Dyson Farming Holiday Cottages: From redundant farm buildings to luxury, award-winning holiday retreats
Sensitive redevelopment of redundant farm buildings is a key part of the approach to property management at Dyson Farming, ensuring the working history of the estate is preserved. It complements our overall farming ethos to create a long-term model that will leave a positive legacy now and in 100 years’ time.
How it all started
The Dyson Farming holiday cottages’ journey began in 2018 when it was proposed that the derelict farm buildings on our farmland could be redeveloped to be given a new life and purpose. Work then started on transforming these buildings into modern, luxury holiday cottages, in a way that maintained and protected their heritage.
We now have 12 self-catering holiday cottages of varying sizes (sleeping 2 to 12 people) available across Lincolnshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire which can be viewed here. They boast impressive 360-degree views of picturesque farmland, woodland and conservation areas and include a range of luxurious touches such as Dyson Technology products, hot tubs, pizza ovens and electric car charging points. However, it is the stunning, tranquil locations of our properties that make them special.
Dyson Farming’s Lincolnshire Property Manager, Lee Birch, mentions:
“Our holiday cottages have been designed to align with the quality and reputation expected of the Dyson Farming brand, using in-house skilled craftsmen and women to deliver the renovation of redundant farm buildings. Their situation is special, providing access to the countryside which would otherwise be unseen.”
The number of holiday cottages available continues to grow. For example, The Partridge is the latest self-catering cottage in Berkshire. Situated near Newbury, The Partridge is the largest holiday cottage with 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and accommodating up to 12 people. The Partridge was designed to ensure that larger groups of guests can enjoy their time together whilst still having the space to relax and enjoy their stay in peace.
At the other end of the scale, the Lincolnshire team are nearing completion on The Dovecote holiday cottage, located south of the Lincolnshire Wolds. This is a unique 2-person cottage with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, created from a structure originally intended to house doves, which will be available to book from December 2021.
The Lincolnshire team have several more planning consents for holiday cottages. Make sure to follow our social media platforms to stay up to date with the latest developments for all our holiday cottage projects.
The future – more than just a nice place to stay
Our holiday cottages have already received several nationally recognised awards, including two Gold Standard Awards and an English Country Cottages award for the high quality of our service, cleanliness, and facilities. Up to the present day, we are very pleased to have an average 9.1 rating across all our holiday cottages.
On top of this, we also encourage people to explore the countryside and to take an active interest in farming and the environment that surrounds the cottages. This helps to improve the awareness and understanding of Dyson Farming’s innovative approach to farming and food production for the people staying.
Dyson Farming’s South-West Estate Surveyor, James Dawson:
“There is certainly an appetite for more holiday cottages. I think we could look at different buildings and areas for holiday cottages on the farms. Getting people onto farms is important to us, and I think offering education on rural matters and allowing people to come stay and see what we do is an exciting opportunity.
Looking forward, we also want to maximise the leisure opportunities for guests across our farms in Gloucestershire and Berkshire such as suggested walks and cycle routes to enhance their experience when they are here. Guests are also encouraged to try our quality farmed produce like Beef & Lamb and strawberries when relaxing in the cottages. The Lincolnshire team have made a great start on this, offering guided tours and simulated game shooting experiences to guests.”
The Estate Office,
Cyclone Way, Nocton,
Lincoln LN4 2GR