This story continues from ‘The Chaos’. If you missed it then you can read it here.
During our recent holiday to Bavaria, we were lucky enough to stay in a gorgeous apartment within a farm.
There was so much for the kids to do and enjoy. The boys could join in as much or as little as they wanted in the day to day activities, which included feeding the animals.
Tractor Rides – Beep Beep
Every day the farmer would take his tractor out to help feed the cows. It didn’t take long for the boys to work out that other kids were getting to ride the tractor. In fact I think it was day two!
The boys loved sitting in the back and riding around the farm. They were so proud to be ‘helping’ the farmer. On the third day the boys sat still in the tractor for an hour! Not anyone that knows the monkey’s, will realise that this is a blooming miracle! They usually cannot sit still for more than five minutes.
I was a little worried at first, seeing my two little ones sitting on this huge tractor. I was worried they would be ok. However, the farmer was clearly practiced at this and drove slowly. They listened to my pleas to sit still and not touch anything. Daddy monkey was less worried though, as he happily snapped photos of them!
The pony ride was a fantastic opportunity for the boys.
They had never been on a horse before and I assumed that they would be on a tiny one, you know…more of a small donkey size than a horse.
However, when we arrived for the pre-booked lesson, we were pretty gobsmacked to see the size of the horse.
We were soon reassured, when the instructor informed us that the horse had a calm nature. He was also used to children.
The lady who took the lessons was incredible. She strapped them into the saddle so they couldn’t fall and let the horse walk slowly round in circles. She encouraged the young horse-rider to wave to us and their sibling as they trotted past.
This was fantastic at building up confidence. Then she asked them to touch their nose, ears and head. Within five minutes you could see the confidence grow in both boys. They were giggling and had huge grins on their faces.
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At the very end of the lesson she held on to the boys legs and the horse sped up a little. L just loved this and giggled the whole time. He wanted more and kept shouting to go faster.
Thankfully for my nerves the lady didn’t actually speed up – phew!
D loved it to, however after a couple of fast trotting, he said “no more thanks.”
The lesson only lasted ten minutes. However, it was the perfect length of time. Just enough to increase confidence.
More please mummy
Both boys have asked endlessly if we can find somewhere nearby where they can have a few more mini-lessons.
I have looked online and it seems that horse riding lessons as for older kids. So, I am on the hunt for somewhere that does fun pony rides instead. With the monkey’s birthday coming up soon, it could be a good idea for a birthday treat.
The farm has a great park to burn off some excess energy. The monkeys loved jumping up and down on the trampoline, hiding in the tree house and climbing up the slide.
The park is accompanied by a stunning backdrop. However, it was just the hubby and I that appreciated the view.
Spa and relaxation at the farm
The farm was not all about the little ones though. The owners had obviously thought about the wellbeing of the parents who were on vacation as spa facilities were on hand.
There was a sauna to relax in which was great after a long day sightseeing.
They also had a lovely lady attend the farm to do beauty treatments. I loved the pedicure and massage. Bliss!
This is a real treat for me, since I had the kids I seem to have very little time for these type of activities.
The farm was a fabulous place for a break and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a trip away.
As we left the farm for the long trip home, the owner gave the boys some chocolate as a treat. Such a simple thing but a really lovely touch.
Check back next week for the final instalment of our holiday, as I talk through some of the activities we found to keep us entertained during our week away.
For more information on where we stayed, visit their website here.