Feather Down Farms are farms scattered across the US, Great Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands, where you can stay with your family on a real farm and enjoy the beautiful vistas, the charm of country living, and if you like, help out with the farm chores (or not, as it suits you). The US farms are located near parklands or nature reserves so there’s the opportunity for outdoor adventures in the area during your stay.
I first learned about Feather Down Farms from a feature in At Home With Country: Bringing the Comforts of Country Home by Christina Strutt of Cabbages and Roses. In this feature, she shares beautiful photography by Edina Van Der Wyck at Manor Farm in West Worldham, near Alton, Hampshire. Feather Down Farms originated in the Netherlands by architect, Luite Moraal.
What I love about this concept is that it supports working farms and allows people who want a taste of the country to stay for a while and experience life closer to the earth.
This vacation opportunity would also appeal to self-sufficiency types who might enjoy more of a hands-on approach with helping out around the farm.
There is a very minimal impact on the environment as these tents are temporary structures, often incorporate recycled elements like fruit crates to create shelving, and using non-electrical equipment like old-fashioned, hand-crank coffee grinders.
Every farm has an “honesty shop” where you could purchase fresh eggs and produce. You take what you need, tally it up, and settle with the grocer when you leave. Just like buying on credit in a Little House on the Prairie novel. I love it!
Other features on Feather Down Farms are the paddock (kids look like they love it) and outdoor cooking. The prices seem reasonable on a per tent basis and house up to 5 adults and 1 child. This might make a wonderful opportunity for family vacations, reunions, weddings even small-group retreats.
I wish we’d had Feather Down Farms when I was a child. For my part, I’ll be keeping them in mind for family vacations in the future. For more information, check out the Resources list below. Happy Monday folks!
- At Home With Country: Bringing the Comforts of Country Home by Christina Strutt. 2010, CICO Books, hardcover, 160pp, 9781907030161.
- Feather Down Farm – www.featherdown.com
Photos appearing in this article are courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos. I have not been reimbursed in any form for this article.