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Front aspect (set up for a wedding) of Straw Lodge
Living/dining space at Straw Lodge
Living space at Straw Lodge
Kitchen at Straw Lodge
Exterior of building by pig paddocks
Dormitory at Straw Lodge
View from a bunkbed window at Straw Lodge
Private double bedroom (triple sleeper) at Straw Lodge
Private room - single bunks, at Straw Lodge
One of the 2 private shared access showers at Straw Lodge
Accessible wet room / toilet at Straw Lodge
Living/dining space at Straw Lodge
Living space at Straw Lodge
Kitchen at Straw Lodge
Exterior of building by pig paddocks

The Straw Lodge at Fordhall Organic Farm, Shropshire

10 - 31 4 Bed 31 Dining

Eco friendly bunkhouse near Market Drayton sleeping 31 for retreats, educational visits, corporate events and weddings

For educational visits, retreats, youth groups, corporate events and weddings

The Straw Lodge is being offered for educational visits, retreats, youth groups, corporate events and even an exclusive number of weddings. No family breaks.

The Straw Lodge is a unique eco-friendly venue with a difference. A stunning example of traditional craftsmanship and ecological architecture, the building has car tyre foundations, a roundwood frame and walls made from straw bales. Layers of natural clay were plastered onto the straw, pushed into the bales by hand by many valued volunteers, making it one of the largest volunteer-built straw bale buildings in England.

Do not be fooled; despite its traditional construction this stunning building is finished to the highest standards and offers stylish quality modern accommodation, featuring a gorgeous spacious lounge area with log burner and bi-fold doors opening up to stunning views over the fields. This multi-purpose space can be used for events, meetings and workshops as well as just a space to relax or dine. Adjacent is a large kitchen with commercial quality equipment, fully equipped with all crockery, pots, pans and utensils you may need to cook up a feast.

The bedrooms include 2 large dormitories sleeping 10 people in each on adult size bunk beds, with an additional 3 people per dormitory in smaller triple bunks. For group leaders there are 2 further smaller private bedrooms; one with adult size bunk beds and another with a triple sleeper (double bed with single above). The Lodge boasts 2 showers and 4 toilets in a communal area, with a fully accessible bathroom en suite to the double bedroom.

The surrounding landscape offers plenty of inspiration, a place to connect with nature and explore. The Straw Lodge is located on Fordhall Organic Farm, England’s first community-owned farm and one of England’s oldest organic farms. We aim to show that small-scale farming, connected to the local community, offers a viable way of life for generations to come. On site we have Arthur’s Farm Kitchen café, a well-stocked farm shop showcasing the best of Fordhall's own as well as other local produce, and free farm trails to explore taking you to our lovely woodland, ponds and the Tern river.



There is no phone. You do have Fibre WiFi internet access. Mobile reception is good on most major networks.

Disabled Facilities

Ramp to access building. Accessible bedroom with accessible wet room style shower room en suite.

Dog Friendly

No pets permitted.


Commercial grade kitchen including large electric oven/hob, dishwasher, double sinks, fridge/freezer unit.

Dining Room

Large open plan space used as sitting and dining area, feature wooden frame and beams. Seating is on stackable chairs with tressel style tables.

Sitting Room

Large open plan space used as sitting and dining area, feature wooden frame and beams. Tressel style tables with stackable chairs.

TV and Music Facilities

No TV or music facilities.

Games Room

No games room.

Heating and Open Fires

Central heating with a log burner in the living/dining area.


2 dormitory style rooms with bunk beds to sleep 13 in each, 1 private room with one set of single bunk beds, 1 private double room en suite.


Mattress protectors, pillows with pillow protectors and uncovered duvets only supplied. Bed covers can be hired or you can bring your own.


One accessible bathroom en suite to the double room, 4 further shared toilets and 2 private showers are available to share between other bedrooms.

Children's Facilities

High chairs available on request. Children's educational sessions available on request and may be subject to a fee.


Enclosed rear garden area with picnic benches.

Swimming Pool

There is no pool.


Parking for 23 cars outside the property.


Building and site is entirely non-smoking.

Booking Information

For educational visits, retreats, youth groups, corporate events and weddings only (sep terms for weddings).
£50 per night deposit to secure, balance of payment 8 weeks prior to arrival. Security deposit of £300 to new users.
Minimum stay at some peak times. Check in from 5pm, check out at 10am.

Show Availability

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Weekly Price
From £3500
2 Night Weekend
From £1050
3 Night Weekend
From £1575
Midweek per night
From £525


Located on the outskirts of Market Drayton in North Shropshire. We are within 16 miles off the M6 J15, between Stoke-on-Trent and Shrewsbury. Great central England location.

  • Market Drayton (no Sunday services).
  • Shrewbury.
  • Market Drayton.
  • Fordhall Farm Shop (on site).
  • Arthur's Farm Kitchen (on-site Cafe, breakfast and lunches only).
  • Birmingham.

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Planning an Event?

This venue is available for Business Groups and Youth & School Trips

Group discussions
Firelighting challenge

Business Groups

Built by the community for the community, our Straw Lodge provides an inspiring base for people to learn and connect.It also showcases environmentally-friendly and traditional building methods.

Group photo
Learning about the Gloucester Old Spot free-range pigs

Youth & School Trips

A residential visit to Fordhall Organic Farm offers groups the opportunity to immerse themselves into life here at Fordhall, young people can connect with nature and our organic farm environment.

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