Rye Hill Farm is situated about 10 minutes from Hexham with views right across stunning Tyne Valley. Its a real proper working sheep farm, and I mean real PROPER, like sheep being shepherded about, friendly farmers, gorgeous horses and lovely dogs (who very nearly got kidnapped by Termite!)
We arrived late as always! I blame the husband, he blames me, we end up grumpy every time! But the grumpiness was short lived when the peace of Rye Hill took over, Barley the Farm dog was straight over to say hi and Elizabeth was out in a flash to show us into the cottage.
This is the first self catering holiday we've been on in a long while so I have to admit to being a bit panic stricken about what we needed, shoud we pack towels, utensils, pans???? My panic (and excessive packing) was unneccessary, Rye Hill Has everything you need in the kitchen, including a box of beautiful homemade chocolate brownies! There are toiletries in the bathrooms and a cupboard full of games, a bookcase full of books, free wifi and they even provide a local parking permit and a place for muddy shoes!
The farm has stables, grazing fields, the campsite, with a play area and mud kitchen for the kids, and a games barn with skittles, pool and table tennis. All set amongst beautiful views ...
Whilst staying at the farm you can travel by car to a number of local villages, or the busy town of Hexham for a bit of shopping, there are plenty of walks on offer and Derwent Reservoir is just moments away by car and beautiful for a picnic, or you can do what we did and just relax, check out the farm, enjoy the outdoors, watching the farmers in action, and generally take advantage of the peace and make pals with Barley (the labrador) and Pippa (the Jack Russell) who were firm favourites with our tribe.
Rye Hill is peaceful, friendly scrupulously clean and so well stocked with everything you need. Despite the fact it took us only 40 minutes to get there it felt like a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life so much so The Golden Child thought we had gone abroad!
We loved playing in the mud kitchen and discovering bugs and leaves in the little forest play area, these are situated right by the campsite which was a small but lush field at the front of the farm and obviously very popular with families as we saw quite a few here.
We especially loved watching the sheep being brought in from the fields and moved to a different grazing area. Real Farming in action and such fun to watch!
We had lots of fun playing skittles in the games barn and the kids have just thouroughly enjoyed their holiday, Termite has cried to bring the dogs home, The Golden Child has cried because he declared it unfair to take him home from the 'best holiday ever' and Peanut has decided Daddy will help out on her farm when she buys one. He is to drive the tractor!
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