Escape the hectic city and recharge your batteries in the countryside with these family-friendly breaks on working farms.
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1) TYDDYN CHAMBERS, RUTHIN, DENBIGHSHIRE
One night from £38pp
This busy traditional beef and sheep working farm in North Wales is alive with the sound of music thanks to its hosts Huw and Ella who are both keen musicians. There are just three rooms, one double, one family and one twin each tastefully furnished with breathtaking views of the Clwydian Mountain range.
Tyddyn Chambers, Ruthin, Denbighshire
Both the picturesque Snowdonia village of Betws y Coed and the seaside town of Llandudno are nearby. And its just a 10-minute drive to the historic town of Ruthin and Wales's oldest timbered town house, Nantclwyd y Dre, dating back to the 15th century.
THE DEAL: B&B starts at £38pp per night and from £90 per night in the family room. Book here.
2) CWMCRWTH FARM, CARMARTHENSHIRE
Three nights from £295 for four
Farmer Rob will welcome a helping hand from the families staying on his farm, five miles from the tiny town of Llandeilo. From feeding the lambs and pigs to collecting eggs from the hens to giving Eddie the miniature Shetland pony a bit of a brush-up and not forgetting to say hello to the donkeys Dom and Millie there's plenty to keep everyone occupied.
Cwmcrwth Farm, Carmarthenshire
And after a morning being little farmers the kids can let off steam in the lovely play area. Just a short drive away is the boutique town of Llandeilo with its independent shops, cosy pubs and cafes while the Brecon Beacons, sands of Cefn Sidan and Brechfa Forest are nearby.
THE DEAL: Three-night self-catering break in The Hayloft based on a family of four sharing starts at £295. Book here.
3) ABOCURRAGH FARMHOUSE, ENNISKILLEN, CO FERMANAGH
B&B from £40pp per night
This family-run working dairy farm is set on 120 acres of land in scenic Enniskillen. There's a chance to experience and observe life on the farm, as cows roam the lush pastures from April until October. Naturally, milking is an important part of day-to-day farm life and you are welcome to give a helping hand.
Abocurragh Farmhouse, Enniskillen
Calving season starts early in the year but there is always late arrivals for guests to get stuck in with feeding sessions. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and sweeping views of the Fermanagh countryside. Take time out to explore the neighbouring Enniskillen Castle and Lough Erne – the second biggest lake system in Northern Ireland.
THE DEAL: B&B in a double room starts at £80 per night. Book here.
4) GASK HOUSE FARM, INVERNESS
Two nights from £275 for two
Tucked in the foothills of the Monadhliath Mountains, Gask House Farm is home to a collection of luxury barn conversions (sleeping two to four) along with a handsome herd of highland cattle and cuddly Cheviot lambs.
Gask House Farm, Inverness
The farm prides itself on its fine home cooking – you can order dishes to heat up in your cottage or a tea tray with traditional scones or cinnamon buns. Set around a shared courtyard, each of the three cottages has wood burners and a large open-plan living area. Highland capital Inverness is just seven miles away or Loch Ness and its legendary monster are just a 30-minute drive away.
THE DEAL: Two nights' self-catering for two in Tordarroch Cottage starts at £275 arriving on April 29. Or a week self-catering from May 20 in Corrimony Cottage (sleeping four) starts at £850 through Farm Stay. Book here.
5) HUNTSTILE ORGANIC FARM, SOMERSET
B&B from £135 a night for four
The kids can meet Marigold, one of the Dairy Shorthorns, on this working farm in Goathurst near Bridgewater. And they'll have fun helping to feed the friendly goats, Gloucester Old Spot pigs and and chickens as they learn about life on this organic farm.
Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset
Exterior of Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset
B&B is offered in nine delightfully decorated rooms, or you can go glamping in the field next to the orchard with a choice of a canvas tipi, an ornate gypsy caravan or a rustic shepherd's hut trailer along with cosy little log cabins.
Their award-winning breakfasts are served up in the 15th century farmhouse.
THE DEAL: B&B in the Studio log cabin (sleeping four) starts at £135 a night or B&B for four in the Dove Loft room starts at £200 a night. Book here .
6) KNOWLE FARM, SOUTH DEVON
Seven nights from £695 for four
Set in 44 acres of charming countryside this family-friendly farm near Totnes is right on the doorstep of Dartmoor National Park but only 30 minutes from stunning sandy beaches. Along with the sheep, donkeys, hens and rabbits, there are some more unusual residents.
Meet the residents at Knowle Farm, South Devon
Knowle Farm, South Devon
including cute Kune Kune Pigs Rasha, Fred and Dinky, Dartmoor Pony Pete, and Peanut the peacock. And with an inviting indoor pool, fun soft play area and tennis court with wonderful views of the countryside, the whole family will love life on the farm.
THE DEAL: Stay in one of the six award-winning cottages which each come with a wood-burning stove and Freesat TV. A week's self-catering from April 28 in two-bedroom Cow-mumble (sleeping four) starts at £695. Book here.
7) THE DANDELION HIDEAWAY, LEICESTERSHIRE
Four nights from £675 for six
Blow away the city cobwebs and breathe in the clean country air on this working farm in Osbaston.
You can choose to get hands on milking the goats, collecting eggs from the hens, milking the dairy herd and grooming the Shetland ponies, or just relax and enjoy the birdsong, starry nights, unhurried breakfasts and cosy dinners.
The Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire
For a luxurious glamping break retire to one of the six canvas cottages, oozing old world charm that's far from shabby with nostalgic touches such as comfy leather sofa, Aga-style range, kitchen farmhouse dresser, butler's sink complete with brass taps and even a whistling kettle.
THE DEAL: Each of the cottages sleeps up to six with four nights' self-catering from April 28 starting at £675. Book here .
8) TENBURY COTTAGE, LUDLOW, SHROPSHIRE
Three nights from £502 for four
Deep in the rolling countryside of Shropshire this stylish cottage is an ideal base for an idyllic rural break, with open plan living area, a wood-burning stove and smart country kitchen. Guests can wander around the 12 acres of farmland, patting the sheep and feeding the ducks and dogs are welcome too.
Tenbury Cottage, Ludlow, Shropshire
The famous foodie market town of Ludlow, just a 15-minute drive away, is steeped in history with over 500 listed buildings, along with a clutch of country pubs and restaurants while Croft Castle and the National Trust's Berrington Hall are both with easy driving distance.
THE DEAL: A three-night self-catering stay in Tenbury Cottage, sleeping four in two bedrooms, starts at £502 or seven nights from £701 through Sugar and Loaf. Book here.
9) BEACON HILL FARM, NORTHUMBERLAND
Seven nights from £595 for six
Set between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline and the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills, this 350-acre farm has plenty of opportunities for youngsters see lambs up close, pat the horses and help with collecting the day's freshly laid eggs.
Beacon Hill Farm, Northumberland
And there's more fun for the kids with an indoor heated pool and games room with table football, pool, table tennis and air hockey plus a covered adventure playground. After following the Harry Potter trail in the woods, there's the adventure of cooking outdoors over the campfire pits. And for some bracing sea air head to Druridge Bay and its seven miles of empty golden sands, just eight miles east of the farm.
THE DEAL: A seven-night self-catering stay in Beech Cottage (sleeping up to six) costs from £595 arriving on April 28 through Premier Cottages. Book here.
10) MUDGEON COTTAGE, CORNWALL
Seven nights from £688 for eight
Families can get back to nature on this working farm in the hamlet of Mudgeon, on the Lizard Peninsula, close to the tranquil Helford River. You can even watch the cows being milked from a viewing gallery. An extensive play area complete with slides, swings, bridge and tree house, along with a games room, means there's lots to keep the kids occupied.
Mudgeon Cottage, Cornwall
A short walk away, a charming private nature trail takes you to Helford River's breathtaking Tremayne Quay and Helford Village and Frenchman's Creek. And further afield Flambards Theme Park, the county's number one children's attraction, is just eight miles away.
THE DEAL: Sykes Cottages is offering seven nights'self-catering in Mudgeon Cottage (sleeps eight in four bedrooms) from £688 (saving up to £51) for April 21 arrival (ref 945132). Book here.