The rural heart of Devon
Just two and a half miles in from the rugged North Devon coast along narrow country lanes and in the rural heart of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, Kerswell Farm, nestled on a south-facing hillside, is approached down a long gravel drive with far-reaching vistas across to Dartmoor.
Dark skies and outstanding views of the Milky Way makes star-gazing snuggled under cosy blankets a favourite pastime. No longer a working farm, but surrounded by agricultural land and grazing animals, the listed 17th century Kerswell Farm is now managed for wildlife and conservation, as is the adjoining 35 acres. The silence and deep peace is something that all who come here comment upon. Visitors have full access to the 20 acres of species-rich culm grassland, meadows, woodland, lakes and pastures. The special habitat provided by the culm grassland and supporting many rare species of flowers has recently been designated as a County Wildlife Site, and is managed in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust.
Tranquility at Kerswell Farm
Streams are everywhere, and the unique habitats created by the geology of the area make it diverse and fascinating throughout the year. Wellies are often needed when exploring the land however! The colourful spectacle of the wildflowers and grasses in the Spring and early Summer are unforgettable, and the beautiful old trees in the Devon hedgebanks, festooned with lichens, ferns and fungi are testament to the fresh, clean air.
The tranquil environment around our four small lakes makes them a perfect spot to relax with a paintbrush, binoculars, camera, a drink and a book or to take a deep breath and just be. Swooping dragonflies and damselflies over the waterlilies entertain and enchant.
Immerse yourself in nature
A wide range of birds visit the farm and the resident barn owls are often in evidence. Two barn owl boxes are high up in one of our barns, and a brood was successfully raised again this year. You are welcome to sit quietly and watch the parents swooping silently in and out of the barn.
The nectar-rich flowers give rise to a wide range of insect life which in turn feeds many birds and small mammals. Deer and hares are also regularly seen.