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Feather Down Hidcote Manor offers easy access from both London and Birmingham: two and one hour’s drive, respectively. The tents are a stone’s throw from the honey-coloured limestone hamlet that clusters around gorgeous National Trust gardens, described by the NT as some of England’s greatest. Hidcote Manor garden was created in the first half of the 20th century as a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ combining masses of colour with traditional crafts such as topiary.
This picturesque farm is a haven for wildlife, with bird plots planted that are host to skylarks, lapwings, finches and badgers! The farm covers just under 300 acres ‘ half arable, half pasture ‘ where the 450 breeding sheep graze. Lambing takes place in late March and early April, when help is needed with bottle-feeding orphans. Unfortunately, visitors’ dogs can’t come too.
The town of Chipping Campden, home of the Arts and Crafts movement, is just a four-miles away, and Broadway, ‘the jewel of the Cotswolds’, a little further off by car. Just a 20 minute drive are all sorts of attractions, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford Arboretum and Bourton-on-the Water’s Birdland. Then there is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace, Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
As part of the Feather Down concept, there is no electricity or WiFi in the cosy accommodations. Candles and oil lamps provide a warm light and a rustic wood stove is available for cooking. Each accommodation has quality bedding, an equipped kitchen, a toilet, a dining area and a barbecue. Dogs are not allowed in this location.