If you want a holiday with a difference - or, indeed, a holiday that makes a difference - have you considered a farmstay? The experience of staying on a real working farm gives you an insight into a different way of life, a way of life which you are helping to maintain, and often there are opportunities to get your hands dirty and help out. WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms offers the chance to help out on a huge range organic farms in the UK, Europe, doing your bit for the environment, enjoying an authentic agricultural experience and eating freshly grown food. There are of course plenty of other farmstay possibilities - some of which offer impressive levels of comfort and even luxury, and Anouk van den Eijnde picks out some of Europe's best farmstays on our blog.
Check out a fantastic selection of green farmstays (reachable by train and ferry) across Europe, from a Cornwall getaway for young families to lovely Tuscan farmhouses and yoga, activities and fine food in South West France.
Weekend / midweek £210 - £525; full week £350 - £1,395
£70-£90 a night
From £225, based on 2 people staying for three nights
Weekend €239, week €399 all year round
7 days Low Season range: £450 for 4-6 people, £950 for 8-10 people. High Season range: £1660 for 4-6 people to £2650 for 8-10 people
High season weekly prices £1200 for largest lodge, £595-498 smaller lodges, £498 cottage. Low season from £200 per week . Short breaks also available.
Price is for house and depends on the number of bedrooms.
£650 per week, Short Breaks £422.50 for the first 3 nights and then £91.00 per night.
Cottage sleeping 2: £280-£445; Cottage sleeping 6 £385-£675
Weekends £300 in Barn 3 bedrooms:week end £400 in 4 bedrooms: weekly £600 for barn: weekly in 4 bedrooms £700: Bed & Breakfast king £80 pp:single £35 :twin £35 pp: double £80pp>
£39.31 to £75.98 per night (plus standing charge of £70.98 to £103.75 per booking). Minimum 2-night stay.
w/end 3 nights or mid-week 4 nights £350 to £450. Per week £400 to £600
£64-£86. Saturday to Saturday only in July and August. Off-season £30-£50 a night, three-night minimum stay.
Weekly prices from £413 - £816 and Short breaks from £302 - £581
£945 - £1,365 per week, £495 - £675 for 3 night weekend break, £600 - £840 4 night mid-week break.
High Season Prices - 2 Pers barn Short breaks £324-£395/Week £572 | 4 Pers barn Short break £465-£536/Week £776 | 6 Pers barn Short break £660-£759/Week £1083
: Cottages for 4, prices £440-£1845, cottages for 12 £1180-£3800 and everything in between.
B&B £80 min 2 nights. Beechenhill Cottage costs £240-£370/short break £290-£420/week. Cottage by Pond costs £300-£600/short break £390-£720/week
The eco barns each sleep a maximum of 4-7 people, and cost between £365 and £1365 per week. Short breaks for up to 4 nights stay are also available, costing from £300.
From £599 for low season short break From £1039 for mid season short break From£1909 for peak season short break Prices for Residence 3 Bed in 2016
Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€ per week
Weekly high season - Pinder £1040, Rainster/Daisybank £867, Hipley £805. Short breaks - P £835, R/DB £695, H £645 Glamping pods £120
The Granite Barn (sleeps 6) £1170- £450. weekends available out of season. The Old Farm Cottage (sleeps 4) £842- £322. Weekends also available.
From £320 Low Season to £495 high season 7 day duration starting Saturdays. Short breaks available Low season
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
Twin/doubles from £95, Suite £110
Rooms from €66.
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
£70 - £80 per room (off-season), £76 - 94 (mid-season), £80 - 98 (high season). Prices include breakfast.
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
Rooms: B&B 55 € per person per night, Dinner B&B 85 € p.p.p.n. (min. 3 nights) Apartments: 680 € per week (ask for shorter and longer stays)
£480 - £615 for 4 nights, £790 - £1025 for 7 nights B&B; £700 - £1650 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available
Cottages per night is 80 euro. 350euro per week and 150 euro for weekend. Bun houses 18 euro per person per night . Private Room 25 euro per person per night. Large Groups 25 and over 20 euro per person for the entire hostel. Children under 4 free children 4 - 12 half price.
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
£100 per night, min 2 nights (bank hols min 3 nights); £600 per week.
High Season (£per Unit) 2/3 Night Breaks - Midweek(£164-£246/£218-£327) Weekend(£229-£344/£284-£426), Weeks(£426-£639) dependant on Unit
£30-£36 per night for bed and breakfast; £86 per night for b&b and horse riding; Horse b&b is from £60 per night.
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
Between £335 and £650 per week epending on yurt and season. Contact directly for short stay prices, only available in low/mid season.
House for week 550 - 1650, cottage from 450 - 800, together 1500 - 2450. Weekend House 800, cottage 250, together from 1000.
Weekends from £405, Midweek from £465, Week from £635
Bryniau Pell wknd £210 extra night £102 wk £420 Nyth y Wennol wknd £230 extra night £115 wk £445
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season
Cottage prices vary. Availablility by the night, week, long weekend, mid week. Please see our website for prices.
Weekly prices Barley Store £235-£370 Corn View £336-£528 Rye Barn £382-£600
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
Latest reviewed accommodation
Great Field Farm
For years Lewana and Malcolm Castle have run a much acclaimed B&B from their 15-hectare biodiverse farm in lovely countryside within easy reach of Canterbury. So they know a thing or two about providing just what guests want. More recently they have developed three eco barns powered by solar panels and heated through ground source heat pumps. Fittings and furnishings have been stylishly devised and there are big windows to enjoy the rural location. Wildlife thrives here – from woodpeckers to badgers. Rooms: three eco barns sleeping six, five and four; plus B&B offered in a separate cottage Prices: weekly rates: smallest barn from £420 (to £799); barn for five from £520 (to £850); and for six from £550 (to £925). B&B from £40 per person
Scaife Hall Farm
Enjoy a stay on a working farm, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The 600-acre Scaife Farm in Washburn Valley has amazing moor views and great walking right on the doorstep. There are three rooms and a guest lounge with log fires and tons of information on the local area. The hearty breakfasts have won awards – with free-range eggs from the farm’s hens naturally, sausage, bacon and black pudding often from home-reared pigs and Heather honey from the farm too, of course.
It's hard to believe that Hen Glyn was once considered derelict. Having been restored using largely sustainable materials, this Grade II listed cottage now effortlessly combines the modern and the traditional, with original 18th century wooden beams and panelling decorating the otherwise contemporary interiors. Sleeping up to 4, this is also easily one of the best accommodations in the region for walkers; the farm has some 230 acres to explore, while countless way-marked routes start right on the doorstep. In the evenings, rest your weary legs in Hen Glyn's heated outdoor hot tub and gaze out over the surrounding hillside.
Potters Hill Farm
Potters Hill Farm, Burford Bed and Breakfast at the heart of our 770 acre family farm, set in peaceful, mature parkland, supporting diverse bird and wildlife, producing wheat, barley, linseed, beans and oilseed rape with a breeding flock of 400 ewes. Prices from £37.55 pppn
Height Top Farm
Set in a peacefully rural location, these one bedroom self-catering cottages have been lovingly renovated from the existing farmhouse. Look out for a wealth of original features, from the fully working Yorkist range to the log burning stove with the original mantel, and the original slop stone sink in the communal boot wash facility. Still a working farm, they choose to work in harmony with the landscape here, managing the hedgerows carefully and using older, traditional methods of hay harvesting which are less intrusive. Guests are free to make use of the farm’s fruit and vegetable garden and there are even three fishing lakes within walking distance if you fancy catching your own supper.
These 4* self-catering cottages sleep 2-8 and are newly converted from traditional Lancashire stone farm buildings and surrounded by 200 acres of beautiful farmland. The cottages sleep from four to eight people, with large open plan kitchen and dining areas, a private patio area and all are centrally heated by an eco-friendly wood pellet boiler. They also have access to a large communal games room with lots of indoor games to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. The Gardner family who run this farm have won awards for their conservation efforts, and it’s a wonderful area for bird watching and wildlife spotting with its wide open skies and far-reaching views.
St Georges Court
St George’s Court is a family home and 20-acre working farm (look out for the pigs and the children’s sheep) in Grantley, just outside Ripon. The five en-suite rooms have a cottagey feel and are set round a courtyard, each with its own front door. Besides all the great local walks and adventures to be had nearby, guests can try a spot of fly fishing in the farm’s lake. The breakfasts are up there with the best and will set you up for the day.
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
Feather Down Camping – Warren Farm
Even those usually averse to sleeping under canvas might be persuaded to bed down for the night at Feather Down Farm. This is camping of a different sort: there’s just the one (huge) tent - no noisy neighbours - which is divided into five 'rooms', with wooden floors, a big family dining table, a cosy log burner and lanterns dotted around. Set high up on a cliffside with sweeping views, you are surrounded by meadows and bleating sheep. There’s an honesty shop with all the essentials and a fire pit outside for marshmallow toasting – it truly is a kids’ paradise. There are bikes to borrow, chickens to adopt for the week (yes, really!), and luxury foodie hampers and veg boxes for your arrival, should you so desire!
Sproxton Hall Cottages
On the long-distance Ebor Way footpath, in the hamlet of Sproxton, these four 18th century holiday cottages, sleeping four or five, make a good base for walkers. As well as the 76-mile long distance path, there are easy walks to the market town of Helmsley, just three miles away or a two-mile amble to Oswaldkirk. When you’re not hiking across hills, you could be relaxing at the picnic table with pastoral views or even helping out with bottle-feeding the farm’s lambs. Dogs are welcome in two of the cottages. From £240 per week.
King John's Barn
King John's Barn is made up of two individual cottages, sleeping from 2-10 people extending an equally warm welcome to families and pets. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with outstanding views, set on the edge of Langley Farm, a former Royal Hunting Lodge for the Wychwood Forest, now a working stock farm. Prices from £395 per week
Stinchcombe Hill House
This stunning Edwardian mansion is nestled on the edge of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course and the Cotswold Way. The owners, Graham and Jane, are lovingly restoring the house to its former glory. Their quirky bed and breakfast offers sausages for breakfast made from pigs fattened on their land plus chicken and ducks eggs from their own poultry. All the preserves are home made along with elderflower cordial and organic soaps. The rain water collected off the Cotwold Stone roof tiles services the bathrooms. Afternoon tea with home made cake is taken either in the reception hall in front of a log fire when it's parky or during the summer, in the garden. The owners also have dogs, pygmy goats, horses and their pet pigs (Bobby is supposed to be a "micro pig" but he forgot to read the manual). The views across the River Severn and beyond will take your breath away. Graham and Jane like to give all their guests a warm welcome and hope they will leave as friends. 5 rooms available from £60 per night
Webbington Farm Holiday Cottages
Deep in cider-making country are these three converted oak-beamed barns, set around a courtyard on a working cattle farm. Sleeping between 4-6 people, each barn has beautiful well-equipped kitchens, pretty quilts on comfy beds, and leather sofas. The owners are committed to the environment and have planted 10,000 trees on the farm, replanted an apple orchard and have installed a reed bed. Keen anglers will appreciate a spot of private fishing (the farm has its own river frontage on the River Axe) and kids will love getting to know the animals on site.
The nearest railway station is Weston Milton. From there, you can arrange a short journey by cab to the cottages. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi. The area is easily accessible by bicycle, with local routes including Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
The Organic Farm Shop
There are lots of different ways to stay on Abbey Home Farm whether you choose a tent, a yurt, the hut, the shepherds hut or the lovely holiday cottage. The shop and cafe are open on Sundays so you can enjoy a homegrown sunday lunch and/or a good browse in the shop as well as long walks on the farm or sightseeing around Cirencester. Bring/come on your own bikes or hire them locally - its not too hilly here! Prices from £12 per night for camping
The nearest train station is Kemble, which is 5 miles from Cirencester.
Bus number 881/855 runs from the station to Cirencester town centre.
Recharge your batteries at Beechenhill Farm, an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Peak District. Two comfortable B&B rooms (one double, one family room) are simply decorated with wonderful views over the lovely garden and grazing sheep beyond. Breakfast, of course, is organic - feast on homemade yoghurt, bread and jam. Sue and Terry are devoted to protecting the environment and are proud of their 'eco-ventures' - you can even hold your eco-wedding here. There's a farm trail to explore, Swedish hot tub to soak in and an art studio. Discover the local area on one of their electric bikes. There are cottages to rent if you prefer to self-cater.
Reviewed by Rhiannon Batten:
"As with her paintings, Sue has the B&B business down to a fine art. For a relaxing weekend in a family-run, farmhouse setting, with access to glorious National Park scenery literally on the doorstep, Beechenhill is hard to beat. Not least because the welcome here is so heartfelt."
>> Read Rhiannon's full review of Beechenhill Farm
Little Shuttlesfield Farm
Tucked away down narrow lanes in the southern Elham Valley, Little Shuttlesfield is a well-converted farm barn on a charming smallholding where Jacob sheep and chickens are raised. With numerous footpaths nearby and with the Sustrans 17 cycle route running past the door, it’s a haven for walkers and cyclists. In summer outdoor facilities are wonderful: there’s a south-facing patio with dining table, a heated swimming pool and you can even lodge a horse in the stables here. Dogs and other animals are also welcome, after prior discussion. Rooms: two bedrooms sleeping four in total Prices: from £380 (to £595 high season) per week
If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to host your conference, workshop or family gathering, then Fernhill Farm might be just the place. The cowsheds on this 160-acre working farm in the Mendips have been converted into an alternative, relaxed venue, with accommodation for up to 55 people in eco-camping barns and Ramshackle Arcs. Super green & earnest, groups from 10-200 catered for. (underfloor heating throughout!). Andrew and Jen are committed to developing the farm into a self-sustaining unit, having installed a self-computerised log boiler, water harvesting, and wetland eco-treatment system which purifies all dirty water without the use of chemicals, which in turn has created new habitats for wildlife species. Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.
Nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads
From there take the Bristol Airport shuttle bus service to Bristol Airport and we are 7 miles from there by taxi
Nearest coach station is Bristol Bus Station
Higher Gills Farm
These two self-catering holiday apartments, Lower Laithe and Granary, have both been tastefully converted from a 200-year-old stable block on Higher Gills Farm, a working cattle and sheep farm run by the Pilkington family. Each apartment is designed with two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and lounge area, and are tastefully decorated with prints and original works by local artists. They also come well stocked with books, local information books and leaflets to help you get your bearings. Located right on the flank of legendary Pendle Hill, you can set out to climb the 577m summit straight from your doorstep.
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.