History

The Mendip Hills represent thousands of years of human activity

From Palaeloithic remains in Cheddar Caves to the post-medieval lead mining. Fernhill Farm is situated in the middle of this historic landscape, with Bronze Age barrows, mine shafts and lead rakes that sculptured our Magic Canyon Field, now with undulating terrain and limestone flora and fauna – its a rare treat for visitors.

The farm buildings and house are listed Grade II and date back to circa 1770 when this common land was thought to have been grazed by the Monks of Whittam Friary, with ewes kept for their wool and mutton, just as we do today.

The land was later divided up into farmsteads, and several relatives have visited us with little pieces of history relating to this farm as we slowly gain an understanding of its long and varied history.

Regeneration

Andrew acquired this farm in 1997 in a dilapidated state after being severely under-financed since the 1950s. The buildings were ruins, hedgerows overgrown, walls unrecognisable and a single water trough to serve the whole farm. We have been rehabilitating the landscape under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Higher Level Entry Scheme (HLS) guidelines, and 20 years later Fernhill is an efficient livestock breeding farm, the walls and hedge are re-established and our house is a family home again.

The barns, fields and woodlands offer facilities where others can share our freedom, learn the ways of the countryside and enjoy the great nutritional taste of real meals with our meat.

“The most impressive arrow head I have seen were found here so check out our mole hills when out for a farm walk”

All the colours of the Shetland sheep