Hillside Farm, Gower Peninsula, South Wales, SA3 1JR
Not that it’s just the cake that makes us happy (though what else do you need in life?). Widen your hungry human instincts beyond their honesty shop and there’s plenty more to be pleased about at Hillside Farm. The views, as the name suggests, are stunning; the welcoming Taylor family, who’ve farmed the area since 1840, are hardly short of local knowledge; and the sights and sounds of agricultural life, from lambs in spring to cattle in summer, give a buzzing backdrop of rural activity.
Central to it all, of course, is the accommodation itself. Safari tents, set up by the experienced folk at Feather Down Farms, are situated just beyond the family farmhouse, nestled against a mature orchard that fills with apples during summer. If you’re tall enough then munch the juicy braeburns straight from the trees, while little ones will have to make do on ground level, hunting for eggs instead from the chickens that roam idly around.
Inside the canvas cottages there’s a sort of Country Living feel to it all. The open kitchen and dining area has a central chandelier and vintage style lanterns, while two separate bedrooms feature a king sized bed in the first and children’s bunks in the second. For an extra bit of fun the amazing ‘cupboard bed’ does exactly what it says on the tin – think of opening up a pair of cupboard doors to reveal a cosy, bedded cocoon inside – and has the only downside of inevitable bickering over just who gets to enjoy it.
When you’ve stuffed yourself (and your pockets) with Welsh cakes and homemade produce from the shop, Ellen and Andrew will happily guide you to Rhossili Bay. It’s an easy 5-minute drive to the famous beach – a top spot for surfers and a regular front-runner in the papers’ Top Beaches in Europe articles – or trace your way along the Gower’s excellent coastal path to find quieter, hidden coves.
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