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“La Bella Figura” or “making the best of what you have” is a phrase that best defines our approach to our farm. We are custodians of beautiful home and farm and take a sympathetic, sensitive and slow approach to restoration and farming.
We started this project over 10 years ago by replanting old hedgerows and woods, restoring ancient orchards and constructing a lake for wildlife. At the same time we researched how to tackle the farmhouse and it’s outbuildings using original materials such as lime plasters, breathable paints and elm.
Bit by bit all the pieces came together, the foundations for the farm, a self sufficient small holding stocked with rare breeds more suitable to extensive rather than intensive farming and growing fruit and vegetables. Each decision we make is linked in some way, for example, the planting of wild flowers, lime trees and replanting of the orchards all done with our honey bees in mind.
We have found ourselves increasingly interested in this approach and enjoy the self sufficiency of putting our own food on our table. Not only do the cows and sheep provide meat, but also fleece, wool and rugs. Along with beef and lamb, we provide honey, eggs, juice (pear and apple), vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to a few local restaurants, also seasonal vegetable boxes to local residents.
While not technically organic, we do farm ethically and only use our own manure on the fields and gardens. We have offset part of our carbon footprint by planting over 5000 trees and whips. We generate enough electricity to offset our own use for both the farm and house and ground source heating for our coach house.
English, Farming, Vegetable gardening, Bee Keeping and much more.
We exchange, nice comfortable accomodation in our "hut in the woods" and as much healthy food (Vegetables from our garden and meat from our livestock supplemented by a weekly shop for a list of extra's provided by you) in exchange for a mornings work 8.30-1 and 1/2 to 1 hr in the evening.
Weekends (maybe flexible on the days) are to a large extent your own. Work is diverse and includes help in the garden, farm, lake, woods, animals (big and small), horses, bees, apple orchards, making apple juice, cutting mistletoe and general maintenance.
We prefer couples or friends travelling together and longer stays (best over 1 month)
Recently renovated warm mobile home (wrapped in insulation and clad with western red cedar to look like a hut). Mains connected, new cooker, fridge, shower room, done up in a way we would be happy to live in it ourselves!
Trips to Taunton, Bath, Bristol are all easy by train and bus....Stonehenge and the north and south coasts can be reached in 1 hr by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week