Farm Stay Blog
Working Farm Holidays in Rural West Somerset
One of the best things about a working farm holiday is that they offer a wonderful opportunity for families and children to reconnect with nature and disconnect from their screens. After several months of home school we’re sure lots of children will be happy to leave their iPads at home during their holidays this year!
Obviously we are biased, but we think there is nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of the countryside and the fresh West Somerset air. We are miles away from main roads and towns and the air here is remarkably fresh and clean. Nearby Exmoor has one of the darkest skies in the UK so it’s an amazing place for stargazing too. It was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve back in 2011 so the perfect place for spotting shooting stars. Whether it’s the sound of our sheep and goats bleating in the fields, birdsong and chicken-song, or a tractor ploughing in nearby fields there is something wonderful about a farm holiday!
Experiencing life on a working farm is truly unique. Pick up some delicious farm produce from our shop to make a rustic breakfast before setting off for countryside adventures. West Somerset is an unspoilt and relatively unknown area of the West Country. With an abundance of gorgeous walks, stunning coastline and beautiful hills, it's a lovely area to explore, In the evening back on the farm, fall asleep to the distant sounds of farm animals, the rustling of trees and if you're lucky you'll hear the call of barn owls too.
We have farm activities too. Children can experience country life at first hand when they stay with us, watching the animals being fed and watered in the morning, joining us for a farm tour and tractor ride and taking in nature all around them. Our two play areas have swings and a climbing frame and mini tractors and plenty of wheelbarrows for keen budding farmers too.
This year we have a herd of around 50 sheep (and lambs in the spring), 40 chickens, 12 geese, 5 goats, a few pigs, 3 friendly farm dogs as well as all the wild foxes, hedgehogs, badgers and birdlife. We'll be hatching chicks from May Half Term onwards and will probably have some turkeys on the farm in the summer too.
With the beautiful Exmoor coast, woodlands and moorland to explore it’s worth putting on your wellies and setting off on an adventure before heading back to the comforts of our farm.