Profitable tip: Good life, Trenta valley, Slovenia
This nation is dotted with wonderful natural farm stays however we love Pri Plajerju within the Trenta valley. There’s one thing pure and timeless about Slovenia and this farm. It has self-catering flats, however we sleep within the hayloft – it’s extremely good worth. The hay beds are heat and cosy and it’s magical after a day strolling the Soča path. The mountain surroundings is mind-blowing; you may assist feed the animals within the morning, and the home-cooked meals is recent, filling and at all times served with a smile. It virtually makes me wish to transfer to the nation.• Residences from €70, barn beds €15pp, eko-plajer.com Jo
MORE SLOVENIA
Limestone and black wine

Household-run Francinovi is a gem within the Slovenian tourist-farm custom. It’s in Avber, a hilltop village in Kras, or the Karst space, a limestone plateau near Trieste. Bojana is a pleasant host for whom nothing is an excessive amount of hassle. She serves scrumptious home-cooked meals accompanied by teran (the native “black” wine) and white wine from her vineyards. The farm is open at weekends and different instances by association. It has 5 easy en suite rooms, a restaurant and a big terrace overlooking the vineyards and meadows.• Doubles from €40 B&B, ukmar.siPeter Davey
Automobile-free Bled, Povsin
The farm is 2km from Lake Bled, which was excellent for us with no automobile. Our quad room was easy however ethereal and with all the standard facilities. There’s additionally a communal kitchen. The stroll right down to Lake Bled was by way of the fields with a view of the encompassing hills. The breakfast consisted of produce from the farm and was nicely value it. The ambiance was heat and it was a really perfect place for younger travellers or households.• Doubles from €64 B&B, povsin-bled.comLauren
Flour energy, Velenje

Vacationer farm Lešnik is without doubt one of the best farmstays in Slovenia. All its meals is do-it-yourself from its personal produce (even the flour). Nice lodging. Every room is known as after – and hand-finished in – a special wooden that, once more, comes from its personal forest. You possibly can even keep in its beehive.
• B&B charges from €23 an evening, farmtourism.siKen Ducker
ITALY
Wine and honey, Italian Lakes

Couple sitting on the sting of Lake Iseo. {Photograph}: Getty Photographs
Final 12 months we visited Agriturismo Forest, up one of many hills surrounding Lake Iseo. Iseo has all of the attraction of the bigger north Italian lakes with much less of the crowds. We ate a three-course meal, all regionally produced (recent pumpkin-filled pasta, cheeses and cured meats, nettle gnocchi), washed down with the area’s Franciacorta wine at €2 a glass. The vineyards are a brief stroll away and Iseo city is simply down the hill. It has a phenomenal terrace for eating with panoramic views of the lake and the close by wetland reserve. We watched the solar setting over the lake from our desk.• Doubles from €80 B&B, agriturismoforest.comLaura
Thumbs as much as Sardinia

View of Alghero at nightfall. {Photograph}: Danita Delimont/Getty Photographs/Gallo Photographs
Our fondest reminiscences of staying at Agriturismo Agave, Alghero, have been the convivial suppers across the giant desk, within the firm of visitors from throughout Europe. All of us used the widespread language of a thumbs as much as reward the household chef’s excellent dwelling cooking: wonderful worth together with wine, espresso, and after-dinner mirto. There are 15 guestrooms on this pleasant and welcoming working farm, every with shady terrace. Scrumptious breakfasts have been included, too. Our youngsters liked the pool and seeing the pigs, canines and horses. Historic Alghero and surrounding unspoilt seashores are a straightforward automobile drive away.• Doubles €80 B&B, agriturismoagave.com Clare
Picket spoon, Italian Lakes

A restaurant in Orta City, Lake Orta. {Photograph}: Alamy
The rooms at Cucchiaio di Legno agriturismo are ethereal and cozy, and breakfast within the morning is a deal with of homegrown fruit, do-it-yourself jam, native yoghurt and eggs, and wonderful espresso. It serves a set menu every evening, that includes a number of programs of scrumptious native delicacies made with their very own substances. It’s close to the gorgeous Lake Orta, an under-visited Italian lake, for my part. You possibly can swim within the lake, and within the center is an island the place an historic basilica now homes a Benedictine monastery. I’d have stayed for months if I may. • Doubles from €73 B&B, ilcucchiaiodilegno.comLucy
Fountain of well being, Tuscany

We stayed at Podere Benelli whereas at a marriage in Pontremoli and it was a delight. On our second evening the proprietor, Paolo, advised us how he makes his personal cheese, olive oil and lard as we ate a scrumptious pie he’d simply baked utilizing substances he’d picked whereas out tending his sheep that morning. Our room was within the stone farmhouse and had a view of the Apuan Alps. The house owners are proud that this has been a household farm for generations and there’s a small museum of farm life, with a particular point out of their spring and the claims courting again to the 1600s of its well being advantages.• Doubles from €60 B&B, poderebenelli.itTim
Among the many olive groves, Calabria
This agriturismo is stuffed with character: a 16th-century baronial residence with pool, surrounded by 1000’s of olive timber on the finish of a twisting, slim street. Once I talked about to our hosts that it was laborious to imagine this was a working farm, they then took me by way of a tour of their olive oil manufacturing. The spectacular views stretch for miles and are much more particular when consuming dinner outdoors and the countryside is speckled with lights from the distant villages. Dinner was scrumptious Calabrian dishes rounded off with a glass of do-it-yourself pomegranate liqueur. Cookery classes are provided and there’s additionally a self-catering villa.• Doubles from €80 B&B, lecarolee.itRory
Fruit and fairy lights, Sicily

Marianeddi is a busy farm producing almonds, artichokes and citrus fruits however every part else about it’s blissfully laid-back. Our room was rustic with stone flooring, sandy partitions and reclaimed picket screens, however the mattress was fantastically plush. The backyard has hay bales and fairy lights, which fits the casual vibe, and as this agriturismo is without doubt one of the few locations to remain in Vendicari nature reserve, it brings with it entry to non-public seashores, so in case you’re not dressed for the water, then frankly you’re overdressed. It was bliss ending the day with a swordfish steak, washed down with a Campari spritz.• Doubles from €100 B&B, marianeddi.infoPJ
FRANCE
Donkey enterprise, Limousin

Ânes-de- Vassivière is a donkey farm run by Christophe and Olivier deep within the Creuse division, near Peyrat-le-Château. Free roaming is inspired on this far-from-typical farm the place households come first and are handled to do-it-yourself night meals and breakfasts constituted of regionally sourced produce. Lodging ranges from yurts and caravans to conventional gîtes. Highlights, nonetheless, are the donkeys and different free-ranging animals. The donkeys may be taken for hikes alongside well-marked trails for between one and three days, supported with excellent packed lunches and B&B lodging rigorously organised by the farm.• Yurt for 2 from €59, anes-de-vassiviere.comMiles Smith
Down on the ferme, Dordogne

Merely Canvas is a small permaculture farm in Aquitaine, south-west France. Cool, fashionable safari tents, a low-impact pool, your individual rest room services. Surrounded by scrumptious sights and smells of herbs and flowers, we sat on the deck of our tent at sundown with our younger household and canine, watching the pigs graze freely underneath cherry timber. Sandra and Santi’s story is value listening to over the communal dinner on the lengthy picket desk overlooking the permaculture fields, however you may cook dinner your individual meals utilizing your well-equipped tent kitchen. Solar-dappled, slow-paced, pure and virtually harmless feeling household time.• From €85 B&B (two-night minimal), simplycanvas.euEleanor
Eco-gite and treehouse, Ardèche

Au Fil de Soi is a transformed silk mill on a river excessive within the mountains above Privas, close to the supply of the River Loire. The meals is all natural, grown on website or regionally, with elegant-yet-eco lodging, together with a treehouse and a few cottages, plus multi-lingual hosts in Anne and Jerome Legros. They supply spectacular meals of native terroir and have interaction with guests, inviting them into their environmentally conscious life-style.• Doubles from €60 B&B, aufildesoi07.frJennifer
PORTUGAL
Costa farm, Alentejo

The Costa Vicentina. {Photograph}: Alamy
Herdade do Touril is a working farm on the Costa Vicentina within the Alentejo nationwide park. Unfussy and pleasant, it provides an enormous breakfast unfold, bikes aplenty and a pool to leap in once you get up. Better of all, you may stroll to the close by coastal path and climb down the rope to chill water and pale sand hemmed in by imposing cliffs – and few different individuals. • Doubles from €100 B&B, herdadetouril.comBen
Seventh heaven, close to Sintra

Quinta dos 7 Nomes is a farming cooperative simply 15 minutes’ stroll from a phenomenal seaside and coastal walks (and dinosaur fossils). There’s a bus cease outdoors for the 15-minute experience to Sintra, with its palace and chateau, that are additionally seen on the hill. There’s ecocamping in your individual tent, or caravans obtainable by way of Airbnb. The natural store has loads of recent issues from the backyard, and there’s cafe, therapies and workshops.• Tent pitch for 2 €13 an evening, caravans €18 an evening, quinta7nomes.com Nina
OTHER COUNTRIES
Favorite issues, Austria

After we lived in Vienna we used to often escape town utilizing farmholidays.com to search out lodging. Considered one of our favourites was within the Austrian Lake district, 3km from the shores of Mondsee. Bachbauer is a flower-draped farmhouse with mountain views and a handful of comfortable flats. We liked feeding the animals, minigolf and dips within the pure swimming pond, and the farm-fresh dairy at breakfast was scrumptious and natural.• Condo for 4 from €90 an evening (three-night minimal), farmholidays.comMartha Hales
Istrian pearl, Croatia
Agroturizam Nežić, within the village of Zrenj, close to the Slovenian border, is nice. The lodging, in fairly stone buildings, is well-appointed however it’s the proprietor and the delicacies that make your keep memorable. We had a superb supper: the truffles had been foraged by Paolo and his canines; the goulash was the most effective I’ve had; the wine, produced on the premises, slipped down simply. To spherical all of it off, Paolo performed the accordion and sang people songs to the visitors.• Home for 4 from €270 for 3 nights, through reserving.comRoberto
Oil the wheels, Crete

Villa Angelos in north-west Crete provides the prospect to remain on the working, British-owned Saint Basil Olive Grove. Company can take part within the annual pruning (April) or harvest (November), and comply with the field-to-bottle course of of additional virgin olive oil. At a comparatively heat 18C-23C in these months, it’s a terrific shoulder-season getaway. Guided strolling excursions with Berendt, a educated native information, will introduce the actual Crete and really useful conventional meals experiences in close by villages. • 4-bedroom villa with pool from £567 per week, rentavillacrete.co.ukAlison Hewitt
Breakfast with the cows, Iceland

Vogafjos Farm Resort
Vogafjos Farm Resort is in a lava panorama on the banks of Lake Mývatn. It’s a brief hop to the indulgence of scorching spring baths at Mývatn Nature Baths, handy for whale watching, waterfall exploring and never removed from the ring street. The rooms are throughout from the dairy: heat, easy cabins with a terrace to view the northern lights, and we did. Breakfast was the most effective we had in Iceland– an intensive regionally sourced buffet of lava (rye) bread, smoked salmon, recent milk and cheese, and a window on to the cows for firm!• Doubles from £108 B&B, vogafjosfarmresort.isMary
Grape escape, Romania

Vinalia, a winery at Conacul din Ceptura, round 80km north of Bucharest, has stunning rooms, native cheese and meats, and wine made and grown on the premises. The proprietor is completely happy to do excursions and wine-tasting. An incredible place!• Doubles from €55 B&B, vinaliaceptura.roJo Mattingley
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