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Feather Down Country Retreats (Acton Scott)

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Your encampments are located in Hatton Wood, on their own private woodland clearing, positioned to catch the evening sunlight. You are surrounded by pastures managed to encourage wildlife and affording panoramic views of the estate, which can be enjoyed following one of Acton Scott's guided walks. Your host is Rupert Acton, who manages the estate.

Tucked away in the Shropshire Hills, our encampments are on the ancient Acton Scott estate, offering some of the finest natural scenery in England. Catch panoramas of Ragleth Hill and the spectacular escarpment of Wenlock Edge, a rural idyll made famous by the poems of A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.

The Acton family has owned land here since the 12th century and today their 1,500 acre estate consists of several farmsteads, stone and timber framed cottages, ancient woodland and open pasture.

In recent times, when many landowners obliterated all traces of the past in pursuit of modernisation, the Actons chose instead to lovingly preserve the history and heritage of their estate, which is much in evidence today. As a result, Acton Scott has attracted national profile through television appearances (see below) and by hosting visitors to this Feather Down Country Retreat.

The Country Retreat tents are positioned in an absolute tranquil peace of woodland and all equipped with proper working showers and flushing toilets as well as comfortable mattresses and over 45 squared metres of living space with the private hot tub next to each tent to make sure you enjoy the great outdoors on this remarkable estate in full relaxation.

Acton Scott’s Historic Working Farm is a firm family favourite and just a ten minute walk from your tents. Situated in the 18th century Home Farm adjacent to the Hall, watch farm life unfold daily while the land around is worked by heavy horses. Providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate, it includes the very useful Old School House Cafe for a bite to eat or drink.

The prettiest market towns are close to hand, including Shrewsbury to the north and Ludlow, a food paradise with Michelin star restaurants, to the south. Each offers artisan shops and independent boutiques galore. But if you cannot tear yourself away from Acton Scott, we have arranged for the finest local produce to be delivered for your arrival.

Shropshire is renowned for its seasonal produce and purveyors of fine food, so instead of a bothy, Acton Scott has organised a food and drink delivery service direct to your encampment. To start your holiday in relaxed style and comfort, pre-book a tasty ready-made pot dish or two from the estate's cook to simply heat through on the stove and advance order one of Acton Scott's delicious luxury hampers once you have a reservation through your welcome document that you will be able to access.

The estate achieved national fame as the setting for television’s hugely popular Victorian Farm series, acknowledging the Acton family’s tireless championing of sustainable practices. Its success was followed by another BBC show filmed entirely at Acton Scott. Presented by adventurer Ben Fogle, Escape in Time depicted every day families’ experiences of a traditional way of life.

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Bookings can only be made by persons over 18 years of age.

Force majeure on the side of Feather Down Farm Days exists if the implementation of the agreement is entirely or partially, temporarily or permanently, prevented due to circumstances which are beyond the control of Feather Down Farm Days, including threat of war, staff strikes, blockades, fire, floods and other disruptions or events.

If you leave your tent in an improper condition, additional (cleaning) costs may be charged.

You must take up any complaint with the farmer immediately, in order to allow us to solve the matter as soon as possible. Should the complaint not be settled to your satisfaction, then you have the option, up to one month after departure from the farm to lodge the complaint in writing or by email with Feather Down Farm Days.

Remember that you will be staying on a working farm with live animals and potentially dangerous farm equipment amongst other hazards. Also you must be aware that some of the camp equipment (such as the bread oven) may be dangerous if misused. Whilst we and your host farmers take great care to keep you safe, accidents can happen and neither we nor the farm are responsible for such accidents. It is your responsibility to supervise any children. If you notice that any equipment looks faulty and/or unsafe you must inform the host farmer as soon as possible. We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance against the risk of accidents and your stay being cut short.

It is permitted to receive visitors during your Feather Down farm stay. These visitors must report themselves to the farm on arrival. There is a charge for visitors of £20 per car.