Midgham Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England Hampshire Fordingbridge

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Luxury farm stays in safari-style tents on the edge of the New Forest National Park

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.

Home to the Chiddock Pony Stud Farm, the owners are proud to be introducing miniature ponies to the stable for 2012, which will delight younger guests as much as do the trampoline, giant rope swing, and the adventures found in our woods. Here the bluebells come into bloom in early summer and the whole woodland, including shady Midgham Long Copse, home to the tents, is ablaze with purple-blue flowers. In this quiet spot you’ll likely see or hear roe deer, honey buzzards, cuckoos, woodpeckers, kingfishers and owls, as well as the traditional-breed pigs, who roam here year-round. This is den-building country too, and the hosts’ son Oliver will show you the best spots – departing children often leave messages for those who add to their dens. The River Avon is another source of activities, from fishing to paddling to picnicking sat at the furniture crafted by Henry from the woodland’s fallen oaks. The Farm Larder is another highlight, and along with wines from Berry Brothers, you’ll find ingredients for cooking all three daily meals from scratch. The New Forest is home to many a cosy country pub and the owners are always ready to make recommendations.



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 and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area, and communal campfire pits. There are rope swings, sandpits and play equipment and an on-site honesty shop.


A stretch of the River Avon, 15 minutes' walk away, is reserved for guests booking fly fishing (April 15–Sept 30) or coarse fishing (June 15–March 15), which can be arranged on the farm. The river is also a wonderful place to swim or paddle. The site is just outside the New Forest National Park with all its walking, cycling and wildlife-spotting opportunities. There's horseriding from Arniss Riding Stables (01425 654114) four miles up the road and it's the same distance to the New Forest Water Park (01425 656868) and the country estate at Somerley House, which often hosts events and festivals in the summer. The Go Ape treetop trail at Moors Valley Country Park and the children’s play trail there is nine miles away from Midgham Farm, and Paulton’s Park theme park is just 16 miles away. To get a glimpse of the past, Stonehenge is just 22 miles away, and Salisbury, 13 miles. The beaches of Bournemouth are 15 miles away.

Food & Drink

There are basic supplies and local goodies available in the on-site honesty shop. Or to eat out nearby, try The Forrester’s Arms (01425 652294) in Frogham (four miles from Midgham Farm).



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The Owner Says

Midgham Farm has been in the Sykes family since 1790. Today it's also home to horses, sheep, goats (of which two are tiny pygmy goats), pigs (which arrive around Easter and stay for the season), four different kinds of ducks, chickens, lambs, a calf (who thinks he is a dog!) and guinea pigs. Children who are staying here can help out with the newborns and really get a feel for life on the farm. Bottle feeding the lambs always goes down a treat! As well as all the animals, children will love the rope swings and climbing ropes plus all the sand pits with sit-on diggers.

A 15-minute walk away from where the site's tented cottages are set up is a long stretch of the River Avon, reserved for guests booking fly fishing (15 April to 30 Sept) or coarse fishing (15 June to 15 March), which can be arranged on the farm. The river is also a wonderful place to swim or paddle.

At Midgham Farm, you can relax at your tent or log cabin spread out on the forest floor which has lots of light coming through the canopy. For the energetic, there’s archery and axe throwing available across the wood. If you’re an animal fan, know that there are always new additions to the farm. Close to the campsite is a pretty woodland stream, perfect for paddling or playing a leisurely game of Pooh sticks on your glamping Hampshire farm holiday.  For an evening back at the farm, there are four campfires at Midgham to gather family and friends around. The honesty shop is well stocked with everything you’ll need from breakfast to BBQ time, and has an espresso machine too.

Social Distancing Measures

We have received the official UK certification “We’re Good To Go” to show that we have worked hard to follow the government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and social distancing in our UK locations

Preparation for your stay
  • Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected and ventilated for you prior to your arrival
  • When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host
  • Specific measures, which may vary by farm, will be explained to you on-site
  • During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed
Change in activities
  • Depending on the farm, the pizza evening has been adapted or canceled

  • Depending on the farm, the farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

  • The farm’s honesty shop will be open, with one person allowed inside at a time


Eight safari tents and two log cabins.

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges

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Getting There

From the centre of Fordingbridge, head up the High Street until you see the Lambretta restaurant, turn left towards Alderholt and Cranborne (B378). Carry on out of town, and up a steep hill. At the crest of the hill, turn left, signposted to Harbridge and Somerley (single track road). Carry along this road for three quarters of a mile and turn left down a wide gravel track, signposted for Feather Down Farm.


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Why book with Glampingly?

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