With the New Year, attention turns to holidays. A spring break on a working farm could be the perfect getaway with your toddler. Just think of all the baby animals you’ll get to see!
Cwmcrwth Farm, Brecon Beacons
This small rare-breed farm with cottages is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the beautiful Towy Valley in Wales.
You can stay in the old hayloft, milking parlour or coach house – or if you’re feeling really adventurous, camp out in an old pig ‘ark’. The cottages are fully equipped for families, with highchairs, travel cots, changing mats and more. Toddlers can help farmer Rob on his feeding rounds, meeting the animals and collecting eggs.
The farm offers midweek stays specifically for families with young children, three nights from £350 for two en-suite bedrooms, cwmcrwthfarm.co.uk
Coombe Mill, North Cornwall
This working farm is situated in 30 acres between Bodmin Moor and the North Cornwall coast.
It features five cottages and five Scandinavian lodges on the site of a 16th-century watermill. Coombe Mill has been set up with babies, toddlers and growing children in mind. There are daily tractor rides, and the chance to feed the animals, including deer, miniature donkeys, rabbits and chickens. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas and free daily rides on a miniature railway.
Two-bedroom cottages from £595 for a week, coombemill.com
Old Oak Cottages, North Yorkshire
If you want to keep the animals a little further away, try Old Oak Cottages just outside the pretty village of Little Thirkleby, on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors.
Eight luxury cottages have been converted from barns and stables. They’re surrounded by 400 acres of stunning farmland where the owner’s sheep graze. There is a heated indoor swimming pool on-site and an outside playground with a fort, climbing frame, trampoline and seesaw for toddlers. There’s lambing in the spring and goats to feed.
From £260 for a two-night break, oldoakcottages.com