We are Poplars Farm
Hello. We are a working farm in beautiful, sunny Leicestershire. Since July 2019 we have been welcoming guests to the glorious Big Barn (self-catering holiday let made up of the old stables, loft, grain store and workers' digs. Check it out below, and if you want to book - do!
From May 2020 we will have 3 authentic Sioux tipis going up in the Paddock. Not only are they proper roomy, with king-sized beds (and extra single beds if needed), they come with wood-burning stoves and all the bits and bobs you'll need to eat and drink. There's even a shower room (an old horse box) and compost loos down the path. Check out pictures in our gallery below...
You’ll find us close to friendly market town Melton Mowbray (rural capital of food) and not too far from gorgeous Oakham, but still hidden away in the countryside. If you are looking for peace and quiet, surrounded by little more than green fields and fluffy sheep (and a hot tub), then look no further. Nap in your room, chill by the wood-burning stove or enjoy a cold beer in the courtyard. The dog is more than welcome too.
Poplars Farm has been in our family since 1958, but hasn't been lived in since 1961! The farmhouse and buildings fell into disrepair and once the roof was pinched in 1993 it wasn't long before the whole place was a just a large pile of bricks and rubble. So when my ma and pa decided to bring it back to its former glory, I was overjoyed. (I had pestered them as a child to do it up so we could all move in, but to no avail.)
My family and I moved back here from London in August 2018 and we got straight to work converting the farm buildings. Since finishing the Big Barn, its now onto the old cow shed, which will be an amazing space for parties, weddings, yoga classes etc. Plus we've 3 tipis going up each spring/summer.
This really is a great little area. You don't even have to walk far to find a bar, a cafe, a farm shop or even the infamous milk shed - where you can help yourself to fresh milk and eggs (and I mean fresh) from the neighbouring farm.
the big barn
We champion buying local and most bits in your hamper are sourced from farmers and suppliers within Melton Mowbray and Rutland.
We do have wifi, but please bear in mind where we are - it is not fast!
All guests are welcome to sit and relax in the courtyard. There's a BBQ if you fancy using it (can recommend a great local butcher).
Inside the Den you'll find toys, puzzles, DVDs and arts and crafts bits, so the children are covered even on a rainy day.
Your four-legged friends are welcome, but please be responsible as we are surrounded by grazing sheep and pecking hens.
If you need to relax, there's nothing like sitting in the wood-fired hot tub in the Paddock. Boom!
We have three authentic tipis available from May to October. They are 19ft in diameter, are incredible spacious with king-size beds and the addition of one or two single beds should you need them.
The tents are furnished 'proper' cosy with a wood-burning stove and a welcome hamper filled with locally sourced goodies.
Each has basic cooking facilities and kitchenware, as well as an outdoor seating area and firepit.
Lucky campers will have use of a horsebox-come-shower and compost loo, and plenty of space to swing the cat.
things to do
Here's a selection of places you can visit whilst here. You are more than welcome to stay at Poplars all day, but if you're feeling adventurous...
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Rutland Water - The obvious choice. Rutland Water is absolutely beautiful and there are loads of things you can do there: walking, cycling, fishing, watersports. There's even an aqua park.
Belvoir Castle - Over in the Vale of Belvoir stands this 19th Century Castle, and it really is worth a visit if you like a good castle (who doesn't). You are welcome inside, to walk the gardens and woodland trails and there is the newly opened Engine Yard with lots of posh shops and cafes.
Carnegie Museum - A small but charming museum with lovely interesting exhibits of old Melton and the surrounding villages. Often have activities for children during the holidays and some excellent toilets if the need arises.
Food and Drink
This is where Melton Mowbray and Rutland come into their own. If you like your food and drink then there is lots to keep you happy...
Melton Mowbray Farmers Market - 150 years old and still going strong. See livestock go under the hammer or shop for lots of wonderful local produce from the likes of the Melton Charcuterie; Feast and Furious; Dickinson & Morris (original and best pork pies); and then wash it all down by heading to the 'end shed' and the Round Corner Brewery & tap room.
Brentingby Gin Distillery - Have a taste and treat yourself to a bottle of one of the finest gin's on the market or take a tour of the distillery
Brockleby Pies - Buy a pie or sign up for a pie-making workshop!
Ferneleys Ice cream parlour - A dairy farm that makes its own ice-cream and its delicious! There's also a cafe, an indoor and outdoor play area and a view to die for.
Back to nature
There is a public footpath from here that takes you into Melton Mowbray, but the best local walk in our opinion is at Burrough Hill and the Iron Age Hill Fort.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve - see the wildlife and learn more about habitats around Rutland Water with guided walks/talks.
Stuff for Kids
Twin Lakes - Amusement park in Melton Mowbray. It's not Alton Towers, and the food outlets can be suspicious, but the kids love it.
Rutland Farm Park - A lovely working farm open to the public in Oakham. There's lots for the kids to get involved with, plus there's a tearoom.
National Space Centre - plenty to do here: discover 6 galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the domed planetarium - crammed with space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. Space nerds rejoice.
Where to eat + drink
The Royal Oak - Our local in Great Dalby. Has a terrific and friendly atmosphere, great food, a children's menu, is dog friendly (their own dog Woodford is gorgeous) and has a large garden area.
Eye Kettleby Lakes - Only a short walk away across a field. It has a well stocked bar at the clubhouse open till late (check website as operates seasonal hours) and serves breakfast, lunch and tea everyday of the week.
March House Farm - About a 10 minute walk away. March House has a lovely cafe next to its butchery, deli and farm shop. They serve food from breakfast through till tea and if you order any pork/beef/lamb it's all the farm's own.
The Carrington Arms - Another family friendly pub in Ashby Folville. Big and roomy, open fire and dog friendly. Very relaxed atmosphere and a big choice menu.
Apteekki - 100% cruelty free, plant-based menu with a focus on health, nutrition and well-being. It's delicious. Part of the Melton Wellness House and all things holistic.