Farm Stays Ideal for a Fall Foraging Break

02/09/2015
- Foodie foraging breaks on rural working farms across the UK this Autumn -

Those looking for an autumnal escape with a difference need look no further than Farm Stay UK which has launched a new collection of Foraging Breaks; cosy cottages and countryside B&Bs on working farms offering up fantastic foraging opportunities for a foodie-themed escape.

The new collection of escapes allows holidaymakers to make the most of autumn’s delicious seasonal produce, incorporating stays with brilliant wild foraging spots or foraging schools nearby, where guests can learn how to spot delicious gems in the wild from the experts. From farm-run mushroom schools in south-west Scotland and wild foraging walks in Cornwall, to hedgerow hunting in Kent and Yorkshire, there are foraging breaks on offer to suit all palates.

Foraging breaks start from just £85pp for a two day trip in October. The full collection can be viewed here www.farmstay.co.uk/Accommodation/HolidayIdeas/Foraging, with highlights below:

Wild Foraging Walks on the Coast - Downs Barn Farm Cottages, Penzance, Cornwall

Head to Penzance this autumn, where two luxury barn conversions provide the perfect base for a peaceful seaside escape with plenty of foraging opportunities on the doorstep. The cottages both boast bright rooms with high, beamed ceilings, modern kitchens and plenty of colourful splashes. Jump in the car and head just five minutes down the road to the famous Fat Hen Foraging School (named by Countryfile as one of the top ten best foraging courses in the UK) for fun forage and feast days or wild foraging walks; where leader Caroline Davey will give guests a host of top tips and teach them the amazing potential of wild ingredients. Forage along the seashore, amongst the hedgerows and in the woodland for edible flowers, herbs, seaweeds and seeds, before indulging in a feast of handpicked treats.

3 nights in October are available from £290 based on two sharing either Bridie’s Barn or Skylarks on a self-catering basis. Fat Hen foraging walks are available from just £20pp and forage and feast days are available from £95pp.

Foraging for Fungi - Kirkwood Cottages and Mushroom School, South-West Scotland

Visit Kirkwood Cottages in South-West Scotland and combine a working farm experience with the opportunity to learn all there is to know about fall foraging at the farm’s own mushroom school. Set in 500 acres of pastures and woodland, the large estate provides the perfect breeding ground for a wide variety of fungi. Head out on nature trails, led by two of the country’s leading experts, to discover the sheer diversity of wild mushrooms available and learn which are ready to eat, which are the most delicious and which to steer clear of. For the adventurous, the farm is also home to quad biking, tractor driving, off-roading and a host of country sports. End the day with a peaceful night’s sleep in one of seven cosy holiday cottages, each surrounded by rolling hills, oak woodland and lush pastures.

3 day break including mushroom school is available from £690pp based on two sharing a cottage for 2 nights in October on a full-board basis (light breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners), including all foraging guiding throughout stay.

Wildflower Trails and Farmyard Foraging - Great Prawls Farm, Oxney, Kent

Visit the Garden of England this autumn for a tranquil farm escape filled with wonderful walks and farmyard foraging. Set on a sheep farm between Rye and Tenterden, Great Prawls Farm offers two cosy cottages, each boasting traditional interiors and sweeping views across orchards, fields, hop gardens and vineyards. Head out on the farm’s own private foraging trail; where guests are free to pick as many delicious wild blackberries, apples and mushrooms as they please, whist keeping eyes peeled for fantastic wildlife including owls, badgers and foxes. After filling up on wild delights, visit the nearby Dungeness Lighthouse to wander though its fields of wildflowers or journey 15 minutes to the coast for an energising clifftop walk.

7 nights in October are available from £495 based on a family of 5 sharing Meadow Cottage on a self-catering basis.

Go Gathering at a Georgian Farmhouse - Cundall Lodge Farm, North Yorkshire

Within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, this cosy grade II Georgian farmhouse B&B is located in an utterly tranquil setting amongst rolling hills and sweeping farmland. Guests are able to take a stroll around the working farmland, visit the on-site animals or simply relax on the banks of the nearby River Swale. Foraging fanatics can head just two miles down the road to the Taste the Wild foraging school, where informative wild food courses allow guests to forage for themselves (apples, mushrooms, berries) whilst picking up on a host of handy tips; including how to make a tasty wild salad, how to flavour ice cream and where to find the most delicious wild mushrooms. After busy days, the B&B provides the ideal respite, with light comfortable rooms and a cosy lounge with warming log fire.

2 nights in October are available from £85pp based on 2 sharing Yeoman Room on a B&B basis. A wild food foraging day at Taste the Wild is available from £85pp.

Hedgerow Harvest and Wild Cocktails - Orroland Holiday Cottages, Dumfries and Galloway

Set in idyllic coastal farmland in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, Orroland Holiday Cottages provide plenty of fantastic forging opportunities. The ancient woodland, fresh water courses and coastal environment provide a varied natural larder for guests to explore, plus hosts at Orroland can organise fun foraging days with local expert Mark Williams from nearby Galloway Wild Foods. Spend the day discovering a range of wild treats such as fungi, root vegetables and edible flowers before indulging in your own foraged lunch and sipping on wild cocktails made by Mark. Whilst wandering through lush wild meadows and landscaped gardens, keep eyes peeled for resident tawny owls, red kites and falcons. Two stylish stone cottages with cosy open fires provide the perfect place to warm up afterwards, where local wine and food can be delivered straight to the doorstep.

3 nights in October are available from £336 based on a family of 6 sharing Cutlars Lodge on a self-catering basis. Galloway Wild Foods foraging days are available on request, with prices starting from £12.50pp for a 2-3 hour taster session and from £75pp for a full 1 day course.


To book any of the properties featured, please visit www.farmstay.co.uk. The full foraging collection can be viewed here: www.farmstay.co.uk/Accommodation/HolidayIdeas/Foraging

                 
 
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