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Feather Down Country Retreats (Chesters)

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Each Country Retreat tent is equipped with proper outdoor working showers and flushing toilets as well as comfortable mattresses and over 45 square metres of living space. A delightful private hot tub next to each tent to make sure you enjoy the great outdoors on this remarkable estate in full relaxation.

Have you ever dreamt of discovering your own secret garden? Or stumbling across a hidden foodie paradise? Fantasy becomes reality at Chesters as you camp out in the woods next to a beautiful two acre walled garden, filled with vegetables that are yours to pick and eat. The garden lies on the banks of the stunning River Teviot and used to provide food for the glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion. And as you’ll rapidly come to see, food and drink is a major theme of any stay at Chesters.

The estate is lucky enough to have its own real ale microbrewery and it also owns the local Ancrum Cross Keys pub, which provides incredible food thanks to its Gordon Ramsay trained chef. Take a short boat ride down the river and you’ll discover Born in the Borders, a stunning newly renovated visitor centre, cafe and restaurant set in one of the estate’s old farm steadings and devoted to local produce in all its forms - everything from cashmere to cheese and beer to boutique accessories.

John and Ellie, whose efforts to rejuvenate the house and grounds were recently documented by the Channel 4 programme Country House Rescue, will be your hosts throughout your stay and they are ably assisted by their daughter Lily and son Thomas. They all view their ownership of Chesters as an enormous privilege and intend to do all they can to make sure the estate not only remains viable but can also be shared with as many people as possible - hence the invitation for you to join them.

But Chesters is not just about sating appetites, it’s about firing the imagination. The estate is full of delightful nooks and crannies and is home to sheep, cattle, roe deer, pheasants, partridges, buzzards, rooks and myriad rabbits. A vast tree house is yours to play with too. The river even offers a run of salmon, sea and brown trout for which you need to bring your own fishing equipment, no licence is required and the day ticket to fish costs £10 per person. But it is the old walled garden that acts as the centrepiece for our encampment, a tranquil hiding place that both time and the modern world have completely passed by.

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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.