Escape To Country - Avoid City Living Activity Break

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A working farm in Northallerton has launched the ultimate antidote to the stresses of modern city living - helping farmers deliver this year's lambs.


Lovesome Hill Farm in North Yorkshire has launched the Farm Activity Break as the ideal way for the city slicker to enjoy a true countryside experience.


A working farm with sheep, cattle, free range hens and more than 160 acres of land, the farm offers B&B accommodation throughout the year but this year guests will be invited to help out during the lambing season from 20th March to 1st April.


Guests will be invited to spend a two night break at the farm working alongside farm owner John Pearson to help feed the Masham and Mule sheep, collect eggs from the free range hens and hopefully observe the birth of a spring lamb or two.


Breakfast and lunch is provided by John's wife Mary including a hearty breakfast and warming soup and sandwiches.


John hopes that the breaks will provide a complete break from modern life and leave guests feeling completely revitalised.


He says: "Modern living with constant emails, texts and phone calls can be stressful so we've launched the Farm Activity Breaks to provide a completely different change of pace.


"Many of our guests have told us in the past that they'd like to leave their busy lives behind and stay on the farm forever so we thought why not give them the opportunity to have the full experience.


"Guests during lambing season will get to completely recharge their batteries by trying everything from collecting eggs to feeding the sheep and cattle and perhaps even helping to deliver the lambs


"This is no relaxation retreat though and guests will be expected to muck in and get their hands dirty for the full taste of farm life!"


Lovesome Hill Farm is listed on which provides information on a wide range of holiday accommodation in Yorkshire including hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses as well as local attractions and things to do.


Marcus Simmons, managing director of, says: "We all have times where we'd like to trade in our lives for one in the country and TV shows such as Monty Don's My Dream Farm are proving that more of us want to try our hands at farming.


"Farm breaks such as this offer the ideal opportunity to do just that. We list many working farms across all of our websites and they always prove to be some of our most popular properties.


"It seems that we just can't get enough of the countryside!"


The Farm Activity break costs from £100 per adult for two nights, based on two adults sharing, including all meals. Pregnant women should avoid all contact, either direct or indirect, with lambing ewes.


iknow-uk operates 14 regional websites listing holiday accommodation and leisure activities in the UK's most popular tourism destinations.


It has put together a list of it's top working farms and animal friendly accommodation.







Launceston Farm, Blandford Forum, Dorset


Stylish B&B set in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Guests are encouraged to make the most of the surroundings by going on walks through the countryside, joining farm tours and even getting involved in seasonal goings on such as cider making.


For more information visit





Crockshard Farmhouse, Wingham, Kent


Crockshard Farmhouse B&B is a charming grade II listed property in the beautiful Kent countryside. Animals include Elvis, the retired boar, Billy the goat, Pumpkin the racing pony and a herd of kune kune pigs that live entirely outdoors in grass paddocks and woodland and can be fed by guests. Guests can even bring their own pets with stabling and paddocks              available for horses and ponies.


For more information visit



Millmoor Farm Cottages, Malpas, Cheshire


These award winning self catering holiday cottages are on a working dairy and sheep farm in beautiful South Cheshire. As Millmoor is a working dairy and beef farm, guests may watch the milking, help feed the calves, collect hen's eggs for breakfast or visit the sheep and the rare breeds of pigs. Coarse fishing is also available.


For more information visit





Humble Bee Cottages, Filey, Yorkshire


Humble Bee farm offers three beautiful holiday cottages, wigwams and camping facilities in an idyllic rural haven. Families can get back to nature by meeting all of the farmyard animals, collecting fresh eggs for breakfast and feeding the ducks.


For more information visit





Smeaton Organic Farm B&B, Saltash, Cornwall


This four star fully organic farm is set on 450 acres in the Duchy of Cornwall. It offers a great place from which to explore Cornwall as well as plenty to do on the farm including meeting the rare breed sheep, cattle and pigs and getting lost in the Maize Maze which opens each summer.


For more information visit




Sandown Manor Guesthouse, Isle of Wight

Sandown Manor is a three-star B&B occupying a fantastic position overlooking Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight. Younger visitors enjoy the Pets Corner' which currently includes a Shetland pony, donkey foal, orphaned lambs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks and a chinchilla!


For more information visit



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