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Feather Down Farm Days (Upper Shadymoor Farm)

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General

Our farm’s very name suggests an idyll of peace, and you’ll love its higgledy-piggledy charm. Between the towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow, its irregular contours follow those of the original deer park laid out in 1284 by Robert of Stapleton.

We could well be Feather Down’s most ‘sporting’ farm – in the relaxed sense of the word of course! As well as pheasant, you’re guaranteed to see any one of our 70 fallow or red deer, making the farm an ideal safari spot. On the Farm Tour you’ll also encounter beef cattle, horses and Kerry Hill sheep.

Upper Shadymoor is a natural water park, with a brook and 16 pools on our 200 acres. As well as wild swimming and messing about in boats, our water trampoline can be enjoyed under parental supervision – from the nearby hot tub if necessary! You can also fish trout here, and rods and the fly-casting expertise of our son Gregory are both available.

And if your holiday involves eating well, you’ll love our game-filled Farm Larder, which stocks our own venison, pigeon, pheasant, duck, rabbit, and Kevan’s ready-cooked meals. There’s also the renowned local gastronomic scene that includes Ludlow’s two Michelin-starred restaurants and gastropubs galore.

We are Kevan and Joy Fox, and we’ve lived at Upper Shadymoor for eleven years. However, because we both hail from farming families from neighbouring villages, we have plenty of tales of the area to share. We all flit in and out of your stay, but of our four children Ivor, Fleur, Lloyd and Gregory, you’re most likely to catch sight of Gregory, who teaches various country skills.

In a small meadow bordered by woodland, our six tents face a picket-fenced ‘scrape’ – a shallow pond such as found on nature reserves. Once the sun goes down, the sounds of owls and the babbling brook that skirts the woods will lull you to sleep.

Although you’ll enjoy meeting our animals, the real star here is nature itself and over the past decade we’ve enhanced our environment as part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. If you’re interested to know more, join us for a wildlife walk to explore old hay meadows, the bluebell woods in spring, sunflowers in summer, and the whiffy wild garlic, as well as a whole host of birds including – if you’re lucky – kingfishers, owls (barn and tawny), woodcocks, curlews, coots, pink-footed and greylag geese.

The orchard and the garden pool are overlooked by our wainhouse barn which, built with our own oak, ash and alder, houses the showers and the Farm Larder. The barn also makes a beautifully rustic venue for big social gatherings and feasts. This – and the lake and hot tub for relaxing fun – makes the farm ideal for group bookings and parties.

Unfortunately we can’t accommodate pets at Upper Shadymoor Farm as it is home to game birds.

Corporate bookings welcome.

Kevan and Joy Fox


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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

Forest

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Stapleton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY5 7AL
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.9378°N 2.7686°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Garstang (Lancs): Crofters Hotel Coach Stop — 1.9 miles
Galgate: Crossroads Coach Stop — 3.9 miles
Lancaster: University Underpass Coach Stop — 5.1 miles
Train stations
Lancaster Rail Station — 7.8 miles
Heysham Port Rail Station — 8.8 miles
Bare Lane Rail Station — 9.8 miles
Ferry ports
Heysham Ferry Terminal — 8.9 miles
Knott End-On-Sea Ferry Landing — 9.3 miles
Fleetwood for Knott End Ferry Landing — 9.7 miles
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 41.6 miles

Directions


How to get to Upper Shadymoor Farm:
Do NOT rely on SAT NAV: Please follow the directional map provided to you after booking and login into your personal page. If you use SAT NAV use post code SY5 7EW – once on the lane to Wilderley, continue onwards until you pass a pink bungalow on your right, progress some 700 yards up bank and turn left into our drive.

Are we nearly there? From Stapleton ask you passengers to look out for the yellow ducks, there will be one at the Church, keep that on your left; then keep turning left at each Duck thereafter.

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

Birmingham is just an hour away and when the M6 flows, Manchester is an hour and a half. Situated on the Welsh border, this area of Shropshire is known as the Marches and there is plenty to do, with beautiful walks over the Shropshire Hills, including Stiperstones and Long Mynd – most with a pub along the way! There’s also the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge; beautiful Church Stretton, home to the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum; and National Trust properties including Powis Castle and Garden, and Attingham Park.

Things to Do Shrewsbury, this medieval county town boasts over 600 listed buildings and is situated in the River Severn loop. Ludlow, a foodie capital famous for its castle and food and theatre festivals. Beautiful walks around the Shropshire Hills, including Stiperstones, Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc and the Lawley – most with a pub along the way! For circular routes, take advantage of the shuttle bus service from nearby locations. Ironbridge, a World Heritage Site that is the home of the Industrial Revolution. Church Stretton, where the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum has been made famous by BBC series ‘Victorian Farm’. National Trust properties, including Powis Castle and Garden, Attingham Park and Erdigg. Much Wenlock, the inspiration for the birth of the modern-day Olympic Games. Severn Valley Steam Railway, one of Britain’s most successful restoration schemes, offering 16 miles of track sided by beautiful scenery. Trains can be taken from Bridgnorth. Golf packages for families can be arranged. Courses are on the edge of Long Mynd or at Arscott. Gliding from a nearby station. Long Mynd is also great for kite flying. Local falconry and horse riding that we can book for groups of three to six at a venue eight miles from the farm.

Must see

  • Beacon Fell Country Park (6.0 miles)
  • Lancaster Castle (7.9 miles)
  • Forest of Bowland (13.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Cartmel Priory Gatehouse (19.7 miles)
  • Rufford Old Hall (20.8 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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