There will be no shutting up shop after the final weekend, (“Stew pot” weekend) in October, and preparing for next year’s Easter re-opening of 30 farms. Big difference this year: carrying on in November through to March, and now coming into their own, are the Feather Down Log Cabins unveiled this summer in Hampshire and Somerset. The choice between the two spots should be a nice one to contemplate: an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a National Park.
The Log Cabin of the movies
Days of clear-air visibility, trees like silhouettes, with lengthening shadows giving way to evenings of falling temperatures making campfires a wonderful contrast of hot and cold, let the log cabin come into its own. This perennial hidy-hole fits, snugly close to nature, the cooler autumn then wintertime. A sense of adventure in the outdoors is another part of the log cabin package; the iconic structure, bolthole of movies that also taps into a vein of continuity and experience.
Inside too: the Feather Down 19th century-evoking interiors are present and correct spread over ground floor and mezzanine, a sight to behold, while never showy. Wood creates a delicious heat in there. We have some credit: one of the two locations having planted 11,000 trees before last season. The wood-burning stove finds a new home in the cabin, one that suits it down to the ground.
Close to loved ones in nature
The cabin means adventure but just as much hearth and home as you sit around the oak table to eat the food you all had a hand in (not literally! At least, not all of you). And your extended family? They are Henry & Sammy Sykes with son and daughter, Oliver and Ella; and James and Kate of Warren Farm, with daughters, Hannah and Tom. And their homesteads?
A Midgham Farm autumn and winter stunner!
At Midgham Farm, your log cabin is in the forest, tall trees all around. In the forest, a great advantage of the winter is that wildlife is unobscured now. And what could be more beautiful than a roe deer with dew on its back, visible when otherwise hidden? On the farm, a nice place to start for any child is to just come and help out in the stables, sample the goat play area and cuddle the rabbits. Then again, they may want to climb ropes, move heavy loads with the sandpit diggers, run around the woodland cross country course with the dog -from 1st February only, or even throw axes on the other side of the wood!
Warren Farm’s autumn/winter Feather Down in a nutshell
As for Warren Farm, bring the dog whenever you want! It’s hard to say who would be more impressed by the Mendips AONB you are him/her. This working farm of cows and sheep on conservation land for the National and Somerset Wildlife Trusts continues in full-swing. Guests join in checking and feeding the sheep, goats and chickens but also playing on a great play fort for kids, including two towers, two slides, a crawl-through and three swings, plus two sand pits. The energy for all this has to come from somewhere … a West Country welcome hamper would do the trick!