The view of orchards, woods, fields and hedgerows across the valley has changed little in the last five centuries, as has life generally on this traditional Herefordshire family farm.
The barn is full of hay and straw to see the Southdown and Badger Face Welsh Mountain ewes through to the end of lambing, which is due to begin in late March. The sheep scanner will soon be here to tell us how many lambs each is expecting so we can set up the lambing pens in readiness. The rare native breed chickens and turkeys have come through the Autumn moult and have a fine set of fresh feathers. They will begin laying again as daylight hours increase.
We’re glad to be welcoming guests again and they can be assured Hareley Barn is designated Covid Secure by both the AA and VisitBritain. Hareley Barn benefits from being an individual property with its’ own entrance, although the usual greeting of a hearty handshake will be exchanged for a welcoming wave. Guests will not be able to access the farm fields for now, as the work of a livestock farm cannot sit comfortably beside Covid-19 sanitising requirements. The footpaths on Bringsty Common, five minutes’ walk away, are open and a detailed map is available for guests’ use. It has fine views across three Counties. The independent shops in the small market town of Bromyard, three miles away, are open and carefully organised to keep customers safe.