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Hidcote Manor Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Chipping Campden

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Safari tent glamping on a Cotswolds farm, within strolling distance of the National Trust's Hidcote Manor & Gardens

It’s often said that The Cotswolds offer visitors the very essence of England. If that’s true, then the holidays at Hidcote Manor Farm distill it even further. This farm, on a Cotswolds estate is surrounded by thatched-roof cottages, walled National Trust gardens and the rolling countryside of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s located within walking distance of a pub and the market town of Chipping Campden, just a few miles south of Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Hidcote Manor 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 varies little, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.

Here, that farmer is John. His family have farmed this 300-acre mixed farm since the National Trust took over the site during the Second World War. Their interest was in the garden designed by Lawrence Johnston, which surrounds the house. Now open to the public as a popular visitor attraction, farm stay guests have free access included with their stay. A short walk away, in a field on the edge of Hidcote’s farm is where you’ll find Feather Down’s safari-style tents. There are just five, each sleeping a maximum of six people, meaning guests are always outnumbered by the 450 sheep who graze in the surrounding fields. Come in spring and you may even have a chance to help with bottle feeding some of the lambs.

From here, you can walk two miles to The King’s Arms in Mickleton or four miles across fields to bigger and better-known Chipping Campden. Jump in the car and, to the south, all of the Cotswolds is yours to explore and, to the north, it’s just 10 miles to Stratford-upon-Avon. With the half-timbered cottages of its high street, the canal boat-studded river bank, Shakespeare’s birthplace and Ann Hathaway’s cottage, there’s plenty to see and do. And when the action is over there it’s back to the farm for the final scene. It’s a romantic one where the main players sit outside their safari tent and look over what Shakespeare himself might have called: “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”.



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 and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has some playground equipment for children.

Suitable For

Glampers – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no.


Take the time to have a look around Hidcote Gardens (01386 438333) during your stay, access is included with your stay. Chipping Campden, home of the arts and crafts movement is just a four-mile walk away. Broadway, ‘the jewel of the Cotswolds’, is a little further off by car. Within just a 20 minute drive are all sorts of attractions, ranging from the Cotswold Falconry Centre and Batsford Arboretum, to Bourton-on-the Water’s Birdland, model village, and motoring museum. Then there is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace, with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Ann Hathaway’s cottage and the river cruises there.

Food & Drink

There's a cafe within the National Trust-managed Hidcote Gardens next door serving coffees, cakes and light bites. For something more substantial, you can work up and appetite on a two-mile walk to Mickleton and pay a visit to the King's Arms in the High Street which has a beer garden.



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Five family-sized safari tents.

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse 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

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse 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

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Getting There

From London M40: Head North on M40. At junction 8 exit onto A40 towards Oxford/Cheltenham. Go through one roundabout. At the second roundabout take the fourth exit A44 towards Woodstock. Continue to follow A44 (for approx. 15 miles) At traffic lights (by antique centre) turn left onto London Road, A44 towards Moreton in Marsh. Stay on the A44 for approx. eight miles to Moreton in Marsh until you approach a mini roundabout in the town centre. Turn left. After approx. 100 yds at the next mini roundabout turn right A44 Bourton Road (A44). After approx. five-and-a-half miles, turn right onto the B4081 Chipping Campden. Follow this road all the way into Chipping Campden and at the end of the road turn right onto the High Street. Head through Chipping Campden, stay on the B4035. After approx. half a mile out of town take a right turn towards Mickleton (B4081). After half a mile turn right (sign posted Hidcote Manor Gardens). At the crossroads turn left then follow the road for approx. one mile. Turn right opposite Kiftsgate Court Gardens. Go to the top of the hill, then turn right immediately before Hidcote Manor Gardens Car park. Please drive slowly down the village. Follow the road past the entrance to The Gardens to the bottom of the village. Pass the duckpond on your left to the end of the road. You will find the parking area on the grass in front of the barn.

From Stratford-upon-Avon: Leave Stratford by crossing the river. At the roundabout take the second exit towards Shipston on Stour (A3400). After approx. 200 yards turn right onto the B4632 (Clifford Chambers). Follow the road for approx. seven miles to Mickleton and at the roundabout take the second exit. Drive through Mickleton. At the next roundabout take the first exit, then after 20 yds left again. Follow the signs for Hidcote Manor Gardens. At the top of the hill take the next right. Turn immediately before the garden’s car park. Drive slowly all the way to the bottom of the village. Pass the duck pond on your left and head towards the end of the road.

It's not easy to get to the farm by public transport. The closest train station is at Honeybourne, five miles away but there are no buses and no taxi rank so book a taxi in advance if you plan on arriving here. Alternatively, head for the train station at Moreton-in-the-Marsh, 10 miles away, as it has better onwards travel services. From Moreton-in-the-Marsh you can take a bus towards Stratford-upon-Avon and get off at Mickleton, two miles from the farm.


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