Life at Laythams Jan 2014
The last shoot of the season took place close to the lake this Saturday and was a thank you to all the beaters who have helped out during the shooting season. Even though it was close to the end of the season a good bag was had by all the guns on the shoot. Craig the gamekeeper who looks after the birds said it had been a good season.
The team are busy preparing to apply for accreditation for Visit England’s Walkers are Welcome and Pets are welcome schemes. The accreditation scheme shows visitors that holiday accommodation cottages adhere to a strict set of standards set down by Visit England.
A stable block will be installed at the farm in late spring to accommodate those visitors who want to bring their horses on holiday with them. Laythams is located on a bridle path and is a designated “quiet lane” which means it carries little traffic and is suitable for walkers, horses and cyclists. We hope the horse facilities will be complete and be ready for equestrian quests by June.
The old walled vegetable garden which has been not used for many years is to be rejuvenated and planted with vegetables in the Spring. The produce will be used to compliment visitors welcome packs.
DEFRA came last Tuesday to look at the final stages of the new sheep’s cheese dairy. The 2,000 litre holding tanks have been installed which will produce around 350 kgs of cheese per production run.
If you have taken a holiday at the farm you will know chickens run free around the farmyard. Visitors love the chickens and the free range eggs but have not been so pleased with the cocks waking people up in the mornings. It has been decided to re home the cocks for the 2014 season well away from the cottages to give a better night’s sleep so if you are a regular visitor the mornings will be a little quieter.