Moor Farm Feather Down Farms
From motorway to A-road, A-road to B-road, B-road to Church Lane and Chruch Lane to private drive, the approach to Moor Farm speedily shrinks you down into this quiet rural backwater. There’s something charmingly English about it all. The busy scenery just dissolves away into countryside as you bimble down the final mile. When you pass the ancient, stone church it marks the last little settlement before you retreat into Moor Farm itself, the end point of its own tree lined driveway and a secluded Gloucestershire enclave.
The 12th-century church makes sense. Manor Farm is an old, traditional place. Rare breed Gloucester cattle roam the meadows either side of the driveway and Hampshire Down sheep gnaw grass along the banks of the River Severn, canalised here for boats that traded up and down the waters in centuries gone by. Then there are the old farm buildings, tall hay barns with ginormous wooden doors and a vintage red tractor parked up inside.
It’s the newest addition to the farm that has us shouting though. In the expansive grounds, beautiful Canvas Lodges have been brought to life by the experienced folk at Feather Down Farms who offer glamping across the UK in a trademark stately fashion. The safari tent-style structures include wooden flooring, kitchenettes with stoves and running water, large oak tables and a healthy scattering of oil lamps and candles giving a warm and cosy feel. Kids go crazy for the cupboard bed – a sumptuous little hideaway in a cupboard in the wall – if you have more than 2 little’uns prepare to argue over who gets this spot! While adults will enjoy the classic comforts and everything-you-need accessibility of it all. You could turn up with just a toothbrush and still get away with it.
Exploring the farm is a must. The Moor family – yes they really are the Moors of Moor Farm! – will happily give you a tour, but there’s also space to run around yourselves. Collect eggs from the chicken coup, build dens in the trees or venture down to the canal, a 5-minute walk away, for fishing or boating. If you really fancy a wander then you can follow the canal all the way into Gloucester, running right the way in to its historic docks near the cathedral. It’s a long six-mile route though so you could just return to that speedy nearby A-road. If you ask really nicely you could even walk one way and ask the Moors to pick you up again at the end of the day!
FacilitiesCanvas Frills Lodges include a double bed, bunk beds and a cosy cupboard bed. The lodge has an En-suite bathroom with shower and basin and flushing toilet. There is a kitchenette with outdoor cooker, and canvas covered veranda along with a living space area with sofas, a dining table and the like. Standard Canvas Lodges are similar in style but do not feature en-suite bathroom facilities, a BBQ or large veranda. Wood is supplied for heating and cooking along with a starter pack of candles and lamp oil. Towels and bedding are all provided. Campers shouldn't pass up the opportunity to have a farm tour, but there are also chickens around the lodges and coup where you can collect fresh eggs. The farm has rare Gloucester cattle, Hampshire Down sheep and deer can be spotted among the trees.
Kids, families, well-behaved dogs on leads (max 2 per tent) – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents – no.
NearbyThere is a new cycle trail that runs around the farm and it's a 5 minute walk from the tents down to the canal where there is a small boat to paddle about in and fishing is also permitted. Once a big trade route the river is now quiet and used only by smaller leisure boats. Follow it west to the beautiful Severn Estuary, excellent for wildlife spotting – The Slimbridge Wetland Reserve is particularly close at hand. The historic county town of Gloucester is 5 miles away – the cathedral (01452 528095) is a must.
Food & Drink
Breakfast hampers are available from the campsite at an extra charge. There's no shortage of pubs nearby – there are 10 within a 4 mile radius and thats without including the town of Gloucester! The closest, though, are those down by the river, The Anchor Inn (01452 740433) has a garden overlooking the water, while The Ship Inn (01452 740260) is a beautiful gastro pub with a similarly stunning location.
Start of April–end of October.
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