Isle of Wight self catering, sleeps 2, England
Responsible travel: Isle of Wight self catering, sleeps 2, England
The 300 acre estate includes a farm which is in the Environmental Stewardship scheme run by Natural England. The stewardship scheme is for long term wildlife, landscape, the historic environment and resource protection, such as hedgerow and grassland management, providing wild bird cover, creating buffer strips and field corners for wildlife habitat and landscape conservation etc. The farm is still an active farm and we have 100 rare breed cows and 60 sheep.
In addition of the management of the farm, our family loves to support the local wildlife and feed the local red squirrels, while foxes and badgers are frequent visitors to the estate.
The estate is also home to the owl and falconry centre which has a collection of some of the worlds most beautiful and elegant birds, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights. During flying displays the birds of prey soar above the sloping down land of the valley and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hunting with birds of prey was a popular past time with kings and Henry the Eighth hunted with falcons here..
We also have the ‘play barn’ where children can see and pet goats, guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens.
The Owl and Falconry Centre receives 100 school trips a year from all over the country. School children visit the centre to learn about the birds of prey and see them in the flesh, or rather feathers and to watch them fly in displays. A guided tour around the house can be arranged for the school children in between displays. The flying displays will vary each day, and when the weather is good the Eagles, Vultures, Hawks, Kites, Owls & Falcons will be giving their dramatic flying displays over the sloping down land of the lovely valley. On wet days the flying displays go inside, where the birds fly in the purpose built, converted brewhouse. This allows the falconers to continue uninterrupted whatever the weather! The centre can also provide falconry courses which can run over half, 1, 2 or 5 days on equipment, handling, feeding and weight control and housing. The centre also runs apprenticeships and is supported by volunteers from the community.
In addition to visiting school children The Centre is open to local residents and the public and includes a shop, café, outdoor and indoor play areas, museum, picnic sites, and indoor flight barn for wet days.
11 acres of the estate were landscaped by Capability Brown (1716 – 1783), one of the most famous landscape architects who landscaped 170 gardens and estates including Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle. He was called "Capability" Brown because he would say to his landed gentry’s clients that their estates had great "capability" for landscape improvement. Our Estate has landscape features such as two ha-ha’ as well as Capability’s famous long term vision when planting trees within the design or as landscape features in themselves. These trees are now getting to an age where they need replacing and we are replacing them in character with the original landscaping. While the landscape is full of beautiful shape and color during across the year, our favorite time of year is in the spring when there are carpets of blue bells to bring in the summer.
The story of the provider of Isle of Wight self catering, sleeps 2, England
We moved to the Island in 1987 after falling in love with the house, its history and landscape.
We believe in historic and enviornmental consevervation. John and James farm the land with a passion for agriculture that cares for the countryside while Jane loves and cares for the historic building and gardens.