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 start from £78 and £65 respectively 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.
The Big Apple - 'Blossomtime' 2019We are very pleased to be part of the Big Apple this year, below are some of the details, click on the link to go direct to the web site. The Big Apple
Open Farm Sunday June 9th 2019
For the first time this year we are taking part in this event. A chance to come and see an ancient small Herefordshire farm, rescued from the developers, and the old farm buildings brought back into use as opposed to being converted. See our animals at close quarters and feed them. We have Herdwick sheep, Boer Goats, Old Gloucester spot pigs and our regular farmyard selection of geese, chickens and ducks plus a range of vintage tractors.
See our old Perry Pear trees and for the mums and dads' a chance sample our home made and farmhouse bottled perry under the very trees the the fruit came from. There are 4 varieties of Perry pears and the Perry has been individually pressed as a single variety Perry.
Hopefully samples of our own home grown pork sausages to sample will still be available and a special batch infused with our 'Ayton Perry'.
There will also be tea and coffee available and a selection of home made cakes.
We hope our grandsons will also be on hand to interact with visiting children to show them the animals, where they both spend hours looking after them and collect eggs from the chickens, geese and ducks.