Glamping Scotland with Hot Tub
If you and your family are ready to build on your experience of Featherdown Farms and try something a little wilder and a little more luxurious, the ultimate in glamping can be found at Featherdown Country Retreats. Instead of being on farms, Country Retreats encampments are tucked away in the grounds of some of Britain’s best-known and most beautiful country houses. In addition to familiar-looking tents, you’ll have your own hot tub and private shower and a verandah that adds a third to your living space.
Have you ever dreamt of discovering your own secret garden? Fantasy becomes reality at Chesters as you camp out in the woods next to a beautiful two acre walled garden with its own croquet lawn and vegetables that are yours to pick. The garden lies on the banks of the stunning River Teviot and used to provide food for the glorious Grade One listed Georgian mansion – the perfect location for our first Scottish FeatherDown Country Retreat. Chesters Estate consists of eighteen square kilometers of verdant countryside right in the heart of the romantic Scottish Borders. The land was originally bought in 1787 by Thomas Ogilvie on his return from a career in the Indian civil service, shortly after which he had the main manor house built by local architect, William Eliot. The Ogilvie family has lived there virtually uninterrupted since that time until John Henderson (who inherited through his mother – hence the name change) took over the estate on his 30th birthday. He married Ellie, an actress, in 2005 and they were joined a couple of years later by their beautiful daughter Lily. The couple decided to combine their respective skills in advertising and acting to rejuvenate the house and grounds – an ongoing process recently documented by the Channel 4 programme Country House Rescue. They both 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.
The estate itself is full of delightful nooks and crannies and is home to more than 1,000 sheep, 100 cows, roe deer, pheasants, partridges, buzzards, rooks and myriad rabbits. And of course, a run of salmon, sea and brown trout for which you can purchase a reasonably priced day ticket. But it is the old walled garden that acts as the center piece for our encampment, a tranquil hiding place that both time and the modern world have completely passed by. The Country Retreat Tents are all equipped with proper working showers (outdoor) and flushing toilets as well as comfortable mattresses and over 45 squared metres of living space with the private hot tub next to each tent to make sure you enjoy the great outdoors on this remarkable estate in full relaxation.
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.
We have cots, highchairs and fireguards available at each Feather Down Farm.
- Your own private hot tub and shower
- Welcome Hamper
- Campfire Cooking Cart
- Fishing – Enjoy a spot of fishing whilst on the farm. Contact office for further details.
DOGS ARE WELCOME (strictly max 2 per tent), provided they are kept on a lead at all times around the campsite and farmyard. There are date restictions on some farms so please check with the office before booking.
PRICES FROM £480 for a midweek break
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