Feelgood Farm is an 18th century farmhouse and home, comprising an extraordinary ‘community wellness cafe space’ and an amazing boutique hair salon and tattoo studio.
This is not a typical enterprise. We offer clients – for free – a wide variety of fabulous teas, coffees, cake or tiffin or buttered toast of the day, and a calm loving fun atmosphere that is quite unlike any other business.
The Feelgood Farm cafe is in the old milking barn. It is a truly wonderful space, retaining many original features. It’s also comfortably furnished, vintage-style, with a library of excellent books, vinyl LPs and music system, puzzles and games, tables and chairs and a lounge area. There’s a toilet and basic kitchen, and room for groups up to 20-30 people, depending on the activity.
The cafe space is run on a free or donation-only basis, and is staffed by volunteers, notably Jemmah and Rachel, who helped Alan complete the initial set-up of the cafe in September 2017, and who kindly give their time to look after it, and to run some groups for children and adults.
Opening times are generally 1pm-5pm, Tuesdays-Fridays, subject to volunteer availability. We welcome other group leaders and groups of all sorts, and volunteers.
We are not seeking to be a commercial cafe, nor to compete with such ventures… The Feelgood Farm community wellness cafe space is for local groups – adults and supervised children – especially people dealing with emotional or mental difficulties, perhaps due to bereavement, stress, depression, anxiety, or other conditions. The space is also ideal for small social meet-ups, sitting and relaxing, reading, and group activities. We are very open to ideas, so if you want a wonderful quirky authentic space with proper leaf tea and very little matching crockery, then please visit us, or email Alan (email@example.com).
Feelgood Farm is in 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, when it became a family home. It remains with the same family as a home, and business base for Hair by Nelly and Tattoo by Alex. The free work/life education website Businessballs.com was founded by Alan here, and he continues to be based in the farmhouse.
Alan, Nel, Jesse, Alex, Jemmah and Rachel offer a uniquely special place where clients and visitors become very good friends. The care and attention we give is fun, sensitive, caring, and joyful, and we aim to help people feel good, in whatever ways we can. Come see us for a cuppa and a slice of cake.
The hair salon and tattoo studio generally require bookings.
- Hair by Nelly – 07595 462138
- Tattoo by Alex – 07522 628575
- Feelgood Farm enquiries and groups – email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- See the map to Feelgood Farm.
- 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