Farm Stay UK Unveils New ‘Tractor Factor’ Collection14/11/2016
Farm Stay UK Unveils New ‘Tractor Factor’ Collection
the best places for kids and adults to have a real life ‘tractor ted’ experience
A nod to the unquestionable passion that kids of all ages have for tractors, Farm Stay UK has launched a new collection of UK farm breaks which all feature some sort of ‘tractor’ experience. Children, and in many cases adults, can get hands on with this vital farmyard vehicle in farms across the country with something for all age groups including impressive vintage collections to marvel at, adult tractor driving experiences and kids ‘climb on board’ sessions. In addition, watch and learn how tractors, balers, and combines operate on the farm, whilst staying in quaint cottages and countryside B&Bs amidst stunning locations suitable for both couples and families. Highlights of these tractor focused breaks are below.
Adult Tractor Driving Experience – David’s Farm, Pembrokeshire
For those keen to jump behind the wheel and take control of a serious work horse, David’s Farm are offering guests the opportunity to get to grips with their John Deere 6930. After a session of one-on-one instruction and terrain and driving techniques with the experienced farmer, take the controls and put your new skills to the test along the farm tracks, in the farm yards and out in the fields. After a thrilling one hour driving experience, relax in one of the four David’s Farm self-catering cottages on the 500+ acre organic working farm. Each has been lovingly converted from traditional farm buildings, parts of which are over 200 years old, to luxury accommodation spots with unique features, character and layout.
Prices start from £225 for a three night stay based on four people sharing The Old Mil on a self-catering basis. Tractor sessions are £55pp for one hour.
Vintage Tractor Collection – Knightcote Farm Cottages, Warwick Stratford, Warwickshire
Amongst 600 acres of Warwickshire farmland in the historic and peaceful village of Knightcote sits Knightcote Farm and its five luxury cottages - lovingly restored and adapted from 17th Century barns, an old milking parlour and a grain store. However the piece de resistance is the farm’s impressive vintage tractor collection which includes old machines from New Zealand, a classic mobile steam engine called Annie and a 1929 Lanz Gross Bulldog which spent its working life in Australia.
Farm owners Craig and Fiona tour the country with their fantastic collection, attending tractor and plowing events and even host one or two tractor themed events on the farm itself. Tractors aside there is plenty to see including the farms model railway exhibition, a carp lake, as well as farm trails where you can spot badgers, deer, butterflies and birds.
Prices start from £401 for a three night stay, based on four people sharing Sleeplate Cottage on a self-catering basis.
Treehouses and Vintage Tractors- Wood Farm, Holt, Norfolk
Hidden at the end of a winding country lane in the pretty village of Edgefield, Wood Farm is home to eight converted barns - complete with exposed beams, cosy wood-burners and sweeping views of the surrounding Norfolk countryside. After a peaceful night’s sleep in supersized beds, there’s plenty on-site for little ones to do; from feeding friendly farm animals to exploring the farmland with its hidden treehouses, zipwires, swings and kiddie favourite – the vintage 1959 David Brown tractor to play on. Families can also grab a net and head to Pensthorpe Nature Park for pond-dipping lessons, take a stroll along the Norfolk coast for crabbing or hire bikes and explore the Norfolk quiet lanes and gentle terrain.
Prices start from £200 for a three night stay, based on 4 sharing Willow Cottage on a self-catering basis.
Tractor Driving, Quad biking and 4X4 Muddy Terrain Moves -Kirkwood Cottages, South-West Scotland
Head to Kirkwood Cottages in South-West Scotland and combine staying on a working farm with the opportunity to learn to drive a tractor like a pro with the farm’s ultimate farm vehicle lesson. A seriously authentic farm experience, these tractors are big, bulky and bumpy. During the session, be prepared to pitch in on the farm, from moving bales, feed and muck or just drive around the field to experience this large farm machinery with the spectacular Scottish countryside as your driving backdrop. Kirkwood Cottages offers an array of other learning experiences too, from quad biking and 4x4 terrain driving sessions to country sports and foraging at their mushroom school. Plus, the 7 homely self-catering holiday cottages on offer are set on a 600-acre estate which guests are free to roam- making it the ideal spot for families, groups or those after a slice of blissful seclusion.
Prices start from £217 for a four night stay, based on 3 sharing Red Squirrel Cottage on a self-catering basis. Tractor Driving sessions are £40pp for 1 hour.
Climb on Board the Red Zetor - Trevorrick Farm Cottages, Padstow, Cornwall
Visit Trevorrick Farm Cottages for a unique holiday experience. Set within walking distance of Padstow’s sandy beaches, guests can relax in a choice of stylish holiday cottages. With an excellent range of facilities to suit everyone on the farm, including a heated indoor pool (seasonal), games room with snooker and table tennis, and an outdoor trampoline, proud owners Mike and Melanie have added some new tractors into the mix. Children can become farmers for the day and pretend to drive a toy tractor or amuse themselves with the big red "kidbine" harvestor in a large play field surrounded by grazing sheep. To complete the experience, guests can watch and learn how tractors move bales, unload or move other feed and various other everyday heavy-duty jobs. A 1980 red Zetor tractor is also on hand for kids to climb aboard and get to grips with, offering the perfect photo opportunity.
Prices start from £355 for seven nights based on four people sharing Owls Roost cottage on a self-catering basis. Tractor sessions are free.