Looking for the perfect antidote to city life? Dreaming about greening up your next getaway? Why not consider a farm holiday? On a working farm you get to feed the pigs, collect eggs from the chickens, walk amongst wildlife in your wellies or simply drink in the serene countryside scenes from the window seat of your luxury cottage. How involved you choose to be is up to you. Intrigued? You should be! Here are our five cream-of-the-crop finds.
Alpaca farm holiday in the Peak District
Yes, it’s a thing! Escape the city, kick back among the alpacas and amuse big and little kids alike with a weird yet wonderful alpaca farm stay. Rustic charm from the outside, cosy and stylish within, get set to have the senses well and truly stirred with spectacular views, rolling hills and the humorous humming of the four-legged residents nearby.
Aberdeenshire working farm with creature comforts
If you’re looking for all the fun of the farm without compromising on creature comforts, this beautifully converted steading will not disappoint. Go all in with a week-long lambing experience or get active with a little of the golf, karting, fishing or hiking so readily available in the locale. As the sun sets head fireside at one of the nearby whisky distilleries for a wee dram of Scotch, for the perfect toast to end a perfect day.
Cheese-lover’s bio farm holiday in Black Forest, Germany
You might head to this organic farm to milk the cows, feed the pigs or just to feel far from the daily grind, but the main event here is undoubtedly the on-site dairy. Watch and learn how cheese is made, or simply head straight to the farm shop to feed your cheese addiction - we won’t judge!
Country chic Turley Farm complete with animals and swimming pond
Looking for fantastic beasts? We know where to find them. Turley Farm, that’s where. Keep your eyes peeled for appearances from the four-legged locals - the many horses, hens, pigs and sheep to the owls, ducks and cows, not forgetting the adorable Boxer, Hilda. This place is as steeped in rustic charm - think beautiful wooden beams, country garden and cosy log fire - as it is perfect for the modern family to enjoy, thanks to its open plan living, stylish bathrooms and extensive outside spaces. Did we mention it comes complete with its very own swimming pond?
Luxury cottage on a 1950s style coastal farm
Set amid Little Goonreeve Farm’s 20 acres of rich grazing pastures, you’ll find this charming and environmentally-friendly converted barn, complete with log burner, decked patio for alfresco dining, and sumptuously-soft Egyptian cotton sheets atop the super-luxe bed. Feed the pigs, chickens and cows, walk among wildlife as you wander the endless green of the Mylor Downs, lap up the stunning coastline then return to the farm to stock up on Best of British, fresh-from-the-farm fare.