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Fantastically located on the south side of a valley that stretches from Portesham and Upwey, this luxury campsite provides acres of beautiful countryside as your playground. Also within easy walking distance of numerous beaches.

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

from £199.

Meals: Self catering - hampers and home cooked meals available to purchase
Open: March to October
Address: East Shilvinghampton Farm, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset,
Tel: 01420 80804
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen East Shilvinghampton Farm

What we say:

Review by Richard Hammond, summer 2016:
"Loved it! If you’re used to the traditional put-up-your-own-tent camping (like me), you’ll find Featherdown Farms an indulgence. It really is ‘luxury camping’ thanks to the comfy bed, duvet, running water and other well-thought out facilities. Though don’t forget you’re still under canvas and evenings by the fire can still be cool… it may be 'luxury' but you’re not staying in a hotel! If you’re looking for camping in comfort (especially welcome if it rains), these tents are marvellous, our boys loved the farm and facilities (especially the wheelbarrows required to transport luggage and wood) and the food was excellent."

>> Read Richard's full review of East Shilveringhampton

What the owner says:
Situated halfway along a valley, our farm enjoys stunning views of true Hardy Country. We’re also near pretty Abbotsbury village and both sea and sun are close at hand, thanks to Weymouth having more sunny days than anywhere else in the UK. The Jurassic coast is brilliant for fossil-hunting and you can walk to impressive Chesil Beach, one of Britain’s three major shingle structures. Portland, where the 2012 Olympic sailing and windsurfing took place, is also nearby.

The farm has been in the family for over 65 years and we work in partnership with Martin’s parents Tom and Sheila, running a beef suckler herd and growing a variety of crops. There are plenty of other animals to meet here too, including our chickens; Labradors Tess and Ora; pet goats Trit and Trot; Pit, Pat and Paddle the ducks; our son Henry’s pigs; and Pippin and Dizzy, the ponies belonging to our two daughters Georgina and Annabel. After all this socialising, tuck into a hearty feast of Joby’s famed home cooking, including delicious meals using beef and pork from the farm. Puddings are a particular specialty, especially her meringue roulade!

Martin and Joby Bartlett

Greentraveller's Insight: The Featherdown Farm Tent Experience
The tents are large enough to fit 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, plus you'll get one crate of firewood provided per day. There is an ample living area (45 square metres), which includes a flushing toilet and spacious, comfortable beds. Each tent includes bed and kitchen linen, the tent’s kitchen has cold running water and there are hot showers on site.

Highlights at East Shilvinghampton Farm:

  • Goat feeding for children
  • Fantastic views
  • Close proximity to beaches
  • Famous for home cooking

Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station is Weymouth, and from there it’s just a short taxi ride to the farm, see: www.traintaxi.co.uk. Onsite the accommodation is very low impact, as the tents are effectively off-grid (though the 'frills' tents have a gas-powered shower). There is no electricity and lighting is by candle. Heating and cooking is done on a wood-burning stove. Much of the produce in the honesty shops is local sourced, either from the farm or other nearby suppliers within a 20 mile radius. To avoid use of additional transport for the duration of their holiday, there is a wide range of low impact family activities on-site and in the surrounding area.

Top eco features at East Shilvinghampton Farm

  • The tents are off-grid

  • A wood-burning stove for heating and cooking

  • Locally sourced produce available at honesty shops

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



Feather Down Farms at East Shilvinghampton, Dorset
Nearest train station: Weymouth railway station

Directions from station:
Nearest train station is at Weymouth - for taxis see www.traintaxi.co.uk

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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