Lower Hearson Farm Review

Monday, 20 April 2015

Lower Hearson Farm Review

You may think that as I am not keen on any animals, booking a farm holiday in North Devon was an odd choice. I admit I had my concerns before hand and hadn't even considered the need for wellies until my friend (who had recommended the cottages to us) told me not to forget them! Big man, in particular loves his animals and that is why we have spent the last week at Lower Hearson farm in Devon. 

We stayed in The Linhay which accommodates 5. It had everything we needed including a dishwasher, free wifi and a much needed washing machine. My boys just have to look at mud and they are covered in it! 

The best thing about Lower Hearson, however, is the warm welcome from Graeme the farmer. At 8.30am and 5pm each day the children can help feed the animals. This was fantastic and the boys wanted to do this on most days. There were baby chicks which seemed to double in size during the week!

baby chicks


Maple the pig
And smaller pigs. Here we learnt that if you stroke a pigs tail it straightens. Who knew!

stroking a pigs tail
I managed to feed a sheep. Yes at the grand old age of 38 this was a first! It was rather wet and sloppy and I have no desire to repeat it. The boys, however, enjoyed the way it tickled!

middle man feeding sheep

little man feeding sheep
On the final evening I even got to reach under a hen for an egg. An odd ambition to have, but I was very over excited to find one.

letting out the chickens
The boys had so much fun feeding the animals and even little man could tell you how many scoops of feed the pigs had. On Wednesday Graeme did a quiz around the gardens for the boys and then we got to eat some previous members of the farm at the sausage sizzle.

The boys also enjoyed the heated swimming pool and the large trampoline.

Trampoline at Lower Hearson Farm
Lower Hearson Farm made a great base for exploring North Devon and we had some lovely days out that I will update you on soon.
sheep dog

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  1. Sounds like a great place to visit!

  2. Louise Fairweather20 April 2015 at 09:40

    It was lovely and the boys just loved the animals

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)20 April 2015 at 10:10

    That looks gorgeous, what a lovely experience for the boys. I've never collected fresh eggs, would love to and I think I'd be over excited too :) #WhatstheStory

  4. This looks like so much fun! I love farms but I'm avoiding them at the moment as I know i wouldn't be able to stop myself from stroking the baby lambs. xx

  5. Louise Fairweather20 April 2015 at 13:08

    It was great the chicken didn't care that you were poking around under it - and the eggs taste amazing!

  6. Louise Fairweather20 April 2015 at 13:08

    Yeah maybe another year for you!

  7. Louise Fairweather20 April 2015 at 18:54

    They learnt loads Fiona. Will link up x

  8. Merlinda Little21 April 2015 at 12:47

    This is such an amazing experience. Looks like everyone had fun! #magicmoments

  9. I didn't know that about the tail either! .. it sounds like such a lovely place to visit

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments