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Feather Down Farm Days (New Barn Farm)

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Set one mile up a private bridleway from Carlton, a village that sits in the pastoral rolling landscape of the Ouse Valley, New Barn Farm has a surprisingly remote feel considering its proximity to London and the M1. Less than 30 minutes from the M1 and an hour from the northern suburbs of London, the area is well connected but by the time you reach the farm, along a narrow private track a good mile from the nearest tarmac road, you would think you were a million miles away.

The New Barn Farm family The Tongue family have farmed here for three generations. Husband and wife partnership Will and Hannah, their three children Evie, Harry, and Fergus and three dogs offer a warm and friendly welcome to campers as does Poo the pig, who loves a scratch (but stand back when she sneezes, it can be messy)! They will make you feel at home from the moment you arrive at New Barn expecially as they transport your luggage to your tent for you at the start and end of your stay.

The farming at New Barn Farm Our lambs are fattened slowly on grass and are usually sold direct to local customers to keep the food miles down and the breed has the reputation of being sweet, tender and delicious. In addition the farm makes meadow hay for local horse stables and rears pheasants for a local shoot. The farm partakes in a number of environmental management schemes, ranging from grassy margins around fields through plots of wild bird seed mixture to coppicing hazel woodland.

Hannah’s addiction to all things furry and feathered means the range of less commercial farm livestock stretches far beyond the sheep and includes Kune Kune pigs, Pygmy goats, horses, ponies, donkeys and ducks and chickens of various types. A steady supply of broody hens and a productive incubator mean there are usually a variety of chicks somewhere in the mix! Hannah is a bit of a foodie on the quiet, so expect to find a range of delicious home-made dishes in the honesty shop.

When not running the farm, Will Tongue provides business consultancy services to other farmers. If you want to learn more about the food and farming industry and the management and conservation of the farmland environment, he would be only happy to share his broad farming knowledge with you.

Along with our three children, we look forward to introducing you to our Kunekune pigs, pygmy goats, horses, ponies, donkeys, ducks and chickens. Our knowledge and passion for the business of farming and home-cooked food means you’ll return home both with new perspectives on the countryside, and a full stomach.

Spring is a special time at New Barn, and we always need a helping hand to feed our orphaned lambs. Our younger guests will also find fun in the woodland behind our eight tents, where they can build their own dens – their energy will be restored at our pizza nights, at which we hand-stretch dough and provide extensive toppings. So legendary are they, they’ve had many a mention on TripAdvisor!

Will and Hannah Tongue

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed



Remote location

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby



Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams


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  • Carlton Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, MK43 7LX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.1844°N 0.5962°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Lavendon (Milton Keynes) Coach Stop — 2.9 miles
Bedford Bus Station — 6.2 miles
Earls Barton: Main Road A4500 Coach Stop — 9.0 miles
Train stations
Bedford Rail Station — 6.0 miles
Bedford St Johns Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Kempston Hardwick Rail Station — 7.5 miles
Ferry ports
Kew Pier — 50.0 miles
London Luton Airport — 23.0 miles


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The gentle undulations of the Ouse Valley provide a scenic backdrop to off-road cycling and walking for the whole family and you can start both right outside your tent in Blackwell Hole. There are also dedicated areas of open-access forestry and lakeside country parks nearby.

New Barn Farm has a surprisingly remote feel considering how close it is to London. Its setting is up a bridleway from Carlton, a village which sits in the pastoral rolling landscape of the Ouse Valley. Once the southernmost boundary of the Viking empire, the Ouse now meanders its way through sleepy limestone villages and broad flood meadows that sit between an open arable landscape and numerous patches of ancient deciduous woodland. To the North lie the vales of Northamptonshire and the distinctive Yardley – Whittlewood Ridge, an ancient plateau of large blocks of 13th Century woodland broken up by the “lawns” which once provided the hay for commoners cattle. To the south lies the Greensand Ridge, a distinctive escarpment of heathland.

Setting out from the farm there are extensive opportunities for walking and cycling with a good network of footpaths and bridleways plus dedicated areas of open access forestry and lakeside country parks. For those that wish to return to civilisation, the small market town of Olney is nearby, a bustling hubbub of small independent shops, boutiques and antiques shops famous for its annual pancake race.

For those who wish to return to civilisation, the small market town of Olney is within easy reach and is a bustling hubbub of small independent shops, boutiques and antiques shops. It’s also famous for its annual pancake race. Other day trips from the farm include the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, or the racetracks at Silverstone and Towcester.

Must see

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National Trust

  • Lyveden New Bield (18.9 miles)
  • Ascott (20.4 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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