The Coombe Mill Feed Run

A highlight of our recent stay at Coombe Mill was the morning feed run. From Sunday through to Friday, Farmer Nick will be out there driving his tractor, with a trailer full of kids and holiday-makers being pulled along!

Boo loved it from the very first moment, but Little Man screamed when the tractor engine started up! No problem, he was carried on his first feed run, but by the end of the week, he was happily travelling in the trailer, too. Well, I say ‘too’, which implies Boo was with him, but more often than not, she was actually driving the tractor! All children are given the opportunity to sit with Farmer Nick and drive, but on our stay, only Boo was up for the challenge, so she pretty much drove every time we were out there. To say that she enjoyed that is something of an understatement, and I think everyone she’s met since our return from holiday is now well-aware that she drove a tractor!

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The animals that we got to visit and feed were, peacocks, sheep, chickens, pigs, goats, donkeys, deer and rabbits. The children loved to see them all. In fact, after that first day, Little Man would be knocking on our lodge door to get out in the morning, shouting ‘animals’ at us all! Boo tells me that the chickens were her favourite, as she enjoyed running about checking for and collecting the eggs. Most days there were 12-15 eggs, and so each day, we were able to take a couple back with us as there were only 4 families staying there – I do love eggs, and these were yummy!


Little Man liked making the animal noises for all of them, the Husband liked the deer as they were so very springy as they bounced down the field for their food, and Boo really enjoyed feeding the little lamb (you can read my story about seeing a lamb being born that week here)

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And me? I liked the sense of freedom, the beautiful outdoor space and watching my family having a fabulous time.

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Lots of outdoor fun, that was just magical to be a part of, delighting in watching the kids’ faces light up. And I would advise that you’ll get muddy doing this. There are free coveralls to use in reception, and we made sure we took a couple of washing tabs, as our lodge had a washing machine, which was very handy – kids fall over a lot in mud, it seems…!

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61 thoughts on “The Coombe Mill Feed Run”

  1. Looks amazing with all the animals, and your littles ones faces lighting up, so sweet. Can’t beat family time on the farm too. This is so lovely! Glad you all enjoyed it. #countrykids

  2. It really does look like a fab holiday for all the family! My girls love the little old tractor at our local farm, and would be absolutely thrilled to ride on one. I’m seriously thinking about throwing Coombe Mill into the mix for our summer holiday. Thanks for the lovely posts xx

  3. That sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to keep chickens, maybe one day! I’m thinking we need to pack plenty of clothes that can cope with being wrecked when we go down 🙂

    1. None of ours were wrecked – just dirty! There are coveralls, but we just washed them. You’ll love it all x

  4. So pleased you had a wonderful week with us. Boo was a star with her tractor driving. Did you see Farmer Nick really let her take the wheel and only corrected an over or under steer. She did so well and really embraced all the farm has to offer. I’m betting your wee man will want to come back when he is bigger just to prove he too can drive the tractor! A pleasure meeting you all and thank you for a wonderful post here for Country Kids.

    1. We really did, thank you. I hadn’t realised she really was driving – a natural! She loved it all, and is a little more interested in eggs now, having hated them before! Yep, Little Man needs a go on that tractor, too…!

  5. I think Coombe Mill are going to be inundated with holiday requests after this! JJ for one would be thrilled to drive a tractor! Lovely place. #CountryKids

  6. the feed run sounds great. BB will love the tractor everyday when we go. It’s great the children loved all the animals so much. That little lamb looks so cute 🙂

    1. Yes, tractor-driving is fun! The kids loved the animals and it was great to get so close to them all. You’ll love it 🙂

  7. It looks like such a brilliant place and like you’re having a really great time. I always get tempted to go there but it’s such a log drive for us I always put it off to “maybe next year!”

  8. Coombe Mill offers such brilliant family holidays. My kids are probably too big to visit now but it certainly looks fabulous. Glad you all had a great time #countrykids

  9. Oh wow it sounds like you had such a good time at Coombe Mill and I love the photos! Boo is looking very happy on the tractor and I’m glad Little Man jumped aboard before you left. Wonderful post, thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    1. She was very content on that tractor, day in, day out! It’s a lovely place to holiday and we all loved it. Thanks for hosting x

  10. Coombe Mill seems like such a great place to go to, I am really jealous! I completely agree with you and getting muddy! Putting your wellies on with the kids and sploshing around in the mud rocks! x Mel

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