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This B&B or self-catering farm holiday is most definitely for young families - you can only stay at this wonderful 500-year-old working farm if you have at least one child under 5. Expect a relaxing environment for parents, babies and toddlers.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive a basket of the farm's own free range eggs.

Rooms: 3 ensuite family rooms in farmhouse, 2 x 4 bed selfcatering

from £715 for 4 nights, £935 for 7 nights B&B; from £625 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available

Meals: Supper Mon & Fri nights at £26 per adult, Wed BBQ and trailer adventure, Nursery teas Mon-Wed & Fri
Open: From March to end October
Address: Higher Lank Farm, St Breward, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 4NB
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Higher Lank Farm, Cornwall, England

On our working farm we specialise in meeting the needs of parents and children under 10 alike. Whatever the weather, whatever your needs, there is always heaps to see and do both indoors and out. So much, that many of our guests report that their children sleep soundly all night and wake ready to play and help on the farm all over again, each morning of their stay! So why not grab your wellies, and let your children… help feed our animals, collect eggs for breakfast, bottle feed our orphan lambs, groom and ride our ponies, join our tractor and trailer adventure and play in our wonderful farm themed playgrounds. We welcome real nappy users and provide nappy buckets and a free nappy laundry service for guests.

Since 2004, in partnership with the Cornish Real Nappy Campaign, we have been able to offer guests who would like to try real nappies an opportunity to do so. Guests can borrow, free of charge, a selection of real nappies for the duration of their stay with us and we will give advice and help while you are with us, and even wash them free of charge!

You can travel light, because all B&B gusts have the use of: All toys in lounge, dining room and play areas. Our baby kitchen for preparing feeds, sterilising bottles etc, warming bottles, and jars of food. The baby kitchen fridge for storing baby food and grown up drinks!

Your packing checklist – we will provide all the following items:

  • Vast quantities of toys throughout the house, books, games and jigsaw puzzles
  • Radio/cassette players and tapes
  • Televisions with freeview, videos if you wish and hundreds of videos to borrow
  • Baby listening monitors
  • Bath & hand towels, cot bedding, changing mats, bed guards, potties, toddler steps, baby baths, bath toys, night lights
  • Baby bouncy chair, galt baby nest, baby toys
  • Nappy buckets for real nappies, real nappy loan and laundry service
  • Sangenic nappy disposal Anti-bacterial handwash and toddler bath gel
  • Baby carriers, back packs and spare buggies
  • Microwave and fridge for baby feeds.
  • Steam steriliser

Reviewed by Anna Shepard:

"A family-friendly farm adventure that will particularly appeal to children who don’t live in the countryside and for whom a working farm is a fascinating concept."

Read Anna Shepard's full review of Higher Lank Farm


Why is this a greener holiday? 

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest station is Bodmin Parkway and the owners are happy to collect guests at the station with prior arrangement. Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business. The roof is insulated with wool. The owners use refillable dispensers for toiletries to cut excess packaging. They also support local food suppliers to minimise food miles.

Since March 2013 all heating and hot water are provided by a new biomass boiler that will burn wood from the owner's woodlands.  This is used to heat the endless pool, where Lucy is now teaching and coaching swimmers. This is a particularly good way of training open water swimmers and triathletes as well as helping improve stroke techniques. Lucy has been teaching swimming for the last 30 years and has started doing lots of sessions with the guests this year and it has been such a cracking success, they have decided to develop this.

HIgher Lank Farm specialise in holidays for families with children under 10. All guests are offered to chance to join the welcome tractor and trailer ride to see the herd of beef bullocks on the farm. After this, a homemade Cornish high tea is provided for the delectation of all the family in the farmhouse. Lucy cooks this from scratch every Saturday using HIgher Lank sausage meat from the pigs, their own eggs and of course local clotted cream and jam. 

Top Eco Features at Higher Lank Farm

  • Roof insulated with wool

  • Supports local food with little transportation

  • Happy to pick up guests from the station

  • Uses refillable dispensers for toiletries to cut excess packaging

  • Washes towels every other day to reduce energy



Higher Lank Farm, Cornwall, England
Nearest train station: Bodmin Parkway

Directions from station:
At T-junction turn left onto the A38. At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A38. At next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A38. Branch left, then merge onto the A30After 4.9 miles turn left to St Breward. Follow the road across the Moor through Bradford. Take next right to St Breward. Follow the road over a hump bridge to a crossroads. At crossroads turn left, follow road (passing St Breward FC) to Give Way sign. Go over road and down farm lane opposite and you have arrived!

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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