We are passionate about our wonderful Peak District and love sharing our special place with everyone.
Welcome! We are David and Felicity Brown and we live at Hoe Grange Farm, in fact David has lived here all his life, whereas Felicity was born in London, but her family settled in Derbyshire when she was a teenager.
We have 3 children Caroline, Michael and Elliot who have grown up in this wonderful environment. They are now making their own way through life but can be regularly seen around the farm.
We love animals and as well as all the usual farm animals we share our lives with a cheeky Jack Russell called Fudge and two cats Kit&Kat (yes we like chocolate!)
Our horse Oliver is also part of the family. Oliver came on holiday with a group in 2008 and never went home, and has recently been joined by Rocco, a youngster who is just learning the ropes.
Our friendly Pygmy goats will also keep you entertained and you will see our free range hens strutting about the farmyard!
Meet Farmer David and other animals and discover where your food comes from.
In 2005 with milk prices plummeting we made the decision to open up the farm to self-catering, holiday guests to supplement the farm income.
The traditional stone barns around the yard were used for cattle so we decided to build two new log cabins; an open opportunity to be inclusive and provide accessible accommodation. It was a bold decision, but one that we have never regretted, so please check out our stylish self catering holiday accommodation options.
We no longer milk so our small heard of beef cows keep their calves all year. We then sell these calves as “stores” to other farmers who finish them to become the finest English beef.
Seven years ago we hand reared four orphan lambs from a neighbouring farm. These four have multiplied into a small flock of 45 ewes who we lamb in April to produce top quality Peak District lamb. We also rent some fields to a neighbour who grazes his dairy young stock and makes silage for winter feed.
There are lots of things to explore on and around our farm. The Peak District is a treasure trove of flora and fauna and at certain times of year you can see rare plants such as orchids and cowslips.
Whether you are young or old, you can enjoy watching the wildlife, including little owls, buzzards, kestrels, swallows, skylarks, foxes, badgers, hares and weasels, butterflies and moths.
You can help Felicity or David feed the chickens, goats and horse, please ask and we will arrange a time with you.
You can see the sheep and cows grazing in the fields. You may see tractors coming and going particularly at harvest time. Whilst children are not allowed on the machinery they can spend hours “driving” the wooden toy tractor in the play area!
As a working farm you will from time to time experience the usual countryside noises; mooing cows, early dawn chorus, clucking happy free-range hens, tractors muck spreading, and silaging.
There may be the odd fragrant farmyard smell and occasionally tractors might be working late into the night (but not very often if David can help it!)
David will be delighted to give you a guided tour of the farm, and show you the animals by arrangement, but for your own safety please do not wander around the farm unattended.
We are happy for you to explore the fields independently, but please ask first where the bull is.
We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.
Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... 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
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