Feelgood Farm is a big 18th century farmhouse home and wellbeing/work place, including a community barn cafe, lovely courtyard garden, wonderful outbuildings, all available for use by individuals and groups for donation/free.
The farmhouse and outbuildings are now being reorganised to offer more space for wellness and educational/business incubator initiatives, particularly for people wanting different things than traditional services/education/careers.
Feelgood Farm is very open to partnerships that will bring ethical socially constructive activities into the house and outbuildings.
A bicycle/cycling hub (excuse the pun) is now under development.
Furniture restoration and upcycling (creative reuse, transformation, fixing, etc) is also planned.
We are open to all sorts of other ideas and involvement in anything already happening.
Occasional ‘pop-up’ bereavement cafe events are also planned for the main farmhouse: a peaceful space to talk, listen, be understood, and be among like-minded/feeling souls.
The Feelgood Farm cafe space is in the old milking barn. It’s a truly wonderful place, retaining many original features. The barn is comfortably furnished vintage-style, with a library of excellent books, puzzles and games, tables and chairs and a lounge area. There’s a toilet and basic kitchen, and enough room for groups up to 20-30 people, depending on the activity. The cafe space is available for free or donation.
The main house downstairs is an additional space for gatherings and events, and a few other ideas emerging. There are rooms upstairs available for occasional office use and therapists.
We are not seeking to be a commercial cafe, nor to compete with such ventures, nor do we plan to expand to be very busy. There are plenty of busy options in the modern world. Feelgood Farm is instead founded on mindful and peaceful principles. Space to be human again.
Feelgood Farm is close to the centre of Anstey, 4 miles north-west of Leicester city centre, on the edge of the beautiful countryside of the Charnwood Forest and nearby Bradgate Park. The farmhouse is one Anstey’s oldest buildings. Built in 1767 as Hurd’s Farm, it was a working dairy farm until 1990, becoming a family home in 1991. Feelgood Farm remains with the same owner (Alan Chapman).
The free work/life education website Businessballs.com was founded by Alan Chapman here, and Alan continues to live and work in the farmhouse.
The Festival of Life and Death movement for wellbeing and suicide awareness/prevention was founded at Feelgood Farm in 2017.
From 2009 until 2018 the main farmhouse was home to the fabulous Hair by Nelly boutique hairdressers, and earlier other brilliant young entrepreneur start-up businesses (notably Tattoo by Alex), and several other wellness therapists. Nel moved to her sensational new Hair by Nelly shop at Markfield, enabling Feelgood Farm to develop more ambitiously as community/wellness centre.
Between 2010-2015 the band Rude Angel’s Ploughed Heart album was also mainly written, rehearsed and produced at Feelgood Farm (recordings, mixing/engineering and musical production were at Rick Willson’s studio in Gladstone Street, Anstey), and this album forms much of the back-story for the Festival of Life and Death, and the strengthened and expanding wellness purposes of Feelgood Farm.
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Address and Directions
- From the centre of Anstey, take Bradgate Road, signposted to Newtown Linford. Groby Road is 300 yards on the left. Feelgood Farm is the big square farmhouse on the corner.
- Anstey is a few hundred yards from the A46 and the northern Leicester ring road A563.
- Feelgood Farm, 1 Groby Rd, Anstey, Leics, LE7 7FN