Food + Wine

World's Best Farm Hotels

by Colleen Clark

Huntstile Organic Farm, England

Field work: With rooms in a 15th-century farmhouse, British White cattle whose pedigree dates from the 1400s, and vegetables that taste the way they did back before geneticists started meddling with them, Huntstile provides a window onto the agrarian past. Owners Lizzie Myers and John Ridout will take you for a ride on the tractor; invite you to help with planting and harvesting their wheat, barley, flowers, and vegetables; and bring you along to feed the pigs and goats. For an extra fee, they also offer beekeeping and sausage-making lessons.

Farm table: Hearty meals of garlic rabbit stew and sticky toffee pudding are served in the former stables and hayloft where Huntstile's farm families and workers have been eating for more than a century.

Bedtime: The six rooms are split between a 15th-century stone farmhouse and a converted apple loft. The spaces have a rustic charm, with claw-foot tubs, soft quilts, and historic architectural details such as exposed beams. Request the Panelled Room, featuring grand Jacobean oak walls—a dowry dating from one of the former ladies of the house.

Huntstile Organic Farm
Park Lane
Tel: 44 01278 662358
From $120 per night, including breakfast (closed first two weeks in January)

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