Ten of the best quirky farm holidays in the UK

Fancy doing something different with the kids? The UK is bursting with unusual places to stay, from shepherds' huts to oast houses - and they're perfect for families who want to get away from it all. We've picked some of our faves... look out for the pigsty!

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Ten of the best quirky farm holidays in the UK

You'll be toasty warm in one of these four Turkoman yurts, thanks to a wood-burning stove. Solar-powered fairly lights, tea light lanterns, rechargeable torches, a bbq and compost loo complete the eco-offering, and you've got plenty of outdoor space too:  there's a wooden deck from which to admire your surroundings, and your very own glade to explore. The Sapperton yurt even has its own roll-top bath - in a horse box. This place is truly unique. Visit cotswoldsyurts.co.uk for more.

You'll never get boar-ed on this working farm, nestled in the fabulous Peak District. Piggery Place sleeps four and features beamed ceilings and central heating to make your stay (or should that by sty?) a comfortable one.

Fortunately, the cows have long gone from this converted timber-beamed milking parlour in the grounds of 17th century Home Farm – and you no longer have to get up at the crack of dawn to milk the ex-residents either. It sleeps three people, has a wood-burning stove and the walls are suitably painted in cream...

We're not pulling the wool over your eyes! This 19th century hut was used by shepherds tending their sheep on the South Downs for more than 100 years. It's now part of a 400-acre working farm. Breakfast is served in your hut and a there's barbecue for romantic meals a deux. Visit Stay at Hill Farm for more.

The residents of this disused pigsty, now a spa conversion, had one of the best views of the Vyrnwy Valley (and no, we're not telling porkies). Nowadays, you can relax in the welcoming hot tub while enjoying the glorious scenery. The self-catering cottages, formerly a 17th century cattle shed and granary, come with stabling and kennels for your horse or dog. Visit cyfiefarm.co.uk for more.

Aptly situated in the Bran Valley, the charming four-star Granary flat adjoins Penpentre Farmhouse in Llanfihangel-Nant-Bran near the Brecon Beacons. Tastefully converted, it boasts exposed beams and two bedrooms. If beer and whisky are your tipple, stay at nearby Malt House, which was renovated a few years ago. Visit penpentre.co.uk for more.

Possibly an apple a day - but definitely no apple-pie beds. These former fruit stores have been tastefully converted into two self-catering cottages aptly named Orchard and Bramley Cottages. Sleeping four and eight people respectively, they feature open plan living areas and oak flooring. Orchard cottage also has a log burning fire. Visit rosemerrynfarm.co.uk for more.

There's nothing humble about these eight wigwams, which come with heating, fridge, microwave, mattresses and other facilities. Sleeping up to five guests, each wigwam has its own barbeque. Young busy bees will love collecting eggs from the chicken houses of this 20-acre farm, while the on-site shop sells locally-sourced produce. Visit humblebeefarm.co.uk for more.

Hop down to Kent and stay in this beautiful 17th Century oasthouse. The Fuggle room, formerly the old hop press, is now an en-suite room with original pine beam, high ceiling, ginghams, polka dots and roses, while Bramling, formerly the 'cooling floor' area of the oast, comes with 17th century oak beams and overlooks the farm yard. Visit hallwoodfarm.co.uk for more.

Forget flimsy tents, these timber-built, insulated 'hobbit' pods come with electric lights, heating and deep-filled futon-type mattresses. Collect fresh breakfast rolls from the farmhouse each morning and enjoy the views of Blencathra from this family-run working hill farm. Choose from standard or family-size pods. Visit gillheadfarm.co.uk for more.


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