Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages
Child friendly farm, Pembrokeshire – Croft Farm, near Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, Wales
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About Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages
Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages are ten charming child friendly cottages, located on a small farm in North Pembrokeshire, close to 2 Blue Flag beaches. With fantastic on-site facilities you can rest assured Croft Farm has all the ingredients for a most fun-filled family holiday or break. You can partake in the supervised daily animal feeding and be on first name terms with the numerous and varied resident animals. Or perhaps enjoy a swim in the luxury indoor heated swimming pool. The large new indoor play barn provides hours of entertainment for kids of all ages and houses ride-on cars, built-in houses and garage, sand pit, air hockey, table tennis and table football. Plus you have acres of outdoor space for children to explore and let off steam, including an adventure playground, trampoline with safety enclosure and a large football field.
Our family, or at least our kids, are big fans of animals any shape or size so they were delighted at the prospect of being so close to lots of farm animals when we arrived at Croft Farm in Pembrokeshire. After being shown around our charming topsey turvey holiday home "Talar Aur" by the very dashing young Chris, we were settling in nicely when Sooty the farm cat decided to pay us a welcome visit. Luckily he revelled in all the attention the kids bestowed on him. We meanwhile tucked in to the welcoming tray of goodies and are now big fans of Welsh cake especially accompanied with a nice hot brew. We spied the bottle of Mead for later consumption, tucked alongside the beautiful display of fresh flowers.
The Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
"Talar Aur" was our holiday home for the short time we were visiting Croft Farm - a quaint Topsey Turvey house with all the 4 bedrooms on the ground floor (two singles, a twin and a double) with a gorgeous luxury tiled family bathroom and en-suite to the master bedroom. Upstairs the living area and kitchen commanded great views of the surrounding area. The house was charmingly decorated with large comfy sofas and homely furnishings. The wood burning stove would be a huge plus point had the weather taken a turn but luckily we were blessed with glorious sunshine in late October. The odd family photo dotted around, captured an era of the barn before it was converted and gave an insight to "Talar Aur" original purpose - a winter refuge for young steers. The large patio doors opened out onto a first floor balcony where you could quite easily spot the resident animals and watch the sun set. You also overlooked the luxury swimming pool, which of course sent the kids into a frenzy of "mum, mum, can we go swimming ...mum?" which at 8 o'clock at night was not the ideal time for a quick dip.
Out and About on Croft Farm
Since the kids were all a bit hyper after a long journey in the car and after they each selected which of the pretty bedrooms they wanted to sleep in, we decided to have a stroll over to the newly built play barn. Although it was not heated it did not deter the kids getting stuck into all the indoors activities. A local artist had left her mark on some fantastic countryside settings. And the kids darted about like they had arrived at a candy store. For older children in the large weather proof barn there is a table tennis table, air hockey and bar football. For little ones there are miniature shops and garage to encourage imaginative play, a small sand pit, chalk boards and ride on toys.
Daily Supervised Animal Feeding
After a comfortable and peaceful night's sleep the day began with the guided animal feeding around Croft Farm. We were expecting the company of charming Chris (one of the owner's children) to show us the ropes but unfortunately he could not tear himself from his bed so early in the a.m. However we did get to meet the equally charming Andy - the daddy of the farm, who in his childhood had been brought up on a farm, so was a good and well-informed substitute to have.
Children can get involved with the animal feeding as much or as little as they choose as there is no pressure and some are quite happy just to watch from afar. Mine of course showed no fear and rolled up their sleeves to get involved - thank goodness we had packed wellies and spare clothing. We did the rounds meeting the various resident animals on the way - pigs, hens, my favourites Jessica and Eeyore the donkeys, goats, horses, guinea pigs and rabbits. And as a special treat we went back to the farmhouse to see the new born kittens just 4 weeks old and I thought the kids were going to stash one away in their pockets! They were so adorable.
Extra Facilities for Families on Croft Farm
Croft Farm has bags of outdoor space for energetic kids to run off any exuberant energy. The children's playground featured toddler's swings, cargo nets, mini basketball hoop, trampoline with safety enclosure and a large football field. You can even walk around the perimeter of the farm to discover a tree tyre swing and wooden bench to the rear of the farm.
The luxurious indoor heated pool is a firm favourite with any young family as it provides hours of entertainment no matter what the weather throws at you, Access to the pool is via a security pad. As with all good intentions my gym kit remained firmly packed in the car but it is good to know that should you so choose to burn off a few calories the gym is on-site ready to use together with the coin operated sauna. In the same block as the swimming pool there is an additional games room with a pool table and a small soft play area for little ones.
The gardens around the cottages housed brick build barbeques and provided the perfect picnic spot in milder seasons.
Things for Families to do in Pembrokeshire, Wales
We had a superb short break at Croft Farm and the kids thought it was wonderful. Our only wish was that it had been for longer as it is a most perfect base in Pembrokeshire to tour around stunning South Wales and see all the numerous sights. Andy and Sylvie - the resident owners made us feel warmly welcomed and they are on hand to offer advice on local attractions, pubs, restaurants, beaches etc.
Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages lie in gloriously rural North Pembrokeshire, sandwiched between Poppit Sands (4 miles away) and Newport beach (7 miles away) which are both Blue Flag beaches. There are many local beaches and bays to explore. For convenience the market town of Cardigan is just 3 miles away. We enjoyed a lovely few hours exploring the nearby Country Park at Cilgerran with nature trails, children's adventure playground, visitor information centre and on-site cafe.
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