Yew Tree Farm has been on this site since circa. 1500, the house that you can see was built around 1750. 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 and chickens. Many of 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 selected honey from local producers and in the not to distant future from our own hives.
We are also very pleased to be an appointed 'Certificated Location' with the Motor Caravanners Club.
Yew Tree On-Line Farm Gate
We would also like to introduce our On-line Farm Gate web site. From here you can order or request the products and arrange a time to collect - enjoy.
Click here to go through to our shop: "Online-Farm Gate Shop"
Motorhomes & Caravans
We are very pleased to be appointed as a 'Certificated Location' with the Motor Caravanners Club. 2020, our second season which unfortunately due to covid-19 has been challenging,
We can accepted up to 5 Motor Caravans or Caravans at any one time at the farm for stop overs and stays. If the weather is adverse and access to the paddocks is restricted we can make available a hard standing in the main farm yard where electric hook-up is also available.
Rally's are always welcome.
Being a working farm, for safety reasons at this time we are an adult only site and green chemical site.
As part of our continual environmental considerations anyone staying will be able to buy the 'Leisure Depot Organic Green Toilet Chemical' at just £2 for 2 Litres, (that's heavily subsidised below cost price), as we are keen to get people to switch over to the green chemicals toilet solutions, this is a really great environmentally sensitive product.
Bed & Breakfast
Perry (Proper Pear Cider)
The Big Apple Cider and Perry weekends
Like everything else Covid-19 has impacted on the Big Apple weekends, we can only hope that 2021 will be a better year.
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).
The 2019 production is now available to buy, please click here see our "Online Farm-Gate Shop"
The Perry is fermented and stored in our ancient cellar with its cobbled floor and stream, a true farmhouse Perry.
Perry's & Cider tastings can be arranged by appointment and we have products available for sale.
Open Farm Sunday Held June 9th 2019
Like everything else Open farm was shelved for 2020 lets hope it can make a comeback in 2021. However in 2019 we did our first Open Farm Day, we were all cream crackered!
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 speciality 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.
What a lovely day.