We were two families of three and four respectively, with three children aged 6 - 10. We didn't really know what to expect as it was difficult to find recent reviews online, and the photos looked a bit staged. Also the external appearance in the photos was, well, drab.
**Don't judge a book by its cover**
This place is lovely, absolutely lovely. The owners have decorated and furnished it to a high standard, everything was clean and fresh, the beds were comfy, the kids loved running around inside and out. If we were to go back to the Dales I doubt we'd look to stay anywhere else, it's that good.
The kitchen is new and modern, there's a great washing machine / dryer (essential for Yorkshire weather), and you can use the lockable outbuilding for drying muddy boots and wet coats. There's a shower room off the kitchen and the shower is heavenly! The dining room is plenty big enough for seven of us to sit down in comfort or spread maps out on the table to lan the next day's adventure. There's a door out to the front garden which is a sun trap (if you're lucky enough to see the sun, as we were). The sitting room is down a couple of stone steps and, again, is just really lovely and comfortable.
Upstairs there are two double rooms and two twins, and a bathroom. Beds were really comfy (actually I can only vouch for one bed - it wasn't that sort of group holiday...!) and the bathroom huge.
It's a working farm still so you might see Colin the shepherd / stockman on his ATV during the day, but we never felt overlooked or lacking in any privacy. If you like wildlife you can just sit in the garden and watch redstarts, grey wagtails, tawny owl (we think it roosts in the outbuilding but has the odd habit of flying - and hooting - during the day), even peregrines.
Malham Cove is a short, easy walk but we were as impressed by Gordale Scar. As for local pubs the Lister Arms is fabulous, really good food and beer and very family-friendly (and free WiFi if the children need an iPad fix after walking for miles). The other pub served good food and beer too but isn't as nice as the Lister Arms.
The National Park information centre is well worth a visit for the weather forecast if nothing else - the best bit about Town Head Farm is that there's no mobile signal so you can have a real holiday away from it all, but it does mean you can't get a weather forecast for the next day. Also well worth a visit is Town End Farm Shop and tea room in the next village. Lovely food and very friendly and helpful staff.
Overall we give this five stars as it's a great place for a family holiday.