Hoe Grange Farm is a traditional, 250 acre, beef and sheep farm on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and has been in the Brown family for over 60 years.
David and Felicity now run their Peak District farm along eco principles using conservation grazing techniques and minimal use of artificial fertilizers, to encourage a wide variety of native plants and animals.
The Peak District is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. At certain times of year you can see rare plants such as orchids and cowslips as well as birds such as buzzards, kestrels swallows and skylarks, and wildlife like foxes, badgers, hares and weasels.
Remember to bring your wellies
Whether you are young or old, you can enjoy a little of the good life whilst staying at Hoe Grange.
Help Felicity or David feeding the chickens and horses all year round. In the spring there may be baby lambs to feed and young calves to see in the fields. For some of the year, we have free range pigs who all need feeding. You can see the tractors and if you ask nicely we might let you sit in one. Sorry, you cannot drive it or go for a ride as it’s against the law – but you 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 (though 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, but please ask first where the bull is.