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This week here at Hoe Grange we've had our own animal rescue to rival that of the TV series.
One of our young bullocks (think teenage boy cow!) escaped out of the shed by squashing under the feed barrier and barging through two gates. By some quirk of fate the small gate to the muck hole, which is usually carefully closed, must have been open. The poor animal was almost completely immersed in thick muck with just his head above the slimy mess. It was pure chance that David drove past on the tractor and from his high vantage point could just see him struggling to keep his head up.
David quickly secured a rope around his head and neck as fortunately he had struggled to the far end of the muck pit by a wall. We were then able to pull him out using the tractor, not an elegant procedure, but a life saving one. He must have been there quite a while and would shortly have got tired or been overcome with fumes. If this had not worked the next step would have been to call the fire brigade!
A quick scrub and rub down!
What is it with our animals and muck? I thought Jaffa was dirty when he had his makeover a month ago, but this little bullock was unrecognisable and completely covered from head to toe in thick gooey poo! Fortunately the little chap jumped straight up, so we rinsed him down with the watering can, much to his annoyance, and put him in a cosy little stable (the cow hospital wing) to recover. I am pleased to say that he is now fit and well.
This just highlights that farms are dangerous places, and sadly the outcome is not always so lucky. Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in industry with 40 to 50 workers killed every year, mainly through vehicle accidents and falls from height. However 3 % or so of fatalities are due to drowning in slurry, like our poor cow. The Health and Safety Executive is running an excellent campaign to remind farmers of the potential hazards and to "promise to come home safe" . We have our promise knot on the back door where it acts as a daily reminder to take extra care and be safe.
We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
What can I say?
We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more
We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more