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Berrington farm wins holiday accolade
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A ONCE derelict pigsty seems an unlikley spot for a holiday, never mind an award winning one.
But that is exactly what has happened at the farm near Tenbury that has been included in a top 50 list of best holidays collated by a national newspaper.
Brook House Farm at Berrington has benefited from the boom in the number of people opting for a holiday at home in a quiet rural setting.
Sarah and William Wint moved to Tenbury from the Cotswolds 10 years ago and took over a somewhat derelict farm which they have transformed into a break and breakfast and self catering holiday spot.
They faced a huge challenge when it came to turning the derelict pigsty into somewhere that people would want to spend a holiday.
“Before it became a pigsty the building had been a hop picker’s house used by people who used to come to the area every summer to pick the hops.
“I imagine that it was last used to house workers more than 50 years ago but since then has been used for donkeys and most recently for pigs.
“There was a lot of work involved in turning the pigsty into holiday accommodation.
“We used a local builder who did a great job.”
Visitors can now even rest their heads on a four poster bed in a building where the pigs used to doss down.
The conversion has been in use since last summer and has already attracted visitors from all over the world including from Canada and Australia.
“Someone from Australia who emig rated many years ago as a £10 pom but who knew the farm from long ago, heard about us and came back,” added Sarah.
“We often get people stop by who say that they lived on the farm in the past.
“Although we are busy in the summer people also come in the winter and we have even had guests from as close by as Kidderminster who just wanted to spend time in the peace and quiet of the countryside.”
Sarah says most visitors stay for a week but some prefer s short break.
“We are no longer a working farm but have lots of animals that our visitors seen to like.”