Spooky Farmyard Stays Across the UK

- Ancient manors, old-world farmhouses and secluded barns ideal for an atmospheric escape -

With the evenings drawing in and Halloween on the horizon, Farm Stay UK has created a quirky collection of its ‘spookiest stays’ on working farms across the UK; from ancient manor houses and secluded barns, to centuries-old farmhouses steeped in history.

Ideal for those in search of an atmospheric escape, these farm-based breaks allow guests to explore eerily quiet countryside, enjoy meals in oak clad dining rooms (with a suit of armour watching over them) and relax in rooms that were once used to smuggle contraband into the country. However, guests of a nervous disposition need not fear as the properties also feature pretty walled gardens, cosy fireplaces and stylish interiors - plus delicious farm goodies on offer.

Prices are available from just £70 per room per night based on two sharing on a B&B basis. Details of Farm Stay UK’s ‘Spookiest Stays’ are below, with the full collection available at www.farmstay.co.uk

15th Century Farmhouse - Blackmore Farm, Bridgwater, Somerset

Blackmore Farm is located in rural Somerset, surrounded by rolling hills and farmland, with sweeping views over the Quantock Hills. The farm’s history is deep-rooted; it was originally mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085, built in its current form by the Tremayle family in the early 15th century. Atmospheric interiors transport guests back to the 1400s; exposed beams, stone archways and open fires prevail throughout, as well as a ‘secret staircase’ leading to its own private sitting room and chapel. Wake up in solid oak four poster beds, complete with heavy drapes, and enjoy breakfast in an oak clad dining room- where a suit of armour watches over you as you eat. Those that can’t live without mod-cons needn’t worry, the farm also boasts in room TV’s and WiFi, and there’s even a farm shop on site for those wanting to feast on the farm’s delicious home produce.

Prices start from £120 per room per night based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis.

Timber Framed B&B from the Early 1400’s - Moor Court Farm, Ledbury, Herefordshire

Head to the heart of Ledbury, which is rumoured to be frequented by more than a few spirits, to stay at Moor Farm; a picture-perfect timber-framed farmhouse, set within 500 acres of rolling fields on an arable and livestock farm. Built in the early 1400’s this characterful B&B is full of original features, including exposed brickwork, ancient beams, oak four-posters and crumbling stone fireplaces - but has been brought up to date with the addition of modern artwork and colourful fabrics. If the old building isn’t enough to spook, guests can head to the nearby town centre for ghost walks, detailing the towns haunted history and supernatural sightings. Those after something a little less spooky can enjoy boutique shops and cafes, as well as easy access to the Malverns, Wye Valley and Welsh borders.

Prices start from £70 per room per night based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis.

Former Smugglers Haunt turned Georgian B&B - Smugglers Rock Country House, Scarborough

Step back in time at this 19th Century Georgian B&B and former coaching inn, set in the town of Ravenscar in the picturesque North York Moors National Park. Smugglers Rock was used as a secret smugglers haunt in the 1800’s, when the owners would aid the distribution of contraband in the area by lighting a candle in the window to alert smugglers to the fact that the area was clear of constabulary. As well as ancient beams, open fires, stone arches and heavy antique furniture, the B&B is said to have a secret tunnel leading from the cellar to the beach (a distance of more than 1/2 mile and a drop of over 600 feet!) but it is yet to be found. In contrast, bedrooms have a modern feel, with flat screen TVs, crisp white linen and modern en-suite shower rooms. After searching for the B&Bs secret tunnel, guests can enjoy beach walks or opt to hire an electric bike to explore the North York Moors without breaking a sweat.

Prices start from £90 per room per night based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis.

Ancient Manor House Adorned in Antiques - Soulton Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Grab a taste of life in Elizabethan England with a stay at Soulton Hall, an ancient manor house set amidst 500 acres of private farmland and wild woodland. The Hall remains the home of the Ashton family, who have lived in and run the estate for over 450 years, and is steeped in history; from the grand exterior to the rooms adorned with ancient oil paintings, heavy oak furniture and old exposed beams (as well as the occasional squeaky floorboard). Enjoy meals in the stone walled dining room, warmed by a roaring log fire, and spend nights sleeping in antique four poster beds, fit for royalty. Head outdoors and the setting is glorious, in the green heart of the Shropshire countryside, where hiking trails are available from the doorstep.

Prices start from £108 per room per night based on two sharing a Garden Room on a B&B basis.

17th Century Listed Barn - The Granary at Stubbs Farm Holiday Cottages, East Hampshire

Situated in the picturesque South Downs National Park, surrounded by wild woodland and rolling hills, this 17th Century listed barn offers unique character in a totally secluded location. The barn’s exterior is somewhat spooky in itself; cobbled stone walls and wood cladding- covered in cobwebs but step inside and it’s a different story, with colourful bed linen, luxurious throws and a modern kitchen diner. Spend days relaxing in the (almost eerily quiet) garden, visit the historic market town of Alton for shops and cafes or take a countryside stroll right from the barn’s doorstep- keeping eyes peeled for wild deer and barn owls.

3 nights are available from £371 based on 6 sharing The Granary on a self-catering basis.