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  • holiday cottages on a working farm
    the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire The perfect choice for short breaks gatherings and get togethers all year round Hire all three cottages plus dove dining studio to enjoy the benefits of those large cottages big holiday houses and partyhouses in Derbyshire At Dove Farm you have your own private space as well as a communal area for everyone to gather together The best of both worlds Choose Dove Farm for your family events and celebrate those special occasions together Perfect for friends reunions Midweek breaks all year round Midweek deals on individual cottages too Dove Farm is an attractive choice if you are looking for accommodation close to Alton Towers Late Deals on group accommodation and Alton Towers late deals sometimes available Group accommodation for large gatherings family holidays on a farm short breaks Peak District short breaks Staffordshire cottages for large groups girls weekend away reunions and hen weekends Unusual business venue too Dove Farm is a working farm with self catering cottages near Alton Towers The three holiday cottages are perfect for families looking for short breaks Alton Towers Its central UK location makes Dove Farm a convenient venue for birthdays and family celebrations These large cottages and communal room are ideal for quality hen party venues that are a bit different Stay on a working farm committed to sustainable farming and tourism Staying at Dove Farm is a responsible travel choice Dove Farm cottages for short breaks and accommodation near to Alton Towers There are so attractions and places to visit in Staffordshire and Derbyshire when you stay at Dove Farm Chatsworth Carsington Water Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood Trentham Gardens and the Monkey forest as well as the well known towns and villages of Bakewell and Hartington Ashbourne and Ilam There are many Peak

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  • information about dove farm
    owned and run working farm We manage the land in a traditional way taking account of its environmental features and building in conservation measures where we can www stretton agri co uk is the machinery trading enterprise that we also run as part of the farm business Guests love the fact that our holiday accommodation offers all the benefits to be found in large cottages or party houses with the added advantage of enjoying the privacy of their own holiday cottage We have user friendly facilities for disabled guests too There is also an adjoining studio room It seats 16 18 around one table when used as a dining room by family groups and guests celebrating special occasions It is the perfect setting for dinner parties As a business room Dove studio provides comfortable space for around 25 delegates ideal for meetings workshops and training events The farm takes its name from the river Dove which marks the boundary between Staffordshire and Derbyshire Dove Farm looks out to the river and our farm trail is a popular walk for us as well as our guests with views across the weir and unspoilt banks of the river Dove Dove Farm is easy to find in the village of Ellastone 5 miles south of Ashbourne Derbyshire and 7 miles from the A50 at Uttoxeter Guests appreciate our central UK location Dove Farm is located at the edge of the Peak District It makes our holiday cottages a natural meeting place for reunions meetings and get togethers of all kinds It s worth remembering that we are right on the Staffordshire border only 4 miles away from Alton Towers Britain s premier theme park By staying at Dove Farm theme park enthusiasts enjoy the best of two very different worlds the convenience of

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  • Eco policy, environmental and ethical statement
    a high priority for us and it is central to our animal husbandry practices on the farm As a tourism business we are mindful of the negative impact people activity can bring to the environment However we do still want to encourage all the good awareness raising and enjoyment that comes from being out and about in the countryside We do our best to minimise harm and enhance benefits We believe in living responsibly and responsible travel is part of that way of life We actively encourage our guests to enjoy their time at dove farm in a way that is ethical and compatible with shared values regarding eco breaks green tourism eco friendly holiday cottages and responsible travel At dove farm we apply our family values and fairness not only to our customer service but to our pricing policy too We do not charge inflated rates for school holidays or public holidays Christmas and New Year breaks attract a premium so that quality farmstay experiences and special occasion weekends are within the reach of everyone especially those looking for family holidays on a farm We are trying to make our footprint smaller and our steps greener all the time Here are some of the measures we have adopted Farming We are assessed each year as part of an accredited Farm Assurance Scheme This endorses responsible farming practices By law all farms need to operate according to strict regulations set out by DEFRA regarding use of fertilizers pesticides and manure we adhere to these regulations We have not submitted Dove Farm for certification as an organic farm however our inputs are minimal and we maintain traditional non intensive farming methods Wherever possible animals reared for meat are taken to a local slaughter house and we sell the meat directly from our farm We are proud to promote provenance and low food miles We have been approved to join the Higher Level Scheme HLS as part of the UK agri environment programme We have pledged a number of environmental and conservation measures as part of this scheme including Reversion of pasture to water meadow and wetland to attract ground nesting birds wading birds and a rich array of wetland plants Planting and maintenance of hedgerows Tree planting Reversion of grazing land to traditional wildflower meadows Spring cropping on arable fields to leave winter stubble for bird feed and cover Maintaining wide margins around the edge of ploughed fields to ensure wildlife havens Pond creation and restoration Tourism Dove Farm supports and works in association with a range of other local businesses and suppliers We believe in supporting our local community and we actively encourage our visitors and guests to buy local where this is possible We encourage our guests to enjoy the farm and its surroundings We provide information on local flora and fauna and provide binoculars for guests to borrow when walking our farm trail We encourage cycling and walking and provide information in the cottages on suggested walks and

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  • WiRE at dove farm
    group activities dove farm group activities easy travel what s on prices rates availability special offers terms conditions find us how to find us google map directions contact contact details guestbook Page not found Availability and Special Offers Jane s Blog dovetales Join Our Email List Email home home contact details guestbook about us introducing us eco and ethical WiRE the farm farm and riverside trail farm machinery cattle and

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  • farm and riverside trail
    dove farm group activities easy travel what s on prices rates availability special offers terms conditions find us how to find us google map directions contact contact details guestbook Farm and Riverside Trail One way to enjoy the Staffordshire countryside is to walk along our farm and riverside trail while you are staying at dove farm You can view and download a pdf map and guide here The farm trail is a fairly easy walk of approximately one and a half miles It is mainly across farmland with some interesting semi wooded and riverbank habitats There is one stile but also a gate to the side of it The ground is generally soft going uneven and can be muddy in parts Stout footwear is recommended The wooden gate in front of the farmhouse marks the starting point of our recommended route which leads down to the river Dove The river effectively cuts between two counties with the farm being in Staffordshire looking over into Derbyshire Availability and Special Offers Jane s Blog dovetales Join Our Email List Email home home contact details guestbook about us introducing us eco and ethical WiRE the farm farm and riverside trail farm machinery cattle

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  • farm machinery for all seasons
    spray crops occasionally too Spring work on the farm Ploughing can be done in spring or autumn depending on whether you are on a spring cropping or autumn cropping system We grow wheat and barley with a rotation crop on arable ground a few miles away from dove farm The soil needs to be cultivated after ploughing to get it ready for planting Once the seeds have been drilled the ground is then rolled to bed the seeds in firmly Summer work on the farm All farms with livestock need fodder for their animals in the winter so it is essential to mow a good crop of grass At dove farm we make silage grass wrapped in plastic to seal and preserve it and hay The rowing up machine is at work here gathering the grass into rows ready to be baled You need a few days of hot dry weather to make good hay You can also see the big square baler making hay bales Autumn work on the farm One of the biggest events of the year in arable farming is getting the harvest in and the biggest machine on the farm is the combine harvester The difficult part is getting a few days of sunshine at the time when the crops are ripe and ready to harvest The by product of growing cereals is straw which is the left over stalks It is always stressful getting the straw baled and carted while the weather holds Apart from barley straw straw is for bedding and it is silage or hay made from grass that is used to feed animals through the winter Winter work on the farm Another essential machine is the loadall pictured here fitted with a grab The grab is to pick up bales of silage

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  • Cattle and sheep at dove farm
    dove farm our small herd and flock manages the grassland and we produce premium ethical meat as well as selling pedigree stock to other breeders British White and Murray Grey Cattle We keep a mixed herd of cattle with 2 favoured breeds British Whites are linked to the ancient horned White Park Cattle They have always been exceptional beef animals and used to be kept for their milk too The naturally polled British Whites split from the Park cattle in 1946 and a separate breed society was formed They are generally placid cows and good mothers www britishwhitecattle co uk Murray Greys by contrast are a relatively new breed they originated in Australia from a cross breed Angus They range in colour from coffee to dark brown They are easy calving with a gentle temperament Not too big they mature relatively quickly and are a good cross with traditional British breeds Our current bull is a Murray Grey www murray grey co uk Ryeland Sheep Ryeland sheep originate in Herefordshire so they are well suited to the flat fertile grassland of the Dove valley They were highly prized for both wool and meat but have since fallen out of favour commercially Like most of the older traditional breeds Ryeland sheep frequently produce single lambs rather than twins or triplets and wool no longer fetches decent prices It also takes longer for traditional breeds to fatten and mature www ryelandfbs com We have turned some of this to our advantage at dove farm we sell one year matured lamb meat direct from the farm gate to order Our customers comment on its texture and flavour This is slow food at its best We also show our sheep on a small scale It is hard work very time consuming with much to

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  • Donkeys and goats at dove farm
    or farm holiday is complete without meeting some animal friends You can rely on the donkeys and goats to make friends because they always want food or fuss and sometimes both The dove farm donkeys At the moment we have two donkeys at dove farm Danny boy a lovely chocolate coloured donkey who we rescued and Izzy who has become his special girlfriend Donkeys are different to horses and ponies but the one thing they have in common with most equines is that they love to spend time with people They thrive on love and attention Guests may wish to groom the donkeys and maybe spend some time helping out with their training or taking them on a walk The donkey sanctuary based in Devon is a great source of information on everything to do with donkeys and will deal with all concerns regarding the welfare of any donkeys reported to them If you want to visit more donkeys during your stay at dove farm why not show your support for the donkey sanctuary s Derbyshire centre Goats They are without doubt the most mischievous and troublesome animals on the farm They always want to be somewhere different to where you put them and they can escape from almost anywhere Joe the Golden Guernsey is our main man He is a rare breed goat and a rare character too He is gentle and friendly He loves to go with us when we take the dogs out for a walk He also likes going in houses too if he gets the chance so be warned We also have 2 little cross breed female goats with kids though we may need to find good homes soon for some of our growing herd of goats www allgoats com is a good source of

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