If all those verses of Old MacDonald have paid off and your kids are obsessed with farms, it’s a great way to inspire a holiday. Not least to help younger ones realise that cows, pigs, sheep etc are actually animals and not just animations.
So the lovely Baby Friendly Boltholes has come up with its list of the top five luxury farm stays, where children can help with feeding, and you can relax.
Tansy Cottage, Clydey Cottages, Pembrokeshire
In the 20 acres of grounds, there’s a hot tub and indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a kids’ club and crèche that will look after all ages, from newborns up. Or they can collect eggs as well as joining in with feeding.
There’s even an honesty larder, including gourmet ready meals, while you can pre-book hampers of organic local breakfast food. Sleeps four plus cot.
The Stables, Bradbury Farm North, Devon
Self-catering flexibility and some hotel luxury on a ‘proper’ farm – the farmhouse dining room is linked up to baby monitors in the cottages opposite, so you can still go out (sort of) for dinner. There’s also an evening meal service on request.
Along with a heated outdoor pool, there’s pont and cart rides plus plenty of toddler toys including a trampoline, wendy houses, slides, swings and ride-on toys. Sleeps six.
Dairy Cottage, Tredethick Farm Cottages, Cornwall
One of nine cottages within two minutes’ walk of the family-friendly indoor pool, soft play zone (with wifi and coffee), games room with sandpit and a new play park.
This coastal farm is great for mixing sea and countryside, and there’s egg collecting and pony rides, plus a relaxation pod in the garden and a ready meal pantry to raid. Sleeps four.
Court Farm Standerwick, Somerset
Stylish interiors and baskets of toys make it perfect for all the family, plus there are plenty of luxury touches including gourmet deli hampers and the option to book hot stone massages.
And if feeding farm animals has got your kids excited about all things great and small, Longleat Safari Park is not far away. Sleeps four plus cots.
Apartment 2, Country Kids, Languedoc-Rousillion, France
Venture further afield to these self-catering apartments, which pride themselves on being boutique hotel standard… and find a petting farm attached, including donkeys, llamas, rabbits and horses.
There’s also a crèche and babysitting for those too young to take up the tractor rides, zip lining, sailing and vineyard tours, along with communal meals and a pool on site. Sleeps seven.
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