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Get up close and personal with the neighbours!

It is not everyday that you wake up, open the curtains and be face to face with a heard of sheep. Have a holiday with a difference and experience one of our amazing properties based on or near a farm!

When you hear the words farm stay you may be imagining a remote cottage in the middle of a wild and exposed field with none of your usual home comforts. Here at Group Stays that couldn’t be further from the truth. Book a stay in one of our properties on or nearby a farm and you’ll be treated to a holiday beyond your wildest dreams.

With some of our properties situated on a working farm you’ll notice a lot going on whatever the season. Visit in spring and notice the new born animals wandering the fields not to mention the beautiful flowers beginning to blossom. Bring your wellies and stomp through the muddy puddles and country lanes, a perfect activity for working up an appetite before lunch.

Prefer your holiday in summer time? We are sure you will find plenty of opportunities to sunbathe in the gardens surrounding the properties before cooling off in the swimming pools attached to most of these properties. Even if we are having a typical British summer and it rains during your stay why not pop to the local farm shop or garden centre and see what they have to offer? 

Stay in Fuzzy Orchard or Ham Bottom and save your food scraps, walk down the lane and feed them to the pigs. The kids will love their cheeky nature and will chat to them for hours!

At the majestic Berry House it’s unusual if you don’t have a day when deer roam right past the window. If you’re staying in this property at Christmas time maybe take the opportunity to convince the kids that they are reindeer! Who needs to venture as far as Lapland when you have this amazing sight practically on your doorstep!

Here are our 5 Top Tips for a fantastic farm stay:

  • Pack wisely – wellies or old shoes are a must. As is a decent coat. We can assure you that you’ll enjoy your stay but can’t guarantee the weather!
  • Keep your eyes and ears open – look out for those little things you may miss on a normal day. Spot the bulbs sprouting from the ground, listen to the bird song and look in the rivers for fish.
  • Remember the countryside code - shut gates behind you, read signs and notices, keep dogs on leads around animals and leave no litter. We love living in the countryside, we love you visiting but please leave it as you found it!
  • Stay safe – only approach animals that you know you are allowed to. Children should be supervised at all times so they can have fun in a safe environment. Remember to follow any instructions you are given.
  • Have fun –  allow a cow to photo bomb your selfie, run around, jump in piles of leaves, collect sticks, play conkers, get muddy, say good morning to the locals. 

We hope you have a lovely stay and find out all about the beautiful countryside. Due to the nature of farms and farming please do check ahead if access to the animals is available during your booking because we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed. Remember to send us in those pictures of you having a wild adventure during your stay, we would love to see them!

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