The Yew Tree has been on this site since circa. 1500, the house that you can see was built around 1750 and was originally named "New Castle". 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 pedigree herds of Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, Boer Goats and pedigree flock of Herdwick Sheep in addition to the farmyard ducks and chickens.
As part of our tenure to ensure the future of the farm we continue to diversify into other related areas.
We produce our own "Farmhouse Perry", (proper pear cider), made from our perry pears and recently planted a further 20 trees grafted from our own ancient stock.
We have selected honey from local producers and hopefully in the not to distant future from our own hives.
We offer motorhome and caravanning facilities on our "Certificated Location".
We did until last year offer bed & breakfast in the main farmhouse which we hope to start again once the current conditions allow.
The site is now closed, however all being well be aim to open again March 1st 2022 and can take bookings from now.
As a 'Certificated Location' with the Motor Caravanners Club, members and non members are all welcome, we can accepted up to 5 Motor Caravans or Caravans for stop-overs and stays. All our pitches have electric hook-up. If the weather is adverse and access to the paddocks is restricted we may be able to make temporary hard standings available in the main farm yard.
Rally's are always welcome with appropriate certification.
As a working farm for safety reasons at this time we are an adult only site.
As part of our continual environmental commitment only green chemicals can be used on site and anyone staying will be able to buy the 'Leisure Depot Organic Green Toilet Chemical', we are keen to get our caravanners to switch over to the green chemicals toilet solutions.
We are located on a quiet country lane but with easy access, finding us is easy particularly now by using "what3Words" our entrance to the site is at "///giggles.punctured.triangle".
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).
Spring 2021 saw the very exciting planting of our own budded,( a bud grafted tree), trees from scions, ( new shoot cuttings), taken 18 months prior and grown on to continue the heritage perry tree lines on the farm, with the establishment of a new small perry orchard.
This will not only help the environment with good standard sized trees but provide us with a wonderful drink and also the continuance of our heritage trees, its win, win, win all the way.
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, (current restrictions permitting), plus we have products available for sale.
Open Farm Sunday
Like everything else Open farm was shelved for 2020 and due to current Government guidelines we are not able to take part this year, lets hope we can make a comeback in 2022.
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.
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.