Farm Cottages are lovely places for those wishing to relax with family and friends in the countryside.
With wide open spaces, countryside views and plenty of peace and quiet, many farms across the UK have chosen to make the most of what they have to create a range of stunning farm holiday cottages for guests to enjoy.
By combining modern facilities with the rural charm of a bygone era, Farm Stays in traditional farm cottages on working farms are increasingly popular with families. By escaping to the country children have the opportunity to meet the farm animals and have the freedom to explore whilst parents can soak up the relaxed atmosphere in a rustic farm cottage.
My Favourite Holiday Cottages has an excellent selection of Farm Holiday Cottages from up and down the UK, so we have chosen six cottages from the North, South, East and West to ensure that you're never too far away from your own stay in the countryside.
Threshers Barn at Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages Sleeps 6 in Dorset
Located in an area of Outstanding Natural beauty, Threshers Barn is one of six cottages on the the 200 acres farm at Bakers Mill near Beaminster which offers a range of pet friendly holiday cottages set deep within the Dorset countryside.
As well have the opportunity to try your hand at fishing in the coarse fishing ponds, the farm is also a haven for wildlife with sightings of deer and otters.
Duck Cottage Sleeps 8 in North Devon
Duck Cottage offers a real family-friendly farm experience in the tiny North Devon village of Little Torrington. Children (and grown-ups) can feed, cuddle and pet all kinds of farm ‘pets’ including chickens, rabbits and Guinea pigs as well as join the farmer’s wife on egg collecting rounds (meaning fresh organic eggs for breakfast). When you’ve done with the animals, Duck cottage guests also enjoy access to a heated swimming pool, beautiful gardens with lawns perfect for picnics and ball games and an indoor games room.
This large holiday cottage in Devon sleeps 8 in a secluded rural location, yet within easy reach of sandy beaches at Instow and Westward Ho! The cottage itself is a beautifully presented, clean and spacious barn conversion. There are lovely rural views from its four bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen for rustling up delicious meals prepared using local produce.
Brant View Sleeps 6 in Sedburgh
Brant View is a Grade II listed 17th Century barn conversion with stout oak beams and exposed stone walls amidst in the wild and rugged Cumbria countryside near Sedbergh.
The three-bedroom, family-friendly cottage is part of a working farm and lies within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales and, a little further afield, The Lake District.
When not exploring the farm and the surrounding countryside, it’s a lovely holiday home in which to relax, savour the rural views or enjoy games on the cottage’s pool table.
Spinney Retreat Sleeps 6 in Shropshire
Spinney Retreat is a delightful 2-bedroom rural retreat on a working farm in the Shropshire countryside near Cardington in the tranquil hamlet of Plaish. The family-friendly cottage lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and comes with the added benefit of an indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court and two games rooms. There are pony rides on the farm for children who will also love the children’s play area and go-karts for pedalling around the farm. Once a stable, Spinney Retreat retains its exposed oak beams while offering comfortable self-catering accommodation offer up to four guests. Enjoy beautiful walks in the Shropshire Hills rounded off with a refreshing pint or two of ale at the nearby Royal Oak – the oldest pub in Shropshire.
Creag-na-Sanais Sleeps 4 in Newtonmore
As its Celtic name implies, this farm cottage lies in the Scottish Highlands in the small village of Laggan near Newtonmore. Guests will be continuously reminded of its superb highland location with the views of the Monadhliath Mountains from just about every room.
It is definitely a delightful destination for holidays in the great outdoors. In summer, wander along the banks of the River Spey, go pony trekking, fishing or mountain biking (the cottage has lockable storage for bikes). In winter the ski slopes of the Cairngorms lie within easy reach. As with so many farm cottages, Creag na Sanais is a barn conversion, which means that its thick, stout stone walls help to keep the cottage warm and cosy in winter, light and airy in summer. It sleeps 2-4 guests in two bedrooms and has a well-equipped kitchen for the creation of all kinds of tasty meals.
North End Farmhouse Sleeps 14 in Bridport
We couldn’t complete this article on farm cottages without including an actual farmhouse – as opposed to barn conversions. So, it's back to Dorset and here is a beauty – an ancient thatched farmhouse overlooking a lake in Dorset. North End Farmhouse is a large holiday cottage on the Dorset coast in an idyllic rural location near Bridport.
This homely cottage dates back to the 16th Century, so expect bags of character with inglenook fireplaces (including a massive Tudor fireplace in the Great Hall), a bread oven and stone-mullioned windows. It sleeps up to 14 guests in 6 bedrooms and is perfectly located for days out in the beautiful Dorset countryside, or on the beaches at Weymouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay.