Feather DownOptions & prices
Dumfries and Galloway, Whithorn
Rated with 9.4(14 Reviews)
Chloe and Gavin Vance and their eight children started with Feather Down in the summer of 2021 and what a start it has been! It is not the first Feather Down farm we’ve had in Scotland but it’s the most southerly just a couple of miles from the Solway Firth. And within just a couple of months, their Feather Down experience has been written up in the Guardian and the Scotsman as a go-to family holiday in Scotland. Their third-generation farm can lay claim to have one of the oldest continuous dairy herds in the UK, their 120 head of Holstein Friesians producing milk that goes into the ‘Seriously Strong Cheddar’ you see on the supermarket shelves.
Even at the height of the summer you’ll find gorgeous spots just a short drive from the farm that will have your wondering where the crowds are. The fishing village of The Isle of Whithorn would be rammed if it were in Cornwall, the seaside town of Garlieston and beaches like Rigg Bay too. There are many out-of-season attractions too. The Wigtown Book Festival in September could go toe-to-toe with its equivalent in Hay and the Galloway House Gardens are worth a visit at any time. All in all, a stay at Balnab farms makes the ideal family holiday in Scotland.
The farm is a veritable menagerie with dairy calves, pygmy goats, Shetland ponies and Oxford Sandy and Black piglets to name but a few within view of your canvas hideaway. Gavin could always do with some help feeding and grooming the animals. Also at the centre of the encampment is a play area with climbing, water play and straw bales giving all the space and imagination that children need on holiday. And when it comes to more adult play, new for 2022 is a hot tub that you can book in advance or on site. Tractor rides, football kickabouts, feed the calves and goats and Shetland pony rides (what other breed would you have for a family holiday in Scotland?) are a regular fixture so that everyone will be worn out by the time night falls and you all retire to your comfy Feather Down beds.
What animals will you find on this farm?
Canvas hideaway with private outdoor shower
Canvas hideaway with farm-house shower
Canvas hideaway with en-suite shower
Including wood for the wood-burning stove
Including welcome package with bed-linen, towels, candles, matches, washing-up liquid and other basic items
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Meet your hosts
Balnab Farm is a 3rd generation family-run dairy farm, a short drive from some stunning coastal views and plenty of play space for kids. A warm welcome awaits you from Gavin, Chloe, Joseph, Finlay, Ruby, Anna, Charlotte, Rosie, Eilidh, and Morven.
We are excited to welcome you to our corner of paradise and teach you all about our family-run dairy farm.
Isle of Whithorn
Great fun on the site for families, the 24 hour access to the farm animals was a brilliant surprise. Kids loved the hay slide & playpark.