Well – what a year so far with all its ups and downs! Hopefully you have come through it ok.
From everyone at Uppergate Farm - a big thank you to all our holiday guests who have stayed with us over the past few months and for your support and overwhelmingly positive feedback. We have enjoyed hosting so many happy holiday makers who are just glad to be able to share time and fun with friends and family.
It seems that the pool rotas for private swims and for the animal feeding / egg collecting have been much appreciated and we will continue doing this for the foreseeable future. It does involve a bit of pre- planning but given what guests have said – it works well!!
We do still have some availability left this year and 2022 is already beginning to fill up - click on ‘book now’ to check what is left. Glamping along with family farm holidays are proving more popular than ever.
The Beechwood Shepherds Hut (new pictures coming soon!) and our 2 latest cottage additions – Grove Farm (the one pet friendly cottage) and Shaw Cottage continue to be busy.
Just after lockdown relaxed in April 2021 and we were allowed to take small numbers of holiday guests again a lovely family from Leeds posted on YouTube a full version of their stay on the farm in Uppergate Barn. A big thank you to them. Enjoy !!
I think we will all be glad to see the back of 2020 and let's hope that the current lock-down can end soon so that everyone can get back to planning great holiday stays!!
We have a 'Covid Refund Guarantee' in place - hopefully it won't be needed but if you have to cancel due to future Government travel restrictions (that are Covid related) we will refund in full. See our latest terms and conditions.
On 'book now you will find all of our latest availability and prices for 2021 and (soon to be added) 2022 details.
Our new luxury 'Beechwood Shepherds Hut' with private hot-tub will be available to book from 1st March
New Shepherds Hut in Snowy January
'Glamping in the snow and sunshine
Everyone here at Uppergate Farm is hoping that you are keeping safe and positive during this current lock-down period.
Sadly our cottages, yurts and the apartment will have to close until the 2nd December when, hopefully, we can fully re-open.
On a positive note, our Beech Wood Shepherd Hut continues to develop - the sides and roof are now on and we expect it will be ready to book and in place in our lovely woodland early in the New Year!!
Uppergate Farm has never missed having a bonfire on the 5th November and this year was no exception, however we did miss our many guests who, due to lock-down, were unable to join the family this year.
We're pleased to say that things are getting very much back to normal here at Uppergate Farm. Our staff have risen to the new logistical challenges admirably, the Cottages and Yurts are busy and our new cleaning, disinfecting and pool/ animal feeding rotas seem to be working well.
Another 2 bedroom cottage; Shaw Cottage is now available to book. The cottage (pictured) is situated on the track to our Farm; it has 2 bedrooms, an ensuite double bedroom, a twin bedroom plus a shower room/wc. Downstairs there is large lounge and a size-able dining room/ kitchen. Outside there is parking for 2 cars and an enclosed patio area. Sleeps 4 plus a cot. Guests will have full use of all of Uppergate Farm's facilities - the pool, play areas, animal feeding etc.
Hooray!! We are re-opening on July 4th for holiday stays. We have thoroughly revised our already rigorous cleaning, disinfecting and changeover standards and procedures for the cottage, yurts, pool and play areas. There will be a minimum of 30 hours between guest departures and arrivals; the pool will be run on a one cottage at a time basis, similarly with the play areas and animal feeding. Hot-tubs will be disinfected and the water changed between stays. We've achieved the 'We're good to go' standards for COVID 19 safe management procedures, approved by Visit England (tourist board)
All of our local pubs and restaurants are also re-opening (in a safe way ) from 4th July and hopefully many more nearby attractions will open their doors as the summer progresses.
Bookings placed after 1st August 2020 will have cancellation protection cover under 'Mastercancel' so if you have to cancel for whatever reason between 60 days and 2 days of your stay you will be covered and refunded. We have been in contact with guests who have already booked and thank them very much for their support.
Picture of Alison and the pigs enjoying freedom and sunshine!
In the Autumn we will have another top quality glamping experience on offer. A Shepherd's Hut - similar to the one pictured but in our woodland, with decking, log stove, bbq and hot-tub will be ready to book. Watch this space!
These are very difficult, indeed unprecedented times and as with all similar businesses we are closed until the restrictions begin to lift. We are so sorry not to be able to welcome our Easter and Spring guests and visitors. Even the village pub had just re-opened! The only good news is that the vast majority of those who were (or are) due to stay in this close down period have re-booked for later this year or into 2021.
Whatever our worries it's still springtime on the farm - Otis and Orville our new lambs, Winnie and Gertie the calves, 30 new lay hens
We hope you have all had a very merry Christmas and a good start to the New Year. We had a fantastic time here in Hepworth, the holiday cottages and farm looked very festive in their Christmas trimming and we had lots of lovely families joining us over the last few weeks.
Our local pub The Butchers Arms re-opened just in time for Christmas and New Year and will continue to stay open during their renovations, although not yet serving food (check here for updates and other places to eat in the area).
We celebrated the close of 2019 in the front of the pub with a round of Auld Lang Syne and a few fireworks, followed by our annual New Years Day walk- nothing like a march up on down the hills to blow out the cobwebs and start the new year the right way!!
We have big plans for 2020- developing our woodland areas, making them more accessible to our guests as well as offering bespoke woodland activities for all ages which might include woodland bathing and meditation, bushcraft, outdoor banquets among other things as well as doubling down on our efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible. If this sounds like your sort of thing then get in touch either by email or facebook.
Grove Farm Cottage is back!! and is now a dog/ pet friendly cottage, available to book from the 1st March 2020. We can now take one well behaved dog in this Grove Farm Cottage only click here for more information.
New arrivals – Donald now has 4 new Indian Runner ducks to play with – 2 ferns and 2 trouts.
Mabel also has company and has been joined by ‘Shelia Chamois’ and ‘Freda Frizzle ‘– also types of Polish bantam.
We now have an Instagram page with more pictures of the farm and developments.
Look out in Spring 2020 for our new schedule of woodland walks, foraging excursions and Tepee ‘feasts'.
Pubs to walk to – the Red Lion In and White Horse Inn are both a 10 -12 minute walk away. (See map)
Summer is in full swing at Uppergate Farm, we have already had some amazing days as well as some dramatic weather, and are looking forward to welcoming more families on their summer holidays over the next month.
Our pigs are growing bigger by the day and are exploring more and more of their woodland. Billy and Rosie the cows have some extra company over the next few weeks as our neighbouring farmer has brought his young herd down to enjoy our fields.
Millie and Molly the lambs continue to grow as they get to grips with the great outdoors!
Give a big welcome to Molly and Milly our newest arrivals on the farm. They will need bottle feeding for the next month or so until they are big enough to go out in the field, even in this lovely weather we have been having they are still a bit too small and need to come in at night.
2019 at Uppergate Farm
The New Year is now here and all the cottages, the farmhouse apartment and Yurts are heated and ready for whatever weather the winter throws at us.
We have had some great publicity recently:
Christmas is here at Uppergate Farm! All the animals are tucked away in their winter lodgings and we are finding some time to relax.
Fortunately for us, along with our own pool, steam room and sauna to warm the bones, we have not one but two holistic therapy and beauty salons here in Hepworth.
Just around the corner is Blue Buddha Therapy offering Reiki healing, Thai Foot Massage and Indian Head Massage among other holistic therapy techniques and a couple of minutes further down the road Country House Beauty offers a variety of beauty treatments and beauty therapy massage. Lucky us!
The nearest pub to us - the Butchers Arms remains closed until new tenants are found, however don't despair as we have lots of other eating, drinking and refreshment options within a 20 minute walk - see this map.
Earlier this year one of our lovely holiday guests took this short clip of kids who were staying on the farm.
"Wonderful, relaxed time. Best holiday ever for the children. We were able to step from busy lives into a quiet haven, in a holiday home that far exceeded all our expectations..."
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