Reasons to stay on a farm

The Worcestershire Countryside has inspired many writers in the past, including J.R.R. Tolkien and writers of The Archers, Radio 4 drama.

Did you know, as a child J.R.R. Tolkien visited his Aunts farm in Dormston, called Bag End Farm? He stayed with his mother’s sister Jane Neave for a period in 1923, while he was recovering from pneumonia.

The land between Bag End Farm and the iconic Black Mountains on the English/Welsh border is filled with rolling hills, meandering rivers, woodlands and orchards to explore. There are still so many magical corners where you might expect to see Elves or Hobbits relaxing.

We’re certain that Worcestershire was the inspiration behind Tolkien’s Shire, and we know the Malvern Hills inspired the White Mountains of Gondor, as captured in a recording in 1952 by his good friend George Sayer.

The countryside surrounding Bag End Farm from Inkberrow to Hanbury later became the inspirationa for the rural county of Borsetshire . The fictional county is where the world’s longest-running drama, The Archers (Radio 4 Drama) is set, amongst the towns and villages full of rural life including Ambridge, Lower Loxley and the nearby Cathedral City of Felpersham.

Visitors wishing to explore Borsetshire can visit the Bull at Inkberrow which is the basis for the local pub by the same name, Hanbury Hall and its local church, both of which are used as references to the show. You could even drive to Worcester City loosely used to inspire Felpersham and onwards to the Malvern Hills which are actually referenced in the show.

Instant access to country walks

There are miles and miles of bridleways and official public walks and hidden paths that will take you to a hidden valley, fairy den or wildlife pond. Hanley Mill Holiday Cottages can be found in their own hidden valley, you can even stay in a cottage for two next to a waterfall.

Enjoy the view

Farm accommodation often comes with amazing views, backdrops of the Malvern and Cotswold Hills are high on visitors tick lists. The Pig-Sty in Bredon overlooking the Cotswold Hills makes the most of its views with amazing windows taking in the hills and the landscaped gardens.

Farm to Fork

Staying on a farm you can be sure you’re supporting the local economy, your welcome basket will be filled with eggs, fruit and cakes from local producers, or their own produce. Phepson Farm fill their welcome baskets with the best local produce, including their own eggs.

Room for the extended family

Farm accommodation can be larger than most properties. The variety of choice gives visitors room for the extended family to meet, while everyone gets enough space and room to relax. Rimmers Farmhouse sleeps 10, the kitchen and living spaces have more than enough room for all. 

Farmer for a Day

Farmers are often happy to show guests a working farm. Watch cows being milked, see sheep rounded up and chat to the chickens. Broome Park Farm say there are animals to see, eggs to collect and calves to feed. Green Farm is an active small holding of 26 acres with plenty to see and do.

Entertainment for Children

Farms have the space to entertain children, guests will find a games room, a outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts at Hop Pickers Rural Retreats, perfect for families at their private setting. Pitlands Farm guests can learn to fish, say good morning to the goats and discover an alpaca around a corner.

Silence is Golden

In the countryside you might not get disturbed by taxi’s or neighbours starting their day, but we can’t guarantee the wildlife will remain silent. Waking up to the early morning bird calls at Cider Mill Cottage is in the middle of the Teme Valley, on the edge of Worcestershire.

Escape to the City

Staying in the Worcestershire Countryside gives you quick and easy access to popular locations like Stratford upon Avon, Worcester, The Malverns and The Cotswolds while avoiding the traffic. Hill Farm House is the perfect distance, and being in Dormston near Bag End Farm, it is in the heart of The Shire.

Sleep Somewhere Different 

You can often find somewhere unique to sleep on a farm. You can sleep in a Canvas Safari Tent at Canvas and Clover, explore the woodland, find all the fairy houses and use the onsite library and board games. If you want a private escape why not choose Shepherds Lodge.

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