Now that spring is fast approaching it’s the perfect time to organise a trip away; think cosy cottages or B&Bs with plenty of green open spaces, and - if you fancy staying on a working farm – you might see some animals around too! Either way, make the most of the lighter evenings and warmer weather with a farm stay-style break – here are our top 3...
Top image: Dairy Barns
For the ultimate farm-stay experience, look no further than Dairy Barns. Choose from nine individually decorated rooms (think modern country cottage with plenty of pretty touches), each with a great view out over either the courtyard garden or the farmyard. Three of the rooms are actually ‘extra special’ rooms, with a self-contained lounge and dining area, bathroom and patio doors leading out to their own courtyard garden! They’re decorated beautifully and offer that extra touch of luxury.
Breakfast will remind you of the wonders of a farm-stay, with freshly grown, free-range ingredients served in their lovely barn (or, if you fancy treating yourself, in bed!). After breakfast explore the farm’s lovely wildlife and make the most of being on a real, working farm by walking through the fields or watching the farm work taking place – in the Spring we imagine there’s plenty of lambing going on!
Prices start from £73 per room per night (single occupancy from £60 per night).
Moor Farm Stable Cottages is a working farm with stables converted into eight holiday cottages, and converted barns nearby. Guests can make the most of the farm’s facilities, including their heated indoor swimming pool and spa, fishing in the farm’s pond and an activity area for children – kids will love their rescue donkeys, Dumbledore and Hermione!
The cottages are beautifully decorated, each with their own character, and are available to rent by the week, with some shorter breaks available. Prices from £260 - £1,020 per week; short breaks from £55 per night.
A group of eight lovely cottages which sleep between 3 - 8 people, located on a farm (which may not be a working farm, but the surroundings are lovely; plenty of green outdoor space!). A great base to explore Norwich, Spixworth Hall Cottages also offer plenty of relaxation and opportunities to walk, fish and spot the local wildlife. Two of the cottages can be linked to sleep up to 13 people, with great facilities and plenty of space. Most of them are also set well away from the road to emphasise the countryside feel and create a safer space for kids.
Prices between £300 - £1460 weekly; short breaks also available.
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