Fordhall Farm Yurts is a collection of four cosy and comfortable yurts set on a working organic farm in the Shropshire countryside. It’s a place to reconnect with nature, enjoy the fresh air and the farm animals, and explore the nearby market town of Market Drayton. Each yurt has its own private deck, fire pit and barbecue, as well as access to a shared kitchen, bathroom and lounge area. You can also order delicious home-cooked meals from the farm’s café, or join one of their events or workshops. This is glamping with a difference: a chance to experience life on a community-owned farm that has been in the same family for over 300 years.
What makes Fordhall Farm Yurts stand out is the ethos behind it: this is a farm that is owned by over 8,000 shareholders who have invested in its future and its mission to promote organic and sustainable farming. The farm is also home to rare breeds of livestock, such as Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Longhorn cattle and Shropshire sheep, as well as a variety of wildlife and plants. You can learn more about the farm’s history and vision by visiting the on-site museum, taking a guided tour or browsing the farm shop. You can also get involved in some of the farm activities, such as feeding the animals, collecting eggs or helping out with the gardening.
The yurts are located in a secluded field surrounded by trees and hedgerows, overlooking the rolling hills of Shropshire. The farm itself covers 140 acres of pasture, woodland and wetland, and is crossed by the River Tern. The farm is also part of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape project, which aims to create a network of habitats for wildlife and people. The nearest town is Market Drayton, a historic market town with a weekly street market, independent shops and cafés, and attractions such as the Dorothy Clive Garden and the Hodnet Hall Gardens. The farm is also within easy reach of other places of interest, such as Ironbridge Gorge, Shrewsbury and Chester.
The yurts are spacious and stylish, with wooden floors, colourful rugs and cushions, and cosy beds with feather duvets and pillows. Each yurt has its own theme and décor, inspired by different aspects of the farm: The Pigsty (pink and piggy), The Henhouse (yellow and chickeny), The Cowshed (blue and cowy) and The Shepherds Hut (green and sheepy). The yurts are also equipped with wood-burning stoves, solar-powered lights and USB sockets, and complimentary tea and coffee. The shared facilities are housed in a converted barn, which has a rustic-chic vibe with wooden beams, exposed brick walls and vintage furniture. The barn has a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a lounge area with sofas and books, and two bathrooms with showers.