Experience lambing first hand: farms stays for spring

Embrace spring and explore the British countryside with a farm stay – here is a selection of self-catering cottages where it’s possible to see newborn lambs up close, and if you're lucky even watch them being born.

 

11th April 2018
Cwm Nantol, Snowdonia

Knowle Farm, Devon

Knowle Farm
At Knowle Farm in Devon visitors can look forward to seeing the newborns taking their first few steps

Knowle Farm in the heart of South Devon offers the perfect family retreat. With lambs born in April, visitors can look forward to seeing the newborns taking their first few steps. Families can also feed and interact with the farm’s pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, donkeys and turkeys. There's also an indoor pool and toddler soft play area for rainy days.  A week’s stay in the two-bedroom Cow-mumble cottage for four guests, arriving 27th April costs £585. www.premiercottages.co.uk

Old Oak Cottages, Yorkshire

Old Oak Cottages
The Farm has spectacular views across unspoilt countryside towards the White Horse of Kilburn

Old Oak Cottages are located on a well kept arable and sheep farm just outside the pretty village of Little Thirkleby, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The Farm has spectacular views across unspoilt countryside towards the White Horse of Kilburn.

The City of York is close by and there are superb walks all around the cottage.  Guests can watch the recently born lambs gamboling in the nearby paddocks and fields. On site is an indoor heated pool, spa bath and sauna, plus an all-weather tennis court and large play area. There’s also a choice of pubs and restaurants close by. A week’s stay in Pheasant Cottage for seven guests costs £940 arriving Friday 27th April or 18th May. www.premiercottages.co.uk 

Parc-yr-Hebog Cottages, Ceredigion

Parc-yr-Hebog
Parc-yr-Hebog Cottages offer a hands-on opportunity to see life on a smallholding

Located in a rural setting with glorious views of surrounding farmland Parc-yr-Hebog Cottages offer a hands-on opportunity to see life on a smallholding. Children can help feed the animals including the recently born lambs.

The properties are also within an easy drive from the stunning Cardigan Bay with its spectacular coastal walks, quiet coves and picturesque harbour villages. Then, after a busy day’s walk, guests staying at The Barn can relax in the sauna. A week’s stay in The Barn for four guests during April and May costs £565 and a three night short break costs £300. www.premiercottages.co.uk 

Cwm Nantcol, Snowdonia

Cwm Nantcol
Visitors can enjoy idyllic springtime views of sheep grazing on the hillsides and in the fields

Cwm Nantcol Barn is an architect-designed converted 17th century barn on an ancient working farmstead, sleeping up to four in two bedrooms with an open plan ground floor with kitchen and sitting area, plus plenty of original features including beamed ceilings. From the windows of Cwm Nantcol Barn, across the tops of traditional dry-stone walls, visitors can enjoy idyllic springtime views of sheep grazing on the hillsides and in the fields, even perhaps seeing lambs taking their first steps a short distance from the house. Fields of livestock are all around here in Snowdonia's Nantcol Valley and the farms are bustling with spring activity.

Snowdonia has much to offer visitors in spring. Shell Island, with its miles of golden sands, is nearby and the small intimate bay of Llandanwg with its tiny 12th century church tucked into the sand dunes is ideal for small children. For those looking to try something a little different, Black Rock Llama Trekking near Black Rock Sands offers the thrill of walking with these beautiful, gentle and intelligent creatures. Quality Cottages can offer seven night stays in April from £529, based on up to four sharing on self-catering basis. www.qualitycottages.co.uk 

Cherrygrove, Somerset

Cherrygrove
Cherrygrove offers a real 'back-to-nature' farm experience, with livestock grazing the surrounding fields

Cherrygrove is a glamping site in the Quantock Hills in Somerset that is ideal for a springtime getaway for big families or groups of friends. The site comprises five traditionally-constructed Mongolian yurts and sits within acres of active farmland with rolling hills and fields all around. This is a real 'back-to-nature' farm experience, with livestock grazing the surrounding fields and opportunities for visitors to accompany the farmer to meet and feed newborn lambs.

Each of the yurts has been beautifully hand-painted inside and is comfortably furnished with colourful rugs, a cosy wood-burner, double bed and a double futon. A nearby Dutch barn has been converted to include a well-equipped kitchen and communal dining area, shared bathroom facilities and a covered 'chill out' area that's ideal for celebrations. The yurts can each sleep up to four and the site is available on an exclusive use basis so can offer flexible accommodation for several families, groups of couples or just friends

Quality Unearthed offers stays at Cherrygrove from £350 per night, with a minimum stay of two nights, based on up to 20 sharing on self-catering basis. www.qualityunearthed.co.uk 

Tunstall Road Farm, Yorkshire

Guests staying on this working farm in spring have the chance to see the resident flock of pedigree, native sheep and their recently born lambs
Guests staying on this working farm in spring have the chance to see the resident flock of pedigree, native sheep and their recently born lambs

Tunstall Road Farm’s three properties are located between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors national parks. Guests staying on this working farm in spring have the chance to see the resident flock of pedigree, native sheep and their recently born lambs. Other animals onsite include pigs and cows.

A three-night stay in Galloway House, which sleeps up to eight guests, costs £792 and a week’s stay costs £1320 for arrival Friday 30th April. www.premiercottages.co.uk 

Glamping West Midlands, Enville

Enville glamping
Walkers can enjoy a stroll through nearby meadows, heathland and farmland, with pools and lakes all around.

In the Staffordshire countryside, Glamping West Midlands includes fully-equipped accommodation with beds, linen, firepits and outdoor furniture to enjoy the night’s stars.

As well as lambs following their parents about the grounds, this smallholding site is home to llamas, chickens, ponies and more. Walkers can enjoy a stroll through nearby meadows, heathland and farmland, with pools and lakes all around.

Stay in a Yurt, which accommodates up to six people or a one-bedroom Shepherd’s Hut for two. Both start from £110 per night and include shared bathroom and shower facilities.

www.pitchup.com

Uppergate Farm, Yorkshire

Uppergate
Explore 50 acres of grass and woodlands at Uppergate farm

Uppergate Farm sits on the edge of Hepworth, a lovely Pennine village in Yorkshire. It boasts 50 acres of grassland and woodland and, depending on the time of year, children can join in with feeding the calves, cow, lambs, ducks, geese, pigs and free-range hens every morning. Bottle feeding lambs is particularly popular in springtime as is daily egg collecting. The farm has five historic cottages of varying sizes, a heated indoor pool, outdoor and indoor play areas, plus an excellent pub, restaurant and cafe are just a short walk.

Up to eight guests can enjoy a three-night stay in April in newly renovated Bray Cottage with its own private hot tub and large enclosed garden from £596. www.premiercottages.co.uk 

Ty Fferm, Pembrokeshire

Ty Fferm
y Fferm is just two miles from Abereiddi and well-located for exploring many of other beaches of North Pembrokeshire, as well as picturesque St David’s.

Down a quiet country lane that leads towards the Pembrokeshire coast, passed the traditional farm buildings and overlooking open fields lies Ty Fferm, a traditional Welsh farmhouse that sits at the heart of a working farm. This three-bedroom house is an ideal base for spring adventures through the Welsh countryside and children will enjoy heading out into the farmyard to meet and feed lambs and chickens, collect eggs and learn about the farm animals. The farmhouse has a large family kitchen, a snug sitting room with log burner and a front garden looking out towards the farm buildings.   

Nearby, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path runs in both directions from the beach at Abereiddi. The dramatic coastal scenery, flowers and wildlife mean that Pembrokeshire is regularly voted one of the best coastal destinations in the world and although splendid at all times of year, it is particularly special in springtime as flowers begin to bloom and the countryside bursts into life. Ty Fferm is just two miles from Abereiddi and well-located for exploring many of other beaches of North Pembrokeshire, as well as picturesque St David’s.

Quality Cottages can offer seven night stays in April from £367, based on up to six sharing on self-catering basis. www.qualitycottages.co.uk 

Bryn Eithin and Bwthyn Clychau’r Gog, Denbighshire

Denbigshire
Until mid-April, the farm will be lambing its flock of 50 ewes

Two fabulous cottages, Bryn Eithin and Bwthyn Clychau’r Gog are located at 1050 feet and have amazing views. Until mid-April, the farm will be lambing its flock of 50 ewes. Families can help feed the ewes, cuddle newborn lambs and assist with feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs too.

A week’s stay in Bryn Eithin, which sleeps six, is available from 22nd April for £620. www.premiercottages.co.uk 

Einon Valley Camping Pods, Wales

Einon Valley
The cosy camping pods offer far-reaching views to the Llanllwni mountains

A traditional family farm in the Teifi Valley, Einon Valley Camping Pods make the perfect spring break. The property’s flock of sheep is a spring highlight, with lambs expected from the second weekend in March.

The cosy camping pods offer far-reaching views to the Llanllwni mountains, and the friendly owners often are available to take families on a tour of the farm – a highlight for animal-lovers young and old. Pods have electricity, with shared bathroom and shower, and are unfurnished, allowing visitors a comfortable camping experience without having to bring their tent.

An overnight stay in a Small Camping Pod starts from £25 per night for two adults and two children or a Large Camping Pod from £30 per night for four adults and two children. www.pitchup.com

The Barn Studio, Shropshire 

The Barn Studio
Sitting deep in the undulating hills of rural Shropshire, the one-bedroom The Barn Studio is a cute and very quirky retreat

Sitting deep in the undulating hills of rural Shropshire, the one-bedroom The Barn Studio is a cute and very quirky retreat. While you're unlikely to find spring lambs here, it doesn't get much more 'down on the farm' as this little cottage can be found within an enclosed side of a stable barn and the animals regularly pop their heads over the half stable door to say hello. The farm, owned by a former circus performer, is home to retired circus horses, a miniature pony, Henry the little black lamb, a very flamboyant rescue hen named The Duchess and a flock of chickens. Owner Nink will even let guests bring their own horse too to join this motley crew.

Crossing over between country cottage and a circus-chic, a stay here is a wonderland for animal lovers and those keen to fill their lungs with the fresh spring air of Shropshire. Situated in the beautiful rural surroundings of Ellesmere, there are ancient castle to explore, as well as medieval market towns, country walks and cosy pubs.

Quality Unearthed can offer stays from £90 per night, based on two sharing on self-catering basis and with a minimum stay of two nights. www.qualityunearthed.co.uk 

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