Pippa is our gorgeous miniature shetland pony.
She pulls our trap for every pony and trap ride.
She loves the children who stay and enjoys a stroke.
George is Pippa’s younger brother. We bought him because she is such a wonderful little pony.
At the moment he’s not earning his keep but he’s soon to be broken in to pull a double trap with Pippa by our son Will.
Will runs a wedding carriage driving business near by and spends much of his time breaking ponies to drive.
Millie is our pony ride pony. She’s gentle, unflappable and over the last 8 years has proved herself to be bombproof too.
She’s a welsh mountain pony originally from a home on Exmoor who can jump and hunt too.
Your children will have an opportunity to ride her during their stay.
Ruby the matriarch of our herd of pygmy goats is probably the biggest personality on the farm!
Rejected by her mother at birth, she was hand reared and definitely thinks she’s human.
Farmer Lucy’s favourite (a result of lots of night time feeds and cuddles).
The Brownlee Brothers
Our two giant turkey stags are gentle giants..
although unlike their namesakes won’t win any races for speed.
They’re waiting patiently for women and we’re hoping to find them some soon.
Gabriel the bull.
Gabriel is our pedigree limousine bull.
He’s father to nearly every calf on the farm.
Very chilled and never any trouble your children will enjoy meeting him on the tractor and trailer ride.
We breed our own hens here on the farm, we breed a first hybrid cross (light sussex x rhode island red) so you can see them from hatchlings to fully grown laying birds and every stage in between. In the height of summer we’ll be collecting 40-50 eggs a day. Our hens are all egg laying and not table birds so the live out a long and happy life here scratching about in our chicken field.
We hatch ducklings throughout the summer alternating them with chicks, so there almost always a duckling to see.
We like duck variety so we’ve call ducks, khaki campbell, chilterns, silver apple yards and many more.
Your children will have the opportunity of stroking one during morning animal feeding.
We hatch chicks on a 3 week rotation through out the season.
So from late March to the end of October there’s always a chick to hold and learn about.
Our chicks go on to be part of our egg laying flock and live a long and happy life outdoors.
The grumpy geese!
Wonderfully stroppy like bad tempered teenagers our three geese rule the chicken field with panache.
Although they need to be treated with respect (keep a little bit of distance between you and them!!)
Your children will love watching them come out of their house honking every morning.
Every Spring we welcome orphan lambs to the farm.
The numbers vary but there are usually 14-20 all needing to be bottle fed.
As the year progresses they grow in size and enthusiasm for their bottles until we wean them at the beginning of November.
From time to time we have the excitement of piglets being born on the farm. Please make sure you ring to check when you book if this is an event you want to experience.
Once our orphan lambs have been weaned they join our flock of ‘tame’ ewes. Unlike other sheep if they see a dog they chase it!!
Farmer Andrew breeds limousin calves here on the farm, and we welcome new calves constantly. If you’re staying you will see them during our trailer ride, but you can ask at anytime if you would like the opportunity to see more or the chance to witness a birth.
Ducks and Drakes
We have egg laying ducks and a drake to make sure of a good supply of ducklings too.
Daisy’s guinea pig Rupert lives in a house and run in the front garden of the farmhouse.
Oscar is our now elderly family pet. He’s been in residence since Daisy was 2 years old (and she’s now 15)and was enjoying a peaceful life until Rosie bounced into our lives. If you would like to meet him just ask, we do not let our dogs roam so if you’re dog phobic you need never see them.
Rosie our 16 collie puppy was born on 29 October 2016 and is keeping us all busy. It’s not unlike having a new baby-exhausting, time consuming but great. She will be a working farm dog once she’s old enough. If you’d like to meet her when you stay just ask. We know that not everyone who stays is a dog lover so she won’t be wandering around.