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messageFarmstay recommendations?
Posted by Gooders79 30 September, 2013 20:53

We have just had a lovely weekend in gladwins farm, Suffolk which worked very well with our 2yo and 5mo. We are thinking of doing another farmstay in January for a week this time and keen for other recommendations. Keen not to venture as far as Cornwall (so bosinver not an option on this occasion) but otherwise pretty flexible. Anyone have any other recommendations?

Thanks

messageRe: Farmstay recommendations?
Posted by duroche 01 October, 2013 11:21

We went to Devon to a wonderful farm run by the most energetic farmer - Simon!
My two (3yo and 1yo) loved it! They fed all the animals every morning and collected eggs. Farmer Simon learned all the kids names and gave them a certificate at the end for the contribution to running the farm.

The cottages were lovely and had everything you could possibly need. There is also a separate cottage which has toys - literally full of toys and Books for all ages. Brilliant!

We had an amazing time - the weather was horrendous but it didn't matter. Take wellies and coats and the kids will be very happy. We had our groceries delivered for the day we arrived - Farmer Simon was putting them in our cottage when we arrived! He is a lovely man - and clearly LOVES his work.

[www.birchillfarm.co.uk]

messageRe: Farmstay recommendations?
Posted by slh2009 01 October, 2013 15:37

We had a lovely time here last week with our almost 3 year old

[www.courtfarm-holidays.co.uk]

It is in Cornwall but only just over the border from Devon, it took about 5.5 hours driving time plus a lunch stop near Stonehenge. We found that the sheep, cows and windmills in the fields were a good distraction to help with the journey!

The accommodation was good, modern, clean and very toddler-friendly. There was a large, outside grassy play area with swings, slide, trampoline, bikes, ride-on toys etc as well as a small inside area with rabbits to stroke (a big hit!). There is a tennis court and a small indoor pool which we didn't use as we went to the leisure centre wave pool down the road, but it looked clean and warm. There is a games room with loads of info on local walks and attractions, DVDs to borrow etc. You can go and feed the alpaca, pigs, goats, and chickens every morning, and take an egg home for breakfast!

There's also a very nice, child-friendly restaurant 5 mins drive away, overlooking a pond with ducks and geese and with a good play area. The beaches are great for walking and blowing the cobwebs away! Bude is quite a small town but had lots of cafes/restaurants and some nice little shops to mooch around.

All in all it was a very easy, relaxing holiday which I would recommend!

messageRe: Farmstay recommendations?
Posted by cashewnut 01 October, 2013 20:56

We also stayed at Birchill Farm and had a great time! Simon was really friendly and great with little ones.

The cottages were done out beautifully and what with the farm animals, play barn full of toys and outdoor play area we had a fantastic time.

Only slight drawback is that it's a bit of a drive to get anywhere (half hour or so to most local attractions) but I'm guessing that's the case with lots of farms in the countryside!


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