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The Farm's grounds

We have just under 50 acres of organic, species-rich, conservation pasture, and the farm holding has been recognised as a Devon County Wildlife Site (www.devonwildlifetrust.org) because of the wide range of rare flora and fauna found here. Furthermore, we were recently presented with a silver award by the Wildlife Trust in recognition of the environmental measures and wildlife management practices in place here. From the top fields there are wonderful far-reaching views of Dartmoor looking due South, and distant Exmoor in the other direction – a great place to relax and take in the stunning views. In the lower fields there is also a pretty and secluded wildlife lake, which is a lovely spot to simply sit and daydream, or watch the fish, wild ducks,'Kingy' the Kingfisher, frogs and newts etc!

On the right you can see Holly our dog, looking at croaking frogs in the lake. 

Birdlife abounds here; buzzards are frequently soaring above the barn, Kingfishers at the lake and all kinds of owls are heard and seen at twilight - especially tawny and barn owls. For bat lovers, we have all kinds from Common Pipistrelles to rarer Long eared species that appear as the sun goes down...and our resident bat 'The Count'. As the farm has no near neighbours and we face Dartmoor, the night sky is jet black and star gazing is fantastic –  the larger stars, planets and constellations can easily be spotted with the naked eye, and we have a telescope for budding 'Patrick Moores'.

 Holly beside the lake

 

 

 Animals - see the 'Hole Characters' page to meet your welcoming committee!

We love animals, and apart from Holly the dog we have 2 cats - Lambert & Matilda, chickens providing fresh daily eggs - ducks, geese, calves,cows, donkeys and many more.

Cattle graze our pastures, and there are foxes, badgers, moles, pheasants, all kinds of bats and owls, rare butterflies, damson flies, dragon flies and deer to name just a few animals found regularly in our grounds.

Our resident food critic is our duck, 'Martin Frobisher' - who loves nothing better than a plate of live slugs dipped in pond water, for a truly 'beaklicious' breakfast. Please feel free to join him if so tempted!

We have our own apiary (beehives!) which provide us with our delicious Hole honey, and an organic vegetable patch where you are welcome to “pick your own” (when produce is ready, available and in season).