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Our farm sale last Friday was a day of mixed emotions. Very sad and tearful at times as we watched 30 years of hard work sold of bit by bit, however we could not help but smile as things that we considered as scrap sold for £10 here, £50 there, or even over £100! Have you ever been to a live auction? It can certainly get the adrenalin going and people can't help getting carried away bidding over their original limit!
Going, going, gone...
I felt no regret as bits of soulless machinery and tractors were auctioned one after the other; the heart ache started when the cows and calves were sold. Felicity was particularly upset as Rosie and Ruby went through the sale ring - however their new owners have promised to keep their names.
Lucky for us prices on the day were very high – the top price for a second calving cow was £2,160, with the average for the dairy cows as high as £1550 and some of the young calves made as much as £500 and £600. We received lots of compliments about the quality of the livestock being sold, which made all our hard work and preparation worthwhile - it feels good to be appreciated. On that note we would also like to thank Mark, Meg and the team from Bagshaws for working so hard to make it a stress free and successful day.
By six o'clock nearly all the cows had left for their new homes, with just three remaining to milk until they left on Saturday morning. Walking through the farm sheds it now seems very quiet, in fact almost a little eerie. Although we still have over 100 beef youngstock on the farm, they are currently all out at grass - it will be busier in winter when they are all inside. We are also planning to buy some sheep, so there will still be plenty of animals for our guests to see, and of course we have our happy free range hens, just no milking cows.
Goodbye to Rosie and Ruby
The main problem so far is that we have got to go out and buy milk – “How much” ???
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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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
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
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 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