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Feather Down Wambrook Farm

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Wambrook Farm, Chard TA20 3DF England
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#2 of 9 Speciality lodging in Chard
The charming Wambrook Farm, based around a listed farmhouse, can be found in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's just 30 minutes from the beach at Lyme Regis, known to the locals as 'the pearl of Dorset'. Wambrook is a sustainable mixed organic farm with sheep, a pedigree herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and wheat and barley crops. Sedum matting for enviromentally friendly roofs is also grown here, and has been for the past 15 years.
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hammertime952019 wrote a review Aug 2021
Stanford-Le-Hope, United Kingdom52 contributions22 helpful votes
There is no electricity or gas so its just like going back in time it was my wife's birthday its something she wanted to i wasn't sure but i have to say we all had a fantastic time there bbq first night went out to the local next night it's a great place for dinner and drinks , did things we don't usually do like play games over more drinks 😉 if anyone goes here i would recommend you bring a touch and a small gas cooker it will make it a bit easier, ther is a wood burner inside but it's takes about 2hours to warm up a kettle
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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misselaneyous wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom71 contributions40 helpful votes
We had a glorious trip here as a group of friends. The children absolutely loved it. Amazing to watch them exploring around “free range” and give them the freedoms that are just not available in other places to stay. We played cricket, stomp rockets, badminton…all in a beautiful field with the most glorious view. There’s also a little sandpit the younger ones loved. Only downsides were practical ones… I probably should have read more to realise we needed a gas stove (as if camping not glamping?), as the wood burner takes a knack to get used to and starting it at 5am to have a coffee at 7am was tricky for a coffee lover like me (I tried the flask ruse and that didn’t work). It can also get very cold without it on, even in July. I absolutely loved the no wifi and candles rather than electricity (but did struggle at wasted food because there was no refrigeration in rooms and they discourage you from using the main fridge). The pizza night was glorious, and we were lucky to have beautiful weather as the sun went down that night. The final day we were very unlucky with weather but the size of tents was helpful and we could all hang out a bit in the way you can’t with regular camping. Definitely one to do with friends. As my husband put it… 5* for the kids, maybe 3 or 4* for us!! 🏕
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Brian O S wrote a review Jul 2021
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We had three nights here as a family of four in a no frills tent (toilet only). There are five or six tents all arranged around the edge of a large field, a sociable set up and all guests mingled and socialised a lot when we were there, especially the children with no wifi available to distract them. Also the setting and the views across the surrounding countryside are lovely. No farm tour or pizza night for us, but other guests indicated this had happened earlier in the week, I think it is a bit hit or miss. The hosts were very helpful with transporting our bags in a small tractor on our arrival and departure. I would agree with previous comments that the communal shower area could be improved, especially some shelves or even a chair to put down towels and change of clothes etc. The other thing lacking for us was a cool place to store food in the tent - previously at Featherdown you could freeze filled hot water bottles to help keep food cool in a storage box, this was not available at Wambrook. Overall we would still recommend this site for families even if it is a bit pricey.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Marcus H wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom8 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed for the recent bank holiday weekend with some great friends - we were 9 in total - 4 adults and 5 children - taking two of the fab featherdown farm tents (with hot showers!). Ed and Eleanor were such good hosts and greeted us in their quad to take our (not inconsiderable amount of ) luggage from the car to the tent. From that point on, we were left to our own devices to enjoy the spectacular surroundings, the amazingly comfortable bedding, the tents equipped with everything you could ever need and - yes - we were lucky with the weather. We had our bikes with us and cycled from Chard to Donyatt (to have a drink in their lovely pub) before cycling back and picnicking by the river. We ate at The Cotley Inn (1 mile from the farm) - not to be missed. Such a wonderful pub with award winning food. We drove to Lower Eype beach for the day on Sunday and in between times we barbecued galore and played games in front of our tent. Not to be missed. A really perfect long weekend.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: All the tents are great… go for one with a hot shower if you can!
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VDRBO wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom89 contributions53 helpful votes
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This was our first stay in a Featherdown tent but our second visit to a Featherdown site. Elena and Ed were very welcoming and helpful, we were pleasantly surprised to have a phone call from Elena the day before the start of our holiday to confirm final details and give us tips on what to bring. This was very helpful and much appreciated. We stayed at one of the Canvas Lodge tents (toilet only), as the frills tents with ensuite shower were already fully booked. We have stayed in glamping sites many times including places with shared facilities, but because of the time of the year, having an ensuite would have been preferred. Also, the shared facilities at Wambrook farm were – in our view - far too basic for a glamping site; luxury is certainly not necessary or expected at a farm but little details like a shelf or space to put your belongings would make a big difference, as during colder months there is so much more to carry that just three hooks behind the door does not seem enough. The Featherdown website does not provide pictures of the shared facilities and they asked me to contact the farmers directly. Personally, as these are Featherdown tents without showers, they should definitely show these areas on their website so guests know what to expect. When we visited another Featherdown site in early September, they were not doing farm tours or pizza nights due to Covid rules, so we were not surprised to find out that Wambrook farm were not doing these either. However, from reading the reviews again it seems Wambrook farm were actually doing these events a few weeks ago but they didn't during our stay which is really disappointing. More importantly, Featherdown confirmed the farm were doing the tours and pizza night when we asked before the start of our booking. The tent itself is lovely, the beds are really comfortable and the bed linen is of excellent quality. The not so small detail is that the linen is provided on a single bed basis so you get two single duvets for the double bed, personally I find this very uncomfortable. Cooking on the wood burning stove takes time to get the hang of. Even though we are used to wood burning stoves, getting the plates to be hot enough to cook on can take over an hour. As Elena suggested, it is definitely recommendable to bring a gas burner as back up and for quick hot drinks. It does get extremely cold in the tent, the stove will only warm up the open living area, so hot water bottles are essential. Unlike other guests, we were not lucky to get fresh eggs every day. The chickens are very old we were told so we only had fresh eggs on our first day. The honesty shop didn't have any eggs the rest of the week. The setting is stunning and being within walking distance of an amazing gastro pub is definitely a bonus! There is certainly an opportunity here for a special offer for people staying at the farm to visit the pub. There are also lots of lovely walks to do from the farm. Our expectations for our stay at Wambrook farm were probably higher than the reality, but we still had a lovely time at the farm. If we were to come back, we would definitely stay in a fully contained tent and probably during slightly warmer months.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Considering how basic shared facilities are, ensuite tents would be recommended.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Feather Down Wambrook Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Feather Down Wambrook Farm?
Nearby attractions include Forde Abbey & Gardens (7.3 km), Chard & District Museum/Heritage Centre (2.7 km), and Chard Reservoir (4.5 km).
Is parking available at Feather Down Wambrook Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Feather Down Wambrook Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Candlelight Inn, The Tytherleigh Arms, and Eleos.
Are there any historical sites close to Feather Down Wambrook Farm?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Forde Abbey & Gardens (7.3 km).