Fernhill Farm

An Arcadian Place to Stay

History

 
Fernhill Farm House

Palaeolithic remains in Cheddar Caves to the post-medieval lead mining, Fernhill Farm is situated in the middle of this historic landscape

Bronze Age Barrows, Mine Shafts and Open-Cast Lead Rakes still leave visible undulating scars from industrial rock extraction - when green again these hills were grazed as common lands and later divided up into farmsteads, with stone quarried to build walls, barns, houses and homes

Today these offer beautiful ceremony sites amongst lush green lands that sculptured our Canyon, Quarry and Shaft fields  

Once known as Funnel Farm due to its natural aquafer, farms are sold on open markets, exchanging hands and several relatives visit us with little pieces of farm history as we slowly understand the long bumpy old road to Fernhill Farm as it stands today

 

 

Regeneration

Andrew acquired this farm in 1997 in a dilapidated state after being severely under-financed since the 1950s - buildings were ruins, hedgerows overgrown, walls unrecognisable and a single water trough to serve the whole farm

Rehabilitating the landscape under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Higher Level Entry Scheme (HLS) guidelines, studying Regenerative Agricultural and trusting livestock on the land, 21 years later Fernhill is an efficient livestock breeding farm, the walls and hedge are re-established and our house is a family home again

The barns, fields and woodlands offer facilities where others can share our freedom, learn the ways of the countryside and enjoy the great nutritional taste of real meals from holistically farmed meats