Woodcock Farm comprises 36 acres of grazing, meadows and woodland - we have sheep and pigs and raise our own lamb and pork, as well as lots poultry for free-range eggs

You are, of course, welcome to walk the footpaths around the fort and the Cotswold Way, which crosses right over the land.   From Woodcock Farm, you can follow this or some of the other footpaths all the way to Bath or up well into the Cotswolds to its start at Chipping Campden.

If you would like to see the farmyard and meet the animals, do ask and if we can we will happily show you around. We usually feed the chickens and collect eggs around 4pm - come and help!

We have several horses; Jason is a keen event rider so has two competition horses, Barley, who we bred ourselves, and Warren. Tinker is my nieces' pony but has been in the family for many years.  It may be possible to take you into the stables to meet them but I'm afraid we are not able to offer any riding lessons - but Wapley Stables just a few minutes drive away can.

Lamb

Our lamb is mostly pedigree Black Welsh Mountain, which thrive on the lush grass during the summer and help to keep the scrub down on the barrows and forage well in winter. They help maintain the condition of the fort and this means our wild flowers and hay crops thrive. They are excellent mothers and usually produce healthy sets of twins. They lamb in our barn, so if you stay with us in March and April there are always some gorgeous little bouncing lambs to see and you might even be lucky enough to see some being born.

The meat this breed produces is delicious, as they grow more slowly than the more commercial breeds. This creates a low-fat meat, which is tender but with a really great flavour.

One day, we need to learn how to use the beautiful fleece they produce. The wool is naturally black and can be either woven or spun… another learning curve we suspect!

Pork

We are still deciding which native breed is our favourite!  So far we have had Gloucester Old Spot, Tamworth, Berkshire,Large Black and now Oxford Sandy and Black.  Each has its own speciality, so it has been very hard to choose - but if you've tried our pork do let us know what you think.

Our pigs live outside and are free to roam around their paddock and arcs. They have a high-welfare feed, as well as lots of apples and veggies which come from a local greengrocer whenever there are spares.

The meat they produce is delicious – the best crackling we have ever had! We have also found our favourite sausage flavours after some experimentation so do ask if you’d like to try some – our freezer is usually full.

Chickens, ducks and geese

We have a large paddock, where we are planting an orchard and in which our poultry roam, as well as our special ‘garden chickens’ who waddle around the lawns looking beautiful!

There are lots of different breeds to see as we love to have a pretty flock. They lay different colour eggs from pure white to almost chocolate brown. We have recently added a Legbar breed which lay naturally blue eggs.

The ducks are a mixture of Khaki Campbells, Runners and Cayugas. They love to puddle in the long grass and splash in their paddling pool. Their eggs are larger than chickens, with a much richer flavour – like adding cream! They make the best cakes, but are also delicious with asparagus or just on toast.

All eggs are available to purchase during your stay (assuming the girls have been busy), so please do let us know if you would like to try some.

Our geese are a new addition – we hatched the eggs in the spring and the goslings then ‘imprinted’ on us for a while and would follow us around as they thought we were ‘Mum’. They are probably the sweetest and cutest babies we’ve ever had… time will tell if they stay this way! Hopefully they will start to lay towards the end of the summer or early next spring.

 

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Caroline's place is wonderful! The location is absolutely picture postcard perfect!! The nearby vistas are stunning. Lovely walks. Interesting history, beautiful villages. Tons of nearby conveniences... Waitrose, the picturesque high street of Chipping Sodbury closeby. 5 mins from the M4 yet so peaceful and serene.

Hannah

Such a lovely little spot. Quiet and peaceful but because it’s a small farm still great if you’ve got little ones. My 18-month-old loved watching Caroline feed some of the animals in the morning. Family owners could not have been more welcoming. Would highly recommend!

David

From the time we arrived until the second we left Caroline and Jason looked after us incredibly well. Timberdoodle is an unbelievable experience and getaway. Will definitely be back soon. Wine/Fires/stars/nature - PERFECT... Some great pubs close by as well.

Scott March 2019

Great sausages. Lovely hosts. Decent views!

Joe Aug 2018

Dreamy stay at Timberdoodle. Felt so cut off and peaceful which a breathtaking view. We both had the best nights sleep in months!

Jessica May 2019

Very nice apartment! Kitchen is great. Very good beds… we slept so good. Nice starting point for beautiful walks. Our daughters enjoyed the horses. Caroline, Jason and Rory were great hosts! Thank you! Absolutely recommend this place.

Marijke Aug 2017

I have no hesitation in recommending you stay here. We had a wonderful time exploring the local area and were made to feel so welcome by Caroline!

Beth May 2019

Caroline and Jason were amazing hosts, very friendly and were happy to assist with any requests we had. The apartment was perfect, finished to an extremely high standard, we couldn’t have picked a better place! The farm itself is lovey and our daughter loved feeding the chickens and looking for any eggs. Highly recommend getting the breakfast box that was offered. Delicious sausages, bread and fruit juice. Bring an ice box if you have one and take advantage of the amazing joints of meat you can buy too, looking forward to trying the pork shoulder we picked up! Thanks again to you both and hope to see you again! P.s. we asked our daughter to rate it out of 10...she gave you 100!

James Aug 2018

A very relaxing stay in a beautiful area. Caroline & Jason are extremely friendly and really care that you are comfortable. The flat is tastefully decorated and impeccably clean. Lovely and welcomingly warm with comfortable beds ensured that a long family weekend was very enjoyable. We would not hesitate to recommend this property and its surroundings for an airbnb experience, We wish our hosts great success

Heather Feb 2018

My partner and I stayed at Barn End over the Easter weekend, looking to get away from London after a few stressful weeks at work. Caroline and her family were so welcoming to us, we didn't want to leave after our trip! Barn End was absolutely beautiful and very stylishly decorated.

Kimberley April 2109

We had a great break at Barn End. The apartment was very clean, stylish and the location was brilliant. It is only a couple of miles from a motorway junction and it is an excellent location for visiting Bath and Bristol, both about 30 minutes and less than an hour from Bristol Airport. We also went to Longleat for a day and this is just over an hour away. Also Avebury standing stones and the adjoining house are worth a visit. The southern cotswolds are also near the apartment with some lovely villages nearby such as Lacock and Castle Combe. We are delighted to recommend this accomodation and hopefully we will be back next year.

Michael Aug 2018

We had a fabulous time in “The Hall”. Caroline & Jason were perfect hosts and the accommodation was superb!

Rebecca Sept 2018

Thanks - had a great time. Bed was very comfortable & shower excellent. Loved looking round property and appreciated integration with you, Jason & Rory!

Kaye Aug 2018

This place is top rate! the owners are absolutely lovely and the cottage is wonderfully clean with everything you need to have a lovely get away. The location is very convenient with the cotswolds way right on the doorstep, and some quaint villages. I will definitely be staying again and will be recommending to all of my friends.

Kelly and James Sept 2018

Amazing dome, views & hospitality. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Phill July 2018

The Hall at Woodcock Farm is everything you could possibly want in a holiday let. It's in a quiet location but close to many places to visit. We were spoilt for choice. We could not have asked for more and the small touches of milk in the fridge and the essential staples in the kitchen were much appreciated. We will certainly be making a return visit.

Helen May 2019

We stayed one night in Caroline’s dome, on route to Heathrow from Cornwall. The Dome is set in beautiful surroundings with a nice view over to Wales and Bristol. It was clean inside and more than enough room for 3 of us, and very warm and cosy when we lit wood burner. You can buy logs from Caroline or bring your own. There is an outside (hot) shower and we made use of the gas bbq to cook our dinner. I would note to future guests to make sure you bring oil, salt and pepper for cooking as these things were not included in the dome. As we were travelling onward we did not bring linen or towels so chose to pay the £20 extra for Caroline to provide. Caroline was very friendly and helpful and was more than happy to show our little girl all the farm animals in the morning.

Emma Sept 2018