Part of the hugely successful Feather Down Farms concept, Readyfields 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.
Readyfields sits in the middle of Nottinghamshire's prettiest spot in the picturesque village of Caunton. The farm is set in some of the most beautiful walking country in England, with footpaths starting right on your doorstep. Although Sherwood Forest and its associations with Robin Hood is nearby, there's still plenty to do at the farm, including getting acquainted with all the resident animals. You could explore further afield to White Post Farm Park where you'll see anything from llamas to wallabies. July is a great time to visit, as the owners host their annual puppy and hound show and indulge their guests in a full hog roast with afternoon tea for afters.
Five large safari-style tents onsite. Each tent can sleep up to six (maximum five adults) and has a large, well-equipped living area, flushing toilet, running water, plus a wood-burning stove, fire-pit BBQ and two deck chairs. A reasonably-priced honesty shop sells everything you'd need for your stay, including bread, milk, chutneys and – the ever-favourite camping essential – cans of Pimms. There's a swing and trampoline for kids. Shower block is clean and hot and has electricity points for phone charging/hairdryers.
Dogs – No. Big groups, single-sex groups – By arrangement only, please call 01420 80804 to discuss your requirements.
One of the best ways to explore the local area is by foot. There are plenty of walks nearby – pick up an information leaflet from the shop.
Southwell Minster (01636 812649), known as the Mother Church of Nottinghamshire, is a beautiful Cathedral and Minster Church which dates back to the 12th century. It's also a quaint and beautiful town in its own right, and home to the beloved Bramley apple.
For a taste of bigger city life, Lincoln in under 30 minutes away and is a city that's steeped in history; Lincoln Cathedral is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
Thrill-seekers can head to Go Ape's adventure playground in the heart of Sherwood Forest (08432 497435). Here you can swing from Tarzan ropes and whizz down epic zip wires, or hop onto a Segway and take an adrenalin-fuelled tour of the forest.
Food & Drink
There are two friendly local pubs nearby: the Caunton Beck (01636 636793) and The Plough (01636 636208) at Norwell, which is just three miles down the road. Pick up a delicious ice-cream from the Newfield Dairy (01636 636600); it's handmade in their parlour using fresh cream from their dairy herd. The Hearty Goodfellow (01636 812365) pub in Southwell (between Nottingham and Newark) has an award-winning garden which is great for enjoying one of their fantastic local ales.
PricingPrices from £265 for 4 nights.
Readyfields Farm, Readyfields Farm, Maple Beck Road, Caunton, Newark, Notts NG23 6AS
From the A1:
Exit at North Muskham. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout on to the A6065. At the next mini roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the A616. Follow the a A616 for 4 miles, then turn left towards Maplebeck and Eakring. Follow for ¾ mile, and the farm is on the left – look out for the cream gate.
From the M1:
Exit Leicester junction 21A. Follow the signs for the A46 Newark. At Newark take the A6065 to the mini roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto the A616. Follow the A616 for 4 miles, then turn left towards Maplebeck and Eakring. Follow for ¾ mile, and the farm is on the left – look out for the cream gate.
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