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Forest of Bowland Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England North West England Lancashire Lancaster

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Ready-made, comfortable ‘camping’ in a beautiful, rural location with good old-fashioned fun a-plenty

After a day of old-fashioned fun on the farm, how about a hearty stew cooked on the fire and an evening playing games by candlelight? A stay at Forest of Bowland Farm in Lancashire promises all this and more. The farm is home to eight off-grid safari-style tents on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland. It’s not far from the seaside towns of the west coast and within an hour’s drive of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. In other words: life here is all about the great outdoors. Spend your days splashing about in the river, watching cows grazing in the fields or exploring coast and countryside. Then cosy up under canvas – without having to pitch a tent.

Forest of Bowland Farm is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners, en suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation doesn't vary much, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on, with hosting left in the capable hands of the farmers.

Forest of Bowland Farm has been in John Gorst’s family since the 1930s. It’ll be him, Barbara or son John who’ll welcome you here. They’ll give you a tour of the farm, which is home to a herd of cows and a lot of chickens producing free-range eggs (though stringent health and safety rules mean guests aren’t able to visit them). Your tent is set on the edge of 35 acres of woodland, overlooking a 10-acre field. The River Wyre, at the bottom of it, seems to be the only thing rushing by in this peaceful spot. Apart from your kids, who’ll be racing to the indoor playbarn as soon as they get the chance. With hay bales, a sand pit, a tyre swing and a trampoline, it’s only bettered by the outdoor play area’s zip line – and the chance to build dens in the woods.

Off site there’s a good pub just a couple of miles down the road (but be sure to book in advance as it’s popular). The location on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland means it’s as good for walks in the country as it is for days at the seaside: plenty of good old fashioned fun however you like to enjoy it.



Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully-equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa. You can choose between a tent with an en-suite toilet with use of a shared shower a short walk away and a tent with a complete en-suite bathroom that features a toilet, sink and hot-water shower. At both, there is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. There is also a sheltered veranda outside with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area and a well-stocked honesty shop. There's plenty of play space with playground equipment including a zip wire outside and an indoor playbarn with a trampoline, swing and hay bales to clamber about on.

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The on-site indoor and outdoor play areas may be enough to keep younger children occupied but, for a change of scenery, there is a play barn (and tea room) at Old Holly Farm (01524 791200), five miles away. Other local attractions include picnicking at Abbeystead reservoir, fishing at Wyreside lakes (01524 791154), or horse-riding at the Bay Horse School of Equitation at Forton (07791 476033), just the other side of the M6. The site is on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and there are lots of great places to explore on foot or by bike and for more of the great outdoors you can be within the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales National Park within an hour. Lancaster Castle (01524 64998) and the Maritime Museum (01772 534075), are good wet weather options and both about seven miles away. The traditional seaside village of Arnside is a little over half an hour away, and four miles beyond is Morecambe. Even the bright lights of Blackpool are not too far for a visit, just 20 miles away.

Food & Drink

Wallings Farm near Cockerham (01524 793781) has an ice-cream parlour as well as a nice coffee shop and a good restaurant. The Fleece at Dolphinholme (01524 791233) serves hearty pub grub while the Bay Horse at Forton offers gastro-pub fare (01524 791204).



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Eight safari-style tents

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower - sleeps 6

Airstream Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges

Canvas Lodge with en-suite shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges. At 45m2, our spacious lodges are placed in stunning locations and will meet your need for modern comfort and craving to be close to nature. The Canvas Lodge is suitable for 6 people, 5 adults and 1 child up to 12 years old.

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Getting There

Leave the M6 at junction 33 taking the fi st exit off the roundabout. Take an immediate left up Hampson Lane to a T-junction, and turn right. Follow the road for 2 miles to a crossroads with the Fleece pub in front and turn left to Dolphinholme village, then continue to the first of a set of mini roundabouts. Take a sharp right into Lower Dolphinholme, go through the village and take the first lane on your left after leaving the village up a hill. You will be provided with full directions when you reserve your tent.

Reaching the site by public transport is not very easy. The closest train station is at Lancaster, 12 miles away, and the only buses that ply the route are for the local schools so run Monday-Friday and at school start and finish times.


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