Farm Stay UK Unveil Ewe-nique Collection of Spring Lambing Breaks

Those in search of a farm-based break with bags of action this spring need look no further than Farm Stay UK, which has unveiled a collection of lambing breaks just in time for the 2016 lambing season. From cosy cottages to rural B&Bs, the collection offers an abundance of accommodation options for those looking to get ‘hands on’ with lambing this March and April.

From watching ewes give birth and bottle feeding new-borns, to cuddling orphan lambs and learning to shear sheep, there’s plenty on offer for lamb-lovers of all ages. Prices start from £141 for a three night break in Powys based on two sharing. Highlights are below, with the full collection available here.

Get Hands On with ‘Lambing Live’ at Nannerth Country Holidays, Rhayader, Powys
Set on a traditional 200 acre organic farm in the peaceful Wye Valley, Nannerth Country Holidays is home to a cluster of six cosy cottages and barn conversions; all immaculately decorated in a mix of traditional and modern, where high-tech kitchens sit atop ancient oak floorboards. Visit the farm in March or April to see lambs being born, cuddle new-borns and help to bottle feed those who aren’t able to feed for themselves. Afterwards, hop on two wheels to explore woodlands, wetlands and wildflower meadows, visit the purpose-built badger-watching treehouse, take pony rides or visit nearby market towns for cosy cafes and boutique shops. There’s also play areas and a games room for little ones.

3 nights (during March/April) available from £141 based on two sharing on a self-catering basis.

Triple Treats in Teesdale- Toby Hill Farm Cottage, Barnard Castle, Durham
This converted cow byre and loft offers sweeping views, animal encounters and country comforts in spades; home to modern fittings, a cosy woodburner and gorgous views across the North Pennines. Expect plenty of sheepish goings on with three flocks of Swaledales, Texels and Mules, which will be lambing during March and April. Get hands on by helping to round up the sheep (with the help of six sheep dogs and a few new-born puppies), muck out the pens, feed new-born lambs and explore the surrounding farmland; where the owners have lived for almost a century, so nobody knows the land (moors, meadows, pastures and riverside) better. After busy mornings, spend lazy afternoons on the private sun-trap patio or wander along the Teesdale Way which passes the farm gate. Evenings are spent in front of the woodburning stove, watching the sheep come in from the fell.

7 nights (during March/April) available from £355 based on up to four sharing on a self-catering basis.

Family-Friendly Activities and Orphan Lamb Cuddles at School Farm Cottages, Halesworth, Suffolk
Located on a working cattle and sheep farm in Suffolk’s countryside, School Farm offers four stylish cottages that make the perfect base for families looking to relax in a rural setting this spring. During March and April, the farm buy and hand rear a handful of orphan lambs, which guests are welcome to help feed, walk and cuddle; watching them get stronger and more able as their stay progresses. As well as lambs, the farm is home to Red Poll East Anglian cattle, chickens, rabbits and horses- all of which need caring for and cleaning out- if guests are up to it! Little ones will also adore the packed games room, wooden climbing frame, full-sized football pitch and fishing lake whilst adults relax with lazy BBQ lunches, tennis and cycle rides through sweeping spring meadows and local villages.

3 nights (during March/April) available from £219 based on two sharing Swan Cottage on a self-catering basis.

New-born Lamb Cuddles at Mosdale End Farm B&B, Penrith, Cumbria
This traditional working beef and sheep farm is set in the small hamlet of Mosedale, nestled in the shadows of Carrock fell, with views across Cumbria’s sweeping countryside. During lambing season guests are able to meet new-born lambs, help them learn to feed and watch as they take their first steps. There’s even the chance to get in the pen with the lambs for a cuddle and a photo, as well as the chance to hold unbelievably cute orphan lambs. Guests can also feed and collect eggs from the farm’s friendly chickens, explore the countryside on marked trails or venture out for fishing, biking and wildlife parks. Cosy B&B accommodation awaits each evening; with comfortable beds and a host of home-baked treats.

3 nights (during March/April) available from £225 based on two sharing a Double Room on a B&B basis.

Haymaking and Sheep Shearing at The Coach House & Gateham Cottage, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Set amongst rolling hills in Derbyshire’s picturesque Peak District, this small clutch of two cottages offers the perfect base for those looking to get hands on with lambing this spring. Both cottages are traditionally furnished and house original beams and plenty of outdoor space- they even allow four-legged friends. Lambing begins in March and continues until May when the focus switches from bottle feeding new-borns to watching farmers in action; shearing sheep and haymaking. Friendly farmhands are available to give tips on the best way to interact with the lambs as well as how to heard the sheep and care for the other farm animals- including hens and cattle. A mountain biking trail leads from the back door and attractions such as Chatsworth and Alton Towers are also nearby.

7 nights (during March/April) available from £285 based on up to six sharing Gateham Cottage on a self-catering basis.