Mount Pleasant Farm Feather Down Farms

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  • Groups welcome
The farm was delightful and our kids had the time of their little lives
You’re not, strictly speaking, ‘camping’ at a Feather Down Farm. You’re staying in ‘tented accommodation’. It’s a small distinction, but it acts as a good indication of what you can expect at this mini-chain of boutique campsites. This is Luxury Camping in roomy three-bedroom pre-erected tents, perfect for the ‘not sure about this camping lark’ section of the community, who might baulk at the idea of trying to put up a tent in the rain. Or for families looking for a good-value alternative to renting a holiday home. Or, indeed, for just about anyone, really – these tented palaces are cool, comfortable and fun. Feather Down Farms recruit farmers with excess, redundant land, then they transport and erect their high-spec, custom-designed tents at the farm, organise the marketing and reservations, and let the farmers take care of the day-to-day management.

The Feather Down team and the farmers share the proceeds appropriately; and everyone’s happy. “The farm was delightful and our kids had the time of their little lives – what freedom they felt that they certainly don’t get at home,” wrote one family after their stay at the campsite. And the owners do think what they have there is something special. The tents are dotted around an exquisite piece of English countryside, with a pond nearby containing newts, frogs and tadpoles. The farm’s 300 acres of beautiful organic grassland in the heart of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale are stacked full of animals to enjoy; Hereford cross cattle; the flock of a thousand sheep; point-to-point horses; Shetland pony Burger and little Welsh mountain pony Alice; traditional breed pigs; and a menagerie of goats, dogs, cats and cuddly lop-eared bunnies are all just waiting for you to visit. The owners are particularly excited at the prospect of the sow Cynthia welcoming piglets in April. The more adventurous can live or re-live memories of youth in the ancient woodlands and on the nature trail close by. Back in the tranquil setting of your tents, or sat by the campfire, you can compare your day to those of Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ tales of derring-do – we don’t reckon there’ll be much in it.

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Mount Pleasant Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0EX

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