Think cosy, rural, peaceful, and relaxed: that is what you get when booking a staycation at High House Farm, a country retreat ideal for couples or a couple with a young child. We chose High House Farm as it was situated in the countryside perfect for a quiet getaway, but close enough to Birmingham for access to halal food.
Getting There and Location
High House farm is in the picturesque village of Fairfield that seems like it has stepped right out of a story book. With sloping country roads, village churches and lovely neighbours, we loved taking a walk in the area the afternoon after we checked in. High House Farm is located just off the M5 and M42 motorways which makes it convenient to get to but keeps it far away enough from the busy roads that there is no noise pollution disturbing your relaxed retreat.
Although the guest annexe is located on the host’s private land, it is completely detached and secluded: it has its own parking spot and private entrance, patio and garden area that are tucked away from the residents and the public. As seen in the pictures below, the garden is enclosed by trees and overlooks miles and miles of greenery. Opening the French doors and gazing over out at the scenery on a warm afternoon or crisp morning is a perfect activity and one we found so much peace in.
The first feature we appreciated about High House Farm was the private garden: before we even stepped into the annexe, we sank down onto the patio chairs and basked under the sunshine, taking in the sounds of the small water feature, singing birds and light breeze. With the right weather at High House Farm, you can almost convince yourself that you are on holiday abroad.
The one-bedroom annexe has a rustic, farmhouse vibe running through, and this comes in the shape of wooden furniture, leather upholstery and soft furnishings. The space contains a double bed, sofa, mini kitchenette, and we loved the umbrellas as a finishing touch. The en-suite bathroom has a shower and is equipped with complimentary toiletries including Molton Brown shower gels- always appreciated of course. If you are intending to stay for a few days, you’ll be happy to note that wardrobe and ironing facilities are also provided.
Host Julie really has thought of everything, as alongside the tea, coffee and hot chocolate supplies, board games and books are also available if you want to stay indoors and pass the time. She has complimented this with flyers and leaflets with ideas of all the things you could do in and around the local area. One of our hopes was that we could star-gaze at night, and much to our pleasure, the sunroof provided a stellar view of the sky filled with twinkling stars. There was something so serene about the quietness of the night, stillness of the surroundings and light of the stars. It’s hard to believe that the bustling city of Birmingham is only a short 20-minute drive away.
Things to Do
Although Fairfield is a sleepy, quiet village, there is so much to do in and around the area no matter what your interests are. Here, I’ve listed a few things that you could spend your time venturing out to with High House as your base.
- Explore Fairfield. There are country roads, beautiful houses, and village settings to appreciate within a walking distance.
- Hike through Client Hills, a National Trust Park and observe the Welsh mountains from the top. During the spring, the lavender hills are in full bloom and the walk is stunning.
- Make a visit to West Midland Safari Park.
- Eat at Afrikana Kitchen in Aldridge, Walsall (30 minutes away)
- Spend a day in Birmingham city centre, only a 25-minute drive from High House Farm.
How to Book
High House Farm can be booked via Air BnB where you can contact the host directly and arrange a stay.
Prices start at £50 a night depending on the time you are booking for. A late check out can also be arranged for an additional £20 (which is worth it) and a welcome pack can be sorted with orange juice, croissants, cereal, fresh fruit and a small loaf for a small additional charge. In hindsight, this would have been a brilliant idea to arrange which we unfortunately didn’t think to.
Would we book High House Farm again? Undoubtedly, yes. It is a brilliant location which offers the perks of a country getaway but remains close enough to the city that halal food and city-life activities are easily accessible.