Yew Tree Farm has been on this site since circa. 1500, the house that you can see was built around 1750 and the original Yew Tree Cottage still situated to the rear of the new house. Our Georgian home has been sympathetically decorated inside to reflect the periods since it was built.
We are a small working farm building up our own herd of pedigree Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, Boer Goats and flock of Herdwick Sheep in addition to the farmyard ducks, geese and chickens. Our products are sold seasonally through the family shop "Halfords Butchers" owned and run by our daughter Nicki and her husband Lee in Tewkesbury.
As part of our farming mix to ensure the continuance of the farm our activities also include producing our own "Farmhouse Perry", (proper pear cider), made from the perry pear trees on the farm plus offering bed & breakfast and caravan & camping facilities.
Bed & BreakfastWe currently have two rooms available all en-suite with showers, our guests have the use of the ground floor drawing room and breakfast is served in the main dining room. We do need to point out as can be seen from the picture being able to manage stairs comfortably is essential.
Room rates are available with or without breakfast and there is ample car parking. Yew Tree is located on a very quiet country lane with stunning views of May Hill in Gloucestershire and Marcle Ridge from all the bedrooms plus the Malvern Hills from the grounds in an easterly direction. The interior of he rooms can be see below.
Perry (proper Pear Cider)
We are fortunate at the Yew Tree to have four ancient varieties of perry pear trees, Aylton Red (also known as Red Pear), Dymock Red (also known as Thurston's Red), Blakeney Red and Hellens Early. The saying goes that to be real perry the pears have to have been grown with site of May Hill and in our case May Hill is in full view of the farm, so we must have the perfect Perry, (or at least we like to think so).
We have these pressed as single varieties, the results are very distinctive and highlight the amazing variations of the Perry Pear, samples and the chance to buy some of the limited pressings will be available at the Big Apple 'Blossom Time'.
The Perry is fermented and stored in our ancient cellar with its cobbled floor and stream, a true farmhouse Perry.
Guess what, our first time entry, real proper Perry!
Open Farm Sunday June 9th 2019Well we did it, our first Open Farm Day, we are all cream crackered!
Thank you to everyone that came and to all our helpers, especially to our neighbour John, 'the honey man', who supplies us with honey to sell who put on a really nice demonstration about bees and honey production. To Nicki, Lee Theo & Luca for all their help and especially Lee for making at their butchers shop our speciality sausages and pork pies infused with our award winning Aylton Perry.
It was so nice to see so many families and the interest taken in our animals. The goats especially, l will have to put on a diet, they were very well looked after by the children feeding them all day.
Also thanks to the exhibitors who brought their classic cars and tractors, just sorry we did not take loads of photos as we were too busy.(If anyone has photos please send them through).
Helen's "tea rooms" (our gardens), went down really well and so did her homemade cakes including a Cypriot specialty pronounced 'yala do bou reko' (say all the words together), it's the one in the forefront of the cake photo, a custard cream and filo pastry yummy cake covered in syrup.
The cider & perry tasting in the Perry Pear Cellar went down really well where we very fortunate to have available the first bottling from Lower Court Farm Putley of 'Court Cider' a sparkling British alternative to prosecco.
Eric the Hereford bull also made a surprise appearance.
Are we doing it again next year? June 7th 2020
What a lovely day.