At Bampfield Farm, children and adults help collect eggs for their breakfast, feed and walk the goats or brush the ponies. They also offer pony rides for young children, swings, slides, and a playroom packed with toys and games.
Their farm tour includes seeing the milking of our free range cows, and catching a glimpse of all the wildlife around the farm. Guests return time and time again for the tranquil peace and relaxation that is found here on the farm.
Lynda, who owns and runs Bampfield Farm alongside her husband, has a long history with the farm having lived and worked there her whole life. The only time she has moved away from the farm was when she studied at Bicton Agricultural College. However, even then she came home every weekend to help with the milk round and milking of the cows.
When we asked Lynda about why she started the holiday cottages she said, ‘Farming income fluctuates so my mum and I set up Bampfield Farm Cottages because as the old saying goes, “don’t put your eggs all in one basket”. I am often heard saying this to the guests as they collect their eggs for breakfast!’
Our cows enjoyed jumping and charging around in snow for a couple of hours in the morning before coming home for more feed a rest in comfy beds before milking began. Our farmers were not so pleased with stormy weather, there was no excuse to not go to work with water pipes frozen, calves being born it was all hands on deck at Bampfield. We cleared a lane of snow for the milk tanker to collect our milk, however they could not arrive from the factory so fresh milk was thrown away, this happened to other dairy farmers too, hence there was a milk shortage in the shops. We have now had 75 lovely jersey heifer calves who will join the herd in a couple of years.
Just around the corner is spring and this Easter we have chicks arriving they are very cute, yellow and fluffy.
We have spring activities for our visitors for all of April. Easter egg hunts at locations across North Devon including National Trust places.
North Devon Spring places to visit…
Marwood gardens with its large collection of camellias and rhododendrons and multiple flowers, there is also a tea room.
Spring has defiantly arrived, we now have 140 newly born calves and for those of you who are unable to come and stay I have taken a few photos for you to see. We have a few farming weekends still available, please check for availability, or book ahead for 2018 and experience a holiday to remember in our lovely cottages, hidden away in North Devon.
‘Monty’ the calf loves having her photo taken, she has been growing well and enjoys her add lib yogurt. We will be following her progress over the next few months.
Farmer Lynda has taken a few pictures, let us know on face book which calf you think has the cutest face, choose a name for her and I will endeavour to take a selfie.
The beds are made and the feeders are clean, the yogurt is made for the calves to drink. We expect 200 cows to calve in February, March and April. Also 80 heifers ( first time mums) Neil the farmer will have sleepless nights but still he is keen to have female calves because they will join the herd when they are are two years old, after having their own calves.
Other events on the farm this month have been to repair the tracks that the cows use to walk around the farm. We aim to have the cows in the fields from early March to October depending on the weather. Some days they walk 2 miles to the back of the farm, actually sometimes they run to the fields to get the best grass.
Only a few mini- breaks are still available to stay in our warm cosy cottages, bring your boots, cameras so come and cuddle a calf.
This is my first diary entry and what a special time to begin as a New Year starts.
Some of the cows are having a ‘mini-break’ which means a 2 month rest from milking. It gives them time to chew the cud and recharge before their calves arrive in February.
On another note, If you would like to see some ‘Calving Live’ we have some dates still available during the spring, we can provide the boiler suits you will need to bring your wellington boots.