Countryside cottages for a spring break

Brackenborough Hall Coach House.

Springtime is a colourful, fragrant season and a time when farmyards spring back into action after a long cold winter. Where better to stay then, than a bright and airy farm cottage? There are countless cottages, lodges and private accommodation on Euan’s Guide with ceiling hoists, accessible bathrooms, level access and just about all the things you could need to enjoy a spring getaway! But this year, we’re seeking out cottages in the countryside where you can experience life a little closer to the farm.

Brackenborough Hall Coach House, Louth

(Sleeps 3-4)

Brackenborough Hall Coach House.

A little grander than a cottage, Brakenborough Hall Coach House in Lincolnshire is an 18th century coach house sitting amidst an 800-acre farm with three self-catered apartments open to guests. The charmingly decorated rooms are fitted with characterful period features, and one apartment is all on the ground-floor. The Stables apartment is step-free with a wet floor shower, and all guests to the coach house can enjoy the surrounding gardens with a barbecue, farm and playground. Look out for badgers!

“We live onsite in Brackenborough Hall, next to the Coach House. We always want guests to get the most from their holiday and are very happy to answer questions and to help you to explore our farm and surrounding area.”

Blagdon Farm, Ashwater

(Sleeps up to 6)

Blagdon Farm.

If you enjoy fishing, Blagdon Farm’s luxury lodges surround a 1.5-acre fishing lake in the leafy, Devon countryside! Each lodge has a roll-in wet room, extra wide doorways and ramped access to the south-facing porches. The porches have outdoor electric sockets to charge your wheelchair, and there is hoist access to the swimming pool.

“Set around a fishing lake, the eight lodges are all purpose built for disabled people. There is a pool in one of the outbuildings, and also a games room. The lodges have a deck overlooking the lake. A delightful place. We are booked to go for a second time, and would recommend it totally.” Read review.

Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock

(Sleeps 4-6)

Hoe Grange Holidays.

If you’re going on holiday with a few extra family members in tow – such as a playful dog, and maybe even a friendly horse – Hoe Grange Holidays on the edge of the Peak District will welcome you all with open arms! Belonging to David and Felicity, this 250-acre beef and sheep farm has four eco-friendly luxury lodges; and you’re encouraged to don a pair of wellies to help out with feeding the chickens and the horses. Of course, you could always take off in their Boma 7 off road mobility wheelchair for an afternoon instead…

“The best wheelchair accessible base we have found so far. So good we will be going back. Well located to explore Derbyshire and the Peak District. We were there for a long weekend in the middle of April and wish we stayed longer.” Read the review.

The New Calf Shed, Salisbury

(Sleeps 2)

The New Calf Shed.

Who said a calf shed couldn’t be stylish? The New Calf Shed is a beautiful glass fronted barn conversion located on the organic Manor Farm in Sutton Mandeville, and is a stunning example of accessibility ‘without compromising on style and aesthetics’. The studio-style barn has a large terrace with a barbecue and a ramp down to the lawn for those light spring evenings!

“Floor to ceiling glass doors can be opened to enjoy the stunning views across the organic farm towards Fovant Military Bridges, cut out of the Downland, all in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Hampers full of local produce and ready meals can be delivered.”

Blackrow Farm Barns, Sturminster Newton

(Sleeps 12)

Blackrow Farm Barns.

Looking for a holiday in Dorset? Blackrow Farm Barns are eco-friendly, comfortable conversions in Sturminster Newton! Dutch Barn is supplied by solar heating and harvests rainwater, and it also includes a hearing loop for guests. From the natural wood and stone fitted rooms, you can relax while watching deer, pheasants and foxes outside. Dairy Cottage was once a pig sty, transformed into a luxury space to unwind on holiday with sensitive lighting, old beams and rise and fall sink and hobs in the kitchen.

“The whole barn sleeps 12 and can be split into two units – Dairy 4 and Dutch 8. Ideal location for visiting Dorset’s many attractions.”

South Torfrey Organic Farm Holidays, Fowey

(Sleeps 4)

South Torfrey Organic Farm Holidays.

South Torfrey Organic Farm Holidays in Cornwall are perched high above the Fowey estuary overlooking the Golant, a quaint waterside village. One of the cottages, Honeypin, was built from the original stone and slate wagon house, and has a paved garden ideal for an early spring barbecue! The farm is a 100-acre organic farm that produces beef, eggs, Christmas turkeys and geese; but you might enjoy exploring The Hobby Farm, a place to meet Lilly, Primrose, Thumper and Tommy, the resident rabbits. You can even collect you own eggs from the farm’s chickens!

“Honeypin is on a single level, and has been converted throughout with accessibility in mind. South Torfey Farm Cottages are situated at the end of a 200m long private drive, surrounded by fields, and benefit from complete privacy and off-road parking.”

The Rings, Cupar

(Sleeps up to 16)

The Rings.

Set in 90-acres of Fife farmland, The Rings is convertible accommodation like no other! With moveable walls and different sized rooms, you have the flexibility to book as much or as little space as you need to enjoy your holiday.

“Spent a fantastic weekend at The Rings with my family and dog. It truly has a home from home feel due to the high standard of accessible features and home comforts. The whole cottage is accessible and it seems like the owners have thought of everything even down to the gravel in the driveway, which sits in a tray so it doesn’t move or sink when wheelchairs drive across it.” Read the review.

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