Fordhall Farm Straw Bale Bunkhouse, Tern Hill Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3PS

Call Marie Gibson on 01630 638696


Fordhall 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. A 6 berth yurt is also available.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Central England and Shropshire and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    25: 2x10, 1x3, 1x2 + yurt
  • Open:

    All year excl. 25 Dec - 1 Jan.
  • Price per night:

    From £100 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 Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is available only to groups and is an 'Eco Hostel'. It is on the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the map of accommodation for school groups, the Luxury Barn page, the Wedding Venue page and the ideal for retreats page.


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
wGroups Only


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Eco-friendly Shropshire bunkhouse wins praise from sustainable building architect Charlie Luxton, of TV’s Building the Dream

December 5th 2019

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton, presenter of Channel 4’s Building the Dream, is urging people to book a stay in Fordhall Farm’s The Straw Lodge, set in the rolling Shropshire countryside.

The TV star, known for his support of environmental issues, was impressed by the building’s green credentials when he officially opened The Straw Lodge earlier this year. He said: “I really can’t recommend enough coming up here and staying in The Straw Lodge and experiencing it first-hand. The subtle sense you get when you’re in a low impact building is incredible. They are far nicer spaces to be in, better places to live in, healthier and more enjoyable.”
The Straw Lodge is located at Fordhall Farm, England’s first community-owned farm, which also has a farm shop, tearoom and is surrounded by beautiful countryside to explore.


Stay in a brand new straw bale bunkhouse on an organic community run farm

August 28th 2019

Stay at Fordhall Farm Straw Bale Bunkhouse on the edge of Market Drayton in Shropshire and immerse yourself in nature and the wonderful landscape.

Visit the eco renovation of the old farm dairy, now the onsite farm shop and cafe. Try out the composting loos. Explore the biodiversity of one of the longest standing organic farms in the country on the farm trails.  There is  so much to interest all ages and generations.  Come to Fordhall to relax, experience and learn.

group at Fordhall organic Farm

Inspirational school residentials.

August 23rd 2019

Stay in a straw bale bunkhouse on an organic community run farm in Shropshire. Experience many aspects of the National Curriculum first hand.

Fordhall Farm on the edge of Market Drayton  offers stimulating educational experiences for groups of all ages. The Discovery  Team will bring to life many areas of the National Curriculum, including Science, PSHE, Geography, History, English, Art and Citizenship. Alternatively you can lead your own learning.

The many topics covered include:

Community land ownership
Pig rearing
Organic farming principals – even a bit of Foggage!
Habitat studies – streams, woodlands, wetlands, rivers, grasslands and hedgerow
Organic sheep and cow production
Free range chicken production
Ring and Bailey Castle studies
Local history – Fordhall was one of England’s first commercial yoghurt producers
Geographical river studies
Land use and woodland management
Food miles and local food production (in conjunction with a visit to our farm shop)
Mini-beast studies
Arts and creative crafts

The group facilities are improving constantly. There is a dry classroom and a brand new human pig-arc for indoor activities, a forest school area, a picnic area and of course, access to the fields, meadows and woodlands. Coach parking is available and there is a thought provoking compost loo (in addition to conventional toilets).

Get in contact to discuss your requirements, for support in planning and to make your booking.


school group at Fordhall organic Farm
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