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Cosy Christmas, Twixmas and New Year rural getaways from FarmStay

If you fancy getting away from it all and spending Christmas or New Year in the beautiful British countryside, then these unique farm stays still have availability for the festive season. 

Farm stays provide a unique opportunity to experience life on a working farm and provide access to stunning countryside and scenery. Booking a farm stay supports the rural economy and provides additional revenue to farms. FarmStay is a not-for-profit farmer-owned consortium dedicated to promoting holidays on working farms. 

Christmas Day FarmStays

Enjoy a countryside Christmas with your loved ones in one of these hidden gems. Whether you’re looking for a cosy couples retreat,a large party house to bring all the family together or separate cottages on the same site to spend time together and apart, there are a host of FarmStay options with Christmas availability.

Trevorrick Farm Cottages, Padstow Cornwall - experience the lively picturesque town at Christmas

A collection of six cosy cottages in a beautiful location overlooking a creek, just 45 minutes walk from Padstow and close to a host of beaches and walks. Most cottages are equipped with log burners or open fires and three have the option of a private hot tub. Ideal for couples, family getaways or groups that want to celebrate together but also have time apart. An idyllic way to experience a small, working farm. Animals range from guinea pigs, ducks and hens, a miniature Shetland pony, goat, pigs, a small herd of Dexter cattle and tame sheep which annually take part in the Falmouth Live Nativity. There is a host of outdoor play equipment for children to help burn off some energy. 

Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire - ideal for multi-generation get togethers, families and dogs

Award winning, dog friendly cottages with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tubs and play areas. A wealth of sandy and pebbly bays on your doorstep for winter walks. Six acres of farmland for stretching your legs and an indoor rustic play barn with ride-on vehicles, air hockey, table football and more. There are a range of cottages available over the Christmas period sleeping 4-6 so you can bring together multi-generations of family but still enjoy your own space.

Robbie’s Retreat, Oxen Close Farm Cottages, Harrogate, North Yorkshire - ideal for couples, cyclists and walkers

An eco-friendly, peaceful barn conversion set on a working livestock farm with plenty of footpaths and on-site cycle hire to explore the stunning countryside. Heating from ground heat source pump and solar thermal hot water. Pateley Bridge, winner of the best village high street, is a short drive away.

Twixmas Breaks

Tweed Hideway, Eden Holiday Hideaways, Kelso, Scottish Borders (sleeps 4) - ideal for tranquil escapes

A beautiful detached eco-lodge with Scandinavian inspired contemporary design and luxurious attention to detail.  A hidden gem set apart providing a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere with a wood-fired hot tub, decking and a panoramic 180* view over the rolling Borders countryside to the Cheviot hills on the horizon. Brings the outside to the inside with an end to end wall of glass, but a cosy log burner to keep things warm.

Tucked away at the top of a meadow on an organic farm. You can walk along the meandering Eden Water, over the wooden bridge and on to the River Tweed. There is an all weather tennis court nearby if you fancy something energetic. If you fancy time off from cooking after making Christmas dinner, you can order locally made ready-meals for the freezer to use as you please. A tranquil hideaway provides all you need for a relaxing, luxurious, spacious retreat from the world. You can tuck yourselves in cosily for some R&R or adventure out into the farm and wider world – whatever suits you, in whatever weather arrives.

Millmoor Farm Holidays, Cheshire

After winter walks across farmland, enjoying stunning views across the countryside, head back to the three-bedroom Miller’s House and fire up the cosy woodburner. Nestled in a little valley overlooking the picturesque Cheshire village of Malpas, on a clear day Millmoor Farm’s self-catering holiday cottages enjoy stunning miles and miles of uncluttered scenery across Cheshire, Wales, Shropshire and Staffordshire. Guests are invited to find out more about this working beef and sheep farm and meet its rare breeds of poultry, baby lambs, pigs and goats. There are ride-on tractors for young children, with swings and slides and a football pitch and great pub meals within walking distance. But this rural retreat is also only 20 minutes’ drive to Chester, with all its attractions. Three other on site cottages are available for groups of friends or family that wish to holiday together. 

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays B&B, Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, Wales. 2 rooms (sleeps 8)

Gogarth Hall  commands magnificent views of the Dyfi Estuary and the Cambrian mountains. 4 miles from Aberdovey and its Golden sands walk to the hills and see five counties in one go. 

Feel the warmth and quality of a Welsh welcome in traditional style on the farm in a magnificent setting overlooking the Dovey estuary opening to Cardigan Bay. Aberdovey beach 4 miles. En-suite facilities, guests' sitting and dining room. See the farm animals and wildlife (kites, barn owls, etc), or visit the OSPREY project a few miles away. 

New Year FarmStays

Get your family and friends together to celebrate the New Year in style in one of these FarmStays. Toast the new year in a hot tub surrounded by stunning countryside and blow off the cobwebs with a New Year’s Day walk or even a dip in the sea! 

Duddle Cottage, Ribble Valley Holiday Homes, Ribchester, Lancashire, (sleeps 10 / 5 bedrooms)

Duddle Cottage is large, open and finished to exacting standards. With floor to ceiling windows, it allows for the beauty of the surrounding countryside to be enjoyed from the warmth of the wood burning stove. A large kitchen complete with a central island ensures that Duddle Cottage is ideal for socialising with family and friends. Celebrate the new year in the private, fully serviced hot tub. Based beside a working farm, you are surrounded by beautiful countryside and walking routes. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland are all within comfortable driving distance. 

Abbots Way Cottage, Orroland Holiday Cottages, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway (sleeps 5, 3 bedrooms)

Revel in peace, privacy, fun and freedom on this beautiful coastal estate. No neighbours, walking distance to explore the private loch and rocky sea shore. On arrival you pass between gateposts surmounted by eagles. Here starts an enchanting place of secret gardens and inspiring scenery, where a fairy tale tower meets with the clear waters of the landscaped loch. Sweeping views over grass farm fields to the sea, providing a backdrop of tranquility.

Nettlecombe Farm Holidays, Isle of Wight

Book a cosy stay in one of these award-winning, dog friendly, luxurious self-catering cottages and you can enjoy free fishing, unique farm feeding tours, free electric car charging and free or discounted ferries. Set in acres of rolling countryside, it offers a unique opportunity to experience farm life and take part in a farm feeding tour with alpacas, reindeer and even an emu, to name but a few. Relax at the farm or use it as a base to see some of the UK’s most stunning scenery by foot, bicycle or bus, and enjoy all that the island has to offer.

In the Morris family for over a hundred years, Nettlecombe Farm is in the idyllic South Wight countryside, but is also just half a mile away from the village of Whitwell where you’ll find a petrol station, church and bus stop. A couple of miles further on is Niton, a neighbouring village, with a well-stocked general store (which also delivers) and off licence, post office, chemist and pubs. Newport, the county town is a 20-minute drive away and if you like to be beside the seaside, Ventnor is just three miles away. Staying at Nettlecombe Farm means that you are not just staying in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also a UNESCO biosphere reserve: a place with a special mix of the best wildlife sites found anywhere in England, landscape that is nationally important and a rich culture and heritage. 

Gorgeous Glamping @ Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock, Derbyshire - ideal for a romantic couples getaway

A romantic hideaway just for two with stunning views from your pillow over the Peak District countryside. Two luxurious eco glamping pods with a chic modern design, with fully equipped kitchenette and spacious ensuite shower. The timber glamping pods are well insulated with sheep wool and have cutting-edge infra-red heating so you’ll be warm and cosy.

Relax round the glowing firepit under the dark, starry sky and enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a glass of wine. After a comfortable nights sleep on the king-size sofa bed you will wake up gently to the sound of bird song. Admire the views from your pillow through the circular doors.

Tuck into delicious home baked bread and tasty free-range eggs for breakfast, before exploring the many wonderful walks from the door.

The Granary, Luccombe Holidays, Blandford, Dorset - ideal for couples or small families

The Granary, which is about 200 years old, once held up to 12 tons of corn. It has bags of character with a cosy atmosphere and is still sitting on original oak timbers and sandals stones. Featuring a king size bed but with the option for a cot or an ottoman bed for a child, this is ideal for a couple or a small family. Superb facilities include a private indoor pool and gym, indoor and outdoor play areas and a tennis court. Children can visit all the animals including donkeys, ducks, sheep and goats.