The great British countryside is the perfect destination for families in need of a fun-filled October Half Term and Farm Stay UK has a host of farm-based escapes in rural spots across the UK with availability for the half term week. From seal spotting in Pembrokeshire, to football in Suffolk and learning to ride in Dorset, there are breaks on offer to keep both small and large kids entertained.
Highlights of family holidays still available to book throughout October Half Term (22- 29 October 2016) are below, with the full collection available to view at www.farmstay.co.uk
Seal Spotting and a Chocolate Factory – Rosemoor’s Country Cottage and Nature Reserve, Pembrokeshire
Just two miles from St. Bride’s Bay in Pembrokeshire, Rosemoor’s Country Cottage and Nature Reserve is the perfect base to enjoy Pembrokeshire’s sea and beaches from, as well as the peace and quiet of the Welsh countryside. The cottages offer comfortable, spacious and cosy holiday accommodation for a relaxing break away from it all, but for those looking to do more than just relax, there is plenty to see and do. Within the grounds the playground is a real treat, complete with massive swings and a big 4-seater seesaw and away from the cottages, autumn attracts walkers and ramblers to the area and this is a good time of year to spot baby seals in the coves at Deer Park nearby. Not forgetting Folly Farm, Anna’s Zoo, beach riding, Rosemoor Nature Reserve and for a rainy day a visit to Haverfordwest’s Wickedly Welsh chocolate factory is a treat for adults as well.
7 nights (22-29 October) priced from £394 based on 3 sharing Gardener’s Cottage on a self-catering basis. http://www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/pembrokeshire-haverfordwest-rosemoor-country-cottages-and-nature-reserve-2181
Bunnies, Biking and Football- School Farm Cottages, Suffolk
For families looking for rolling meadows, a pretty village and a peaceful countryside escape this autumn, School Farm Cottage in North Suffolk ticks all the boxes. The converted dairy building accommodation is centred on a pretty courtyard overlooking two large ponds, ancient hedgerows and friendly farm animals. Inside the well-equipped kitchens, cosy living areas and WiFi throughout ensures a stress-free stay for parents. The pool table and table tennis are ideal rainy-day-activities and for warmer autumn days, there is opportunity to fish in the local pond, bikes to hire for a ride through the countryside and the farm boasts a full sized football pitch, ensuring the kids will never be bored. There’s even the chance for little ones to feed the rabbits, collect fresh eggs for breakfast and meet the resident dairy cows. Take a stroll through the pretty village of Cratfield and Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Dinosaur Theme Park and the Suffolk Heritage Coast are nearby for family days out-and-about.
7 nights (22-29 October) priced from £430 based on 4 sharing Silverley’s Cottage on a self-catering basis. www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/suffolk-halesworth-school-farm-cottages-672
Shetland Ponies and Hot Tubs – Airhouses, Lauder, Scottish Boarders
Grab the family and head into the heart of the Scottish countryside to enjoy half-term in a spacious ski-chalet-chic wooden cabin, set amongst 633 acres of private countryside and farmland. The five spacious cabins (complete with an outdoor hot tub, vaulted ceilings, modern kitchens and far-reaching views through floor-to-ceiling windows) provide the ideal space for large groups and families. Keep an eye out for wildlife by day or night – deer, foxes, badgers and barn owls are your nearest neighbours here – well apart from the onsite Alpacas, Shetland Ponies and Toffee the Llama. Children will love the treasure trail and farm walks from the lodges and the chance to walk the Shetland Ponies. And with the buzzing city of Edinburgh just half an hour away a spot of culture, shopping or site seeing is within easy reach.
7 nights (21-28 October) priced from £1,099 based on 6 sharing The Buchanan. For large groups The Capercaillie sleeps 10 people for £1,899 (£189 each) for a week stay. Both on a self-catering basis. www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/scottish-borders-lauder-airhouses-1015
Feed the Alpacas and Learn to Ride at the Farm – Luccombe Holidays, Dorset
Nestled in a hidden valley in the heart of Dorset, Luccombe offers six cosy cottages, large pastures, a family farm, a games room, a sauna and even a heated indoor pool. Best of all though, for those looking to enjoy the autumn outdoors, Pound Cottage Riding Centre is next door and with 650 acres of rolling countryside to discover on horseback- guests can head out for an afternoon hack and novices can use their break to become pros in no time. Kids will love afternoons on the farm grooming the horses, feeding the alpacas and meeting a host of friendly animals, whilst adults can enjoy wonderful walks and relaxing in the sauna.
7 nights (21-28 October) priced from £865 based on 4 sharing The Tackroom on a self-catering basis. www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/dorset-blandford-luccombe-holidays-939. Riding lessons at Pound Cottage Riding Centre from £18 for children (16 years and under) and £20 for adults – book at www.pound-cottage-riding-centre.com.
Cycling in Dalby Forest and a Day-trip to The National Railway Musuem- Sunset Cottages, North Yorkshire
A range of six converted self-catering properties on the family farm, Sunset Cottages offer fine views, warm and comfortable accommodation, a beautiful farm and lots of character. Located in the Howardian Hills designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with York and North York Moors nearby, there are castles, gardens and museums for days out (The National Railway Museum is a great option for kids) and lots of cycling and walking. Dalby Forest also provides a number of cycling trails for all abilities. The cottages come compete with a kitchen, eating and sitting area for family meals and a flat screen TV with DVD player for cosy nights in.
7 nights (22-29 October) priced from £430 based on 4 sharing Carters Cottage or Honeysuckle Cottage on a self-catering basis. http://www.farmstay.co.uk/self-catering/north-yorkshire-york-sunset-cottages-1214/
To book any of the properties featured, please visit www.farmstay.co.uk.