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Feather Down Farm - Canfields
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Reviewed November 7, 2010

This was our first time we had visited a Featherdown farm. We cannot rate this holiday more highly. The setting of Canfields Farm was idyllic set on the edge of a wood with cows & chickens in the field next to the tents. Being only 1 hour drive from London you really felt completely away from the grind.

Special highlights for us were the ability to introduce the children to camping whilst still maintaining a balance of high spec facilities. The children enjoyed the cabin beds, gathering wood for the fire, visiting the farm shop, taking the farm tour & the noises of owls in the woods. We enjoyed the quirky features such as oil lanterns, the stove, the pizza oven, the feeling the children were completely safe to roam & the thick duvets for a good nights sleep.

Tim and Sarah the hosts were completely hospitable and could not have done enough to make our stay more enjoyable. Ok it may not be cheap but for this location you get what you pay for. Peaceful surroundings, unique tents (without the pain of putting up !!) and family outings on bikes we could not recommend more highly this location. A big birthday next year so we shall be back for more!! Full marks from us.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Thank justinandmarion
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

A fantastic location and our 3 year old was able to run around and have fun whilst always in view and safe. Tim and Sarah made sure we were comfortable and answered any questions we had but at the same time let us get on with relaxing.

Five stars; we will stay again!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Mickie580419
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

There's plenty of spacein the rest of the farm, but you are hemmed into a corner by a barbed wire fence. You can watch the planes circle the place late into the night, and first thing in the morning. You can hear them really clearly too, revving up the jets to adjust there approach into Gatwick, especially as a tent provides no sound insulation. They don't stop at 9:30pm like Heathrow either. Oh, and you can hear the disco really clearly all night from whatever venue is the other side of the hedge. We came back early, despite having lovely weather. It was nice to get back to the peace and quiet and the wide open spaces of central London after a weekend here.

Rubbish. They'd done the bare minimum to meet the franchise requirements and take an astonishing £400 off you for a weekend in a field.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Thank CamperDad
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Reviewed July 19, 2009

My wife organised the trip and I hadn't paid much attention to the Featherdown website, so I didn't know exactly what to expect. On top of which, despite being mid-July, the weather was pretty awful (raining about 40% of the time).

But....it was a great weekend. Kids were in heaven. Very relaxing with plenty of space to shelter from the rain when necessary.

Assuming you have read the website, it should be clear that this isn't really camping - after all, how many camping tents can seat 8 at a dining table in the living room. It's sort of 19th century pioneer-style living transplanted to a farm. The tents are really well done (and clearly a lot of thought has gone into the styling). Shelves made from packing cases, lots of old details (antique coffee grinders etc). They look unique - but of course they are all the same, at every farm.

Pluses:
- the tents. They are also well spaced (about 30/40m apart) so you can ignore your neighbours if you prefer.
- reminding yourself what it's like without electricity. Keeping the stove burning, using candles and parafin lamps
- great environment for young children to explore safely
- good cycle trails very near to the farm, very little road cycling needed
- honesty shop has almost everything you could need even if you hadn't brought your own food

Negatives
- it's not cheap at £400-500 per tent for a weekend. But it's done well and by the time Featherdown have taken their fee, I don't think the farmer makes a fortune
- you need to strip down the linen, clean up, restock the firewood etc at the end of the stay. This is billed as "all part of the experience". But honestly, cleaning up for the next paying guest - when you've paid £500 - is just a bit irritating
- the bikes aren't in great condition. So we discovered (too late) that we couldn't adjust saddle heights etc. Given that the rental fee is about 15% of the cost of a new bike (and you have to set them up yourself), they should be better

Would really recommend, at least for a couple of nights. If you are a real camper, this will probably all seem a bit soft and expensive. If you aren't a camper, you might be ready for a proper bathroom after 48 hours.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

Went with another family, kids have the freedom to run around and return to a childhood of yesterday. No tv, no phones and no DS's. Absolute fun, fun, fun. Kids will love sleeping in the wooden 'cupboard' and parents will enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. Didn't leave the camp except to buy food and drink locally. Played rounders etc with other campers and kids had water fights and looked for eggs together. For a short break away from the rat race we couldn't recommend it enough and will try and book the whole farm for a 40th birthday in a couple of years time.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Thank CaddersRainham
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