“A little piece of heaven.” Having returned for the 2nd time we were not disappointed by our visit. Once again Madeleine and Fred were on hand to ensure our stay went as smooth as possible. They seem to have the perfect knack of being available when needed and always with a smile.
On this trip to the games barn, as previously, it was very clean and tidy. The wood burner in the evening kept it lovely and warm and Fred was kind enough to provide plenty of wood for us and even show us how to light it.
We went with Madeleine to feed the animals morning and evening, they are extremely well cared for. The ducks making their own way from the pond down into their overnight shed in the evening and back up to the pond again in the morning was such a cute sight. The new additions to the farm, 2 female black cows, were absolutely gorgeous. We even gave them a brush each which was a first for us. They are such placid creatures. As always, Chuo the dog kept us entertained (or maybe it was the other way round) with his endless throw and fetch game. Collecting the eggs each day was a thrill, how many would we find upon opening the hatch? And it was lovely to see the chickens wandering around the farm freely during the day. We even had 1 visit us outside the gamesbarn which is something this particular chicken often does. The adult pigs were as large as ever and the 2 litters of piglets were cute and vocal. I was impressed to see that Fred is building concrete feeding platforms for the pigs to eat their food off so that they will no longer have to dig around in the mud. The sheep were blissfully unaware of our presence being left to graze peacfully in their fields. The animals have an idyllic life.
And it has to be said that the scenery is breathtaking and peaceful. It was bliss to stand on the decking in the morning and listen to the birds while taking in the lovely fresh air. I relaxed so much and truely didn't want to leave.
Finally. we went into Heathfield to buy fish and chips from a shop recommended by Madeleine and Fred. The price was very reasonable and the food was excellent quality. Mayfield is a lovely little village but we got there a little late on the Saturday and found some shops had closed at 1pm so we drove in the opposite direction and had a wander around Heathfield. Except I couldn't wait to get back to the farm, I could shop any other day back at home!!
We plan to return again next year and I can honestly say that I can't wait. To be able to unwind and feel so relaxed so quickly is testament to how lovely the games barn, the farm & it's animals and the surroundings are. And of course, the finishing touch is Madeleine's and Fred's welcome and care. I would highly recommend a visit especially if you need a much needed break away from things. To me it is a little piece of heaven.
Thank-you Madeleine, Fred and Chuo. See you next year. xx