TRAVEL REVIEW: Kennel Farm, The New Forest

We were incredibly lucky to be returning to Kennel Farm for the second time this year. Our first visit was at the beginning of the year when we took a day trip to Peppa Pig World, and this time we are back just for a mini break because we love it.  Kennel Farm is just a 2-hour drive from London, meaning it is perfect for a quick getaway.

Holiday cottage sign

Kennel Farm is the perfect location for exploring the New Forest, Sailsbury or visiting many famous attractions such as Longleat and Peppa Pig World. Originally a working beef and sheep farm, they diversified into providing accommodation by renovating the existing farm barns and stables. There are no fancy frills at Kennel Farm, just a genuinely nice place to stay with plenty of room and outside space to explore and for little ones to run about.

twins running about

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Kennel Farm Holiday Cottages

Kennel Farm offers three properties within a courtyard. The Old Dairy which sleeps 4-6 people, and The Haystore and The Stables which sleep 2. We stayed in the Old Dairy which was a great size for all 5 of us.

The Old dairy sign at Kennel farm holiday cottages

Set over two floors, with each room as big as the next! The downstairs space is great. With an entrance hall and down stairs toilet as you enter, you then head into the lounge which has two triple leather sofas, coffee table and TV/DVD player. There are double doors leading out to the communal courtyard.

You will find a selection of adults’ and children’S DVDs and books, as well as a few toys. These are mainly aimed at the younger age range so we took a few of our own too!

The book shelf at Kennel Farm

 

The kitchen is well equipped with everyday utensils and has a table to seat 4. Kennel Farm can provide two high chairs on request.

The kitchen at Kennel Farm holiday cottages

 

Upstairs you will find two large double bedrooms, both with a cot. The second bedroom can either have a double bed or two singles, whichever you prefer. Both the bedrooms have en-suite showers. There is no bath in the property.

 

Outside at Kennel Farm

You are able to explore as much of the outdoor space as you like at Kennel Farm. The courtyard where the barns are situated has a few ride on toys to use as well as a toddler activity frame and slide. There is also a table and chair set for you to enjoy a glass of wine on whilst the children play!

 

 

The Animals at Kennel Farm!

If you have animal lovers in your family, then they will love exploring the farm and visiting the goats, pigs and sheep, all of which need feeding! You are welcomed to take food to the animals which is provided by the owners daily. This is one of the main reasons we love staying here, it gives the girls the opportunity to be outside doing what they love – being around animals.

There are great attractions nearby, but if you want to have a chilled day at home, there is plenty of space to walk and explore on your doorstep.

Twins with buckets in their hands feeding the animals

 

We loved our stay at Kennel Farm and would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the New Forest or Peppa Pig World. CLICK HERE to book.

Attractions Nearby

The New Forest has many days out for children only a short drive away. The most famous being Peppa Pig World / Paultons Park.

 

Peppa Pig World

Peppa Pig has her very own theme Park and it is an absolute must if you have little Peppa Pig fans. It is the world’s largest and first Peppa Pig World with 9 rides! You can meet Peppa and all her friends, the cartoons most popular characters appear every day that the Park is open for photograph opportunities with their loving fans on the veranda in front of the school house.

If you are looking into a trip to Peppa Pig World, this really is an affordable and comfortable place to stay. I can’t think of anything worse that being cooped up in a tiny hotel room even if they are on its doorstep. Kennel Farm is just a 15 min drive away and at just £98 for the night. It is totally worth it!

If you want to find out more about Peppa Pig World, then CLICK HERE.

 

Other attractions nearby include;

Farmer Palmers – 55 min Drive

An excellent day out for children under 8. Farmer Palmers is the perfect place to take children come rain or shine and there is enough to keep any little person busy.

They have a varied program of events which runs over the entire day to give children amazing hands on experiences. From pony grooming, lamb feeding cuddling the guinea pigs, feeding the goats to pig racing, tractor rides and learning how to milk a cow! As well as an abundance of animals to walk around, look at, touch and feed, there are also several indoor and outdoor play areas including a hay barn.

Bump to Baby Passes

The B2B passes allow unlimited access to the Farm Park on a 3 month trial bases, with the options to upgrade to an Annual Pass upon expiry of the Bump to Baby subject to park prices. The pass will expire 3 months from the 1st visit activation date with Bump or Baby in arms. This is for mothers in their third trimester/babies 0-9months only, fathers can also be added to the same pass.

They encourage a relaxed safe environment, a bit of fresh air & a cuppa and a cake if that’s what takes your fancy. Also for those who are looking to snap back in shape the restaurant offers a wide range of delicious homemade healthy salads, soups and snacks. New mums are welcome to Breastfeed their babies anywhere in the park or they can try and provide mums with a quiet area if they would prefer. The restaurant will also offer Breastfeeding mums a free glass of water.

Twin Offer

‘Buy one get one twin free’. This fabulous offer is running from Jan 21st 2019 to Feb 15th 2019.  Monday – Friday, term time only.

 

Longleat Safari Park – 50 min drive

There is so much so see at Longleat that I advise you make a plan before you arrive. Timings are approximate.

Main Square which takes 2-3 hours

The boat ride which is in Main Square – 20 mins

The miniature railway

The adventure castle and toddler park – Take as long as you want

The farm area – 10 mins

The famous safari which takes 1-2 hours

The African Village which is by the safari – 30 mins

 

Salisbury is obviously a tourist destination in itself with its world famous cathedral.

 

The New Forest has loads to see with all its attractions just a short drive away. CLICK HERE to take a look.

 

Got a rainy day and need something to do? Outburst is only 5 mins from Salisbury. It is a large complex with Softplay, LazerQuest and Ten pin Bowling to keep the children happy.

Finkley Down Farm – 35 min drive

Open all year round, Finkley Down Farm has a massive indoor play barn with different areas for different age ranges. There’s lots of outdoor play as well, with pedal go-carts, mini ride on tractors, sandpit and trampolines. Throughout the day there are animal handling and feeding activities for children to get involved in. Farmyard Crazy Golf and Reptile Encounters have now been added to make a Farm-tastic family day out.

** We were invited to stay at Kennel Farm for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

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Alternatively if you are looking for tips for travelling with twins, CLICK HERE!

 

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