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Spring meeting at Valley View Farm, Yorkshire

Herriot’s Yorkshire Farm Stay Group met yesterday at Valley View Farm, for their Spring meeting.  Kindly hosted by Sally Robinson, the members sat outside in the courtyard, what a beautiful day!



Alison Barnes said “Super for us to meet up, exchange views, update on Farm Stay matters and have a rare chance to spend a morning in the sunshine enjoying coffee and delicious baking whilst working – honestly!  I prefer this form of social networking!”

Visit Yorkshire this summer

Yorkshire Farm Stay members have got together to create even more ways to enjoy the countryside and make the most of a stay in their Farm Stay accommodation. Here’s just a taster of what’s available.

Get stuck in to the countryside on working farms in Yorkshire this Summer

Get your ‘hands dirty’ this summer by heading to the beautiful Yorkshire countryside for a nostalgic break with a difference.  Stay on a working farm and rub shoulders with the animals.  Get to grips with the countryside by gathering and eating the freshest produce and take part in a whole host of rural pursuits.

See exactly where your food comes from

Staying on one of our working farms gives you a great opportunity to see exactly where your food comes from just before it arrives in delicious abundance on your plate.  Humble Bee Farm and Rawcliffe House Farm allow you to work up an appetite for breakfast by gathering eggs still warm from the hens.

Cut down on food miles

Stay local – shop local. Leave the supermarket behind and indulge yourself with tasty treats straight from the farm by ordering a breakfast hamper from Layhead Farm Cottages.  Enjoy Caroline’s delicious home baked goods at the Grade II listed Cundall Lodge Farm. Tuck into bread made with home milled flour at Crakehall Watermill and enjoy homemade sausages at Pickersgill Manor Farm.


Get away from it all by relaxing in any one of our idyllic country settings.  Sample the great outdoors in style at Humble Bee Farm by opting for one of their ‘Glamping Packages’.  Little extras such as bunting, fairy lights, fire pit with toasted marshmallows, wine and chocolates are guaranteed help you start relaxing as soon as you arrive.

Pamper yourself at Cundall Lodges by booking one of their restful beauty treatments – no better way to relax at the end of a day’s walking. Or leave the hustle and bustle behind and enjoy life’s simple pleasures at Carr House Farm where you can step into the beautiful views, listen to the birds and smell the wild flowers all from their doorstep.

Learn a new skill

Visit Taste the Wild near Cundall Lodge Farm to learn how to forage for food or try a woodland craft.  Strap on your helmet and explore the beautiful countryside near Low Skibeden House on two wheels.  Or follow in the footsteps of smugglers by exploring the coastline near Smugglers Rock Country House. You can even join a shooting party at Newton Grange Farm.


A visit to the countryside allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and occupy yourself with some good old fashioned rural pursuits.  You can try pony trekking, golf and fishing near Swainstye Farm Holiday Cottages.  Or visit the British Horse Society Horse and Pony Trials near Newton Grange Farm.

Digital detox

Take advantage of the countryside by stepping into the ‘view’ and finding out what lies behind it.  Newton Grange Farm has the Pennine Way and Leeds to Liverpool Canal on their door step just waiting to be explored. Whilst Rawcliffe House Farm is set in a wildlife lover’s paradise with roe deer, badgers and many species of bird living nearby.  Walk straight past the television in the lounge at Pickersgill Manor Farm and have a go at rug making. Or try the games room at Lingholm Farm Cottages.

Meet the locals

Roll up your sleeves and get up close and personal with the farm animals at The Grainary.  Feed the chickens, pet the pigs and try out one of six wonderful nature walks designed by owners Lynda and John.  Or become best of friends with Rawcliffe House Farm’s three pet pygmy goats, Pan, Perseus and Phoebus.

Bring the ‘whole’ family with you

You don’t have to leave anyone behind!  Life Hill Farm wants you to holiday with your horse. They offer traditional stabling and a good sized paddock with views over wooded countryside.  They also offer a dog sitting service should owners want to visit local towns or country houses without them. You can also pamper your pooch at Humble Bee Farm with a mouth-watering canine hamper service.


Farm Stay Member Featured on The Big Bread Experiment

Farm Stay members Lionel Green and Alison Barnes from Crakehall Watermill featured on BBC’s The Big Bread Experiment.

The BBC2 Series is a social experiment to bring back a sense of community among a group of women in Yorkshire.

You can catch up with The Big Bread Experiement on Iplayer

Yorkshire Farm Stay Member Best Breakfast Maker?

Christine Ryder from Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses, near Otley has been named as one of the three finalists in the Deliciously Yorkshire Breakfast Awards for 2011.

The winners will be announced on November 14 at Rudding Park, Harrogate.

The finalists will be judged by an independent panel of more than 20 food connoisseurs, including Radio 2’s Nigel Barden, Stephanie Moon, Tim Bilton and former chef at 10 Downing Street Matthew Benson-Smith.

Matthew Benson-Smith is the chef at Dean Clough Cooking School where in May, Yorkshire Farm Stay members enjoyed a day’s cookery course which was part funded by Yorkshire Forward.

In 2010 the Deliciously Yorkshire Breakfast Award was won by another Farm Stay Yorkshire member, Katrina Gray at Wold Cottage in Driffield, so we have great hopes that another Farm Stay member will win this year’s award.  Good luck Christine!

Hazelwood Farm on Channel 4′s ‘Four in a bed’

Farm stay property Hazelwood Farm in York  featured on last nights (June 16th) episode of Four in a bed on Channel 4.

Farm Stay member Annette McAnespie opened up her home to fellow B&B proprietors in this weeks episode.

If you have missed any episodes from the current series, you can catch up on 4od.


Training in Skipton

Farm Stay website training taking place in Skipton. The following Farm Stay members were present. (Pictured)

Ladies training in Skipton

Sally Robinson from Valley View Farm

Diane Elphinstone at Crooklands

Rosemary Hyslop from Layhead Farm Cottages

Anne Fawcett from Mile House Farm Country Cottages

Catherine Howard from Newton Grange

Lisa Preston from Pickersgill Manor Farm

Mary Pearson from Lovesome Hill Farm

Farm Stay UK friends took part in a Coast-to-Coast fundraiser walk

Six determined friends have completed a 192-mile coast to coast walk to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The group, completed the walk on Saturday June 4 at Robin Hoods Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, having spent almost a fortnight hiking across the country from St Bees in West Cumbria. The walk covers some of England’s finest scenery, passing through three national parks – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

The group included Mary and John Pearson, from Lovesome Hill Farm in North Yorkshire, Geoff and Margaret Sykes from the Farmer’s Cart Farm Shop at York, and Cathy Bowen from Penylan Farm B&B and Cottages at Monmouth, and Dyllis Hatch, from Goose Green Farm B&B, Cheshire, with her husband Don driving the support vehicle.

The challenge was in aid of John’s 60th birthday. Mary and John run a B&B at their farm in North Yorkshire often used by Coast-to-Coast walkers, which inspired them to have a go – and in the process raise money for charity.

However, not everything went to plan with atrocious weather on the second day of their hike, resulting in a change of route, avoiding the swollen streams of Honister Pass in the Lake District.

Margaret explained: “It was atrocious weather and unfortunately Jean stumbled down a rocky path and broke her ankle and because we were out on the mountain side, we had to call in the Mountain Rescue. She’s OK, but she obviously couldn’t continue, which was an awful shame.”

The group experienced all weather’s during the walk, starting off in gales, thunder storms and hail, to finish on the North Yorkshire coast in glorious sunshine.

The group undertook the challenge to raise money for a number of charities. Mary is raising money for Christian Aid, John is raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Appeal and Margaret and Geoff are raising money for St Martin’s Children’s Hospice at Boston Spa.

Margaret added: “Apart from the dramatic start, we have had a wonderful time. We’ve had some laughs and stayed at some great places. Where we could, we stayed at Farm Stay places, as well as various B&Bs and pubs.

“I think the longest days were where we walked about 20 miles. But it’s been fantastic. The sun’s shining now and we can see the sea.”

Friends and family joined the group for the last leg of their hike to Robin Hoods Bay, where a barbecue on the beach was planned to celebrate their achievement.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to either John or Mary Pearson’s chosen charities can contact them on (01609) 772311, or to make a donation to Martin House Children’s Hospice, contact Geoff and Margaret Sykes on (01904) 491903.

Bra Fittings Down On The Farm!

There is something different going on, down on a farm in North Yorkshire, which is definitely for the ladies! Come and stay at Valley View Farm and have a bra fitting whilst you are on holiday. Sounds unusual but Valley View Farm provides 4 star self catering holidays in the six holiday cottages based on the farm in the North York Moors, however this is no ordinary farm as Sally Robinson also runs an online lingerie, swimwear and nightwear company from some of the converted barns. has been based on the farm for the last 10 years, where the business was founded when Sally spotted a gap in the market for feminine bras for those blessed with an ‘ample bosom’.

Sally has been fitting women for many years and customers visit from far and wide to achieve the comfort and confidence that a well fitted bra will give. Throughout the year Sally offers bra fitting sessions at the farm to ensure that ladies can have comfort and style no matter what they are wearing.

Farm Stay Yorkshire meets at Bolton Abbey Railway Station

The Cafe at the Bolton Abbey Railway Station was like a crowded commuter train last week when the Farm Stay Yorkshire group used the venue for their Spring Meeting.  Caroline Barker, Cundall Lodge, Chairman hosted the group along with Rosemary Hyslop, Layhead Farm Cottages, Farm Stay’s Regional Director for Yorkshire.

Andy Woodward, Farm Stay UK Chief Executive updated the group on what’s happening at the national level and introduced the new “The Dales” style advertising to fit in with the TV series premiering at the end of March. Dee Marshall and Sean Murricane, from Welcome To Yorkshire, gave a thorough update of events and literature underway for 2011, and the forthcoming launch in Leeds on the 11 April.

Many thanks to Christine Clarkson, Bondcroft Farm, and her colleagues for the fabulous homemade lunch.

Regional Meetings

Farm Stay UK regional meetings that have been confirmed are listed below. Further details will be emailed closer to the date, but if you have any queries regarding a meeting in your area contact your regional director.

Regional meetings offer members the chance to raise any concerns or suggestions that they may have about Farm Stay, with their director and local members. If you’re lucky, our Chief Executive Andy Woodward might just make an appearance. Check his schedule below.

More updates to follow…..


2nd Cardiff, Wales Digital Steering group

3rd West Mids regional meeting

9th North East regional meeting

10th Yorkshire regional meeting

14th-18th British Tourism Week

14th Westminster reception

22nd East Midlands regional

23rd East Anglia regional meeting

29th Wales regional meeting

30th Partners For England

31st North West Regional Meeting


6th Devon, Cornwall Regional Meeting

7th Wessex Regional Meeting

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