About Us | Woodhouse Farm
Woodhouse Farm is a family run mixed farm approximately 500 acres in size. The land includes arable crops, mainly wheat, barley and Oil Seed Rape and permanent grass, which is grazed by our home bred sheep and cattle. Other animals to be seen include our outdoor hens, farm dogs – with the occasional litter of puppies – friendly cats and even ducks on the farmyard pond. Visitors can help feed the animals, collect the free range eggs, or just relax and watch daily life on the farm.
The western boundary of the farm is provided by the 240 acre Howsham Wood, the southern part of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Being so large the wood offers a diverse range of flora and fauna, from carpets of bluebells and primroses in the spring to succulent blackberries in the autumn. Foxes, Badger and Deer all live in the wood, and although deer can be seen quite frequently, foxes and badgers are much rarer, unless you count the wood carvings displayed on footpaths around the wood. These footpaths lead down to the River Derwent and in turn to Kirkham Abbey, the site of a ruined Augustinian priory.
Farming is a year round occupation, with a variety of activities occurring throughout the year, including lambing and calving. Lambing is the hardest and most labour intensive, and unfortunately we are closed to Bed and Breakfast guests during this time (mid March to mid April). Apple Tree Cottage is open all year round, and guests are able to see the young calves and lambs in the fields, and we usually have quite a few pet lambs to feed even when lambing has finished. We shear our own sheep towards the end of May, and although guests are welcome to try their hand at this no-one has taken us up on the offer!
Hay-making and harvest closely follow each other, and these tasks are undertaken by the machines on the farm, rather than the hand tools used in times gone by, which can be seen on display in the house. After harvest comes cultivation and drilling, and again the machinery is in constant use. This time of year sees the farm’s orchards come into their own, with apples, pears and plums in abundance, with the apples used for our home-made Apple juice served at breakfast time, and the other fruit used in home baking, jams and preserves.
Winter sees a return to mainly stock farming, with the cattle and sheep to feed indoors and out, as the weather again turns colder.
Visitors are welcome to explore the farmyard and fields at their leisure (it is advisable to ask and make sure first), meet the animals, feed them where possible, collect the eggs and take the dogs for a walk if they are feeling energetic.
Please complete the enquiry form or alternatively call 01653 618378 or 07904 293422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodhouse Farm, Westow, Near York, North Yorkshire YO60 7LL
Heading East on the A64 from York (towards Malton and Scarborough), at the top of the big hill (Whitwell Hill) turn right for Kirkham Priory (There is another turn a few hundred yards along if the first one is missed). Drop downhill towards Kirkham (over railway and river) past Priory on right, up and out of the village on the same road passing the Stonetrough Inn on the left. Stay on this road – very twisting and narrow – until you reach a T-junction at Westow. Turn right and carry on through the village – Blacksmiths Inn pub on the left. Travel on through village and up a smaller hill, down the other side onto relatively straight piece of road. Where the road begins to bear left, our farm drive is on the right. Woodhouse Farm is 3 fields in land from the road, next to large wood. Approx 1 mile out of village.
Could guests please arrange arrival times with Sarah (either via e-mail or telephone) to avoid delays, as we can be working in the fields at short notice.
Please be aware the sat navs struggle to find us