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Top 5 Farmstay Holidays

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Posted by Lucy Symons at 03:38 on Thursday 24 July 2014

Farmstays are a perfect way to get back to nature and enjoy the solitude of the countryside whilst still being engaged with the land.  Perfect for families with kids (although, honestly, who doesn’t like watching lambs frolic and slipping eggs out from under a feathery chicken bum to fry for their very own breakfast?) a few days in the country, far away from the big smoke, is good for all that ails ya.  Here are our Top Five farmstay holidays, as listed on Greentraveller:

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Bosinver Farm CottagesBosinver Farm Cottages1. Bosinver Farm Cottages, Cornwall
Escape into the country and stay at one of these amazing cottages tucked on a working farm. Farmer Dave will take your kids to feed the animals (or you, if you prefer); pat a sheep, collect eggs from the ducks or chickens or escape the attentions of the pygmy goats. Pony rides, fishing and pond dipping all available. Stroll the nature trails or explore the surrounding woodlands, or visit the rescue hedgehogs in their homes. If the weather isnt all that, then there's a barn dedicated to kids play and a games room, as well as an indoor pool.
Cottages for 4, prices £440-£1845, cottages for 12 £1180-£3800 and everything in between.

2Wheatland Farm, DevonWheatland Farm BalebarnWheatland Farm Balebarn
Unwind amidst Devon’s beautiful countryside, knowing your stay helps protect rare orchids, owls and dormice. Relax in comfortable low-impact lodges, a cottage or a converted barn. Borrow bikes, fish the pond, or explore 21 acres managed for wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for rare flora and fauna – a tour of the land is always enthusiastically given. Grown-ups appreciate the genuine welcome, the peace, and the fabulous surroundings. Children, even the youngest, revel in the space and freedom – it’s what childhood is meant to be. Borrow a bike and explore the local lanes and pubs, catch a bus through the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere reserve, or just relax on the farm – play volleyball, fish, explore, or sit on the veranda with a book or a glass of wine while the buzzards call to you from above. Sigh. Low season prices from £200 per week

Mandinam's Shepherd's HutMandinam's Shepherd's Hut3. Mandinam’s Shepherd Hut, Black Mountains
By the edge of a lake under dappled shade, the Shepherd's Hut is a magical, secluded place with wonderful views overlooking a far-off Iron age fort. Walk up the steps to your balcony where you can look at the stars by night or drink you morning coffee. Everything you need for a cosy break for two is included. Near the lake is a small barbeque where you can cook your supper while you watch the ducks, coots and geese. There are two bikes available if you’d like to borrow them and you might want to indulge in a bit of splashing in the wood-burning hot tub. Just don’t spill your wine. From £100 per night; £600 per week.

4. Little Goonreeve, Truro, CornwallLittle Goonreeve FarmstayLittle Goonreeve Farmstay
Little Goonreeve Farm, located on the Mylor peninsular between Falmouth and Truro in rich farming country with rolling green grazing pasture, has two peaceful 1950’s cottages, situated within the farm’s small-holding. There is a diverse range of livestock which supply pork, beef and eggs to guests and the local community. The on-site meat sales is ideal for teaching children the cycle of food production and the owners are always on hand to show interested guests around. The younger family members can enjoy egg collecting and getting to know the miniature horses (who are off the menu, they will be pleased to hear.  Phew.). Close to the Carrick Roads, one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world, where there is an integrated network of ferries, buses and trains which allows car free travelling. Low season from £322 per week.

Tregoyd Mountain RidersTregoyd Mountain Riders5. Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Powys
Tregoyd Mountain Riders offer horse riding, pony trekking, hacking, riding holidays, lessons, bed & breakfast for horses (and their riders) and livery in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Based in the old family farmhouse in the middle of working stables, you can experience the very best mountain riding Wales has to offer. All ages and abilities are catered for and they are open all year round - a bountiful breakfast is available and sometimes there's supper and a picnic lunch going, too. This is really only for the horse mad – and there’s always something going on: gymkhanas or dressage in the ring or a picnic hack off in to the mountains. This is every pony-mad girl's dream holiday. B&B from £60 for 2; B&B and horse riding from £86; horse B&B from £60; prices per night.

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This article was originally posted by Lucy Symons and has been updated in June 2017.

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