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Having spent the last year researching and writing a book about how and why to turf modern children off the sofa and into nature, I’m easily electricity and magnetism connect to form sold. Since that research included transplanting my urban family of four – including Johnny, five, and Frida, two – to an eco community in Somerset where use of the one shared bath involved wielding an axe before stoking a fire for three hours to produce hot water in any quantity, I’m also thrilled that Feather Down’s version of “honest rural life” is significantly sanitised.

Feather Down’s rural dwellings gas oil ratio formula consist, most commonly, of luxury tents or “canvas lodges” that typically sleep up to six. Sure, there’s no electricity – so no opportunity to plug your iPad in and every opportunity to remember what it’s like to sit down and have a conversation with your family. There are, however, solid wooden floors, flushing loos, wood burners for heating and cooking and candles and lanterns for light, plus cute kitchen equipment, proper grade 9 electricity module beds and crisp bed linen. Communal hot showers are located near the farmhouses (no axe-wielding required) but you can upgrade to a VIP model, the “canvas frills lodge”, that has its own shower, or another that includes an honest rural hot tub.

During colder months, however, some Feather Down farms offer log cabins, and it is to one of these that we have driven, in the dead of night. Midgham Farm is run by the unswervingly capable and kind Henry and Sammy Sykes. The woodland in which our cabin sits has been in their family since 1790, Sammy explains, as she lights some candles for us and its interior is revealed. It is gorgeous. We have an oak dining table, above which hang two candle-heavy chandeliers. Shelves are made from vintage stacked crates, beds laid with fluffy duvets. There’s even a vintage electricity and magnetism worksheets 5th grade coffee grinder on the wall. It is beautifully staged to look quirkily individual, though all these cabins, across their various locations, are virtually identical inside. The overall effect channels more the set of Little House on the Prairie, rather than, say, the Great Depression in rural electricity invented in homes Virginia.

Every morning, you can – charmingly and thrillingly for our children – collect free eggs from the chicken coop. When your starter supply of wood, candles and lamp oil runs out, however, you are expected to pay for more from the honesty shop, (where you can also stock up on essentials). Since a weekend here costs roughly the same as one in a rural boutique hotel, my husband and I question how we would feel if said hotel quoted us a price for the room, then charged us extra every time we turned on the lights or the heating.

So we smirk – gently electricity images cartoon and knowingly – as we light the candles in our chandelier, stoke our stove and o goshi make a beef and apricot stew (Ottolenghi, since you ask) in our red enamel pan with matching ladle, before pulling a cold bottle of wine from a fridge crafted (rather cleverly) from a heavy trunk filled with frozen hot water bottles. And of course, within 30 minutes of arriving, we’re suckered in. It’s gorgeous.

The sky is so dark out here, free from electric light. We play our favourite game of anarchic stargazing (finding and naming our own imaginary constellations electricity videos for students), then attempt our first-ever family session of charades. The children love carrying the (yep, red enamel) gas lamp through the gloom before closing themselves inside their bunk bed, housed inside a little cupboard with wooden doors.

The next morning, they pull waterproofs over their pyjamas and run outside into the trees, building dens before breakfast. They watch for deer between trees and then hunt for prints in the mud (five points for genuine electricity jeopardy game, like horse, 10 for “inventive”, like Gruffalo). After a coffee (thank you, vintage bean grinder) we all walk down the wooded hillside and play pooh sticks in the stream at its bottom.

We splash in puddles, climb trees, float little leaf boats on big puddles. Back on the farm, the kids hurl themselves at the rope swings, into the sand pit and over the tractor that has been retired to the play area. They try to talk to the goats, play with the electricity balloon experiment rabbits and brush the horses in the stud farm. No one small asks for television, no one big checks email.

So perhaps it’s not so crazy that Feather Down are charging a premium to deprive us of modern comforts. Nature really does have a profoundly therapeutic effect on kids. Travelling up and down the country and across the world while researching my book, I spoke to psychologists and scientists, social workers, teachers, doctors and parents who all attested to its power.

Hattie Garlick and her family were guests of Feather Down. A three-night, Friday to Monday stay in a Feather Down log cabin on Midgham Farm starts at £495. Log cabins sleep up to six people (5 adults and zyklon b gas canister for sale 1 child maximum). Garlick’s book Born to be Wild has hundreds of free nature activities for families and is published by Bloomsbury (£16.99)