Take three: farm stays in the UK

Take three: UK Farmstays
Take three: UK Farmstays


Forget exotic holidays to far flung places - farm holidays offer . From food havens and historic stays to modern activity breaks, we've picked out our favourite farm stays.

The Foodie Farm

Take three: UK Farmstays
Take three: UK Farmstays


If escaping the city crowds to feast on aga-baked bread, homemade sausages and a larder piled high with fresh farm produce is your idea of bliss then a trip North Wheddon Farm in Exmoor won't disappoint.

Take breakfast in the Snug or in the cottage garden. surrounded by the rolling Exmoor hills. Wander to the stream, waterfall and natural springs that run through the lower paddock and say hello to some of the farm's furrier residents, like Percy the Kune Kune pig, before spotting wild Dartmoor ponies out on the moors. The B&B is priced at £40 per person per night and dogs are an extra £5 per night. Stay six nights and get the seventh free. Call 01643 841791 or book online.

The Historic Farm

Take three: UK Farmstays
Take three: UK Farmstays


If the BBC 2 documentary Victorian Farm captured your imagination then you'll be pleased to know that you can stay in the very same house used in the programme. Hidden in the Shropshire Hills, Acton Scott estate is an historic working farm still employing traditional, 19th century methods and techniques.

Visitors can take part in a range of traditional craft and trade courses like ploughing, tool making, weaving and carol singing. Stay in Henley Cottage, the meticulously preserved, two-bedroom stone cottage with a coal fire range, larder, oil lamps and hand pump that Victorian Farm was filmed in. There's a modern WC and shower in the converted garden closet for those who aren't feeling too traditional. A seven-night stay starts from £680 in July.

The Active Farm

Take three: UK Farmstays
Take three: UK Farmstays


Clyne Farm Centre in Mumbles, Wales offers enough activities to keep even the most active family happy. Overlooking the majestic sweep of Swansea bay with a view of North Devon's coastline, this farm stay boasts a plethora of outdoor pursuits, from horse riding on the beach and climbing to canoeing and archery.

There's also the opportunity to tackle Challenge Valley - apparently one of the muddiest assault course in the world. A week The Dairy, which overlooks the Bristol Channel and acres of verdant farmland, starts from £480. Visitors who book a week long stay in this two-bedroomed gem get a free taster activity sessions.

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