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Balnab Farm

Dumfries and Galloway, Whithorn


Rated with 9.4

(14 Reviews)

Escape to a simpler life with Chloe and Gavin

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.

Fresh sea air

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.

What to do at Balnab Farm

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 can you expect?

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    Dogs allowed

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    Honesty shop

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    Pizza oven

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    Private shower

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What our guests like

  • ✓ Close to the coast
  • ✓ Dairy farm
  • ✓ Hot tub
  • ✓ Play area
  • ✓ Spring lambing
  • ✓ Tractor rides
  • ✓ Goats, ponies, chickens, ducks

Our canvas hideaways

Tenthuisje buiten douche

Canvas hideaway with private outdoor shower

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    6 persons

Tenthuisje farm douche

Canvas hideaway with farm-house shower

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    6 persons

Tenthuisje binnen douche

Canvas hideaway with en-suite shower

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    6 persons

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Mountain chalet

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    6 persons

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    Including wood for the wood-burning stove

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    Including welcome package with bed-linen, towels, candles, matches, washing-up liquid and other basic items

One of the world's best family holidays


Pizza Night

The farmer will usually fire up the pizza oven during your stay. Everyone gathers round to tell their stories of the day’s adventures and invent pizza toppings you’ll never find on the high street.



Ask the Farmer

The farm tour is a must if it’s on offer during your stay. But you don’t wait till then. The farmer will be delighted to tell you more about farm life at any time.



The Farm Shop

It’s great for the basics and usually even better for local produce and low food miles. And every Feather Down farm shop operates on an honesty basis.

Options during your stay

Stove and lamp service
Stove and lamp service

Your stove and lamps are lit before arrival, when you arrive before 6 p.m.

Private Chicken Coop
Private Chicken Coop



Rent your own private chicken coop, with two chickens and enjoy your very own freshly laid eggs.


Bring your dog along. A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs per canvas hideaway. The price is per dog, per stay.

Please note: You are required to keep your dog on a leash while on the campsite.

Campfire Pack
Campfire Pack

Includes all the essentials for a memorable night around the campfire! Pack includes firewood, matches, lighters, marshmallows, outdoor sparklers, popcorn, and hot chocolate ingredients.

Meet your hosts

Chloe and Gavin

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.
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What do our guests think?

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Miss Frew


Great break away with 2 young kids. Cosy and comfortable tents and plenty of space for the little ones to roam free, feed the animals and play on the tractor.


Mrs McLean


We had an absolutely brilliant time at Balnab Farm. The kids loved everything from the animals to the play area to the tractor rides. We all thought the accommodation was amazing, and Chloe, Gavin and their family were such great hosts. 10/10 - lots of special memories made!!


mr campbell


great for kids and adults


Mrs Goddard


My son who’s 6yrs old rated it as a 10.5 which says it all!


Dr Polli


Relaxing and refreshing (parents), fun and amazing (kids)! We were made very welcome and had a great week.


Mrs Bays


Refreshing and relaxing break in a fantastic part of Scotland. Lots for kids to do and everything you might need is provided for. Totally recommend the breakfast box!


Mrs Viggiani


Balnab was our best Featherdown experience yet. Wonderful location and lovely hosts. We were able to relax whilst our children played in the hay, fed the animals and made new friends. Will definitely be back!


Mrs Bradshaw


Just wanted to say thank you so much for a fantastic holiday. Definitely made some fantastic family memories this weekend. The set up is amazing. I felt I could totally relax and let the kids run free. They loved getting to feed the animals and their ride on the tractor. The tents were superb and had everything we we needed. We will all be recommending balnab farm to our friends and family


Mrs Millar


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.


mrs mclaren


An opportunity for our children to connect with nature, make new friends, play safely outdoors , experience fresh air and sunshine in abundance and for our family to spend time together appreciating farm life and country living. Was just magical and the level of comfort and style made for a terrifically enjoyable few nights spent sleeping under the stars. Can’t rate it highly enough!!!!


Ms Wardrope


Absolutely fabulous!


Mrs Evans


Brilliant family holiday


miss Killean


Idyllic! A perfect family holiday . Chloe and Gavin were brilliant hosts


Miss Hunter


Authentic child friendly farm experience. Our 6 year old just had the best time playing with the other children on the hay bails and running around with pigmy goats. Chloe, Gavin and their family made us feel very welcome and at ease. Any questions or issues were quickly addressed. We highly recommend it for families with children.


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