golf at the Minto Golf Club (01450 870220), 15 miles from site. If you're from south of the border and/or haven't been before, a day trip to Edinburgh is well within a day trip's distance; an hour-and-a-quarter away by road or an hour on the train from Tweedbank.

Food & Drink

There's an honesty shop on the estate selling basic supplies. For more, head to Jedburgh, the nearest town for shopping. Fantastic local meats can be picked up from A J Learmonth (01835 869593), and there are plenty of cafes to choose from, including recommended The Caddy Mann (01835 850787). Local pub, The Canon (01835 863243), is one of the better pubs in the area, serving a great selection of local ales (including John and Ellie's 'Foxy Blonde'). Better still, buy straight from their Jedburgh-based brewery at Born in the Borders Lanton Mill. There's also a shop (part of their Born In Scotland brand) which is the perfect place to pick up Scottish staples and souvenirs, a cafe, gin distillery and a place for kids to try the exciting activity of grass-sledging. Born in the Borders is actually incredibly close to the Chesters Estate, but separated by the river. Enthusiastic guests have been known to wade across; otherwise it's five miles by road. Closer to home (by road), two miles away at Ancrum, is The Cross Keys (01835 830242); a characterful inn serving superb modern British dishes, a strong selection of wines and, of course, Born in the Borders brews.



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The Owner Says

The magical myth of a secret garden becomes a reality at Chesters, the first Feather Down in Scotland. Your tent is nestled in woods and cradled by barley fields on the other side of the Walled Garden (where you can pick your own fresh fruit and veg to cook on your wood burning stove).

Children will love the vast tree house and paddling through the burn which meanders through the garden leading to the River Teviot.  Each lodge has its own separate Discovery Tent complete with lights, telescope, microscope, fishing nets, paints, books and games.  Countless adventures await including den building, pebble painting, foraging for deadwood for the campfire and fishing for tiddlers.  All this and more nestled in a beautiful Scottish landscape (and an enviably midge-free one at that!). From both Edinburgh and Newcastle, this glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion and country estate in Scotland is just a 1.5hr drive.

We’re delighted to say that despite being in Scotland, your stay at Chesters is midge-free so you should have no need for mosquito repellent!!!

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

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Four safari tents among the trees of the Chesters Estate.

Canvas Lodge with Private Outdoor Shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
If you’re a nature lover, there is nothing quite sensational as showering in the midst of nature. Located right next to your tent is where you will find our wooden, rustic private outdoor shower.

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Contact Chesters Estate, Roxburghshire, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders TD8 6UL

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Getting There

Use postcode TD8 6UL if using SatNav. Take the A1 (if coming from Newcastle or Berwick-upon-Tweed) until you reach the A68, heading towards Jedburgh. Cross the River Teviot and then take a left towards Ancrum. Fork left just as you reach the village and continue for one-and-a-half miles until you come to a lodge on the left. Go down the drive, turn left at the crossroads and park at the stables.

The closest railway station is Tweedbank, 13 miles from the Chesters Estate. From there you could take the number 68 Jedburgh bus and get off at Ancrum, two miles from Chesters. Alternatively, take a taxi from Tweedbanks direct to site.


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