Highdown Organic Farm Holiday Cottages
Farm Cottages Situated in the Culm Valley with Spectacular Views of the Devon Countryside
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Highdown Farm is family run, 430 acres in size and is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall forming part of the ancient Manor of Bradninch.
The farm became organic in 1998 and is registered with the Soil Association.
We milk about 180 cows, a mixture of breeds including Friesian, Ayrshire and Jersey. The cows calve between February and April and there will often be newly born baby calves on the farm for you to visit. You will be most welcome to watch the afternoon milking on an arranged day.
Our dairy herd began producing organic milk in July 1999. The milk is sold to the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative (OMSCO). It will mainly be bottled as whole milk for Supermarkets, made into cream or yoghurt for Yeo Valley or made into cheese.
We grow a variety of crops such as oats and barley & make silage from the grass to feed to the cows and youngstock in the winter. The straw from the cereals is used for bedding for the animals when they come in from the fields in the winter. From March to November the cows graze the fields of grass and clover.
The farm has 10 ha of woodland, much of it was planted in 1993 under the Farm Woodlands Grant scheme, this is to make use of the steep ground, enhance the scenery and encourage wildlife and fauna. We have also planted an orchard containing varieties of old-fashioned fruit trees which are becoming rare in this part of the country.
In the orchard you will find some friendly pigs and at some times of the year their piglets too. Our hens live in the orchard too along with Jack our Pygmy goat & Katie, Flopsy & Mopsy our three Pygora goats (Pygmy x Angora) They are real characters and love attention and enjoy being fed any leftover fruit peelings, bread that you may have and are particularly fond of banana skins!
We have two ponies, Merlin & Toast. They are very friendly and love being made a fuss of. Merlin our Shetland pony enjoys being ridden by the children that come to stay with us.
There is an abundance of wildlife on the farm and you are very welcome to take a walk through the fields or by the river where you may be able to spot badgers, foxes, rabbits, buzzards, woodpeckers & kingfishers to name but a few.
This is just a very brief summary of what happens at Highdown. Farming very much revolves around the seasons and there will be a variety of things happening on the farm, depending on the time of year you will be staying with us.