Important Update on Covid-19 Impact
Now we are allowed to open we will have to abide by strict social distancing rules whilst you are on site to protect our guests, ourselves and our cleaning helpers. In order to help comply with this we will not be opening the swimming pool, games room or other communal play facilities in the grounds. For the remainder of this year there will be no organised animal feeding runs or guinea pig cuddling. You can, of course, still wander around to see the animals but maintaining social distancing between yourselves and other families staying on the farm.
To ensure your safety we have made the decision to leave a full week between each booking to enable thorough cleaning and to reduce the chance of cross contamination between guests. Although this seriously affects our capacity we believe it is the right option to give our guests piece of mind.
We look forward to welcoming you to our safe spot in the North Devon countryside albeit in a slightly different format to normal.
When you stay in a cottage at Lower Hearson Farm you can, if you wish, join us in feeding the animals in the mornings and in the evenings which is especially exciting for the children as they get to interact with the animals and learn lots about them and create lifetime memories. By the end of your holiday they are proper little farmers.
See children feeding the animals by visiting our Facebook page Find out what is happening with the animals on our Newsletter page.
Our Guinea Pigs
We have two guinea pigs called Fudge and Flash who are incredibly cute. The children can help us feed them and give them a cuddle. Help to pop them into their outdoor run in the morning and back into bed in the evening. Also join us in a Guinea Pig grooming session twice a week during your holiday.
We keep an assortment of rare breed chickens here at the farm. Sometimes they wander around the gardens getting up to all sorts of antics. Chickens really do play with each other when they are young and they can really make you laugh as you watch them. At Easter and during May you can get the chance to see the chicks hatch in the incubator if their timing is right and join us in caring for them first in our kitchen in front of the range where we keep them warm, then in the Roothouse and then finally down with the other chickens. Children love to choose which one is their favourite chick and everyone loves a cuddle during their holiday. The chickens lay the most delicious eggs which the children help collect at the end of the day. We often have hens “go broody” and disappearing off into the hedgerows leaving us wondering where they have gone only to re-appear a few weeks later proudly showing off their little chicks.
Lambs and Sheep
From Easter till late summer we have sheep and lambs in our field that belong to our neighbour. At spring time you can help us feed the mothers with their compound feed to make sure they get sufficient nutrients to keep their milk flowing well for their baby lambs. Sometimes the lambs get separated from their mothers and we have to carry them back to her and make sure she realises that her lamb has come home. All the sheep and lambs have numbers on their backs so that we know who belongs to who. As the lambs get older it is great fun watching them chasing around in gangs playing.