Fordhall Farm Straw Bale Bunkhouse, Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS
Call Marie Gibson on 01630 638696
OverviewFordhall Organic Farm, on the edge of the historic market town of Market Drayton in Shropshire, is England’s first community owned farm. Their newest exciting development is the Straw Bale Bunkhouse which is available for educational residentials, retreats and organised groups. This unique property boasts exceptional environmental credentials and is designed to encourage people to get immersed in nature and enjoy the wonderful landscape. Educational sessions, linked to elements of the National Curriculum, can be booked with the farm discovery team, or you can host your own retreat or event. If you prefer glamping, there are some Shropshire-made Mongolian yurts.
Beds & Rooms:25: 2x10, 1x3, 1x2 + yurts
Open:All year excl. 24 Dec - 1 Jan.
Price per night:From £120 for educational users.
Booking:Please phone or e mail to book. To secure the booking full payment is required 8 weeks prior to arrival unless otherwise agreed in writing by management. Confirmation of the booking will be sent after full payment has been received.
Directions:Within 16 miles of the M6 J15 (follow signs for Shrewsbury A53) and M6 junction 10A then, M54 J3 (Follow signs for Newport A41 then Market Drayton A53). Approximately 40mins from Junction 10A and 25mins from Junction 15. The farm drive is signposted off the A53 between Market Drayton and Tern Hill, it's next to the Muller Dairy factory
Public Transport:Take the buses to or from Shrewsbury or Market Drayton (64 Bus), from Hanley/Newcastle-under-Lyme (164 Bus). If you ask the driver nicely, he will drop you at the farm drive on the A53!
Walks:Long Distance Walks
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Fancy something a bit different?
October 22nd 2020
Try glamping in our Shropshire-made Mongolian yurts at Fordhall Farm. Britain’s first community owned farm on the edge of Market Drayton in Shropshire.
Nestled in their own private slice of our organic farm, our yurts bring you closer to the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The unique design of our two interconnected yurts provides shelter from the elements with a relaxing, cosy atmosphere.
Our yurts are fully equipped for the best glamping experience. Inside one of the yurts is everything you will need for a cosy night’s sleep. There is a comfy double bed and set of bunkbeds. In the other connected yurt is a living area, complete with dining area, seating, large sink and a woodburner.
Just outside on the decked area, you’ll find a gas barbecue, gas hob and gas powered fridge. The outside bathroom contains a compost loo and camping shower. If you’d prefer an electric shower, this is available at certain times of day in the main building.
Family Breaks at Fordhall Organic Farm
August 11th 2020
We have opened our books for family breaks in Autumn 2020 in the Straw Lodge at Fordhall Organic Farm.
This unique property built of straw was completed Spring 2019 and has expectational environmental credentials. Until now it has only been available for educational visits and community groups, but we are opening the space up to visiting families in September this year. Due to coronavirus we are limiting to a maximum of two family bubbles, but they will benefit from a space designed for 25 at great value rates. September is a lovely time to be on our organic farm with the start of the changing of the seasons and all the wonderful changes you start to see in the natural world. Your accommodation is situated with views of the pig paddocks and the rolling meadow with our Angus cattle, a real rural escape. Contact us now and book your family a break with a difference, which helps us to make a difference to others by raising funds for our various community projects. Our site has the ‘Good to Go’ accreditation so you are safe in our hands.
A community-owned farm in Market Drayton puts a smile on the faces during lockdown.
August 1st 2020
The staff at Fordhall Organic Farm donated boxes containing cream teas and pork pies, plus wartime music CDs, lavender pouches, wartime poems, blue, red and white pom poms and a host of other goodies to four nursing homes to help them celebrate VE day.
They also introduced ‘afternoon amble’ activities every Friday. These comprised a relaxing walk, free tea and cake, and a simple craft session and were introduced in response to the increase in anxiety and isolation many felt during lock down. Access to wonderful free green space at the farm is hugely restorative for mental well-being. The hope is that these sessions will build resilience, peace and most importantly help to forge new friendships.