North Rode, Congleton, Cheshire.
CW12 2PF.
Telephone: (+44) (0) 1260 223569
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What to see on our farm stay in Summer

Nature Notes

May sees the Damhead Wood covered with a vivid carpet of bluebells. The foxgloves are in full bloom in June and Dog Roses appear in the hedgerows. Buzzards climb high in the sky and the grasshoppers are in full voice.

Field Work

Extra grass is grown in Summer and saved to feed the cows in Winter. We try to make some hay and some silage. For silage the grass is cut, packed into big bales and sealed in plastic bags to keep the air out – this stops the grass going mouldy. For hay the grass needs to be drier and ideally 4 – 5 days of warm sunny weather are needed. Weed Control is an ongoing task as is fencing and muck-spreading.


The sheep are sheared and this helps keeps the flies away. The sale of lambs is far more important to us than the sale of wool as is costs nearly as much to have the sheep sheared as the wool is worth. Sheep are beset by many kinds of internal parasite. They are dosed with a drench to keep them healthy and their hooves need to be trimmed frequently or they become overgrown and infected. The majority of fat lambs are sold in August and September. We start to supplement the grass feed for the cattle with corn and other feed (for example waste bread or grains) at the end of July. The finished fat cattle are sold at 28 – 30 months old. Cattle parasites are treated with worming drenches.

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A fantastic farm stay

The breakfast was the best we have had for a very long time, there was plenty of choice and it was full of flavour. A fantastic farm stay

A “true” vacation away from the city

My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this place. I’m almost afraid to give it such a good review, for fear that we won’t have a place to stay on our next vacation. It is truly a working farm and the farm animals are just outside the house you stay in. When we first arrived, Sheila […]

To be tasted to be believed

“Our second stay at Yew Tree. Sheila and Malcolm really made us feel at home. The marmalade at breakfast had to be tasted to be believed- delicious.Hope to return very soon.” Nick

Definitely stay here again

“The room was very clean, well equipped and very comfortable. There was a great selection at breakfast, very tasty too. Yew Tree is a peaceful retreat with stunning views of the local countryside. We would definitely stay here again and would totally recommend.” Claire

Breakfast was excellent

“Real farmhouse B & B. The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept on. Breakfast was excellent with a wide choice including homemade jam and marmalade”……. Jacky

lots of wildlife

“Sheila, our host, made us very welcome on arrival, tea and the most amazing cake. Breakfast was excellent. The bedroom was very comfortable. Views over the adjoining fields were fantastic. I had a walk through the woods to the lake and saw lots of wildlife. I hope to return again. “ Marion

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