Just came back from staying at Mowbray Park Farmstay with our kids over the October long weekend. Mixed feelings about the whole thing and am wondering what it would have been like with the owners on site instead of apparently attending a wedding.
Our kids loved every minute especially the daily routine of tractor ride, nursery, feeding animals, pony ride, lunch, pony ride and other daily activities in the afternoons before dinner. They had no trouble eating the food three times a day as they quickly got used to there being no other options!
As parents, we enjoyed just turning up for meals and not having to think about what we were having - we just ate it. Pity that most of the meals were so processed and seemed part of a bulk purchase instead of freshly made in the kitchen. Thinking this is because there seemed to be just enough staff to do everything that needed to be done for food and activities all day. Would have loved fresh farm eggs for breakfast and more effect to produce home cooked mains and desserts.
If you are thinking of going you must prepare yourself for the fact that the accommodation is tired. Our beds/room was clean but the bathroom needs a new shower curtain and exit mould attack(!) as well as a new sink because it was difficult to use it every day with all the cracks/marks in the bowl.
The kitchen in our house was extremely basic - a communal fridge, a sink (that always had loads of dirty dishes), a bench that was covered with something that looked like a door (??) and a tall cupboard.
Would have been nice to see the staff empty the bins and clean/tidy the kitchen daily!
The common room of the house we stayed in was regularly filled with kids and it was great to see them all get along.
If you need anything in your room changed, you need to ask as they don't come to the house to check on anything. Day 2 we asked and we had to get it our selves because they were busy!
Staff seemed stressed out and minimum in numbers covering all jobs.
Yes there was a snake in the playground - didn't see it but was told by other parents not staff.
There was also a bon fire two nights we were there - kids from one of the houses kept playing in the fire without their parents with them. Some of us had to tell the kids to go back to their house and get their parents as there were no staff around to say it for us.
If you are looking for a relaxed holiday where the parents get together over a wine and beer at night and then band together during the day to make sure all the kids are safe, you will enjoy this holiday.
We made it work for our family and relaxed even if it wasn't what we expected.
Would we go again - not sure. Would try another place first to see if the hospitality and food is better as parents have needs too!