8 great working farm properties

Rural, Working Farm, Educational

Posted by Hayley Kitto & Ed Roberts on 27th May 2021

Staying on a working farm is a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with farmyard life, as well as offering you the best chance to connect with the essence of the countryside. Whilst staying in one of our working farm cottages, not only can you indulge in the delightful ruralness and tranquillity of the beautiful surroundings, but many of our working farm cottages also provide children with the opportunity to get up and close with farmyard animals. From helping the farmer to collect the daily eggs to taking a horse-riding lesson, there is no better time than now to experience the charm of a working farm holiday in one of these stunning family-friendly properties. More inspiration can be found from our library of handy blogs about working farms in England on subjects like family-friendly fun, a guide to farm markets, and a half-term feature on farms cottages for all the family.

Cottages on working farms

Holiday cottages on working farms across the UK

West Nymph Holly Hock Cottage, Devon | Sleeps: 6 guests + 2 dogs

West Nymph Holly Hock Cottage, Devon | Sleeps: 6 guests + 2 dogs

Discover the beauty of Dartmoor

West Nymph Holly Hock Cottage is one of three converted barns, all nestled within a working farm in the heart of rugged Dartmoor. This stunning property offers ultimate luxury with a private hot tub, an open fire, and beautiful décor – perfect for mum to enjoy a glass of wine, whilst dad is busy fishing in the on-site lakes and the children are happily playing in the wide, open fields, spending time with the range of farm animals or helping to collect free-range eggs. 

Both the North Devon coastline and plenty of fantastic attractions are within easy reach, making this charming property the perfect destination for a family break.

North Devon farm cottages

Bluebird Bus, South Devon | Sleeps: 2 guests + 1 dog

Bluebird Bus, South Devon | Sleeps: 2 guests + 1 dog

Inspiring converted Canadian school bus on a vineyard

Enjoy a unique stay on this refurbished bus, that has been reimagined as a quaint holiday home. Bluebird Bus is tucked away on a vineyard just outside Seaton in South Devon, you can enjoy wine tours of the vineyard, and even sample and buy a few glasses and bottles. The location, in the middle of a field, is lovely with wide-ranging views of the rolling South Devon countryside.

A former Canadian school bus, this idyllic holiday property offers guests a unique holiday experience in the wilds of South Devon. Of an evening, sit in the garden and fire up the BBQ and light the fire pit with ease. Of a day you can venture out to local attractions and beauty spots that include the nearby market town of Axminster, Axe Valley Wildlife Park, The Donkey Sanctuary, Lyme Regis Museum, and Marine Aquarium, Seaton Tramway and some National Trust properties. The area hosts restaurants such as River Cottage, Hix Oyster and Fish House, The Pig at Combe and Robin Wylde just to name a few.

South Devon farm cottages

Heron Cottage at Bradley Burn Farm, North of England | Sleeps: 2 guests + 2 dogs

Heron Cottage at Bradley Burn Farm, North of England | Sleeps: 2 guests + 2 dogs

Uncover the gorgeous Durham Dales

This beautiful period property, Heron Cottage at Bradley Burn Farm, is located in a peaceful tranquil setting amongst 100 acres of farmland. Complete with a farm shop and café you really are provided with the definitive countryside experience. Located in the stunning Durham Dales, North Yorkshire, just outside the picturesque village of Wolsingham, and only 12 miles from the wonderful historic city of Durham, the local area provides a wealth of attractions to explore when not indulging in the charm of the complex. 

Guests are welcome to explore the farmland, see all the farm animals, play in the paddock and sandpit, make use of the table football, table tennis and air hockey, walk the farm nature trail along riverside paths, past ancient monuments and a medieval moat.

North of England farm cottages

Moorhouse Farm, Somerset | Sleeps: 6 guests 

Country charm in the West Country

Moorhouse Farm is set within 150 acres of peaceful farmland. This charming Somerset farm is set inside a nature conservation area with moors on one side and fields around the others providing stunning panoramic views from every angle. Visitors to this family-friendly property are invited to wander around the farm, play in the Wendy house, wooden play fort, climbing frame, and swings; help feed the chickens; collect the eggs; meet the four friendly farm dogs, resident cat, and a pig called Pepper or see the animals in pets' corner; and during spring, children can also help with the lambs. 

The fun isn’t just saved for the children, however, as there is also a selection of bikes to hire on-site as well as a BBQ to enjoy in the summer months for all the family.

Somerset farm cottages

Kehelland Farm Cottage, Cornwall | Sleeps: 8 guests + 2 dogs

Kehelland Farm Cottage, Cornwall | Sleeps: 8 guests + 2 dogs

A corner of Cornish farm heaven

Occupying a sheltered position in the tiny village of Kehelland, this former barn is set within 30 acres of arable land with cows, ducks, and chickens roaming the grounds. Kehelland Farm Cottage has been transformed to ensure that it is brimming with both comfort and character, boasting country charm and warmth complete with beamed ceilings. Set in one of the most popular parts of Cornwall between the magnificent sweep of St Ives Bay and the spectacular cliffs of the North Cornish coast, there is an abundance of great countryside and coastal walks to be had in the surrounding areas of the property, as well as the opportunity to get involved with the farm life. 

There is a pond on-site which is available for guests to go fishing in, and you can also see the farm animals, explore the land or just relax in the courtyard area with its centrepiece wishing well and colourful displays of bedding plants.

Cornwall farm cottages

  Old Holcombe Orchard, Somerset | Sleeps: 4 guests + 2 dogs

Old Holcombe Orchard, Somerset | Sleeps: 4 guests + 2 dogs

The perfect Quantock Hills hideaway

Situated in a group of properties on a 6-acre smallholding, this lovingly converted barn, Old Holcombe Orchard, sleeps four for a tranquil countryside break. Exmoor National Park, the Brendon Hills, and the Quantock Hills are within driving distance, offering plenty of wonderful walks, hikes, bike rides and glorious views. The delights of the nearby coast are also within easy reach, with lovely seaside towns such as Blue Anchor, Minehead, and Watchet a short drive away. 

Inside, there's a wood burner for cosy nights in, while outside you can relax on the enclosed patio with a selection of outdoor games. You are also welcome to explore the land around the smallholding, home to the owners’ chickens and, sometimes, cows and sheep.

South West farm cottages

Muriau Farmhouse - Betws-y-Coed | Sleeps: 9 guests

Muriau Farmhouse - Betws-y-Coed, Wales | Sleeps: 9 guests

North Wales sheep farm close to Mount Snowdon

Time your stay at Muriau Farmhouse in Betws-y-Coed with lambing season and you can see spring lambs in all their skippy glory in the fields of this working farm property. This fabulous 1850s farmhouse is full of period charm, interesting features and thoughtful little extras to enhance your stay. Big enough to accommodate nine guests in comfort, this prospect is perfect for an extended family break or a getaway with friends. It's close to the focal centre for outdoor pursuits in Snowdonia National Park, Betws-y-Coed, you'll never go be lost for things to do. 

Discover the waterfalls, river pools and hill-top lakes alongside the majestic mountains and dense woodland. Climb Snowdon’s Summit, visit Surf Snowdonia, the Zip World and Go Below for adventures for the ultimate day out. Take a trip to Conwy Falls and Swallow Falls, or bag some fortresses like Dolwyddelan Castle, Conwy Castle, and Harlech Castle. North Wales' traditional seaside spots like Conwy and Llandudno are also within easy reach. 

Wales farm cottages

Outfield, Scotland | Sleeps: 6 guests + 2 dogs

Outfield, Scotland | Sleeps: 6 guests + 2 dogs

Scottish bliss with 40 acres of woodlands, countryside and a gym

Outfield in Perth, Scotland is a superb choice for a working farm holiday. Your stay will be enhanced by an on-site gym, a Swedish wood-burning sauna, a games room, and access to a tennis court. Guests are welcomed to explore the 40 acres of woodland and countryside through the established tracks with viewing platforms or meet the characterful pet sheep. Inside there are gorgeous, spacious rooms to unwind in at the end of the day, as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen where you can dazzle your fellow guests with excellent meals made with local Scottish produce. 

Meet the pet sheep on your walks around the estate via a network of trails, before heading out to local visitor attractions that include the cities of Perth and Dundee, the fascinating V&A Museum, Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Scone Palace, and Glamis Castle. Also, enjoy a day out at Perth Races. Fishermen can enjoy the nearby River Tay, renowned for trout and salmon fishing. Golfers are spoilt for choice too with courses at Carnoustie, St Andrews, and Gleneagles.

Scotland farm cottages

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Browse through our whole collection of working farm properties. We have impressive properties all across England, Scotland, and Wales for you to discover. Many of the properties we offer are family-friendly and welcome dogs too. We think a stay on a working farm with your family is a superb choice that you and your children will love. 

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