LITTLE FOREST FOLK HOLIDAYS
It has long been a dream of ours to run Little Forest Folk Holidays; to take some of our incredibly talented educators from our nurseries and create the dream holiday opportunity for our families.
We have partnered with Villa Pia, a gorgeous family-friendly, rambling farmhouse, with incredibly delicious food, a range of relaxing & exciting activities, and 5 acres of beautiful grounds to explore. Located in the Medieval town of Lippiano and set against the breath-taking back drop of Tuscany, this 15th century country Manor House is a spectacular family destination.
Our Little Forest Folk Holiday dates 2020
june 6th to 13th 2020
Photo Gallery from some of our Little Forest Folk holidays
The plan is to create the dream holiday experience…..so how do we do that? By making life as easy as possible for parents and as fun as possible for children!
A typical day at Villa Pia will begin with (either) Mum or Dad waking up with the children (must be 2 or over), then whoever has drawn the short straw walking the children downstairs to where our fabulous Little Forest Folk educators will be waiting, drop the children off for a morning of forest fun and exploration…and go back to bed until 11am!
Yes, that’s right, a holiday where you can get a lie-in! Our amazing educators will give the children their breakfast and then play outdoors in the grounds of Villa Pia, creating the usual mud, sticks and stones fun that is part of Little Forest Folk, whilst you relax into your holiday.
To keep life simple, the holiday will be all-inclusive. So all meals and drinks (from the help yourself 24 hour bar) will be taken care of. There are no extras to pay for the forest mornings, these are included within your accommodation costs.
A typical day will include:
Breakfast & forest fun [for children aged 2 and over] from 7am-11am
Adult breakfast served from 8am-10am
Lunch at 12pm
Afternoon tea available in the kitchen at 2.30pm-3pm
Children’s dinner at 5pm and Adults dinner at 8pm
Typical meals will include:
Breakfast – continental style, self serve
Lunch – large and varied buffet, self serve
Afternoon tea – cakes and biscuits, self serve
Children’s dinner – large and varied buffet, self serve
Adults dinner – table service, 4 courses
Fruit and yoghurts always available / Drinks – beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, water, juices all freely available from the bar
Testimonials from Little Forest Folk Holidays
We thoroughly enjoyed it! Met some great people, the location was superb, food great, villa great etc. Really well thought-through and we'd love to come again.
It felt like an opportunity for a genuine relaxing, fun and engaging week. A rare commodity when you have children. For each of us to find time to chat to others people, have fun, laughter, relaxation, peace & quiet, was amazing. The Forest Folk sessions along with the way we were looked after from the staff at Villa Pia was effortless and enabled everyone to relax and unwind.
The Little Forest Folk team were wonderful and so was the villa. Its the first holiday we have really relaxed for 3 years! So quite an achievement! Thank you
What a wonderful week! It’s a beautiful spot and it was such a pleasure to share it with lovely Forest Folk families.
We were surprised how many beautiful hilltop towns there were nearby (in particular Anghiari) which were ideal for short morning or afternoon trips out. Many were pedestrianised which made exploring easier with the children. The Italians were all very child-friendly. Happy children, happy parents etc. We have eaten our body weight in ice cream and pasta.
It was an ideal balance of adult time and family time each day. Plenty of space so it didn’t feel crowded. We felt lucky with the group of families as everyone seemed to get on well. Educators were excellent, engaged and fun.
I cannot possibly speak highly enough of your staff - they had a group of children of various ages, abilities and interest and all children absolutely loved it! They are such a credit and asset to your organisation - they absolutely made the holiday what it was. We really liked the beautiful location and were so happy relaxing, reading and swimming that we didn’t even mind when a lightning storm took out the WiFi. The Villa staff were very kind and loved the children as well. What a great setting. We started a what’s app group with all the other families who stayed at the same time as us and we’ve really enjoyed staying in touch with them as well. We have already discussed coming back again next year.
I really want to express how much this experience was such a great starting point for us with our Little Forest Folk journey since our son, H started at Wimbledon a few days after our return. It confirms for us that joining the forest school was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our children.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it far exceeded my expectations; the location was beautiful, the setup and staff at Villa Pia was perfect for families, the Little Forest Folk educators were amazing. I returned refreshed - a true treat as a single Mum, and my daughter returned full of confidence with a fascination for sticks and small creatures. Please pass on my immense thanks to the educations.
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Villa Pia, Lippiano, 06010 MSM Tiberina (PG), Umbria, Italy
How to book
If you are interested in a Little Forest Folk holiday, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch.
What’s included in the costs?
All accommodation, food and drinks (apart from Thursday when the kitchen closes for lunch and dinner) and your children’s activities.
What type of activities will you do with the children?
The same forest fun we enjoy in our London forests – rope swings, adventure walks, mini-beast hunts, wood work, arts and crafts and tree climbing!
What extras can we book at the Villa?
Yoga, beauty treatments and massages in addition to children’s and adult cookery classes.
Can you take 0-2 year olds in the forest mornings?
Sorry to say we can only take children aged 2 and over for our forest mornings.
Can you book our flights for us?
No, we are only able to book the accommodation and activities for you.
What are the transfer options you recommend to get to Villa Pia?
We will arrange a coach transfer from Pisa to Villa Pia, families can book this as an extra or arrange their own transport. Transfer times are approximately 2 hours 20 mins from Pisa to Villa Pia and 1 hour 40 mins from Florence to Villa Pia, with various car hire companies also available at each airport.
We will let families know the flights we recommend when the airlines have scheduled flights for these dates.
What if we want to explore the area more when we are in Tuscany?
You are welcome to hire cars or Villa Pia can arrange taxis for you if you wish to explore the area.
What is Lippiano village like?
Very small with only a bar for entertainment but nice to wander the streets if you want to go for a walk or buy an ice cream.
Can Villa Pia cater for dietary requirements?
Absolutely, just advise us when booking who has which dietary requirements and we will pass this along to the chefs.
Can we have breakfast in bed?
Indeed you can. For a 5 Euro surcharge per person per day you’d like breakfast in bed, the Villa Pia staff will run a tray up to your room with a continental breakfast.
What meals are available?
Apart from Thursdays, Villa Pia will provide breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea (cakes or baked goods) and dinner (4 courses, with wine).
How about snacks?
Fruit is always available and there are often cake and biscuits available too.
Can baby milk be reheated and sterilising equipment provided?
Yes, of course. Travel light!
What about our early risers and early to bed children?
Breakfast is available for the children from 7am and the adults from 8am. We will all lunch together then dinner is available at 5pm for the children and 8pm for adults.
Are there baths in the rooms?
All of the rooms have baths suitable for bathing children. You wouldn’t fit an adult in many of them but they are great for bath & bedtime with the little ones.
Are the pools heated?
Yes, with the baby pool being a few degrees warmer than the main pool.
Are there any toys / play equipment at the Villa?
There is an indoor playroom on the ground floor of the main house with various books and toys. There is also an outdoor younger play area in the main courtyard with little tikes playhouses, cars, seesaws and other ‘soft play’ style play items. There is a soft play centre in a room beneath the old barn!
There is also a small park with a swing, slide and roundabout near the tennis courts and 2 trampolines (1 at the swimming pool and 1 in the main garden).
Are there babysitting opportunities if we’d like to go out for the day or go out for dinner?
These would need to be arranged on a first come first served basis, with payment made in cash directly to the educators available for babysitting.