Papworth Trust’s Kerry Farm, which provides support and respite for people affected by disability, is now open for paid bookings for the first time. Until now, holidays at the farm near Newtown in Wales have only been available upon application.
When someone has a disability, illness or injury, or is living with mental ill heath, finding the perfect holiday can be tricky. So Kerry Farm was created as a holiday tailored to the guests’ needs, where they can choose to try new challenges or enjoy a rare chance to relax.
The support of the farm’s experienced family coaches is included for free to help guests spend quality time together or to give them time apart. And if needed, they can provide families with the tools and techniques to resolve conflicts, reach compromises and help transform everyday living situations.
To make sure holidays are as stress free as possible, the coaches contact guests before they arrive to find out what level of support they’d like and to make sure that all their needs are catered for.
Guests can choose to stay in fully accessible cottages and yurts. The cottages all have an open plan kitchen, dining room and living areas and can sleep up to 10 people. Holiday makers are also welcome to use the farmhouse, which offers a large dining room, comfy lounge, games room and a sensory room with coloured lighting and sensory objects.
As it’s a working farm, guests can choose to help feed the sheep and pigs, collect eggs from the chickens or walk the goats. Transport to the surrounding tourist attractions such Aberystwyth beach or the Elan Valley is also included in the stay.
Kara stayed at the farm last year with her two sons and said,
“I don’t think we will ever experience anything like our holiday at Kerry Farm again. It was the best thing we have ever done as a family because we could be ourselves. The staff were fantastic and very understanding.”
Farm Manager, Natalie Webster said,
“Tell us what you want to do during the week and we’ll try to make it happen. At the farm you can choose what you want to do, where you want to go and most importantly, what level of support you might like.”
Prices start from £180 per person for a week for a large group booking.
You can see a film about for Kerry Farm and find out more at: www.papworthtrust.org.uk/kerryfarm