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This fantastic 200-acre farm boasts 16 pools and a brook, with wonderful opportunities for wild swimming and water trampolining. There's also a fascinating farm tour for children and a cedar hot tub for the parents.

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Rooms: Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed
Price:

Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635

Meals: Self catering; meals and hampers available to pre order
Open: April to October
Address: Upper Shadymoor Farm, near Stapleton, , Shropshire,
Tel: 01420 80804
 

Why we've chosen Upper Shadymoor Farm:

Our farm’s very name suggests an idyll of peace, and you’ll love its higgledy-piggledy charm. Between the towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow, its irregular contours follow those of the original deer park laid out in 1284 by Robert of Stapleton. We could well be Feather Down’s most ‘sporting’ farm – in the relaxing sense of the word of course! As well as pheasant, you’re guaranteed to see any one of our 70 fallow or red deer, making the farm an ideal safari spot.

On the Farm Tour you’ll also encounter beef cattle, horses and Kerry Hill sheep. The farm is a natural water park, with a brook and 16 pools on our 200 acres. As well as wild swimming and messing about in boats, our water trampoline can be enjoyed under parental supervision – from the nearby hot tub if necessary! You can also fish trout here, and rods and the fly-casting expertise of our son Gregory are both available.

In a small meadow bordered by woodland, our six tents face a picket-fenced ‘scrape’ – a shallow pond such as found on nature reserves. And if your holiday ritual involves eating well, you’ll love our game-filled Farm Larder and renowned local gastronomic scene.

Kevan and Joy Fox

Greentraveller's Insight: The Featherdown Farm Tent

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: so climb aboard the nearest train and jump off at Shrewsbury.  From there, it is 6 mile bike, bus or taxi ride to the farm.  Shrewsbury is a medieval county town boasting over 600 listed buildings and is situated in the River Severn loop, a great place to explore. Onsite the accommodation is very low impact, as the tents are effectively off-grid. There is no electricity and lighting is by candle. Heating and cooking is done on a wood-burning stove. The hot tubs are also wood burning. Much of the produce in the honesty shops is locally sourced, either from the farm or other nearby suppliers. There is a wide range of low impact family activities on-site and in the surrounding area, including walking, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

The tents can easily fit in up to six people – a maximum of five adults and one child up to 12 years old. Cooking & heating is provided by a cosy wood-burning stove (one crate of firewood is provided per day). There's a surprisingly large living space (45 square metres), which includes a flushing toilet and comfortable beds (this is glamping, after all). Each tent also includes bed and kitchen linen, the tent’s kitchen has cold running water and there are hot showers on site.

Once you are well rested, you can indulge in a bit of wild swimming in the river or go on a deer safari or explore Ironbridge nearby a (World Heritage Site )before you totally relax in the Cedar hot tub

Top green features of Upper Shadymoor Farm:

 
  • Tents are off-grid

  • Wood-burning stove for heating and cooking

  • Locally sourced produce available in honesty shops

  • A wide range of low impact family activities to enjoy on-site

  • Hot tubs are wood-burning

 

Location

Upper Shadymoor Farm, Feather Down Farm, Shropshire
Nearest train station: Shrewsbury railway station

Directions from station:
From Shrewsbury, it is a 6 mile cycle, bus or taxi ride to the farm

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