The spring equinox officially marks the arrival of spring in the astrologers calendar. And it’s followed a few days later by the clocks springing forward. Enter stage left British Summer Time. Hurrah! With the daffs in full bloom and the bluebells on their way, lambing in full swing and Easter looming, farm stays and spring breaks are on the cards.
Farm stays are an idyllic family holiday and naturally popular at this time of year when the countryside comes into all its bucolic glory. They come in all shapes and formats. We have many large holiday houses on farms. Some are working farms and that’s where the fun really happens if you’re travelling with kids. Some are simply former farm buildings converted to accommodation on a now defunct farm.
Accommodation on a working farm could be in the midst of pastoral, arable or dairy farming. It could also be a holiday home on a smallholding. Access to the animals varies depending on the setting. Some farmers are able to welcome guests to feed to the chicks and lambs, maybe even have a quick cuddle with the newest cuties in the fold. In other situations, you may only be able to walk past or through fields of animals grazing, or look over a fence to see animals being fed, milked or sheared. Either way, the smalls in your group are likely to love being so close to livestock and wildlife.
In some cases your stay might include a tour of the farm. There is usually a range of activities and facilities for guests, whatever the set-up. Keeping the kids occupied always makes the spring breaks much more enjoyable.
3 farm stays perfect for a spring break
Made up of six cottages, Vale Farm Cottages are in a magnificent rural setting. The converted barns are only ten minutes from the market town of Brecon. With the panoramic views of the surrounding farmland and the Brecon Beacons, you can be assured that a relaxed holiday will be had. If you have a family, dont worry. The property owners will provide everything from cots and stair gates, toys and books. There’s even a play area and acres of space for the children to run off all that energy! The working farm has animals such as cows, hens, pigs and even a donkey called Star. And of course the indoor heated swimming pool is to be enjoyed by all.
At this farm situated in the Golden Valley, the working farm continues its daily routine. Children are encouraged to get involved in farm life. The chances of newly born lambs, piglets and maybe even calves being in the sheds is very high. With this property come large gardens accompanied by a fire pit and hard surface tennis court. Why don’t you get the blankets and marshmallows ready and sit at the fire pit and watch the stars in the dark skies? And maybe have a tennis tournament between friends afterwards. With walking available directly from the door, Jamie’s Farm guests benefit from wonderful walks in the countryside.
With it being one of the highest sheep farms in the Brecon Beacons, this property is superbly located with a rather enviable view. Footpaths from the farm lead straight to Pen-y-fan, Corn Ddu and Cribyn, the Peaks of the Beacons. Mountain bikes can also be hired locally and delivered to the farm. These can be used to cycle down the hill to Brecon. There is even a field for camping, if more people choose to join your trip last minute.
Spring break calling? Instead of spending a week on a beach that you’ve probably been to a few times in the past, what about exploring your options and supporting a British farm stay venture…
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