Manor Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England Hampshire Alton

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Family-friendly safari tent glamping on a working farm edging the South Downs, crafted and created by the well established glamping group Feather Down Farms

It could be said that Manor Farm owns a place in camping history. It was the farm that introduced the world to the Feather Down experience, which has now grown into a 30-farm strong mini empire. As a pioneer of Feather Down's farm stays, it's no surprise that it's a good one. It's barely an hour out of London but when you're watching lambs in the field, toasting marshmallows on your campfire or exploring the surrounding countryside, it feels much further away.

Manor is a traditional mixed farm of crops, pasture and woodland, situated between Alton and Selborne on the edge of the South Downs, England's newest National Park. The land has been farmed by the Brock family for more than 120 years. Its current owners, Anna and Will, were responsible for transforming this slice of Hampshire into a camping haven. And what a job they've done. The site is home to seven of Feather Down's trademark safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them) and a single two-person log cabin. Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is invariably lovely with made-up beds, well-equipped kitchens, log burners and en suite loos. While the well-set up accommodation here is roughly the same as you'll find on other Feather Down sites, the on-site experience is unique. The setting, the surroundings and site management are authentically Manor Farm's.

You'll be shown around with a farm tour at the beginning of your stay. You'll meet the cows and sheep and be taken to the old farm orchard. It's here you'll find the safari tent or the log cabin that you've booked, each set up under trees or backed into hedgerows and all looking out over rolling countryside. There's a pizza oven and undercover dining area, a kids' play area and an honesty shop. To summarise: no reason to leave the site unless you want to.

If you're only here for a weekend, you'll probably want to stay put or stay local to make the most of the setting. Perhaps head out on one of Anna's suggested walks or bike rides or stroll to the pub for a meal. In hot weather, there's no need to drive to the coast as there's a beach at nearby Frensham Ponds and shade in the Alice Holt Forest. If it rains, you can visit Jane Austen's House in the neighbouring village of Chawton or head out on the vintage trains of the Watercress Line: both classic attractions in the Hampshire countryside. After 15 years providing holidays here, you might say the same about Feather Down's Manor Farm.

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Facilities

There are five tents on site – each of which is large, sturdy and comes fully equipped. Each tent has a master bedroom, a bunk room and a small cupboard bed, and sleeps up to six (with a maximum of five adults). You'll have your own running water and a flushing toilet, and there's a separate block with hot showers. There's an honesty shop onsite, in case you need to replenish supplies, a hen house, and a clay oven for communal suppers.

Suitable For

Dogs (on leads and booked in advance) – Yes. Big groups, single-sex groups – by arrangement only, please call 01420 80804 to discuss your requirements.

Nearby

Wandering off site, there are some great local pubs in the village, wild swimming at Frensham Ponds, or a more traditional paddle at West Wittering, if you're not deterred by a 50-minute drive.

One of the best ways to explore the area is on two feet or two wheels. Fortunately, Anna has prepared some great walks or bike rides, for a variety of levels. There are additional trails at Alice Holt Forest, which are suitable for kids of all ages.

The Watercress Line may sound like a phantom route on the London Underground, but it's actually a heritage steam train that runs 16 km from New Alresford to Alton. They run a variety of events throughout the year (including a visit from Thomas the Tank) so it's worth checking their website.

Manor Farm is less than 30 minues from Winchester. Whilst there, take a trip to Intech (01962 863791) – a hands-on science centre and planetarium that holds over 100 interactive exhibits.

Food & Drink

There's a real treasure trove of food to dig into at the farm – Anna's ready meals are well know throughout the local area, and for good reason! If you feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of local pubs to choose from, including The Eight Bells (01420 82417) and The Railway Arms (01420 82218), which backs onto the local rail line. The Yew Tree (01256 389224) is a cosy pub in pretty village of Lower Wield which serves home-cooked food in generous portions.

Open

Easter–end October.

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The Owner Says

In August 2006, Anna and Will opened the UK’s first Feather Down, Manor Farm. Only an hour from London, it remains a tranquil oasis of calm within the South Downs National Park. Manor Farm is comprised of arable crops, cattle and a large flock of sheep that graze the water meadows. Guests young and old are always delighted by the farm buggy which they can join to check the animals. Many of the guests find the environment of Manor Farm so relaxing they rarely venture outside of its bounds.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

This site offers our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Accommodation

Canvas Lodge with En-Suite Shower

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.

Log Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 2
Can hold 6 adults

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Location

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Getting There

M3 from Southampton:
Exit the M3 at Junction 10. At roundabout, take the 3rd exit, then at next roundabout take the 2nd exit signposted A31 Alresford. Remain on the A31 towards Alresford/Alton, through Ropley and Four Marks. Continue straight ahead the exit left to Alton. After leaving the A31, go all the way around the first mini roundabout onto the B3006 towards Selborne (Liss). After 1 mile, turn left at the crossroads, signposted West Worldham. Follow the narrow lane for ½ mile. After the farm buildings on your left, turn left into Manor Farm.

M4 from Reading:
Exit the M4 at junction 11. Follow the A33 towards Basingstoke and continue until you go through Hook. Continue straight, towards South Warnborough, then turn right, then left, then left at the three roundabouts, and head towards Odiham. At the next small roundabout, turn right towards Alton. After ¼ mile, turn left, signposted Chawton/Selborne. Turn right at the next mini roundabout and immediately left at adjoining mini roundabout onto the B3006 towards Selborne (Liss). After 1 mile, turn left at the crossroads, signposted West Worldham. Follow the narrow lane for ½ mile. After the farm buildings on your left, turn left into Manor Farm.

From London M3:
Exit the M3 at Junction 4, following signs for A331. Continue on the A331 towards Farnham (approx. 6 miles) then take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout, onto the A31 towards Farnham/Alton. Keep left at next roundabout, staying on the A31. Continue on the A31 until you reach the signposts for B3006 Selborne. At the T-Junction, turn left onto the B3006 to Selborne. After 1 mile, turn left at the crossroads, sign posted West Worldham. Follow the narrow lane for ½ mile. After the farm buildings on your left, turn left into Manor Farm.

The site is not accessible by public transport

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