Fancy a Family Farm Holiday?
Cornwall does family farm holidays SUPER well. You can choose from a log cabin, traditional stone cottages, treehouses, shepherd's huts, yurts... anywhere in the county, whatever floats your family boat!
Our countryside and rich farming heritage provides a brilliant learning backdrop for young children exploring their world. Observing the rhythms and beauty of the natural world is inspiring, now more than ever. It's a joy to watch children learn about these patterns throughout the year; from snowdrops heralding the year to swathes of bluebells and wild garlic in May, Finding frogspawn in February, searching out wild strawberries from the hedgerows in the summer and indulging in the autumnal bounty of blackberrys.
Farm holidays dish out great memories as well as good learning. See and touch chickens, collect an egg to cook for supper. Feed lambs or alpacas and learn where their wool goes, see the cows being milked... All these experiences mean so much, bringing to life all those children's books like 'What the Ladybird Heard' or 'Just Like Jess'.
But it's the springtime that offers so much....
Springtime offers new born lambs to bottle feed, cows are calving, piglets scamper through the mud, and goat kids and other young animals bring a smile to everyones faces. The hedgerows are in blossom, trees are in leaf and the camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons burst out in to colour creating a landscape Cornwall is famous for.
Cornwall is waking up, fresh and new.
As the young animals learn to walk, so children can learn new skills too, riding ponies, pedalling bikes on quiet farm lanes, honing swimming skills in heated pools. Farm holidays in Cornwall have come a long way from the traditional idea of the ruddy faced farmers wife meeting you at the kitchen gate with a list of do's and don't's. Nowadays they can be pretty luxurious with four and five star cottages, indoor pools, hot tubs, tennis courts and catered soft plays and more. We want the parents to enjoy the holiday too.
There's the opportunity to learn about protecting and powering our world too. Walking through woodland or exploring renewable energy sources like turbines or energy crops helps educate. Many farm holidays businesses here hold strong records in sustainability with Green Tourism awards, Countryside Stewardship and eco-friendly practices upholding the principles of a circular economy.
Farm holidays can be an inspired choice for families with toddlers and pre-school children as there's plenty to do on-site, and even in the hidden corners of Cornwall, the coast is never far away. Tredethick Farm Cottages is a favourite with many young families, offering stylish stone cottages set in 75 acres of private woods and farmland near Lostwithiel and Fowey. There's animal feeding every morning as well as ponies to ride, an indoor pool, soft play, balance bike track and more. But there are plenty more, just check out our farm pages.