Family Farmyard Fun Across the UK this October Half Term18/09/2015
- Unique stays on working farms across the UK, ideal for families seeking a break in the great British countryside this Autumn -
The great British countryside is the perfect destination for families in need of a fun-filled getaway close to home this October Half Term, with Farm Stay UK offering up a host of farm-based escapes in rural spots across the UK with availability for the half term week. From bush craft courses at Kate Humble’s farm in Monmouthshire, to animal feeding on Scotland’s Isle of Arran and tractors and trampolines in Cornwall, there are breaks on offer to keep kids big and little entertained.
Highlights of family holidays still available to book throughout October Half Term (24 October - 01 November 2015) are below, with the full collection available to view at www.farmstay.co.uk:
Bush Craft, Chocolate and Zip Wires- Humble by Nature, Monmouth, Wales
Humble by Nature is a buzzing, family-friendly working farm in Monmouthshire with plenty of ac-tivities and a selection of great accommodation; run by popular wildlife presenter Kate Humble and her team. A cluster of delightful cottages house modern kitchens, comfortable bedrooms, cosy wood burning stoves and guests are greeted by a welcome hamper packed full of delicious local produce. Private gardens outside each cottage have their own veg patch where families can pick their own salad and vegetables, plus a recently planted orchard complete with hens so that they can collect their own eggs too. Children will have a ball here, whether it’s spending a morning with Farmer Tim animal feeding and meeting the rare breeds, taking part in a bush craft course including den building or playing on the fantastic adventure playground complete with zip wire. Numerous family courses run throughout the day too, from animal husbandry to chocolate truffle making.
3 nights (24-27 October) are available from £360 (£90pp) based on 4 sharing The Piggery on a self-catering basis.
Working Farm Fun at Bellevue Farm Cottages- Isle of Arran, Scotland
Surrounded by dramatic hills and sweeping sea views on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, Bellevue Farm provides the perfect base for families after a rural countryside escape in a unique location. Set on a working farm, two traditional stone cottages (which can be booked separately or together depending on family size) boast spacious living areas, well equipped kitchens and cosy bedrooms. Each morning little ones are invited to take part in daily farm life by helping with tasks such as feeding the chickens and cuddling the friendly sheep, before heading out on hillwalking trails, mountain biking adventures or pony trekking along the beach. If you fancy a break from the farm, Blackwaterfoot village is within easy walking distance and is packed full of boutique shops, restaurants and play parks. The local Arran Whiskey Distillery is sure to keep grown-ups happy, too!
7 nights (24-31 October) are available from £300 (£60pp) based on up to 5 sharing Garden or Tanker Cottage on a self-catering basis.
Biking, Fishing and Football- School Farm Cottages, Suffolk, England
Set amongst rolling meadows in the pretty village of Cratfield in North Suffolk, School Farm Cottages offer the perfect base for families after a peaceful countryside escape. Converted dairy building accommodation is centred around a pretty courtyard, overlooking two large ponds, ancient hedgerows and friendly farm animals. Well-equipped kitchens, cosy living areas and WiFi throughout ensure a stress-free stay for parents, whilst kids will never be bored here; the farm boasts a full sized football pitch, play area and table tennis room, as well as the opportunity to fish in the local pond and hire bikes for a ride through the countryside. There’s even the chance for little ones to feed the rabbits, collect fresh eggs for breakfast and meet the resident dairy cows. The sweeping Norfolk Broads are also nearby- ideal for an exhilarating bike ride or a family game of rounders.
3 nights (24-27 October) are available from £234 (£59pp) based on 4 sharing Silverley’s Cottage on a self-catering basis.
Characterful Cottages & Climbing Towers - Cartole Cottages, Cornwall, England
Nestled within six acres of Cornish countryside, Cartole Cottages have been tastefully converted from former barns and stables into six characterful cottages; each combining quirky details with a host of modern conveniences, such as free Wi-Fi. Families can explore the private ‘field walk’ around the farm (with toys and games dotted about en route for little ones to discover) and enjoy a picnic at the picturesque lakeside seating area - keeping eyes peeled for a whole of host bird species regularly spotted in the area. For the times when kids and adults want to do their own thing, there’s a dedicated child’s play area - with big red tractor, garden games, trampoline, bikes and a climbing tower – with a relaxing on-site sauna for adults. The pretty fishing village of Looe is also just 10 minutes away, where families can explore the winding streets or enjoy the sandy beach.
7 nights (from 24-31 October) available from £440 (£110pp) based on a family of 4 sharing The Shippen on an accommodation only basis.
Great Grub & Geocaching- Primrose Cottage at The Grainary, North Yorkshire, England
The rustic Primrose Cottage at The Grainary sits prettily amidst the breathtaking landscape of the North York Moors National Park, providing a great family base for an October half term break. Traditional on the outside yet full of modern touches indoors, this spacious cottage offer a truly relaxing home-away-from-home experience for families; offering sweeping views of Scarborough Castle and the coast. Children will love meeting the animals with Farmer John, playing in the outdoor play area or going on an exciting Geocache hunt around the farm, whilst adults will enjoy exploring the local countryside on one of the trailed walks or relaxing in the award winning tearoom on-site. If families can tear themselves away from the farm, the famous seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough are a stone’s throw away.
3 nights (26-29 October) are available from £450 (£75pp) based on 6 sharing Primrose Cottage on a self-catering basis.
To book any of the properties featured, please visit www.farmstay.co.uk.