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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.

West Cottage

Treshnish & Haunn Cottages, Isle of Mull, Scotland

8 award winning renovated stone cottages with wood burning stoves and luxurious bedrooms overlooking the open fields of a working farm managed for wildlife and ecology and the sea. Peaceful and relaxing with spectacular coastal walks.
Cottage from £320

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Squash Court B&B

Squash Court B&B, Lansdown, Cotswolds

Two rooms at this lovely deeply green B&B, which has wonderful views towards the Mendip Hills & Wales. Stunning walks on doorstep: Cotswold Way, unique ancient woodlands, and a yet only a few miles from Bath. Freshly baked biscuits/ cakes on arrival.
2 rooms B&B

Prices are from £95, including breakfast

Hunting Hall

Hunting Hall, Northumberland, England

A small family farm near Holy Island, managed with a passion for the environment. There are two award winning, green, self-catering cottages, and a farm trail to help guests explore the beautiful countryside of North Northumberland.
2 cottages, each sleeping four people.

Prices from £297

Hidcote Manor (Country Retreat)

Hidcote Manor, Chipping Campden The Cotswolds

Lovers of the AONB Cotswolds will find the Hidcote Manor irresistible. The farm's tents are a stone’s throw from the honey-coloured limestone hamlet clustered around gorgeous National Trust gardens, described by some as the finest in England.
2 Canvas Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £269

Redgate Smithy B&B, Cornwall, England

A lovely B&B surrounded by glorious garden brimming with wildlife. Beamed bedrooms, friendly owners, and lots of places to eat nearby. Start your day with a Full Cornish breakfast, with lots of local produce.
3: 2 doubles, 1 single

From £83 for two; singles £65

Newlands Hall exterior

Newlands Hall, County Durham, England

This cosy and welcoming farmhouse B&B is set on a working farm in the North Pennines, surrounded by spectacular views. With several available stables, this is the perfect place for those looking to explore the area by hoof.
2: 1 double/twin, 1 triple

£75-80

Gorgeous location in West Wales, perfect place to relax

Pant y March, Feather Down Farm, West Wales

Ideally located within the Snowdonia National Park and boasting unrivaled views out over Lake Bala, Pant y March Farm offers countless walking opportunities through the Welsh countryside, a Farm Tour for children and lambing in the Spring.
Room for up to 6: 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 cupboard bed

prices from £419

Brockloch bothy exterior view

Brockloch Bothy, Dumfries & Galloway

The Bothy, a luxury boutique cottage, complete with sincere eco-credentials including sheep wool insulation, earthborn paint, solar panels, is made entirely with sustainable timber, and recently featured on George Clarke's amazing spaces on Channel 4
1 double

from £350 for a Monday to Friday stay or £350 Friday to Monday stay

The entrance to Balliefurth Farm, where Tigh-Na-Coille is located

Tigh-Na-Coille, Cairngorms, Scotland

With such an abundance of birds and wildlife, it can be easy to forget that this is a working farm and not a nature reserve. Sleeping six, the well-equipped cottage will welcome you home after a day of walking, fishing, golf or maybe whisky-tasting.
Cottage sleeps 6 (1 double room & 2 twin rooms)

From £350 per week

Taigh Foise

Taigh Foise, Kintra, Isle of Mull, Scotland

A working croft on the Isle of Mull where you can buy home-produced seasonal fruit and veg to go with the organic reared meats and eggs, whilst luxuriating in your own private garden or enjoying the views from the open plan living area.
Sleeps 10: 2 s/king/twin + single, 1 s/king/twin, 1 twin

from £420 to £940 per week; short breaks from £60 per night

Old Farm

Old Farm, Dorn, The Cotswolds

Old Farm is a family run B&B with 3 bedrooms, based in a farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, with a small campsite and farm shop, perfect for a family holiday in the beautiful walker's paradise of Cotswolds.
3 double rooms (one with four poster), all en suite

From £60 a night.

The tranquil converted dairy in Wales

The Old Dairy, Pembrokeshire, Wales

A traditional welsh farm courtyard in 150 acres of organic farmland and ancient woodland, serving locally sourced breakfasts. Refurbished in 2011 with underfloor heating from an air source heat pump, 11KW wind turbine and solar panels.
2 double and 1 twin

Self catering 2 -4 persons £290 - £590/week. B & B - £75 per room (2 persons per room)

Thistledown Campsite

Thistledown Campsite, Nympsfield, The Cotswolds

Thistledown Campsite offers more than just a beautiful spot to pitch a tent. Footpaths wind their way through 70 acres of ancient meadow and woodland; past streams, woodland ponds, Roman troughs, animal paddocks, picnic spots and land art.
Tent pitches are limited - booking required

From as little as £12 a night if you arrive by public transport

A beautiful patio area to make the most of the weather and scenery

Coombe Farm & Woodlands Trust, Devon

Nestled in organic farmland and mixed woodland in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside, Coombe is a charming, grade 2* listed, 16-17th century cob and thatch farmhouse in a sheltered valley offering a unique, wonderful holiday environment.
8 Bedrooms - varying configurations (zip-lock mattresses)

Min 14 people for 3 nights £1,050; Max 20 people for 3 nights; Max in farmhouse 16 and Annex 2-6 people (total 20-22).

Great Glen Holidays, Chalet

Great Glen Holidays, Highlands, Scotland

Situated on Torlundy Farm in the footthills of Ben Nevis these 8 timber chalets and 2 lodges have spectacular mountain views from a quiet wooded site. An ideal base for a family activity holiday with walks, mountain biking, fly fishing & riding.
8, 2 bedroom chalets; 2 lodges sleeping 6-8

£320 - £1500 per week (Chalets, Lodges)

Swallow's Nest sitting room

Higher Menadew Farm Cottages, Cornwall, England

Seven superb holiday cottages set in the Cornish countryside with fabulous facilities including indoor heated swimming pool. Ideally located for all Cornwall's attractions including beaches and gardens. Perfect for families and couples.
7 cottages: 2 x 1 dbl, 2 twin; 4 x 1 dbl,1 twin; 1 dbl

from £238

The Studio

The Studio, Old Country Farm, Herefordshire, England

A 'green-oak' house (with impressive eco features) among Herefordshire cider orchards, with a double bedroom and a sofa-bed. Nearby are plenty of lovely walks in the rolling farmland of the Malvern Hills. Stunning.
sleeps 2-4

Prices range from £150 for two nights for two, and £300 for a week

Blackadon Barn Holiday Cottages, Dartmoor, England

Blackadon Farm is a fine example of a South Devon farm, its courtyard constructed of Dartmoor granite and surrounded by four acres of grounds. All of the six converted self-catering cottages offer comfortable family-friendly accommodation.
Cottages sleep 2 to 24 people in a range of rooms.

Cottages sleeping 2-3/17-19 from £252/£999 per week. Check website for details.

Moor Farm

Moor Farm, Gloucester

Moor Farm, based on the Severn Estuary outside Gloucester, has a century-old traditional orchard and herd of rare Gloucester cattle feeding on the fertile grass of the floodplain. A farm stay with walking and cycling opportunities. Dogs welcome.
Canvas Lodges each sleep up to 6.

From £269

Highway Farm, Dorset, England

This cosy cottage and B&B are run by an enthusiastic and knowledgable couple and offer easy access to the South West Coast Path and several beaches, as well as lovely views. The perfect place for a peaceful retreat.
Four B&B rooms; cottage sleeps 4 plus one cot.

From £80 for two B&B; cottage from £225 for 3 nights.

Bradley Burn Cottages, North Pennies, England

Situated amidst the wild moors above Wolsingham, in an area of real rural beauty, these cosy holiday cottages sleep between two and six people. Fantastic for families or couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. Also offers a caravan park.
4 cottages sleeping between 2 & 6; Numerous caravan pitches

6 bed cottage from £85-£180 per night; 2 bed cottage from £60-£80 per night; 2/3 bed cottage from £70-£85 per night

The beautiful garden

Le Coq à l'Âne, Normandy, France

There’s more donkey than chicken evident at this old family farmhouse, thoughtfully restored using a mix of traditional and modern eco-friendly methods and materials. The Âne in question is on hand to lug your picnic on a hike!
2 doubles

€55 for 2

Nethergill Farm

Nethergill Farm, Yorkshire Dales, England

Stay in two spacious haylofts Hay Mew and Byre (both sleep 4), with en-suite bathrooms for self-catering holidays at Nethergill eco-Farm. Enjoy the complete peace and tranquillity of this 400 acre hill farm with art studio in the Yorkshire Dales
1 double and 1 twin in each Hayloft

From £300 - £650 for 7 nights in Self Catering Haylofts

Gambledown (Country Retreat)

Gambledown, Salisbury, Hampshire

Gambledown has two canvas lodges on their cattle farm beside the New Forest positioned at the top of a field, and looking out over open views of the farm, the Hampshire Downs to the east, and the Wiltshire plains to the west. Great walking country.
2 Canvas Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £449

Lovaton Farmhouse, Dartmoor, England

Situated on the moor’s northern edge, Lovaton is a beautiful 18th-century farmhouse carefully renovated to provide comfortable, contemporary accommodation in a stunning location. With a huge garden and 15-acre wood, this is a great rural getaway.
2: 1 Double Room, 1 Family Room.

Double room £75 per night, £50 for single occupancy; Family room £115 per night. Discount for 5 nights or more.

Pen-y-banc

Penybanc Farmhouse, Ceridwen, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Two comfy B&B rooms available in the farmhouse of this wonderful family run Welsh organic farm. Amazing views and star gazing and a warm welcome await you here in North Carmarthenshire. Perfect wedding venue or take part in one of their courses.
2 b&b rooms

from £40 per night b&b

Treganhoe Farm

Treganhoe Farm, Penzance, Cornwall

Treganhoe Farm in the Cornwall AONB has been in the James family for three generations, and is now run as a dairy farm with pigs and sheep. Visit the beach, famous Land’s End and "The Drift" reservoir, a lovely bird reserve and fly fishing spot.
3 rooms in each tent sleeping 5-6

From £435 per week

Double bedroom at Midlist Farm B&B

Midlist Farm Bed and Breakfast, Holywell, Wales

On your doorstep is the Halkyn Mountain, a 2,000 acre open access moorland with an Iron Age hill fort. Walkers, cyclists and horse-riders welcome (includes stabling for horses and secure storage for bikes).
1 double, 1 family room. Static caravan for 6 also available

Double from £60

Walkers Farm Cottages, Somerset, England

Not only are you slap bang in the Somerset Levels - paradise for birdwatching and horseriding - but you've got four RSPB reserves and four Wildlife Trusts within touching distance.
Each of the 4 cottages have 2 bedrooms

Lowertown Farm, Dartmoor, England

The quintessential Dartmoor farm, Lowertown is complete with a flickering woodburner, horses across the yard and hens scratching around the garden. Comfortable rooms and a beautiful secluded location make this the perfect rural getaway.
3: 1 Family Room, 1 Double Room, 1 Twin Room

1-2 nights for £26 per person per night; 3+ nights for £24 per person; single occupancy £33 per night; babies under 2 free.

Waterend Farm, The Cotswolds

Waterend Farm offers bed and breakfast accommodation in one of five, traditionally furnished en-suite farmhouse bedrooms.

Prices from £37.50

Exterior view of Carrog Farm Cottages

Carrog Farm Cottages, Pwllheli, Wales

Formerly a milking parlour, cowshed and stables, these spacious cottages are situated on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula. From Nintendo Wii's to scenic coastal walks this peaceful sanctuary is ideal for families.
3 cottages, sleeps 2 - 18

From £280 per week

Church Farm Country Cottages

Church Farm Country Cottages, Bradford, Cotswolds

Church Farm Country Cottages are 12, 4* cottages, tastefully converted cow byres and barns sporting vaulted ceilings and exposed beams sharing an indoor pool in The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for families and walkers
from 1-5 bedrooms per cottage

8 cottages available from £215

Aerial view of the properties

Bluebell Croft, West Highlands, Scotland

Luxurious hot-tub with stunning mountain views in this 5 Star, superbly equipped, self-catering properties in the Highlands of Scotland. Category 1 disabled access downstairs, many walks & activities from the door and shop nearby.
3 double, 3 either twin or Super KS, 1 room has bunk beds

Whole House £1,500- £2,700. Honeysuckle House £1,200-£1,650. Rose Cottage £600-£800

Solway View Wigwams - Bring your boots

Solway View Holidays, Kirkcudbright, Scotland

A lovely campsite nestled on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, with eco wigwams and eco pods near the pretty little town of Kirkcudbright.
5 Large Wigwams

£37pn Big Chief Wigwam (inc 2 adult) and £42pn Running Water Wigwam (inc 2 adult). Extra: Adult £6pn, Infant (0-3) £foc & Child (4-16) £4pn

La Vielle Abbaye

La Vielle Abbaye, Normandy, France

A 17th-century farmhouse on a working dairy farm provides a wonderfully luxurious base for a family holiday in the Suisse Normande. Kids love the huge outdoor play area, indoor play barn and pet paddock with horses, ponies, sheep and cats.
B&B: 2 doubles. 1 gîte for 8

from €495

Little Owl Barn and Curlew Cottage, Peak District, UK

Two beautifully converted traditional stone barns, each sleeping 2 people, on a farm managed for wildlife.
2 barns, each sleeping 2
Gilliflower Yurt, Cotna Eco Retreat

Cotna Eco Retreat, Cornwall, UK

Cotna is a beautiful organic smallholding near the coast in Cornwall. A magical glamping site with 3 yurts, strawbale barn & shepherd’s hut. Delicious organic food available and courses on foraging & cooking, sourdough bread & no-dig gardening.
3 yurts (2-4), Barn (2-4) Shepherds Hut (2)

£200 - £250 for 3 nights weekend / 4 nights midweek; £450 - £550 per week high season. Shepherd's hut £50 per night.

Wambrook Farm

Wambrook Farm, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Wambrook Farm is based around a listed mid 1800s farmhouse in a village on the Devon Somerset border. Complete with animals and hot tubs, an honesty shop and a lovely garden to explore or play badminton. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
Each tent sleeps 5-6

From £435 per week

Exterior view of Organig Parc

Organig Parc, Carnguwch, Wales

These old stone stables have been renovated using local materials to transform them into charming holiday cottages. With breathtaking views of the mountains, river and Cardigan Bay in the distance, this is the perfect retreat to unwind.
4 cottages, sleeps from 4 - 6 people

From £495 for a week stay

Fernyford Barn, Peak District, UK

Recently converted to the highest of standards, this self-catering accommodation is surrounded by a family-run working Upland stock farm with Swaledale sheep and Belted Galloway cattle, with land managed in an environmentally sensitive way.
2: sleeps 4 in total

See website for details

Luxury yurt camping in The Peak District

Long Valley Yurts - The Peak District, Derbyshire

A truly magical 'glamping' experience in The Peak District offering back-to-nature living without compromising on comfort. There are comfy beds, warm duvets, cosy wood burning stoves and solar lighting.
Four yurts on site which can sleep up to 5

Yurts - Mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, Weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, Full week (Fri- Fri, or Mon - Mon) £490

Kirkennan Lodge sits on its own in a large garden.

Kirkennan Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Choose from 3 characterful cottages set on a small, organic Scottish Estate in a scenic coastal area bulging with birds & other wildlife; enjoy the woodland, riverside, Victorian walled & landscaped gardens - or just dog walk for miles from the door.
from 2 to 4 (sleep 5, 5 and 7), depending on the cottage.

Weekly cost: Lodge £310-£900: Mews £260-£640; Woodsedge £280-£715

camp in a lovely field

Ling's Meadow, Suffolk, England

A small, relaxed eco campsite with six tent pitches, two furnished bell tents, a restored Norfolk shepherd's hut, and a locally made living van situated on a family farm. All hidden among the tall grass of a 4 acre natural meadow. Free bike hire!
2 bell tents, 1 van (5per), 1 hut (2per), 6 pitches (5per)

bell tents £80, shepherds hut £70, living van £90, pitches £20

Glan LLyn outside dining table

Glan LLyn, Mold, North Wales

A boutique farm stay and self-catering accommodations in the Clwydian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Idyllic rural location that's great for outdoor enthusiasts and families.
2 double,1 twin/double, 2 double/twin rooms cottage

Double/twin room: £59 during the week, £64 Friday and Saturday, cottage from £120

Hendy Farm, Dyfi Biosphere, UK

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.
5 cottages (sleep from 2 to 6 people) and 3 B&B rooms
Drumlin Lane from our Vegetable Garden

Drumlin Lane, County Down, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish self catering cottages located in the rolling hills of the County Down countryside only 3 miles from the historic village of Hillsborough. Panoramic views, vegetable garden, trampoline, table tennis and pool tables.
Two and three bedroom accommodation. Doubles, twin & bunk.

Prices from £475/week for 2 people during high season.

Wrostler's Barn, compost toilet and campfire.

Wrostler's Barn, Cumbria, UK

Beautiful, off-grid camping barn in ancient woodland, very close to Coniston Water. A fantastic eco-holiday retreat, remote and secluded but just a one minute walk through the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) woods to the lakeside.
There are two separate sleeping spaces, 12 single mattreses.

from £250

Broadgate Farm, Lancashire, England

This 4* B&B and caravan site is set in 300 acres of glorious farmland, managed by the Clark family who have been farming here for four generations since 1923. There are two spacious bedrooms available for B&B.
2: 1 double, 1 twin

£70; small dogs £10 per night

Fernhill Farms

Fernhill Farm, Mendip Hills

Fernhill Farm, a herd of cowsheds on a 160-acre working farm in the Mendips, converted into an alternative, relaxed accommodation for up to 55 people in eco-camping barns and Ramshackle Arcs. Super green & earnest, groups from 10-200 catered for.
40 bunk beds, cottages sleeping 8-10, camping

Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.

Exterior view of an Ecodome

Ecodomes, Pwllheli, Wales

These Eden Project-like domes nestled on a small sheep farm near Snowdonia and Abersoch take the term 'glamping' to a new level. With wood-burning stoves and double beds inside, these futuristic tents are ideal for a luxurious family camping holiday.
3 Ecodomes

From £70 per night

Latest reviewed accommodation

The beautiful Coach House retains its historic character. Photo © Catherine Mack
£70 per night based on 2 sharing

"This really is a room with a view. Wake up in the morning and open the front door of this restored stone farm building, and you look straight out over the undulating valleys of Carmarthenshire's Towy Valley."

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