Chloe and Gavin Vance and their 8 children started with Feather Down in the summer of 2021 and what a start it has been! Their farm has been written up in the Guardian and the Scotsman as one of the go-to holidays in Scotland. Their third generation farm can lay claim to have one of the oldest continuous dairy herds in the country, their 120 head of Holstein Friesians producing milk that goes into the 'Seriously Strong Cheddar' you see on supermarket shelves.
Even at the height of the summer you'll find gorgeous spots just a short drive from the farm that will have your wondering where the crowds are. The fishing village of The Isle of Whithorn would be rammed if it was in Cornwall, the seaside town of Garlieston and beaches like Rigg Bay too. There are many out-of-season attractions too. The Wigtown Book Festival in September could go toe-to-toe with its equivalent in Hay and the Galloway House Gardens are worth a visit at any time. All in all, a stay at Balnab makes for the ideal family holiday in Scotland.
The farm is a veritable menagerie with dairy calves, pygmy goats, Shetland ponies and Oxford Sandy and Black piglets to name but a few. Gavin the farmer could always do with some help feeding and grooming the animals. Also at the centre of the encampment is a play area with climbing, water play and straw bales giving all the space and imagination that children need on holiday. And when it comes to adult play, new for 2022 is a hot tub that you can book in advance or on site. Tractor rides, football kickabouts, feed the calves and goats and Shetland pony rides are a regular fixture so that everyone will be worn out by the time night falls and you retire to your comfy Feather Down beds