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Why choose a farm holiday?

Hayley 26 August 2016

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of the countryside. A stay on a working farm not only allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but also allows you time to stop and notice the little things. Whether that may be the peaceful sounds of resident farm animals or a tractor rolling over fields in the distance, there is something unequivocally tranquil about working farm holidays.

For families, everything on a farm holiday becomes an adventure. Children can experience farm life first hand by feeding the lambs and helping tend to the animals or set off on a countryside walk to explore the surrounding landscape.

The experience

Experiencing life on a farm is truly unique. As well as being a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with farmyard life in petting corners and horse riding stables, every aspect of farming holds something special. Pick up some delicious farm produce to make a rustic breakfast before setting off into the countryside, and don’t forget to look out for countryside critters such as badgers, pheasants and foxes. In the evening, fall asleep to the distant sounds of farm animals and rustling trees, far away from city life. If you’re lucky, you may hear the calls of a barn owl!

West Nymph Cottages

West Nymph comprises three beautiful converted barns set on working farm in the rugged Dartmoor landscape. With hints of luxury, including a private hot tub and cosy open fire, the barns offer opportunities to spend time with the resident farm animals. Children can help to collect free-range eggs and wander through the open fields!

The countryside

One of the best things about farm holidays is that they offer a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature. With the UK’s remarkable blend of countryside, woodland, mountains and moorland to explore, wherever you decide to spend your farm holiday, it’s worth putting on your walking boots and setting off on an adventure! There are 15 national trails and national parks to explore, so whether you’re seeking a lengthy hike or an afternoon wander, you can find a trail to suit you. Most of our working farm cottages offer walks straight from their doorsteps!

Sugar Loaf Barn

Sugar Loaf Barn farm holidays

Sugar Loaf Barn farm holidays

Sugar Loaf Barn farm holidays

Sugar Loaf Barn farm holidays

Set on the gentle slopes of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, this beautiful barn offers an idyllic rural getaway in the Brecon Beacons. In season, there is the opportunity to help feed newborn lambs, as well as sheep shearing and tractor rides, making Sugar Loaf Barn a delightful farm holiday. Watch the countryside at work and follow the myriad of scenic walking and cycling trails from the doorstep across the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The food

No farm holiday would be complete without sampling some of the fresh, local produce. Luckily for you, many of our working farm cottages offer a unique opportunity to purchase delicious food from straight from the farm. Willow Barn in North Devon offers tasty free-range chicken, duck eggs and other seasonal produce, while in South Devon, The Warren offers guests beautiful freshly baked bread to enjoy with breakfast or lunch.

Farm shops are also scattered throughout the UK, offering award-winning cuts of meat, heavenly cheeses and preserves. Whether you are in England, Wales or Scotland, you’ll never be too far from a cosy local farm shop. Some of our favourites are Bodnant Farm Shop in Wales, Darts Farm in Devon and Kilnford in Scotland.

Moorhouse Farm

Moorhouse Farm can be found in a nature conservation area, with mysterious moorland and rolling fields surrounding the property. Visitors are invited to wander around the farm and help out with the friendly farmyard animals if they wish. Help feed the chickens, collect eggs and meet the farm’s resident pig, Pepper! In the spring, children are most welcome to help with the lambs. There is a selection of bicycles to hire on-site and a barbecue to enjoy in the summer months, making this the perfect family farm getaway.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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