Farmhouse bed and breakfast businesses have helped generate £3.5bn for the rural economy, says a report.
The B&B sector is a major contributor to rural incomes on many farms, according to the study on behalf of accommodation body Farm Stay UK. Over the past 30 years, £3.5bn has been added to the rural economy as a result of guests staying on farm locations through Farm Stay UK, it says.
Farm Stay UK's 1000 members have grown the farm accommodation sector through ingenuity, investment and innovation during the past three decades, says the document. As well as traditional B&Bs, accommodation includes shepherd's huts, eco-lodges, woodland hideaways, hay-bale houses and imaginative conversions of redundant farm buildings.