South Downs cottage on a farmstay, England

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South Downs cottage on a farmstay, England

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Environment

We are delighted to have been accepted as members of the Higher Steward Level Scheme, an agri-environment scheme, which rewards effective environmental management.

Everything we do, or don't do, is with a view to maintaining and enhancing the natural environment, flora and fauna, not to create urban or estate style parkland but to celebrate the unique beauty of a working farm in this area of the South Downs which is due to the geology on the farm. We have chosen to take the long term view, to farm for the future and sacrifice potential production levels in order to consider the landscape and preserve the natural quality of the environment.

Our primary objectives are:
- conserve wildlife via creating habitat e.g. over wintering stubble and grassland, by not destroying habitat e.g. less frequent hedge cutting and by not using chemicals which may contaminate wildlife food sources.

- to maintain and enhance landscape quality and character via maintaining important features such as traditional field boundaries.

- to protect the historic environment including archeological features, evidence of previous lives, and traditional farm buildings.

- to promote public access and understanding of the countryside through maintaining a vast network of footpaths and bridle ways across the farm, themselves a relic of times when people came to church or work on the farm by foot or horse.

-to protect natural resources via improving water quality and reducing soil erosion and surface run-off by not cultivating ground where erosion and run-off are likely and not using artificial fertilisers and chemicals which get into the water supply.

We aim, at all times and in all sorts of little ways to minimise our use of energy and natural resources e.g. turning off lights, minimising heat levels and we use a sustainable cesspit for Byre Cottages ensuring that clean water goes into the drainage system.

Visitors often come believe just how dark it gets being so far from city lights. The stars are a marvel to behold out in the countryside. We are only 10mintues away from the RSPB brooks and wetlands if visitors are interested in bird-watching, particularly ones that specific to the South Downs – wagtails, skylarks, buzzards etc.

Community

We have worked to position our farm at the centre of the Storrington community. We donate our Tithe Barn (made in the 16th century and called Tithe because historically owners of the barn gave one tenth of their profits to the church, thus in many ways we are therefore continuing the tradition) to be used for local charity events (quiz nights, barn dances etc) but most notably for the annual Flower Festival for the Church. It really is a fantastic event; low key and charming and fun. The event runs from the 29th June to the 1st July and we welcome visitors from the surrounding area to celebrate Storrington and our farming communities with craft and food stalls. The holiday cottages create a ‘U’ shape around the barn so guests are free to enjoy themselves too (we have other festivals dotted through the calendar too).

We actively encourage many of guests to frequent other local business to us. There are some great restaurants in Storrington – the Old Ford is for excellent modern English cuisine and 13, a superb Thai restaurant that we recommend because people would simply not expect to eat Thai in such a rural village! For beautiful ornaments and furniture we suggest Stable Antiques in Storrington. And a local mum – and friend – has set up a Tea Room that sells delightful home baked cakes (all the cakes are baked by my friend’s mother!). And oh, also, our closet neighbour is Richard Row and the Ashleigh Howe Racing Stable. We can arrange for guests to visit the stables if they feel enticed enough after seeing the horses on the gallop one morning in a neighbouring field.

I also fundraise for a local charity – Family Support Work – who train support workers to provide families with social difficulties with advice etc. They are a wonderful organization; they only enter the lives of families with their consent and try to nip things in the bud before problems become devastating.

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