Last week we spent a few days away in the New Forest, and stayed with Featherdown Farms. It was our first experience of glamping as a family, and we had a lovely time getting to know all of the animals on the farm and exploring the local area.
We stayed in a log cabin (about as far away from camping as you can get!) which was really well equipped and the only 'creature comfort' that we missed was electricity. This one thing forced us to slow down - we used candles and paraffin lamps for light, cooked on a wood burning stove and spent a lot of time with our phones switched off to save the battery.
On our first day we had a tour of the farm, and got to meet all of the animals who were staying there. We were based at Midgham Farm, which was home to goats, pigs, horses, calves, ducks and hens. The tour was lovely for children - they helped to feed the animals, learned their names and even joined in with grooming the horses. Each child was also able to collect one egg each day from the hens.
As well as all the animals, there was lots of other entertainment for children - trampolines, sandpits, logs for climbing on, and my daughter's favourite...lots of muddy puddles!
The first thing that everyone has asked me about the trip is how we cooked! Each lodge or cabin has it's own wood burning stove and a BBQ so we did most of our cooking on those. We also shared a camp fire spot with the neighbouring cabin, and made the occasional cup of tea there too. Twice a week there's also the opportunity to use the farm's wood fired pizza oven and we took full advantage - the pizza was delicious, and since everyone congregated around the oven it provided a nice opportunity to meet the other families staying there.
Each day we divided our time between the farm and day trips. Since we have a Peppa Pig fan in the house, we spent one day at Peppa Pig World which was about a 30 minute drive from the farm. We spent another day walking in the New Forest, and found some buggy friendly trails from the Blackwater Car Park. The third day was very cold and wet, which gave us the perfect excuse to have a lunch at The Pig - somewhere we've been hoping to visit for a while!
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