An authentic, proper working farm campsite that ticks all the right boxes.

Part of the hugely successful Feather Down Farms concept, Aller Farm is camping for those who like their creature comforts – rustic decor and outdoor living but with comfy bedding and all mod cons thrown in including a hob, wood burner and coffee grinder. Feather Down takes pride in the details, making sure you always get a jaw-dropping view, the eggs are always ready to be collected from the chicken coop; and fresh bacon and milk is only a larder trip away. This leaves you more time to concentrate on enjoying yourself and making the most of your surroundings. You don't need a tent, as they come pre-erected, fully furnished and look somewhat close to a rural pop up palace. Feather Down use redundant land from farmers, build the tents, and then let the (more authentic) farmers look after you.

Aller Farm is a Devonshire retreat that ticks all the right camping boxes. Firstly it is authentic – a proper working farm with over 150 Friesian cows, so milking time is a pretty impressive thing to witness and take part in. After tucking into a fresh egg breakfast, a good idea is to go for a walk in the surrounding area. The close-by postcard-perfect village has a 17th century pub with good quality nosh on offer, but most find themselves entranced by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's nearby River Cottage.

Our favourite spot

Families, glampers – yes. Tent campers – no. Dogs are allowed outside of school holidays (maximum 2 per tent).

The local area

Devon has countless natural and historic wonders to explore. The Jurassic Coast stretches more than 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset. Swing by Lyme Regis Museum (01297 443370) first, before making your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, armed with your new found knowledge. The county boasts not one but two national parks in both Dartmoor and Exmoor. These are two of England's last great wildernesses and perfect for exploring on foot or bike. If you're feeling lazy, Dartmoor Electric Bicycles (07914184220) can help you cover the former while the 4-wheel-drives of Experience Exmoor (01271 889316) should see to the latter. County capital Exeter makes for a great day out, with plenty of historic intrigue and a vibrant restaurant scene to investigate. Escot (01404 822188), The Donkey Sanctuary (01395 578222), and Ferne Animal Sanctuary (01460 65214) have enough furry friends to keep the kids enterained, while to the south-east, Corfe Castle (01929 481294) and Durdle Door are ready and waiting for those essential Dorset photos.

Best local places to eat and drink

Breakfast hampers can be preordered ready for collection on your arrival. The Farm Honesty Pantry stocks all the essentials needed for your stay including local sausages, burgers, steaks, bacon, bread, butter, cheese, jams, apple juice, homemade casseroles, ice cream, and Emma's legendary brownies. Free-range eggs can be collected from the hen house each morning. Cook your own handmade pizzas in the wood-fired pizza oven, or knock up a stew with Emma's pre-prepared pot – simply hire the pot (filled with the ingredients ready to chop) wood and tripod and while away an hour or two whilst your casserole simmers away. River Cottage Canteen (01297 631715) is a 15 minute drive away in Axminster, while the local village pub, The Tuckers Arms (01404 881342) in Dalwood, is a charming thatched-roof pub just 3 miles away. Hix Oyster & Fish House (01297 446 910) serves up sumptuous seafood and sea views overlooking the harbour at Lyme Regis, while Hive Beach Café (01308 897070) at the stunning Burton Bradstock beach is an equally lovely spot for lunch. If you're really looking to treat yourself, the lavish restaurant at Combe House Hotel (01404 540400) in Honiton is the place to do it.

Why stay with us?

Each tent has a double bed, 'magical cupboard bed', bunk and wood-burning stove. Private bathroom with toilet, hot shower and sink. Fully-equipped kitchen with sink, utensils and cool box. Sofa and dining area. Outside picnic bench, firepit/BBQ.
Guests are entitled to one complimentary net of logs per night, per tent. One additional net of complimentary logs per night for the wood-fired hot tubs. Extra logs can be purchased, outside the pantry. Toys, games, balls and books are stored in the pantry – help yourself! 

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