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Jul 21, 2010 10:00 PM

Seeking real countryside/farm experience of England

Hi Everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me.

My wife and I will be visiting England/Scotland/Ireland from the USA, Sept 2nd through 13th.

After flying into London and staying for three nights, we'll be driving through the English countryside on our way to Ludlow and then Edinburgh. Somewhere in between we were hoping to experience a working farm or dairy and learn how the farm operates. We were hoping that we could make our own cheese or help feed the chickens. Also, a farm where they prepare you home cooked meals that you get to share with the family sounds fun and also quite charming.

It would ideally be a bed and breakfast or a room to rent where we can spend a night or two.

Does anyone have any experience with this or can point me in the right direction?



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  1. This website may help... or do some Googling for 'Farm Stays England.' There are lots of farms that also double as B&Bs.

    4 Replies
    1. re: zuriga1

      Thanks. I've browsed the site and can't find one that offers an experience along with a place to stay. It seems like it's mostly just farms that offer a room.

      1. re: giahua

        I'm an American living in England now... so not that familiar with how many farms actually have such an experience. It may be a very small number. I hope you find what you're looking for!

        1. re: giahua

          I'm surprised that you havnt found what you were looking for on that site. I had a nosy at my own county ( Cheshire) and saw several where they make specific mention of being able to "help out" on the farm. I doubt whether Cheshire farmers are particularly more welcoming in this respect than others (although it is possible - we Cestrians are well known for our friendliness).

          In itself, Cheshire might be suitable as it's the next county north from Ludlow, so on your way to Edinburgh.

          1. re: Harters

            John, if I had a cow, I'd let anyone come milk it for me.