Upper Shadymoor Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England West Midlands Shropshire Shrewsbury

  • Groups welcome
As well as pheasant, you’re guaranteed to see one of the 70 fallow or red deer
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.

This 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. It 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 the 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 the 200 acres. As well as wild swimming and messing about in boats, the 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 the owners’ son Gregory are both available. In a small meadow bordered by woodland, the 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 the game-filled Farm Larder and renowned local gastronomic scene.

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Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 7AL

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