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

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Unique eco bunkhouse in Shropshire

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. If you prefer glamping, there are some Shropshire-made Mongolian yurts.

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


  • 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 :

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


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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.


Yurt at Fordhall farm

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.

Fordhall farm Straw Bale BUnkhouse

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.

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