I’m often asked if we allow visits and the answer is yes we do – we welcome them! BUT, and it’s a big but, we very much prefer to see groups rather than individuals if at all possible. We are not a “Farm Attraction” so we are not set up for casual visitors. Likewise, because of steep terrain we are not ideal for the very young in pushchairs or the very infirm although we do have a farm ATV and can and do transport the occasional visitor where the spirit is willing but the body isn’t!
The farm suits best groups who have a basic interest in either farming or in textile arts whether spinning, weaving, knitting or felting.
Groups need only be 6 plus however so it’s easy to get together with a few others. The kettle is on and cakes and buns are usually involved. Many groups bring a picnic and make a whole day of it.
So, what can you see and what does it cost?
Well, firstly there is the stunning amazing farm we live on. Set on the edge of the valley of the Iron Mill Stream its a tranquil paradise full of Ancient Semi Natural woodland, wild life and some of the best views for miles around. We have County Wildlife Sites here and a precious area of Culm grassland. I will happily take you on a guided walk.
Then there are our amazing Cashmere goats and Bowmont Merino sheep. For those who wish it I will talk until the cows (or goats!) come home about my beloved animals, their fibre and what we do with it. There is always the opportunity to do some spinning – bring your own wheel or borrow one from me and just sit and spin, ply or even knit if you wish. Many groups bring a picnic and sit and enjoy the peace of a place not normally open to view.
So, what does this cost? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Of course I will have raw wool and cashmere fibre for sale and also finished yarn and possibly a few hand-made articles BUT, you are not obliged to buy. We live in a wonderful spot here and it’s our privilege to do so. It’s our duty to share it with those who will also appreciate it’s beauty.
Judge for yourself from the pictures below. If you would like to join the many who have already visited, organise a small group and suggest a few dates. I would be delighted to see you!