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Kids at Feather Down Farms Hollings Hill.Kids at Feather Down Farms Hollings Hill.

Farm-stays are brilliant for low-key, low-cost (in most cases) and green family holidays and breaks. Farm-stay accommodation is often in cottages converted from barns and other old agricultural buildings, but glamping (‘glamorous camping’) options such as safari-style tents and yurts are increasingly popular.

Most prevalent in the UK and France but available in various other European countries (in Italy they're called agriturismi), farm-stays are especially well suited to families with very young kids, who adore having friendly farm animals on tap and lots of space and fresh air to run around in. Check out farm-stays in the UK and in continental Europe.

On many farms with accommodation, guests can join in with daily tasks, including animal-feeding and egg-collecting, and feast on home-grown veg and other produce sold in on-site honesty shops. As such, good farm-stays – such as Feather Down Farms – can be perfect examples of sustainable and local travel, perfect for eco-friendly family holidays. Some of our favourite farm-stay destinations are the UK coastal holiday hotspots Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Normandy and the Netherlands.


Feather Down Farm Days
Feather Down Farm Days

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• Don’t arrive with a carful of food. Many farms providing accommodation have honesty shops where you can stock up on its own and other local produce, plus essentials such as matches and loo roll. 

• In properties with only a wood-fired stove, take a portable gas hob – lighting the stove and waiting for it to heat up just to make a morning brew or boil a pan water for pasta becomes wearing. 

• Find out if fireguards can be loaned to place in front of log-burning stoves; if none can be provided, take your own if this is a concern. Ask too what baby equipment can be hired.

• Take extra blankets in case what’s there isn’t sufficient.

• Bring toys and simple games (board games and low-key sports such as cricket and rounders), and avoid hand-held games, laptops and so on – farms are an excellent environment for kids to learn to play independently without the diversions of modern life, and for parents to learn to relax and let their offspring roam free to some degree.

• Check extras you can book in advance. For instance, some farms let you hire a rabbit for your stay so kids can get a taste of having responsibility for a pet.

• Find out about activities such as farm tours and the chance for children to muck in, whether it’s milking goats or feeding leftovers to the pigs.

• Think about bringing a telescope if none are provided – most farms are in good locations for star-gazing.

Farm-stay Favourite

College Farm, Norfolk.
A glamping site in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, with a kids' play barn and even a livery for those who want to bring a horse.

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