Below a selection of holiday reviews from our popular single parent farm holidays at our Agriturismo farm in Italy, where we have travelled for almost 15 years now with our single mums and dads and their children:
"Our holiday in Magredi on the farm this summer was memorable. Clara loved discovering the workings of a farm (learning to identify crops, picking fruit, making jam) and being ferried about in a horse-drawn cart. She also rode a horse for the first time - something she will continue back home as she is now hooked ! This was our first holiday with SPOH. We loved it and have already booked our next. "
- Rose & Clara (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2021
"Spent the best week of my life in Magredi. This place was just magical and "absolutely perfect" according to my daughter. Having so many beautiful horses around was an unexpected bonus. Riding lessons were fun and well delivered.
Apart from that, additional 2 activity a day were educational and fun.
Kids were also having fun splashing in the pool and having yummy lunches at the pool bar.
We were looked after by Sandra who is an amazing person. Always with a smile and so classy. She always went the extra mile to accommodate our needs and preferences.
The trip to Venice was the cherry in a cake. We cant wait to return there next year. "
- Ewa & Maja (12) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2020
"This was a first for my daughter and i going on a single parents holiday, and i must admit we didn't know what to expect, but the moment we arrived at the hotel we met up with some lovely parents and our lovely leader Therese who made us feel so welcome. There were two activities a day which you didn't have to join in if you did not want to but we always went along and they were so informative and great fun. From day one we all bonded so well as a group and the kids sat on one table for dinner and we sat on the other table to enjoy our meals, It was so relaxing and so safe for the kids especially as there was always someone to play with in the pool or just have a chat to, a brilliant way to meet other single parents, and make new friends. We started a group what's app so we could swap photos and hence i have way more photos of my daughter and myself than i have ever had on other hols. Don't hesitate book today. "
- Debbie & Emily (14) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2019
"This was the trip of life time. As a newly single mum, i had lost my confidence to travel alone with my girls. This holiday has reawakened my desire to see Europe and give my girls an understanding that the world is exciting and beautiful. Magredi is simply stunning. The backdrop of the mountains is breathtakingly and life on the farm is full of adventure and activities we've never tried. The horse and cart experience was laid back and unrushed. We have had many new experiences... Horse gymnastics, mosaic making and plenty of cooking experiences. The children bonded well, leaving the adults to enjoy some grown up time, with lots of laughter, wine tasting and food. I couldn't have had a better holiday and wish I could do it all again. Huge thanks to Therese who helped make us feel so welcome and organised us so well. Xx"
- Fiona, Katie (8) & Martha (4) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2019
"This was our first holiday as a single parent family, and I was very nervous as I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is WOW! Myself and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience - the activities were well organised and great fun, especially the wine tasting for the grown ups! Daniela, Donatello and Gelindo made our stay so memorable - we will never forget the friends we made and would definitely recommend this holiday and SPOH to anyone. Thank you!"
- Sinead & Niamh (5) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2019
"Can I thank everyone at Magredi and at Single Parents on Holiday for a truly memorable experience. The Location and Hotel were great but the people we shared the time with were magnificent. The most important thing for me was that my 8 year old daughter enjoyed it and I'm happy to say she said it was the best holiday that she has had.
The Staff at Magredi were wonderful with a special mention for the ever-present Donatello and our host Daniela was great making sure we had everything we needed.
I can only wholeheartedly recommend this trip to single parents with kids between 5 and 10 years old."
- Kieron & Erin (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2019
"Thank you SPOH for the opportunity to go on holiday and meet like minded individuals and just have a stress free holiday. If anyone is doubting or worried about going I would say don’t think about it, do it. You won’t regret a second of it."
- Philippa & Lydia (11) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2019
"I booked this holiday at a very last minute and got a bit anxious before leaving as I did not know what to expect ... what can I say? It was such a great surprise: excellent staying, super food, fantastic people to share the holiday with. My child and I had a blast, made nice friends and we are already thinking about booking our next SPOH break :-)"
- Laura & Francesco (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2019
"My daughter and I had a fabulous Italian experience in this rustic farm for a week.
Relaxing and enjoyable, we would both love to return to live/work on the farm!
Here are the views of my daughter: Amazing, fantastic farm activities & trips with delicious food."
- Emma & Evelyn (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2019
"I would recommend this type of holiday to any single parent, my kids loved the farm and activities, I particularly enjoyed being with other parents in similar situations. The balance of activities and time to chill was just right, out host was amazing and I honestly felt 10 years younger by the end of the week."
- Sandi, Bryn (11) & Beth (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2019
"We had the most wonderful week with a great group of adults and children, a very helpful and friendly host, delicious Italian food and fantastic farm activities. Magredi Farm is a real gem set in the beautiful Italian countryside! This was my first holiday as a single parent and it exceeded all my expectations. If you are thinking about booking, I strongly advise it! "
- Debbie & Alice (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2019
"Danielle, who was our host made sure everything was organised for the children's activities which were wonderful. They made pasta, biscuits, created mosaics, went horse-riding (extra cost), rode on a horse and cart and more. Unfortunately, myself and my daughter missed the trip to Venice because we arrived two days late, but we visited a beautiful lake where the children played in a park and took a little walk to the ice-cream shop. Afterwards, we had time to stop off in an old town for lunch on the way back. The parents all quickly bonded and had a great time together chatting with the occasional glass of wine. "
- Sylvie & Eva (19) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2019
"I have been reflecting on the wonderful week we just had at Gelindo de Magredi. It was great from start to finish and I feel that we were fortunate having such a great group of people who really gelled. My daughters, 7 and 4, had an absolute ball as did I. We all really enjoyed the wide range of activities that were included with the day trip to Lake Barcis being a particular highlight. Having horse riding lessons on site at a very reasonable price was a real bonus. There was a great mix of organised activities but also down time by the pool as well. Andrea was an excellent coordinator. She was friendly, fun, and went the extra mile to ensure we were having a good time. I highly recommend this holiday in a beautiful part of Italy. "
- Emma, Hannah (7) & Isla (4) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"My daughter and I enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Magredi in the beautiful and very rural Friulian Dolomites area of Italy. I chose the holiday because it was recommended by a friend and because it felt there was a great balance of activities that we would both enjoy like enjoying the delights of the farm amidst the beauty of the mountain and lakes, while being able to have time out at the pool and first class horse-riding facilities. For us adults there were also nice touches like wine tasting.
We had never experienced a holiday with a similar group of single parents, and were a little nervous over what to expect. However, we need not be concerned. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by both our fabulous and very organised rep for the week, Andrea, and the rest of the group. Within hours we were all chatting away and making friends. Violet absolutely loved having a big group of kids to hang around with and enjoyed the freedom of being able to amble around the farm without adult supervision at all times. Being able to ride a horse every day was a dream come true for her, and she came home a competent rider.
My daughter enjoyed all the range of activities on offer, and while she would happily be in the pool all day, relished the chance to pick fruit to then make into jam, take a horse and tractor ride around the farm, and arts and craft mornings.
It was fabulous not having to make decisions over what we were going to do each day, that it was all organised for us, and that we just had to turn up. That made it relaxing for us adults and it was nice also not having to cook! It was also great that you knew there as always a parent on hand to keep an eye on your child if you needed some time out.
Single Parents on Holiday are a very professional outfit, who take a very individual and personal approach to ensuring you have a fantastic, and easy holiday to make memories to last a lifetime. I will be recommending to all my friends looking to take a similar holiday.
- Sharon & Violet (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"I was a little skeptical about booking a ‘single parent’ holiday as I’ve never done anything like it before. What if I didn’t like any of the other parents? Or worse, my children didn’t get on with the other children? But my concerns were very quickly brushed aside. We spent a lovely week with some amazing people who will be friends for life. The activities were well thought out and great fun for kids and parents alike. My boys loved having other children to play with, and this allowed me time to relax and enjoy the holiday too. Very sad to leave Italy but already thinking about our next single parent holiday."
- Claire, Ned (8) & Tom (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"The Magredi farm holiday exceeded my expectations. Andrea, our host, went above and beyond for the group. There was a range of activities from horse riding to cooking to wine tasting, and the owners of the farm were very accommodating. My son and I both came away with amazing memories and wonderful new friends. "
- Lana & Isaac (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"Myself and my daughter had the most amazing time in Magredi. It exceeded my expectations on so many levels. Our group was such good fun and the kids all made wonderful friendships which was so lovely to see. It was great to watch the kids try out all the fun activities like pizza making and jam making and I loved that the kids sat separately at dinner so the mums could have well needed adult chat over a lot of local vino! I would highly recommend this holiday to any single parent out there who wants an adventure holiday (with a good amount of time to relax too) but doesn’t want the stress of organising everything independently. If you’re lucky like me and Layla, you’ll have the most memorable week possible. "
- Deborah & Layla (5) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"Having just divorced a year ago I was anxious about going away on my own. I was recommended SPOH. The process was well organised and the activities were great for my daughter Lucy, aged 14. The accommodation was clean the pool was good as not too deep for the children. Would definitely go again."
- Vicky & Lucy (14) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"Fred and I had a fabulous time. We enjoyed all the activities but equally enjoyed the spare time in between when we could spend time playing by the pool and around the farm. Italy was beautiful, the company was great and I was able to relax and give Fred a little bit of freedom to explore and play with his new friends in a very safe environment. Thank you."
- Helen & Fred (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"This was the perfect first holiday as a single parent. There was plenty to occupy the children, new friends to make but still lots of time for me to spend with my two boys. The food, drink and accommodation were great, and the staff were brilliant with the kids. The pony games were a particular highlight."
- Iain, Cameron (19) & Adam (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"I was at a loss re what to do with this week I had off from work and it was going to be just me and my daughter. I was surprised by how well organised and thought through everything was. Andrea was brilliant, hotel was brilliant, food, wine tasting, children activities, opera night. I can not fault any aspect except the holiday came to an end! I made some lovely friends and will be returning to the holiday/company/meet up all the friends. Thank you Andrea and Sandra."
- Sudha & Naina (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"The generous and energetic Gelindo family have created a really child-friendly, fun family setting. Andrea's calm, gentle and attentive care, made us feel really well looked after. The group was fab, a good number and mix of ages to make friends and have fun. We had a great holiday. But beware..we and our luggage came back a good few pounds heavier!"
- Jackie & Reuben (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"The perfect farm holiday for parents and young children. The activities were varied and ideal for children aged 5-10 years. A fantastic location in rural italy, and the day in the lakes in particular was amazing!
Such a refreshing change from a beach holiday."
- Swati & Asha (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2018
"Another fantastic holiday with SPOH, with a lovely group of parents and kids. As a full-time working single parent running a household alone, there is nothing I appreciate more than to have an entire holiday organised for me, right down to the food on my plate. Our hosts were welcoming, the activities were fun, the meals were great: the entire setup was delightful. Many thanks!"
- Katrine & Marius (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2017
"Magredi was simply amazing! It had everything...the city, the mountains, the farm and the pool. The children were never bored, had a fantastic time making friends and joining in the activities and the parents actually got a real holiday! The location is sublime, the food is excellent (even as a picky vegetarian!). The organisers were fabulous and part of our group. I made some wonderful friendships and I wouldn't hesitate to repeat the experience over and over again. "
- Lisa & Lara (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2017
"Marcus had a good time, kids developed friendships over the week and he enjoyed both the pool and the activities. Very good for the younger kids although the older ones seemed to enjoy it all. Very relaxing as a single (grand)parent."
- Ronnie & Marcus (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2017
"Friendly hotel with lovely pool and excellent food. We enjoyed the mix of activities especially the cooking and the tour around the farm."
- Catherine with Rufus (12), Edmund (10) & Jasper (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2017
"Magredi was brilliant for my boys with so many activities from cooking to fishing and fruit picking."
- Eve with Felix (7) & Nathan (4) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2017
"Myself and my daughter loved this holiday. All activities were great and it was so nice to get time just to chill out by the pool. The evening meals were lovely and, although at first I didn't believe the adults and children eating on separate tables was a good idea, after the first night my 4 year old daughter was very chuffed she got to just hang out with the kids.
The staff on the farm, who took care of us were amazing, they are so passionate about what they do and so accommodating to all their guests. It was very refreshing to experience staff who love their job and love having so many big and small visitors. If you are wondering which holiday to go on with this company, I would say this one is a good start. We will return, it is a magical place."
- Jodee & Edie (4) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2017
"I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough. I went away with my 3 year old daughter and we both loved every second. The activities allowed me to have an 'active rest'. The family running the farm were helpful and friendly. The arrangement on the farm and of the activities allowed my daughter so much more independence than at home and has really built her confidence. I also had the opportunity to meet lovely people and cycle through beautiful scenery. "
- Caroline & Cora (3) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2017
"I could not recommend this type of holiday and Magredi enough.
We were so well looked after by Therese and the staff. It was probably the first holiday I have been on where I have not come back exhausted! The accommodation and food was excellent. The surrounding farmland and countryside were beautiful. We very quickly settled into a relaxed routine. Yes, there is a schedule but it never felt rushed or forced. And this mix of ingredients helped us all naturally gel together as a friendly, supportive and inclusive group. The children all played together and looked after each other every evening (aged 3 to 13 - they were just one gang!).
And as for the "grown ups" - I can't remember the last time I laughed so much!
- Maryla, Natalia (11) & Helena (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2017
"I came home throughly refreshed - although my cheeks are still hurting from laughing so much. I would recommend any single parent to try a holiday like this. Other years holidays have been lonely even though I've always had fun. This time there were other mothers (and a Father) in the same boat and we all got on so well. "
- Kate, Hannah (10) & Julie (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2017
"My children came home saying Magredi was the best holiday ever. They keep asking when they can see their new friends again. The setting was beautiful, the family who run Magredi were so welcoming and kind and we all enjoyed both the activities on offer and hanging out by the pool. The horse riding was a highlight but what I will remember most is the laughs with all the other parents and watching my girls play with the other kids."
- Anna & children aged 9 & 8 - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2016
"James had a wonderful time, as did I safe in the knowledge he was entertained and having fun every day with his new friends. The guide was excellent and I was able to properly relax. We both had a great time. Thank you."
- Sara & James (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2016
"The farm in Magredi is absolutely fantastic. The family are wonderful and care so much about their guests. The facilities are excellent and the food delicious."
- Kate, Valerie (6) and Eric (4) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2016
"This was the best family holiday we've ever had. We've done regular package holidays in the past and while we've enjoyed them, I've found it lonely at times without adult company and the kids, particularly, have always been glad to get home. This time it was a huge wrench to leave for all of us. Our host, Thomas, and the hotel staff, Gelindo, Donatello and their team, could not do enough for us to make sure we had a really great time, both parents and children alike. I can't fault the service, the food, the activities or the warmth of the welcome in any way. There were so many special events put on just for our group, I can honestly say this week was the first time when being a single parent has felt a privilege. Our week was made extra special by the lovely group of like-minded people we were lucky to share our holiday with. If I had one concern before arriving, it was that I wouldn't get on with the other parents and would feel forced to have group fun! In fact the other holiday makers were fantastic company, the activities were relaxed with no obligation to join in and plenty of flexibility when we did. We also had time to relax by the pool and just enjoy our surroundings on the farm.
The hotel setting, both locally and regionally was fabulous, with a trip to magical Venice a must. I would heartily recommend this holiday and wouldn't hesitate to book with SPOH again.
- Claire, Joseph (14) & Harry (8) - Magredi holiday, July 2016
"We had an excellent time in Magredi, it was such fun but also relaxing. Our host was great and the staff at the hotel made us feel so special. The activities were great fun, the children loved exploring the farm & it was a perfect setting for relaxation. I highly recommend this holiday. "
- Elaine, Ellisia (10) & Eleanor (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2016
"Amazing place to stay, flexible and relaxed, plenty to do, friendly group, great activities - the things that sounded a bit dull (jam and pasta making) turned out to be two of the highlights!"
- Peter & Arthur (12) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2016
"Our holiday at Gelindo de Magredi was absolutely fantastic. Myself, 11 year old daughter and 7 year old son all made new friends and were able to have time for ourselves as a result. The first holiday in years I haven’t come home exhausted. The resort owners were very welcoming whilst retaining oodles of character and ensuring this holiday was as much about the kids as the adults. This holiday surpassed our expectations and I would definitely recommend to any single parent considering a SPOH trip."
- Jo, Jessica (11) & Jake (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2015
"Facilities at Magredi were fabulous and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. Highlights were the amazing four-course dinners, the pool and the bar! the perfect family holiday for those with 5-12 year olds. Thanks to our tour leader Therese and Gelindo and his staff for making it a truly memorable experience for us."
- Sam & Emily (12) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2015
"My daughter and I are just back from one of the best holidays that we have been on. The setting was beautiful, the weather was fantastic and the food was amazing. The family were lovely, very passionate and so accommodating that you relaxed into the lifestyle within minutes of arriving. The activities were great fun and there was plenty of other facilities to keep the kids occupied (bikes, pool, horse riding and animals). We met some great families and as a first experience I will be back."
- Ollie & Heather (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, August 2015
"Best holiday in a long time. Would have chosen this resort without all the extra activities and the service of a hostess but these were fantastic and allowed the kids to make new friends more easily and the adults to relax. Staff were friendly and accommodating and riding instructors were very cautious and great with beginners and the horses were very safe but they don’t allow children under 14 to ride outside the arena"
- Janice, Alexander (11) & Laurence (9) (Magredi holiday, July 2015)
"My daughter and I went to Magredi in July 2015. We had a fantastic holiday. It was the first on our own and met some really lovely people. The hotel was just how I had imagined it. Very rustic, truly Italian with a fantastic family who owned it and cared for their guests. The rooms were basic but very clean with air conditioning. The surrounding area is stunning and our favourite was the local gelateri within walking distance. Food was fantastic and fresh. Wine great. Kids all happy with lots of great activities. Don’t think about it just go."
- Colleen & Daisy (8) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2015
"My daughter (12) and I had a fantastic time – this was an amazing place and we loved all the activities. Apart from the weather which was not too good the rest of the trip was excellent. The food was fantastic – the family who ran the farm were very helpful and were very good hosts. The whole trip however was made perfect by our fantastic guide and host- Tennessee who was so good and he could not have been more helpful especially when our taxi broke down on the way back to the airport- after many telephone calls we got to the airport 10 minutes after the flight should have gone but thankfully the plane was being held for us so we made it!"
- Liz & Emma (12) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2014
"This is the second SPoH holiday that James and I have been on. Was every bit as good as our first holiday last year in Ronda. Stunning location, wonderful hotel/farm run by a very friendly and welcoming family. The activities were great fun – loved the pasta making. Tennessee – our host – could not have been more friendly or helpful and helped to make the holiday a great success."
- Susan & James (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2014
"I absolutely loved our holiday to Magredi and would be very happy to recommend it to a friend. We enjoyed all of the activities, and were so well looked after we were sad to leave. The staff were very attentive to all of our needs and especially good with the children. We would be very happy to return again next year. Oh, and you can’t beat the food and wine in Italy!"
- Louise & Oliver (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2014
"I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever been on. The fact that we were a small group actually enhanced our experience, and this was helped by an amazing host (Tennessee) who pulled out all the stops to make sure we all enjoyed every moment. The Gelindos are warm, friendly and very welcoming and the setting was stunning. We were very relaxed and comfortable, ate the most wonderful local food and sampled some fantastic wines. Venice was perfect (heaven!) and the children loved all of their activities. Alex rode most days, and Sebastian kept popping back to cuddle the bunnies! We have taken hundreds of wonderful photos which show happy, glowing families enjoying a wonderful holiday. Most of all we experienced a real slice of Italy, and we already hunger for more. Thank you so much for a magical week in a very special place. And to Tennessee for everything he did for us all. He made the holiday for us."
- Sue, Alexandra (11) & Sebastian (10) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2014
"Thank you so much SPOH. The farm holiday at Gelindo dei Magredi was excellent fun for children and adults alike and comes highly recommended."
- Elfy & Sophie (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2014
"This was our second holiday with SPOH having gone to Ronda last year and had such a great time there. Magredi was just as good, the children had a great time and were kept active with morning and afternoon activities, still with time midday for the pool and sunbathing. Trip to Venice was excellent. Staff were really helpful and friendly and took great care of us and Nina sorted everything out for us, even our last minute request to change the planned day at the beach, to go up up to the mountains and to swim in the lake, she sorted it all for us. We made some great friends and will definitely book again."
- Emma & Ben (9) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, May 2014
"We all had a fabulous holiday in a beautiful place with a great group of people. This was our first experience of this type of holiday and it far exceeded expectations. Many thanks to all at SPOH, especially Nina. We will definitely be booking more!"
- Jo, Emma (9) & Katie (7) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2012
"I read a review of this holiday company in The Times and risked my two week holiday budget on one week with SPOH. I certainly don’t regret it. With three children (11,9,6) to satisfy it was a tall order but you pulled it off! The activities were many and varied but there was no pressure to join in… something for everybody. Above all I feel like I had a break because the children were having such a fabulous time. Keep up the good work!"
- Donna, Archie (11), Felix (9) & Nell (6) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2012
"The Magredi holiday is extremely relaxing. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There aren’t many places I would revisit a second time. But this is definitely a holiday you would enjoy time and time again."
- Maureen & Peter (14) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2012
"We had an amazing time in Magredi. The place is run by a very friendly family who did their utmost to make our trip memorable and it truly was… the place was so lovely and relaxed and the kids had a ball from start to finish.. really wonderful and highly recommended for a relaxed, fun and friendly holiday!"
- Sue & Isaac (11) - single parent farm holiday in Magredi, July 2012