A thriving gem of diversification in the Herefordshire countryside

Members enjoyed scorching weather on their visit to the magical Drovers Rest Farm for the Herefordshire AGM
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Drovers Rest, run by Paul and Kesri Smolas, is all about experiencing life more wildly. The 16th Century organic farm near Hay on Wye is tucked away at the foot of the black mountains in 40 acres of stunning countryside and has been curated by Paul and Kesri, who have corporate city roots, to be a countryside escape for those that live fast paced lives.

There are an abundance of activities to keep everyone entertained, from feeding the livestock which varies from alpacas to sheep, to educational tours such as beekeeping and a self-guided farm trail.

Members were able to enjoy tours around the luxury accommodation including Safari and bell tents as well as cabins and cottages all of which are beautifully decorated and include all of the luxuries you would expect.

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There is also a Farm Shop and Farm Kitchen which is open to visitors and guests. All of the produce is ethically and organically grown or reared on the farm with the animals living the best possible free range life with no artificial pesticides, or fertilizer used. Producing food this way is one of Paul and Kesri’s great passions.

Those who attended were able to enjoy delicious food from the Farm Kitchen which was cooked over open flame adding smokiness and overall flavour to the home produce. Catering is available from Sunday lunches to curry evenings and wild wedding feasts.

The CLA has helped Drovers Rest with advice on the planning challenges they encountered for different aspects of the farm. Don’t forget that CLA members are entitled to free and impartial advice from our expert advisers so if you have any queries, please contact the Midlands Office.

Key contact:

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John Greenshields Rural Surveyor, CLA Midlands