We have an organic dairy farm which is certified by the Soil Association. We cultivate our walled vegetable garden without the use of pesticides and fertilisers, and give surpluses to guests. We recycle plastic, paper, tin, cardboard and glass which is collected and the general farm waste is taken to a recycling centre. We collect rainwater from the farm building and recycle it for farm use. We have two ponds on the farm which attract all sorts of wildlife. We have a farm trail which is guided by nine granite rollers which takes you along a small stream and a bluebell wood (about ¾ mile long, an information sheet is provided). We also have 400m stretch of fishing on the River Torridge, which is an idyllic spot. You might even spot otters or kingfishers. The BBC’s Springwatch series was filmed half a mile upstream. We have a laundry scheme where we change towels and sheets after 4 – 7 days or when guests request them. We use green/ biodegradable/ eco products such as ecover in the property.
We use local meats from our local butcher who provides the bacon and sausage. Our local inn provides local meats, vegetables and fish. We use local services such as builders, electricians and plumbers for the maintenance and employ one person full time to help with milking the cows. We are involved in a local charity ‘Farms for City Children’ which gives inner city children an opportunity to experience country life on a farm. They learn how to care for the animals, watch the cows being milked, help feed the baby calves, clean out sheds etc. These children stay at Nethercott house nearby which was started up by Michael Morpurgo (a popular children’s author) and his wife 30 years ago.
We support the local community by encouraging guests to visit local attractions, such as RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre, etc (leaflets displayed on front hall table). We recommend guests to eat in our local villages where we have a great selection of eating houses and restaurants. Guests can buy produce from our local market town of Hatherleigh, where we have a pannier market held every Tuesday. There is also a local pottery and an antique shop and an antique or general furniture auction every Tuesday.
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