Every now and then it’s good to let the music stop..which is what we’ve done for the last 4 days. Miles away from the whirling, high energy, high pressure of London we escaped with the kids and three other families to a Feather Down farm just outside Oxford to cook on wood burning stoves, chase errant chickens and drink copious amounts of wine….
Each family had their own tent on the side of a forested hill (or ‘mountain’ according to the kids) looking out over the lush, green fields of England..
The tents were fabulous – (this really was glamping with a capital ‘G)’..all rustic with purpose, without being plastic-basic..and apart from food, everything was provided..although even food could be bought or ordered in advance from the on-site honesty shop.
I’m still in love with this candlestick chandelier hung from a piece of wood..
And this coffee grinder, complete with beans..
We thought the kids would fight over who slept on the top bunk..
But they were more interested in the cupboard bed!
(Probably a wise choice – on our very first night, there was an almighty thunderstorm which even managed to blow the ash pan off our internal wood burner’s chimney..those in the cupboard with it’s wooden roof never so much as stirred..)
The view out…
Next to each tent we all had our very own chickens that the children had to keep fed and watered and could check for eggs for our own consumption..
There was no electricity..making the morning brekkie..
Not having to cater for every element of camping meant there was room in the car for extras..like my basil plant – how London can you get?!
The time just flew – between teaching the girls to make Makrame and friendship bracelets..
To checking the chickens for eggs at the main paddock…and being sure to keep the goats and sheep in…not that we always managed it..and then it was a drama trying to catch them and herd them back in!..
On Saturday morning we did a tour round the farm led by Farmer Bill and his wife..the tractors were a big hit..
‘Please Bella sit in the wheel so I can take a picture of you to show how large the wheel is..’
At least Charlie was a bit more obliging..
I’ve got a brand new combine harvester an I’ll give you the key!
Learning about sheep..
What the kids loved most was the freedom..they spent hours off exploring or on this mud slide going up and down..
In the evenings we gathered around the campfire, making music, singing songs and roasting marshmallows.
And that’s only half of it..
Laters, Kate x
How utterly fantastic…..my kind of holiday. And coopie eggs too!!! Xx
The thunderstorm the first night put them off the first morning..but they soon started laying again..the kids were so impressed! xxx
What a wonderful camping adventure! I must admit I am jealous but I probably would have discovered how to sneak in a small propane cook top for breakfast- I don’t like to wait around for the first meal of the day, hahahaha
This is what summer memories are made of and I wish more kids had them!
Hehe! One of our party did! But the husband was surprisingly good at getting the water on in good time..If I’m ever stranded on a desert island, I want him by my side! xxx
Sounds like a good man!
This place looks amazing! definitely one to visit when Poppy’s a bit older. Looks like you had an incredible time x
Really recommend..it suited everyone – we all had an absolute blast xxx
That looks idyllic. What a great holiday, the kids will remember it forever.
I absolutely loved it..you think because it’s a type of camping it might be hard work..but it’s so not and is a real escape…xxx
That is some fancy camping! Fantastic!
Sigh. It was wonderful..loved the whole vibe xxx
This looks like my home to me (Cornwall) im glad you all had such an amazing time!
Your kids will remember this the rest of their lives! It looks like a perfect holiday!
Great place..great friends..it was a truly wonderful combination xxx
Going off the grid. Looks like everyone had a nice time. Your pictures are stunning.
This looks awesome!