Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to stay at Boswarthen Farm in Penzance thanks to Feather Down Farms. I must admit that I’ve had my eye on a holiday with Feather Down for a while, I adore glamping with the kids and with locations across Europe it seemed like the perfect idea for us, what could be nicer than spending a few days in the countryside but without the hassle of taking our 101 camping ‘essentials’ with us and with the children getting the chance to experience a bit of life on a real farm. After a lot of ooh-ing and ahhhh-ing we settled on a stay at Boswarthen, a dairy farm near Penzance with views over fields and the sea.
Feather Down describes itself as luxury glamping and it would be hard to disagree. We’ve glamped quite a bit before staying in yurts and bell tents but this was by far the most impressive with three separate bedroom areas, a toilet and a kitchen / dining room area. There’s no electricity in the tents so you’ll want to take some lanterns for the kids but there are also gas lanterns in the dining area as well as lots of candles which make for a really beautiful and relaxed space.
With one good (ish) sleeper and one child who is…not I was pretty concerned about how my two would sleep – a trip to a bell tent a fortnight before had ended in a meltdown come bedtime and my youngest wanting to go home so to put it politely I was a little bit concerned about how this would go. As it turned out I didn’t need to worry, there are three separate sleeping areas so if you have a big family, or kids that would rather not share a room there’s still options!
A favourite with the kids was the cupboard bed, a super snugly sleeping area that opens up onto the living area and to the main bedroom. Even if your kids don’t fancy sleeping there it’s still a lovely place for reading stories together. The main bedroom is comfortable with a double bed and enough room for storage and the other room has bunk beds.
Things to Do at Boswarthen
Although you are welcome to collect eggs from the chicken coop on the farm we decided to rent our own chicken coop for the weekend. I must admit that this was for me as much as it was for the kids as I’ve wanted chickens for ages but the strange layout of our garden makes it practically impossible. The kids named our two Doughnut and Phoebe and they loved feeding them and obsessively checking for eggs. Ours were good layers though as we got two eggs every day which made the best scrambled eggs ever.
As well as the chickens Maddy who runs the farm brings out milk for the kids to feed their lambs with every morning, an experience that my son totally adored. The lambs wandered round the campsite during the day which he thought was amazing, even when they took a little wander into our tent!
As well as the animals Boswarthen farm also has a couple of sandpits for the kids to play in and the wheelbarrows that are there to ferry your bags from the car down to your tent are great fun for riding around in and having races. We took some outdoor games, sticker books and bubbles with us and the kids certainly had enough to keep us all entertained without leaving the farm. We had an enforced day at our tent when my daughter was poorly but my son was happy playing with other kids on the site and just having fun where we were.
Of course no glamping experience is complete in my mind without at least one go at toasting some marshmallows and as well as the huge campfire that hosts Maddy and Adrian make after their weekend Pizza Night’s there’s also barbecues at the tent. Forgot your marshmallows?! Not a problem, the honesty shop on the site has some as well as skewers and other essentials like really, really good ice cream.
Things to do near Boswarthen
Being near Penzance means that there are tons of gorgeous beaches to visit nearby. During the weekend we stayed we had a great day out in St Ives and also visited St Michael’s Mount as well as trying out the arcades in Penzance itself – a throw back to when we used to live in Southend!
All in all we had a brilliant time at Boswarthen Farm, it’s the perfect mix of outdoor fun with a luxury accommodation that couldn’t fail but to appeal to families, I’m certain that we’ll try out more of the Feather Down Farms in the future and that hopefully we’ll make it back to Boswarthen again soon.
Disclaimer – we were guests of Feather Down Farms at Boswarthen (thank you!) all opinions remain our own