History

The Mendip Hills represent thousands of years of human activity:

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 & lead rakes that sculptured our Magic Canyon Field, now with undulating terrain & limestone flora & fauna – its a rare treat for city visitors to seek

The farm buildings & house are listed Grade II & date back to C1770 when this common land was thought to have been grazed by the Monks of Whittam Friary, with ewes kept for their wool & mutton, just as we do today

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

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

The barns, fields & woodlands offer facilities where others can share our freedom, learn the ways of the countryside & enjoy the great nutirional taste of home produced real meals

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

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