Chesters Estate Feather Down Farms

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders Jedburgh

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Food and drink is a running theme at Chesters, home to fur beautiful, family-sized safari tents

There’s a seven-minute walk from where you park your car to where you lay your head at Chesters. But don’t worry you don’t have to carry all your luggage there – you can push it in a wheelbarrow instead. If that still sounds too much like hard work, then move along quickly please. Those who will like this place will enjoy the walk. It’s a chance to stretch the legs and forget the stress of the journey as you head towards the riverside, through woodland and past a pretty walled garden. Excitement builds step-by-step until you reach your destination; a safari tent among trees with a hot tub and views of hills beyond. It’s somewhere to relax in the days ahead in between all the tree climbing, wild swimming, fly fishing, hill walking and paddling in burns. But nae bother, if you don’t fancy that walk; all the more chance for the rest of us to visit instead.

Chesters 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 well-equipped kitchens, log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up safari tents don't vary much from location to location, the on-site experience is as unique as the places they’re found, with hosting left in the capable hands of the country estate owners.

Here, it’s John and Ellie who run the place, and what a place it is. A 1,800-acre estate in the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Teviot, with just four safari tents. Each has its own en suite toilet, private outdoor shower cabin and an optional hot tub for hire. Chesters has been passed down through the generations to John who, with Ellie, has breathed new life into the place. It’s still a working farm with fields of cows, sheep and crops but the crops now include barley, which is used to make John and Ellie’s Born In The Borders beers. You can pick up a couple from the on-site honesty shop along with other basics and, for fresh fruit and veg, it’s PYO at the walled garden that sits between the big house and your spacious safari tent.

Chesters is a great place to simply relax and enjoy life in the countryside. You can wild swim or fish in the river on site or head out on some lovely walks nearby. There are opportunities for horse riding and golf too but if you want something more specifically Scottish, perhaps head further afield. A day trip to Edinburgh is not out of the question – it’s only about an hour away away – or, closer to home, head for The Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre in Jedburgh a few miles down the road. Wherever you go, make sure you call in at John and Ellie's Born in the Borders brewery for a taste of Scotland that’s as authentic as any.

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There are four spacious encampments in total (each sleeps 6–8), and each comes equipped with its own wood-burning stove and flushing toilet. Outside, each tent has its own private hand-pump shower and wood-burning hot tub. A starter pack of a toilet roll, bin liner, ice packs, matches and fire-lighters is provided. Additional supplies can be bought from the on-site Bothy, which works on an honesty basis.

Suitable For

Kids, families, well-behaved dogs on leads (max 2 per tent) – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents – no.


Adventurous campers can take a bracing dip in the river Teviot, or explore it from the comfort of a rowing boat (which can be hired on-site). Keen fishers have a run of salmon, sea and brown trout for which you can purchase a day ticket for £10. Nearby Jedforest Deer and Farm Park (01835 840364) is a working farm and falconry centre.

Kids can meet the herd of red and rare white red deer, as well as miniature donkeys, water buffalo and Connemara ponies. Monteviot Gardens (01835 830380) is a short cycle ride from Chesters. It has an arboretum of ancient trees and is placed conveniently for a tea-and-cake stop in nearby Woodside Nursery and Walled Garden (01835 830315). There are plenty of other attractions around the Scottish Borders, ranging from forests and waterfalls to abbeys and castles. As the region bore the brunt of many battles with England, the 65-mile Borders Abbey Way is the best way to uncover its deep history. It's divided five four equal sections and links the four great ruined abbeys in Kelso, Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh.

Food & Drink

Jedburgh is the nearest town for shopping – fantastic local meats can be picked up from A J Learmonth (01835 869593), and there are plenty of cafes to choose from, including The Caddy Mann (01835 850787) which serves wholesome food in friendly surroundings. Local pub The Canon (01835 863243) is one of the better pubs in the area, serving a great selection of local ales (including John and Ellie's 'Foxy Blonde'). Nearby Ancrum is home to The Cross Keys (01835 830242); a characterful inn serving superb modern British dishes and a strong selection of wines.


Start of April–end October.

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The Owner Says

The magical myth of a secret garden becomes a reality at Chesters, the first Feather Down in Scotland. Your tent is nestled in woods and cradled by barley fields on the other side of the Walled Garden (where you can pick your own fresh fruit and veg to cook on your wood burning stove).

Children will love the vast tree house and paddling through the burn which meanders through the garden leading to the River Teviot.  Each lodge has its own separate Discovery Tent complete with lights, telescope, microscope, fishing nets, paints, books and games.  Countless adventures await including den building, pebble painting, foraging for deadwood for the campfire and fishing for tiddlers.  All this and more nestled in a beautiful Scottish landscape (and an enviably midge-free one at that!). From both Edinburgh and Newcastle, this glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion and country estate in Scotland is just a 1.5hr drive.

We’re delighted to say that despite being in Scotland, your stay at Chesters is midge-free so you should have no need for mosquito repellent!!!

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

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Four safari tents among the trees of the Chesters Estate.

Canvas Lodge with Private Outdoor Shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
If you’re a nature lover, there is nothing quite sensational as showering in the midst of nature. Located right next to your tent is where you will find our wooden, rustic private outdoor shower.

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Show Map

Getting There

Use postcode TD8 6UL if using SatNav. Take the A1 (if coming from Newcastle or Berwick-upon-Tweed) until you reach the A68, heading towards Jedburgh. Cross the River Teviot and then take a left towards Ancrum. Fork left just as you reach the village and continue for one-and-a-half miles until you come to a lodge on the left. Go down the drive, turn left at the crossroads and park at the stables.

We cannot be reached by public transport 


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