Our Farm

We take a pride in our land and our livestock

dorkie

We specialise in producing high quality beef, lamb, hogget, and mutton from our rare and traditional British breeds of livestock.

 

Our family-run farm has been in the family for nearly 100 years and includes 270 acres of
romney sheep grassland. We support the principles of organic farming, though we have never applied for organic status. We manage our land and our livestock for sustainable productivity and conservation of wildlife and the environment. Our main fertiliser is farm yard manure, and weeds are controlled as far as possible by cutting, topping and spot spraying.
We also have 70 acres of woodland, bluebells
which receives minimal interference and is a haven for wildlife of all sorts.

 

The logs for our wood-burning stoves are supplied from the managed timber.

 

 

 

Clearwater Lake

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The large lake at the centre of the farm was created when Reggie Mason built a dam across the brook in 1935. Around the farm there are numerous smaller ponds, most the site of ancient clay pits.

 

 

 

 

Our farm buildings include a mediaeval barn, which is unusual in retaining its original crown posts in the roof. We restored it in 2002 with the help of a grant from the Countryside Stewardship scheme.

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Our farm was brought into the family by Reggie Mason in the 1920s. and is now farmed by Pat Garratt (grand-daughter) and Bridget Stevenson (great grand-daughter).

 

dexters

We have bred pedigree Dexters since 1978. Sussex cattle were bred here in the 1940s, when Clare Bowyer (daughter of Reggie Mason) was one of only two ladies breeding Sussex cattle. We reintroduced them in 2008 and our first pure bred Sussex calves were born in 2011.

 

We introduced our pedigreesheep Portlands in 2000. Our main flock consists of Romneys, which were introduced in 2007 by the purchase of 60 ewes and 40 yearling ewe lambs. A proportion of these are bred pure, while others are crossed with a Charollais, Texel or Suffolk rams for extra growth. We also have a flock of Charollais sheep for producing breeding and terminal sires.

 

We also have a friendly DIY Livery with boxes for 17 horses, a sand school, summer and winter turnouts and facilities for customer only Toll Rides.