For a relaxing countryside getaway, a farm stay could be just what you’re looking for. These peaceful retreats offer a quiet location with plenty of hiking opportunities – and, of course, animals galore – so you’ll end your trip feeling refreshed and invigorated.
It can be a challenge to find a farm stay accessible by public transport; that’s why we’ve done the work for you. Here are the best farm stays in the South West, all of which can be reached with our South Western Railway services.
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Norden Farm Campsite, Dorset
If you’ve always wanted to set up camp on a farm, here’s your chance. Norden Farm Campsite sprawls across a working farm on the magnificent Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Its superb location makes it a popular choice. A 17-minute stroll along country roads leads to the historic Corfe Castle in Wareham, and a short bus journey can get you to Studland Bay and the seaside town of Swanage.
Onsite, there’s a play park, pond, and plenty of farm animals to keep the kids entertained. Stock up on supplies at the Norden Farm Shop, selling fresh, local produce and a variety of camping essentials.
How to get there: Wareham is the closest train station to Norden Farm. The 40 Breezer bus towards Swanage will drop you right outside the campsite. The address is
Norden Farm Campsite, Wareham BH20 5DS.
Thorncombe Farm, Dorchester
Located in the sleepy Dorset countryside, Thorncombe Farm offers a variety of camping options with beautiful valley views. Pitch up your own tent or skip the hassle and stay in one of the farm’s bell tents, complete with beds, storage units and mirrors.
The farm’s main attraction is the animals, with plenty of Boer goats and Dorper sheep grazing in the fields nearby. In the evening, set up a barbecue and choose from the farm chef’s delicious selection of meat dishes.
How to get there: From Dorchester South, catch the 187 or X12 bus towards Blandford. Get off at Higher Kingston Farm, then walk for 24 minutes to reach Thorncombe Farm. The address is Dorchester DT2 8QH.
Yellowham Farm B&B
Set on the edge of Yellowham Wood in Dorchester is Yellowham Farm B&B, offering ensuite accommodation with a homey cottage feel. There are over 60 acres of farmland and 130 acres of woodland to explore here. A small herd of Dexter cattle and one or two retired racehorses reside on the farm.
A short bus journey will take you to the charming village of Puddletown. This is a beautiful place to explore and the inspiration behind Weatherbury village in Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Venture further to Dorchester, Weymouth and the incredible Jurassic Coast.
How to get there: Take the 187 bus from Dorchester South to Higher Kingston Farm, then walk for around 16 minutes to reach Yellowham Farm B&B. The address is Yellowham Hill, Yellowham Wood, Dorchester DT2 8RW.
Bull Farm Studios
Located in rural Winchester and surrounded by fields of bulls and cows, Bull Farm Studios is the ideal peaceful farmyard retreat. This quirky accommodation is a home away from home, with comfortable furnishings, a kitchenette, and an ensuite bathroom in every room.
Being so close to Winchester, a trip to the historical town is essential. Explore popular landmarks like Winchester Cathedral and Wolvesey Castle. Then, head to the charming, old-fashioned high street for a spot of retail therapy. Finish your day with a delicious meal; there are plenty of restaurants dotted along Jewry Street, just a five-minute walk from the train station.
How to get there: From Winchester, catch the Spring bus towards Springvale and get off at The King Charles. It’s then a nine-minute countryside walk to your accommodation. The address is 19 Bull Farm, Lovedon Lane, Kings Worthy, Winchester.
South Park Farm Barn
South Park Farm Barn is a beautifully converted, family-run barn in the sleepy town of Andover. The barn is sustainably built and efficiently run, and owners Ian and Casie will ensure your stay is as environmentally friendly as possible.
There’s plenty to see and do during your stay at South Park Farm Barn. Immerse yourself in country life and hike or cycle around the local landmarks. The Salisbury to Stonehenge Trail, Marlborough to Avebury Trail, and Kennet and Avon Canal Trail are just a few of the walking routes in the area. Alternatively, catch a bus to nearby cathedral cities Salisbury and Winchester for shopping, landmarks and more.
How to get there: The nearest station to South Park Farm Barn is Andover. Ride on the Active8 bus towards Salisbury and get off at Biddesden Lane, then the accommodation is a 17-minute walk away. The address is Shoddesden Ln, Ludgershall, Andover SP11 9FU.
Brickworth Farmhouse is the perfect accommodation for those travelling in large groups. Child and pet-friendly, this idyllic stately home boasts several bedrooms, a luxurious walled garden and paddock, and an orchard housing chickens and ducks.
The farmhouse’s peaceful location in Salisbury is just a short distance from Stonehenge, New Forest and Peppa Pig World, making it an ideal base for relaxing evenings after an action-packed day. Or if you prefer a slower pace, there are plenty of countryside walking routes nearby, with a handful of local pubs and restaurants along the way.
How to get there: The nearest station to Brickworth Farmhouse is Salisbury. Walk 13 minutes from the station to Endless Street (Stop D). Board the X7 bus towards Southampton City Centre, get off at Lime Kiln Quarry and the farmhouse is a seven-minute walk away. The address is Brickworth Ln, Whiteparish, Salisbury SP5 2QE.
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