June 2012 was our third visit to College Farm and probably our best yet (although they’ve all been fantastic). The kids are a little older (2 and 4) and were endlessly inquisitive about the goings on around the farm. This year we got to help with the sheep (and I mean really help), groom the horses, see and hold the new ducklings, see the new calves and feed the hens amongst all the usual walks and other farm-bound things to see and do. Why do we keep coming back to College Farm? Two things immediately spring to mind, the first is undoubtedly Lucy and Marcus’s unwavering ability to be the perfect host, always on hand to help and make you feel welcome, get you involved in farm goings on and bring everyone together in a warm, social gathering during bread-oven night. And also their relaxed attitude, giving you the freedom to explore and really become part of the farm if only for a week. The other has to be the spectacular light and beauty of the surroundings. We never thought we would hear ourselves say the fens are beautiful because we love the mountains or rugged coast, but here the light is magical and creates sometimes an almost African savannah scene (see the photos, no filters were used!). We’ve witnessed dramatic thunderstorms, double rainbows, rolling menacing clouds, deep blue skies and all the magic of many a fiery red sunset – it has to be one of the biggest surprises that there are so many depths to what appears so flat. Will we be going back? Definitely, if not later this year for sure in 2013!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are very proud to have been voted as farm of the year for 2013. Our farm is located on the southerly tip of the Norfolk Broads and a short drive from many of Norfolk’s outstanding beaches and coastal towns such as Southwold. On the farm we would love to show you our herd of cattle that graze on the marshes, our chickens that reside at the top of the Feather Down field and in the farmyard you’ll find horses, lots of friendly dogs, guinea fowl and Dolly our pet cow. On the farm we would love to show you our herd of cattle that graze on the marshes, our chickens that reside at the top of the Feather Down field and in the farmyard you’ll find horses, lots of friendly dogs, guinea fowl and Dolly our pet cow.We are Marcus, Lucy, Henry and William Daniels. We keep a herd of mixed breed cattle that graze on the marshes, whilst the chickens reside at the top of the Feather Down field. In the farmyard you’ll find horses, guinea fowl, Dolly the pet cow and plenty of friendly dogs.The tents are located on a south-facing grassy field at the top of the farm-yard that slopes gently down to the marshes. If you come and visit in August or September then you will get to stay alongside the swaying sunflowers. There is a stunning view from all the tents over the marsh-land where the cattle graze down to the River Waveney. Guests can watch the mist roll in off the river and envelop the marshes, at dusk and early in the morning. You might also catch a glimpse of barn owls hunting or see one of the three species of deer we have in the locality.There is so much to do here you won’t need to stray further than the farm, don’t miss our farm tour, you can enjoy a wander on the marshes, take a picnic to the river, help us to move and check the cattle, and assist in looking after the lambs, our communal horse-grooming session is always a hit and don't forget to collect the eggs from the henhouse! If you are here for a rest you can sit out in front of your tent and watch the sails of the pleasure craft in the distance pootling up and down the River Waveney.Our farm larder has meat and eggs produced on the farm or sourced from one of our farm neighbours. You’ll also find local apple juice and ice cream there as well as freshly baked cakes and treats by Lucy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Feather Down Farms At College Farm Aldeby, Suffolk