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We’re proud to be the first Feather Down Farm in Shropshire, the county the poet A.E. Housman described as ‘the quietest place under the sun’. Here we hope to give you a real insight into what it takes to produce milk from 130 Friesians and Holsteins.
Stephen is a third-generation Lancastrian dairy farmer who came south in 1983, bought the farm with his father, and never looked back. Wife Tracey and twins Edward and Harry make up the team, along with Andrew, our herdsman.
Four-legged members of our family include our pensioner whippet Lottie, our spaniels Josh and Freddie, and the latest addition Arthur, our young Scottish deerhound.
The farm was already a dairy farm when Stephen arrived, but reinvestment and modernisation are ongoing here. We milk about 130 cows at a time and during the summer, when the cows live out in the fields, they’re brought in at 6am and 4pm every day. A tanker also arrives daily to collect the milk, come bad weather, Christmas or any other significant event!
The five Feather Down tents are backed into Rushymoss Wood, home to many cuckoos and woodpeckers. The wood makes the tents feel sheltered, while the view from each is uninterrupted. Groups have often commented on how well the layout works for them.
Our Farm Larder is stocked with fresh food for you to make up meals at any time of day and in 2012 we’ll be providing homemade frozen meals. We have sausages, bacon and burgers that are produced at our local farm shop and eggs are of course free to collect from the chicken coop, which is communal. Groups also love the communal fire pit that brings everyone together in the middle of the field. Wood for this can be scavenged out of ‘The Moss’ – as the locals call the wood.
We've also just added private chicken coops here for your own private egg supply during your stay. Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate pets at Lipley Farm.
We invite guests to have a go at milking – by helping us to place the units on the cows’ udders. Our guests can’t believe Steve’s knowledge of the herd – he knows every cow by its number and doesn’t need to look at their freeze brands (the numbers on their bottoms). Younger guests love to test him on the Farm Tour! They also love seeing calves being born, and in 2012 our pig Flo had babies.
Steve and Tracey Pendlebury
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It's now possible to make group bookings on Pitchup.com for up to 30 adults and 30 children.
As long as the 'one unit per pitch' rule is not highlighted on the pitch type information (please check this before completing your booking), you will be able to pitch your tents together on one booking.
If you are not satisfied with the results generated, try breaking your booking down for more options. For example, if you're a group of 10, enter five people for your initial search and book two pitches. Use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together when booking multiple pitches or accommodation units: the campsite or park will try to grant your request. Click the 'Make another booking like this' button on the confirmation page to take you back to your chosen campsite/park listing page so you can make your next booking straight away. Please note the same dates and party size will be used, so you'll need to change this if the number of people or child ages are different.
Before booking, please check the listing page for any group restrictions. These normally appear in a section titled 'Please note'. Please also check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit - especially for a large party - is suitable for the space you will be provided with.