Blackmore has been farmed by the Newman family for nearly 60 years and is still home and work to four generations.
Back in 1963, the farm had been largely abandoned and had no mains electricity or phone line!
Over the years Blackmore has been brought more into line with modern farming and living standards and has diversified to support our family’s passion for horses.
The Newman family has been involved in horses for generations, back to when horses were still used to work the land. In more recent years, we have been involved in the sports of eventing and National Hunt Racing, and have a European Gold medalist and Cheltenham winner on site.
You will certainly see some equestrian beauties on your stay, and may well meet some living in the neighbouring paddocks. Most will be competition and racehorses all receiving advanced training. During the summer months, many of the horses enjoy life out in the fields – we ask guests to enjoy them from afar (they are such posers) so please look but not touch, sometimes they bite!
Very much a working farm, we run a flock of over 500 breeding ewes, producing high-quality lambs for the meat trade. We welcome enquiries from guests for our farm-bred lamb. There is always lots to see and tours can be arranged for interested campers.
In its hidden valley, Blackmore has all the original charm and peace that drew our family to it in the first place.
No intensive methods are used on the farm which is a mix of grazing land, woodland and some wilder areas offering a varied environment for natural flora and fauna to flourish.
You can explore on foot via the several footpaths which cross the farm, and we are developing additional walking trails for exclusive use of guests. Unfortunately because of the proximity to wildlife in the woodland and livestock on the farm, we cannot accept dogs at this time.
Some family mythology…
Officially, if you see a map – the wood you’ll be staying in is actually called Blackmore Wood – imaginative huh?
But we have a story in our family which inspired the name of Wytch Wood. In certain conditions – cold after rain – columns of steam can be seen rising from the woodland. As kids when we asked what it was, the reply would be that there were witches in the woods, and it was their fires that we could see. We haven’t managed to find them yet, but we’re pretty sure they are cool witches – like the Terry Pratchett ones.
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