A working farmstay in Wales will bring you closer to our rural way of life, without the 4.30am starts. Farm stays are great for families and active outdoor breaks.
Fresh eggs are just the start of the day
You may be aware of the cockerel’s calls as the dawn lifts its shadows upon a rising farmyard and your comfortable rooms. But you start your day around the farm kitchen table; full bed and breakfast is very standard, but if you like to cook your own eggs you can pick a self-catering farmstay. Either way, the eggs will be freshly laid by the farm's hens and served up with local meats and plenty of warm coffee or tea to get your day going. The kitchen is much like the rest of the farm, with traditional oak-beamed buildings and open hearths, swept flagstone floors and stout country furniture.
Working farm holidays are great for families, after all in Wales, farms have always been run by families. There's plenty of work to be done. Pull on your wellies and follow the dogs scampering out into the fferm, where work has by now been underway for several hours. Hitch a ride on the haycart to watch the haymakers mowing and stacking bales in the fields. If you've never seen a sheep plunge into sheep dip before, you can get your chance in the neighbouring field. Back at the stables, the farrier has arrived, demonstrating his ancient craft; part veterinarian, part blacksmith as he shoes a horse.
The perfect base to explore outdoor Wales
You don't have to stay on the farm all day. Welsh farms are by their nature at the heart of the Welsh countryside and local community, making them the perfect base for seeing rural Wales. You're already there, by the coast, among the rolling hills and rugged national parks. Some farmstays will rent bicycles, or organise horse-riding, but you can get under your own steam to walk the hills, explore the caves, rivers and county towns.
At lunch you might pick up a few words of Welsh over a plate of Welsh rarebit, or a ploughman's lunch with great piles of crumbling cheddar cheese, pickles, meats and salad. Welsh is still spoken in many homes and you can expect to be able to try Wales’ regional dishes and local organic produce with plenty of home cooking. All of the Farm Stay Wales farms have been inspected and quality assessed under Visit Wales' or the AA's grading scheme. All you really need to worry about is where to go next.