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Little Comfort Farm, Devon

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Little Comfort Farm, Devon

Little Comfort Farm is tucked away in a deep wooded valley near Braunton in North Devon. Extending to around 70 acres, the farm keeps a range of livestock and has a wide variety of habitats from ponds through to woodland and permanent pasture.

Organic livestock

The farm was taken on in 2000 by the current owners. They are farming the land sustainably, with a suckler herd of ten Devon Ruby cattle, a flock of fifty hardy Lleyn sheep, four Gloucester Old spot pigs and 450 Black Rock chickens (layers). In the early years, a grazing system based on grass/clover leys alongside the permanent pastures served to build fertility in the soil. It is hoped that from year eight (2009) onwards cereals can be grown to make the farm more self sufficient in grain and straw, two of the largest bought-in products.

Farm diversification

Five holiday cottages have been created from the original farm buildings to provide self-catering accommodation. A large indoor games room is being created, and a playroom with games, books and craft activities for the children are available to those who stay. A pond is well stocked with a number of fish to provide coarse fishing in a beautiful sheltered location.

Farm wildlife

As part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, the farm is creating hedgerows and reintroducing grazing to provide feeding grounds for one of Britain’s rare species, the Greater Horseshoe bat, which inhabit the valley. As the farm is organic, insecticides and wormers are not used which increases the number of dung beetles for the bats to feed on. The pond has banks that shelve gently to create marshy habitat where reeds grow and damselflies and dragonflies dart around enjoying the cover. The island is used by waterfowl, and Kingfishers nest in the cliff at the far end. In summer, swallows visit the water to feed and drink. Bluebells can be seen in the woods in spring, and wood avens later in the year. The permanent pasture support heath spotted orchids in June and bird’s foot trefoil later in the year.

Visiting the farm

Schools and groups are welcome to visit and take a tour of the farm by arrangement. Please contact the farm for more information.

Farm gate sales

Contact the farm to find out what is available for sale from the farmhouse.  

How to get there   

At the Heddon Mills crossroads on the A361 (between Foxhunters Garage and Knowle) take the turning to Halsinger. Turn left at the second crossroads towards Fullabrook. Burn left at the next crossroads. Follow lane to bottom of hill and after the bends and bridge take the second entrance right into the car park.    

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