Why not treat the family to a farm stay this Spring? Premier Cottages’ self-catering collection features breaks that offer children and the young at heart the chance to feed farm animals and see newly born lambs up close. Holiday homes include.
Coopers Farm Cottage, East Sussex
Set in the heart of the High Weald of Sussex, Coopers Farm Cottage is on a traditional family run livestock farm. The cottage has been carefully restored blending some of its 200-year-old features with all the modern comforts. It’s a real home from home with a mix of antique furniture, comfy sofas, big rugs and wooden floors. There is also a huge inglenook fireplace with a woodburner that’s perfect for colder days.
Guests staying here have sheep, pigs and chickens for company and can see newly born lambs, pedigree Sussex cows and Berkshire piglets. A seven-night Easter stay in the five-star grade two listed cottage for four guests arriving 15 April costs £1000. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07901 555385)
Tredarrup Farm Holiday Cottages near the North Cornwall coast
Tredarrup Farm Holiday Cottages are sandwiched between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a stone's throw from Port Isaac on the stunning North Cornwall coast.
The four beautifully presented barns are arranged around a large courtyard on a seven acre farm and were converted from historic 300 year old farm buildings. Furnished in a rustic farmhouse style they feature antiques mixed with upcycled furniture along with the latest creature comforts.
In the paddock there's plenty of space for children to play and families are welcome to get up close with the farm’s four friendly pygmy goats, five pet ewes and host of Indian Runner Ducks and chickens. The farm is also home to a variety of wildlife including bats and tawny owls. A week’s stay in Tredarrup Farm’s Mill Barn for six costs £2220 arriving on 16th April and a week for four in its property Stable Cottage costs £1500 arriving on 15th April. Alternatively, a couples break can be enjoyed in Wagon for £850 or in Shippon for £900 - both arriving on 15th April. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01208 850018)
Upper Vobster Farm, Somerset
Upper Vobster Farm is a beautiful country property set in 55 acres of meadows, with a 6 acre wood that’s home to birds of prey. There are two small lakes onsite, one with a beach with logs and rocks to sit on. Families will love the flock of North Ronaldsay rare breed sheep, pygmy goats and various ducks and hens that live onsite. Visitors can also spot deer, buzzards, red kites and owls.
The market town of Frome and historic Nunney Castle are close by, the City of Bath is only 13 miles away and the cathedral city of Wells is within easy reach. A week’s stay in Upper Vobster Farm’s property for six Lavender Cottage costs £2288 and a week for four in Courtyard Cottage costs £2206 both arriving 8th April. (www.premiercottages.co.uk 01373 812166)
Higher Menadew Farm, Cornwall
Part of a small hamlet in the tranquil Cornish countryside just north of St Austell Bay, Higher Menadew Farm offers seven family-friendly cottages. Onsite is an indoor heated pool, games room, outdoor play areas, trampoline and a host of friendly farm animals including ducks, hens and pigs.
The cottages provide a great base for exploring both of Cornwall’s coasts, as well as its stunning gardens including: the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the pretty fishing villages and towns of Fowey, Mevagissey and Padstow. Higher Menadew Farm has a week’s stay for six in Swallows Nest or Rafters arriving on 16th April for £1597. A week in either arriving on 23rd April costs £975. (www.premiercottages.co.uk 01726 850 310)