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Feather Down Farm Days (Lipley Farm)

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General

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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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • Moss Lane, Cheswardine Market Drayton, Shropshire, England, TF9 2SQ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.8792°N 2.3870°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newcastle under Lyme: Hassell Street Bus Station — 11.3 miles
Stafford: Station Rd Coach Stop — 12.3 miles
Stoke-on-Trent: Rail Station Coach Stop — 12.4 miles
Train stations
Norton Bridge Rail Station — 8.3 miles
Stone Rail Station — 9.9 miles
Barlaston Rail Station — 10.1 miles
Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal — 44.1 miles
Airports
Manchester Airport Terminal 3 — 33.6 miles

Directions


Directions
Using your sat nav. Please be aware that for some reason the sat nav. will take you past the end of the farm drive and down to the end of the road! (we have no idea why!) So once you are on our lane please look out for the farm entrance. White railings and our farm sign.

M6 North or South
Exit at Junction 15. At the first roundabout take the third exit onto the A519.
At the traffic lights turn right onto the A5035. (There should be an Eddie Stobart Office on the corner on your right).
Follow the A5035 until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout turn left onto the A53 signposted for Shrewsbury/Market Drayton.
Follow the A53 towards Shrewsbury/Market Drayton until you reach Loggerheads. At Loggerheads cross straight over the mini-roundabouts staying on the A53.
Approx. 2-3 miles out of Loggerheads you need to take a left turn. This turn is the first left turn available after Loggerheads, however it is at the bottom of a dip as the road bares to the left and is easily missed, it is sign posted for “Hales”. Follow the road until you reach Hales, turn left at the church. (The view to the right at this junction is lovely!)
Follow the road down into the valley, as you climb up the bank on the other side you will come into the little hamlet of Chipnal.
Ignore the first left turn on the bend as you enter Chipnal and take the next left turn at a grass triangle, signposted for Chipnal Lees. You should see a red telephone box by a large oak tree as you turn in. You are now on Moss Lane.
You will find us approx. half a mile up Moss Lane on the left. Our farm entrance has white railings and our farm sign.
Turn left and head down the farm drive for approx. a quarter of a mile. Please drive carefully on the drive as it is also a public footpath and may have pedestrians or horses on it.

M54 Junction 3
On leaving the motorway at junction 3 join the A41 heading for Newport/Whitchurch.
Stay on the A41 until you have crossed 4 roundabouts.
After the forth roundabout travel for approx 2 miles until you come to a right turn
signposted for Knighton/Cheswardine. Take the right turn, follow the road which goes over a hump back bridge, and on a left had bend take the second turn left signposted Cheswardine, there is also a sign for Barlows Nurseries. Stay on this road until you come up to a crossroad, go straight across and stay on the road until you come into the village of Cheswardine. Carry on through Cheswardine until you come to the Fox and Hounds pub on the left and take the right turn in front of the church. Follow the road up to the T junction and turn left. As you travel up this road you will come to a grass triangle with a tree in the middle, follow the road as it goes around a right hand bend.
After about 100 metres you will come to a right turn with another small grass triangle
signposted for Chipnal Lees. Take the turning right. You will see a red telephone box by an oak tree as you turn in, you are now on Moss Lane.
You will find Lipley Farm about half a mile along Moss Lane on the left. The entrance to the farm drive had white railing and our farm sign.
Head down the farm drive for about a quarter of a mile. Please drive carefully on the drive as it is also a public footpath and may have pedestrians on it.

From Shrewsbury on the A53 (or the A41 joining A53 at Ternhill)

From Ternhill roundabout (where the A41 and A53 cross) follow the A53 towards Market Drayton. Go straight over 2 roundabouts (the second roundabout has a pub next to it called “The Gingerbread Man”).
Carry on along the A53 and under a bridge, next you should see “Tunstall Hall” on your left and further on “Buttercross Farm Shop” also on the left.
After the Buttercross you need to take the 2nd right. This turning is approx 1 mile, the road goes down into a dip and the turning is in the bottom of this dip. It is signposted to “Hales”,there is also a sign for Park Farm Beef.
Follow this lane until you come into Hales and turn left at the church. (The view to the right at this junction is lovely!)
Follow the road down into the valley, as you climb up the bank on the otherside you will come into the little hamlet of Chipnal.Ignore the first left turn on the bend as you enter Chipnal and take the next left turn at a grass triangle, signposted for Chipnal Lees. You will see a red telephone box by a large oak tree as you turn in. You are now on Moss Lane.
You will find us approx. half a mile up Moss Lane on the left. Our farm entrance has white railings and our farm sign.

Turn left and head down the farm drive for approx. a quarter of a mile. Please drive carefully on the drive as it is also a public footpath and may have pedestrians or horses on it.

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

Bishop’s Wood, at the end of the road, is a 999-acre Church Commission woodland that is completely accessible to the public – see if you can find the Giant’s Chair or the wind chimes here. In the local village of Cheswardine you can sample the ales from Market Drayton’s Joules Brewery and good pub grub at the cosy Fox and Hounds, while the Red Lion is home to the Lion’s Tail Brewery – sample a pint of their Lion Bru! The village is a pleasant 40-minute walk across the fields, or just three miles by road.

Should you decide to stir yourself from the soporific slumber induced by our surroundings, then the charms of Shrewsbury, the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, and great biking on the Shropshire Way all beckon within half an hour. If you and your children are Narnia fans, then a visit to Hawkstone Historic Park, the setting for the films, is a must. With follies and caves to explore, this great day out is just 20 minutes’ drive from us.

But we’ll understand if you just want to stay put in a place where peace meets quiet.

Must see

  • The Trentham Estate (9.6 miles)
  • Trentham Monkey Forest (9.9 miles)
  • Wedgwood Visitor Centre (10.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Sunnycroft (13.9 miles)
  • Shugborough Estate (16.6 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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