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Farm Stay

Drover’s Rest  is a Hands on Kinda Place. 

Get Involved in Proper Farm Life

Anything you can imagine of a farm is something you can get involved with. So get your hands dirty, muck in and be Farmer Paul or Farmer Jenny for the Day. There are a number of ways you can get involved

Feeding the Animals

FARM TRAIL: If you would like to walk around and follow the Farm Trail and feed our Farm Animals you are welcome to have some fun with them. We sell a well balanced feed for them for you to use. Please don’t use your own as it will be harmful to them. This activity is free for staying guests and for day visitors the price is £8 per person Plus £1.00 for the food. Kids under 2 are free. You can book food with us to make the most of your visit. Food is also available as a picnic for you to take out into the fields. Our Farm Trail is open throughout the year from 11.30 to 5.00pm.

GUIDED EDUCATIONAL FARM TOUR: At 9.00 every morning we have our educational Farm Tour which is guided. We talk and walk you through the Farm and you will get to go into the animal enclosures with us. This costs £15.00 pp and if you would like to feed the animals the feed is £1.00. We advise everyone to go on the educational tour before going on the Farm Trail.

Farmer For the Day

You can spend 1/2 a day or the whole day working on the farm alongside us. From mucking out the animals, collecting the eggs, herding the sheep, clipping feet, milking the goats or churning the cheese when available.  You will also be helping in the veg garden learning where their food comes from and how food is grown properly free of baddies, how to grow veg and flowers organically and new methods of planting including permaculture and looking at ways to bring balance to a farm using natural methods eg. using runner ducks to help keep the slugs away. This activity is £25 per person for half a day and £50 per person for a full day. Seasons will influence whats going on

Animals Encounters

The animal encounter is a very concentrated one on one session with an animal of your choice. This is for a 1 hour session. Children must be over 10 years old and this activity is much loved by adults too. This is also available as gift vouchers. Available throughout the year.

Bushcraft, Outdoor Adventure & Forest Activities on the Farm – Coming Soon  

Preschool Kids – We are designing activities for 2-4 year olds during term time

School Holidays – We are designing “forest club sessions” during the School Holidays.

With our resident expert bush crafter and queen of the outdoors, who has been living in the great outdoors in Canada with the Bears!! and has returned Home. All will be available for staying guests and those staying locally.

Cocooning

Hang out in our trees. For guests who have booked to stay here at Drovers you will be able to add an even more wild experience to your stay! Cocooning in the coolest tree hammocks located in our ancient woodland. These can be booked in 4 hour time slots. Or you could even choose to sleep in them overnight. The skies around us are Magical and are protected Dark Skies. This accreditation is testament to the quality of the region’s dark skies. So this is the place to see the stars like never before. For those who don’t know the constellations as well don’t worry, there are wonderful apps that can help you eg. SkyView, Night Sky, Sky Safari to name a few. We also have Badgers, Foxes, Owls and Deer in the woodland so if you are real quiet you may be lucky enough to spot them too.

And why not add a wild feast to your outdoor experience. We will set you up for all you need to cook up a gorgeous Hereford Beef Stew or a Veggie Stew complete with ingredients, poitjie pot and instructions for you to cook on the fire. And we will collect it all after your experience and even do the washing up for you. Watch out Bear Grylls!

The Hammocks have a winter under quilt, an insulation reflective mat that goes into the hammock, an insulated camping mattress and a sleeping bag suitable for sub zero -10 degrees. You will also be provided with hot water bottles to keep you warm and toasty. This together with your warm winter clothes and woolly hat, will ensure you are warm and toasty in your outdoor Scandi experience in the trees. The Hammocks are sprayed and wiped down in between stays with anti Covid approved cleaning products and the sleeping bags are washed to keep you safe.

Cocooning costs £30 pp for a 4 hour slot and £50pp to sleep overnight and your fireside feast will cost £20 pp and will be available from Nov 2020. Available throughout the year.

Volunteers

We have several opportunities for volunteers throughout the year. We take a max of 4 at any one time. You can help with various projects on the farm from conservation and wildlife projects, to  building projects, woodland projects, the animals, growing food or flowers, guest activities and workshops. In this capacity you will have free food & accommodation in the form of a private fully insulated shepherds hut in exchange for help on the farm.

Workshops

We partner with the most amazing and talented people around us to bring to you the most amazing experiences. Centred around rural crafts, outdoor cooking and farming/small holders skills. You can attend as a day/night visitor or a guest holidaying with us can book or you may come to stay especially because of the activity and make more of your workshop by staying the weekend. To find out out more look at our What’s on page. Here are some of the workshops we offer: Foraging, Star Gazing, Basket Weaving, Felting wonderful Farm Animals, Spinning and Dyeing wool, Spoon Whittling, Lino printing f

Get Involved in Proper Farm Life

Anything you can imagine of a farm is something you can get involved with. So get your hands dirty, muck in and be Farmer Paul or Farmer Jenny for the Day. There are a number of ways you can get involved

Feeding the Animals

FARM TRAIL: If you would like to walk around and follow the Farm Trail and feed our Farm Animals you are welcome to have some fun with them. We sell a well balanced feed for them for you to use. Please don’t use your own as it will be harmful to them. This activity is free for staying guests and for day visitors the price is £8 per person Plus £1.00 for the food. Kids under 2 are free. You can book food with us to make the most of your visit. Food is also available as a picnic for you to take out into the fields. Our Farm Trail is open throughout the year from 11.30 to 5.00pm.

GUIDED EDUCATIONAL FARM TOUR: At 9.00 every morning we have our educational Farm Tour which is guided. We talk and walk you through the Farm and you will get to go into the animal enclosures with us. This costs £15.00 pp and if you would like to feed the animals the feed is £1.00. We advise everyone to go on the educational tour before going on the Farm Trail.

Farmer For the Day

You can spend 1/2 a day or the whole day working on the farm alongside us. From mucking out the animals, collecting the eggs, herding the sheep, clipping feet, milking the goats or churning the cheese when available.  You will also be helping in the veg garden learning where their food comes from and how food is grown properly free of baddies, how to grow veg and flowers organically and new methods of planting including permaculture and looking at ways to bring balance to a farm using natural methods eg. using runner ducks to help keep the slugs away. This activity is £25 per person for half a day and £50 per person for a full day. Seasons will influence what’s going on.

Animals Encounters

The animal encounter is a concentrated one on one session with an animal of your choice. This is for a 1 hour session. Children must be over 10 years old and this activity is much loved by adults too. This is also available as gift vouchers. Available throughout the year. This activity is £25 per person

Bushcraft, Outdoor Adventure & Forest Activities on the Farm – Coming Soon  

Preschool Kids – We are designing activities for 2-4 year olds during term time

School Holidays – We are designing “forest club sessions” during the School Holidays.

With our resident expert bush crafter and queen of the outdoors, who has been living in the great outdoors in Canada with the Bears!! and has returned Home to England. All will be available for onsite guests and those staying locally.

Falconary

We will be hosting Falconary Displays, where you can also handle the birds. We are just confirming dates. And these will appear on our What’s on page

African Drumming

We will be hosting a Sengalese Drumming experience with a fantastic drummer/dancer. We are just confirming dates. And these will appear on our What’s on page

Archery

Onsite Archery Dates being confirmed. We are just confirming dates. And these will appear on our What’s on page

Cocooning

Hang out in our trees. For guests who have booked to stay here at Drovers you will be able to add an even more wild experience to your stay! Cocooning in the coolest tree hammocks located in our ancient woodland. These can be booked in 4 hour time slots. Or you could even choose to sleep in them overnight. The skies around us are Magical and are protected Dark Skies. This accreditation is testament to the quality of the region’s dark skies. So this is the place to see the stars like never before. For those who don’t know the constellations as well don’t worry, there are wonderful apps that can help you eg. SkyView, Night Sky, Sky Safari to name a few. We also have Badgers, Foxes, Owls and Deer in the woodland so if you are real quiet you may be lucky enough to spot them too.

And why not add a wild feast to your outdoor experience. We will set you up for all you need to cook up a gorgeous Hereford Beef Stew or a Veggie Stew complete with ingredients, poitjie pot and instructions for you to cook on the fire. And we will collect it all after your experience and even do the washing up for you. Watch out Bear Grylls!

The Hammocks have a winter under quilt, an insulation reflective mat that goes into the hammock, an insulated camping mattress and a sleeping bag suitable for sub zero -10 degrees. You will also be provided with hot water bottles to keep you warm and toasty. This together with your warm winter clothes and woolly hat, will ensure you are warm and toasty in your outdoor Scandi experience in the trees. The Hammocks are sprayed and wiped down in between stays with anti Covid approved cleaning products and the sleeping bags are washed to keep you safe.

Cocooning costs £30 pp for a 4 hour slot and £50pp to sleep overnight and your fireside feast will cost £20 pp and will be available from Nov 2020. Available throughout the year.

Volunteers

We have several opportunities for volunteers throughout the year. We take a max of 4 at any one time. You can help with various projects on the farm from conservation and wildlife projects, to  building projects, woodland projects, the animals, growing food or flowers, guest activities and workshops. In this capacity you will have free food & accommodation in the form of a private fully insulated shepherds hut in exchange for help on the farm.

Courses & Workshops

We are partnering with the most amazing and talented people around us to bring to you Small Holder Courses. Rural Skills & Crafts and Food & Drink. You can attend as a day/night visitor or a guest holidaying with us can book or you may come to stay especially because of the activity and make more of your workshop by staying the weekend. To find out out more look at our What’s on page. Here are some of the workshops we offer: Foraging, Star Gazing, Basket Weaving, Felting wonderful Farm Animals, Spinning and Dyeing wool, Spoon Whittling, Lino printing fabrics, Mushroom Foraging, Green wood work (making chestnut gates, Foraging and making Ancient Natural Herbal Remedies, Cookery Asado workshops etc.

All activities needs to be pre-booked and will appear on our What’s on page

Farm Life and Activities in Action Here At Drovers

Guest Reviews

Fabulous Farm Stay. Loved the animal interaction, the communal camp fires and delicious food Nights. This is really an amazing special place you have created
AmandaBrixton
Loved loved loved helping on the Farm, feeding the animals. Camp fire in the woods toasting marshmallows was great fun. And we would never have known which walks to do without being guided. thanks so much for amazing hosting. Oh and the food was better than most restaurants I have been to!
ChrisWorcestershire
So lucky to have found you. It was wonderful absolutely amazing, mood relaxing just like you are. Love you all and will be coming back! What an awesome Farm experience. Loved all the communal gatherings, camp fires, walks, and feeding the animals. So therapeutic and such a change to all the technology we are addicted to.
JanNetherlands