14 September 2010

Muddy Boots & Glam-ping

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Have you ever wanted to camp at a working dairy farm? Me neither :) Let's just put it out there that my idea of fun camping is a gentle cross-breeze through the house with a good snuggle by the (electric) fireplace.

Then one of my fav neighbors told me about Feather Down Farms, which looked like a 'glam-ping trip' (glamorous camping) I could actually enjoy. Plus we owed the kids a camping trip this year.

Always up for an adventure, we were off to The Cotswolds - 3.5 hours away in the middle of lovely English farming country. The Cotswolds are know for gentle hills ('wolds') and sleepy picturesque villages. We traveled through this adorable town, Ledbury.

From the Feather Down Farms website, we selected Hollings Hill Farm as our destination. Managed by the delightful Knowles family, this 300 acre farm is part of the Duchy of Cornwall ( = Prince Charles). (Yes, he has visited.)

It is a busy farm complete with crops, dairy cows, goats, chickens, horses, and geese. My friends, this was a dream-come-true vacation for my animal-loving kids.

We stayed in a custom-designed tent with everything a girl like me could want (beds, running water, potbellied stove). And the kids loved making their way around by lantern at night, for there was no electricity. Okay, so it was as close to perfect camping as it gets for me.

Cool, huh? Our happy kids were busy feeding goats, fetching firewood in the wheelbarrow, and caring for chickens in the coop. Squeals of delight pierced the tent camp when an egg was laid :)

Another highlight (and education) was helping to milk 
the cows at the end of the day

Ah, this is the life. Glam-ping.

Check out their website here

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Laura said...

That looks fab! Definitely my sort of camping... the hubby wants to go camping here in the States, but I'm scared of bears... I think I've watched too many "When Holidays Go Wrong" shows... they always included a story of someone being mauled by a bear or coyote... The scariest thing you have to contend with in Blighty is a stinky cowpat or an earwig... Love following you escapades in the UK... they make me homesick. Oh, and sorry you missed the Friday flower last week... I'll be posting again this week. Take care. Lx

Melissa K said...

Glamping - love it! Sounds like my style of camping :) I live across the road from a dairy farm - don't know that some of the smells it emits are my idea of 'sweet country air'! lol
Just found your post via A Place for Tea (and came over to find Laura had commented just before me :)) ) and I'm now following your lovely blog.

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JoAnn said...

How awesome!!! Bet the kids had a ball, knowing how much they enjoyed Hortons! I'll keep working on John! Thanks for sharing your great pictures and stories! LOVE reading them!!