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Feather Down Country Retreats (Chesters)

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General

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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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

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

Tents for hire

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

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams

Location

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  • Chesters Estate, Roxburghshire Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Scotland, TD8 6PJ
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.4323°N 2.5335°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Jedforest (Scottish Borders): Hotel Coach Stop — 0.1 miles
Ferniehirst: Mill Road End Coach Stop — 1.0 miles
Camptown (Scottish Borders): Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Train stations
Berwick-upon-Tweed Rail Station — 31.3 miles
Ferry ports
Belvedere Ferry Landing — 16.9 miles
Leaplish Ferry Landing — 17.2 miles
Tower Knowe Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 42.5 miles

Directions


From Glasgow and Edinburgh:
If you are travelling from Glasgow, the quickest route is to head to Edinburgh and join the ring road.
From the Edinburgh ring road, travel south on the A68 for about an hour. Four miles before Jedburgh, you will see a turning on the right to Ancrum. Take this and then fork left just as you reach the village. You will pass below the village itself. Continue for approx 1.5 miles (you will pass two farms on your left) and you will come to a lodge with some green gates on your left. This is Chesters. Go down the drive and turn left at the crossroads. This will bring you to the stables where we will greet you.
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From Newcastle:
From the A1, take the A696 to Jedburgh just North of the Tyne Bridge. This road will become the A68. Pass through Jedburgh, cross the River Teviot and after 1 more mile on the A68, you will see a sign to Ancrum on your left. Take this, and then fork left just as you reach the village. You will pass below the village itself.

Continue for approx 1.5 miles (you will pass two farms on your left) and you will come to a lodge with some
green gates on your left. This will bring you to the stables where we will greet you.

From Berwick-upon-Tweed:
From the A1 roundabout just South of the Tweed, take the A698 to first Coldstream, then Kelso and finally Jedburgh. Just before Jedburgh you will come to a junction with the A68. Turn right onto the A68, cross the River Teviot and after one more mile, you will see a sign to Ancrum on your left. Take this, and then fork left just as you reach the village. You will actually pass below the village itself. Continue for approx 1.5 miles (you will pass two farms on your left) and you will come to a lodge with some green gates on your left. This is Chesters. Go down the drive and turn left at the cross roads.

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

Jedburgh is the nearest town for shopping, with a supermarket, a butcher, ironmonger, cafes and pubs.

The Cross Keys at Ancrum is our local pub serving good food and real ales. You can walk there in
approximately 30 minutes and cycle there in 5 minutes. Turn right out of the drive and walk along the road towards
Ancrum Village.

There is an Archery centre on the A698 between Denholm and Hawick (approximately £20 per person).

Horse-riding for experienced riders can be found at Ferniehurst Mill Lodge which is two miles south of Jedburgh on
the A68.

Golf is available locally at Minto Golf Club - the friendliest course and good for beginners and experienced
alike.

If wild-swimming in the river isn't your thing, you can visit the Teviotdale Leisure Centre in Hawick which has a
gym and swimming pool.

Floors Castle in Kelso has a room for everyday of the year and was the main location for Greystoke.

Monteviot Gardens is a short cycle ride from Chesters. It has an arboretum of ancient trees and beautiful
landscaping.

Woodside Nursery and Walled Garden is just after Montenviot and serves fantastic cakes and tea. Admission is free.

There are numerous other attractions in the Borders, ranging from forests and waterfalls to old ruined abbeys
and castles.

The Scottish Borders are surprisingly accessible; from North or South, Edinburgh or Newcastle, a mere hour and a half’s drive should see you at Chesters. The prime attraction of the area is nature, best seen on two feet or two wheels but it’s also an area that has known more than its fair share of man-made history. The Borders bore the brunt of the conflicts with England, to which its many ruins bear witness and you might want to try the Borders Abbey Way, linking the four great ruined abbeys in Kelso, Melrose, Dryburgh and nearby Jedburgh - although we suspect you’ll always be keen to hurry back to your very own secret garden at Chesters.

Must see

  • Cragside House, Gardens and Estate (26.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Cragside (26.4 miles)
  • Wallington (29.8 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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Additional terms

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.

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