Church Farm has been a farm as far as we know since the 16 century and has been in our family for half a century. We have evidence of the occupation on the site of Church Farm in much earlier times. It has always been farmed traditionally in the old fashioned way of using very little pesticides and fertilizers. Animals were allowed to spend their summers grazing the meadows and pastures with the sun on their backs and a friendly pat from the farmer who is boss. They had the very best sweet smelling hay and silage to eat, and were allowed to mature gradually as nature intended. The massive downturn in farming has caused so many small farms like this one to either grow into large factory type units or to sell and move out. Our family did not wish to lose the land and animals to be farmed more aggressively so we made the decision to fully convert the farm to be organic in April 1997 in an endeavour to protect and preserve the environment and the animals and wildlife on the farm for the future generations who should be lucky enough to live here.
Church Farm is therefore an organic farm (no fertilizers or pesticides) with the fields containing a host of wild flowers and herbs, many are quite rare. The animals are all our family friends and are treated with respect and love. Guests are welcome to get to know our many 'pets'.
In addition to the cows and the sheep, there are free-range hens and ducks. No farm is without the the farmhouse cats, we have three at the moment, Oscar, Ellie and a new addition Lily. Our friendly Red and White Irish Setter, Fergus, along with the in-laws collie, Jill, can also be seen at the farm and are always happiest when they're chasing after a ball or stick!
Stanshope is a tranquil farming hamlet in the heart of the southern Peak District, much of which is now owned by the National Trust.
Our lovely area offers really splendid walks, from the cottage door. You could start by walking down Hall Dale which will take you down to the river Dove and then walk alongside the river to Milldale and back up a footpath to the farm. Just a gentle stroll which would take you approximately 1.5hrs depending how fast or slow you walk, but back in time for breakfast.
We feel it is a real privilege to be living in such a wonderful area and welcome anyone who wishes to join us, so come and enjoy.