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Warborne Farm is a 100 acre family-run farm. As well as being a great place to live and farm, it's a wonderful location to stay in our lovingly converted boutique barns.

Warborne Farm is a 100 acre mixed family farm. Though no longer certified organic, the farm has been run along organic principles for 3 generations. That is to say we have a high health status for all livestock and crops and build fertility more than we exploit.

 

"When my father took over from his father in 1951, there were still 5 working horses in stalls and cows were milked by hand in the loose boxes. Grain was lugged around in sacks and hay stored loose. All this was going on in these buildings, just as it had done for more than 100 years previously.

Now I like to think that we have moved on a bit, but I still hold dear his passion for organic farming, his belief that healthy soil is necessary to produce healthy crops and livestock and in turn to nourish healthy humans. A good crop rotation is the key to the success of the whole farm, and we build fertility more than we exploit it.

Over the years crops have included peas, beans, lupins and other pulses; hemp and flax for fibre; hemp, linseed, sunflowers and oilseed rape for oil; wheat, oats, barley, triticale and maize for grains and protein; and field scale vegetables for supermarkets, in particular sweetcorn, purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflowers and courgettes. In fact more than 300 varieties of vegetables have been grown here recently, and 100 varieties of fruit, including figs, melons and peaches. Cut flowers and herbs are grown too.

Livestock have included every breed of sheep imaginable, geese, turkeys, ducks, chickens (all for eggs and for the table), beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, horses, New Forest ponies, and I’ll try not to mention the chinchillas (all the rage in the ‘50s!), oh and don’t forget the bees – perhaps the most honest, hard working and generous of them all.

We have won many awards for our produce, and none more so than for our fruit and vegetables – I somehow won the Marks & Spencer “Organic Grower of the Year” not too many years ago. We still grow a wonderful array of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, for family and for the benefit of guests in our barns." - George Heathcote, Farmer

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From Lymington:

Take the B3054 towards Beaulieu.  Instead of following the road up Walhampton hill turn left onto a small lane that runs parallel to the river (signposted Warborne Farm).  At Vicars hill turn left into School lane, then take the next right into Warborne Lane.

From Brockenhurst:

On the A337 towards Lymington, take the left hand turning for Pilley/ Boldre. Go down the hill over the river and up Pilley hill, turn right following the signs for Spinners Gardens past the gardens turn left into Warborne Lane.

From Beaulieu:

At Hatchet Pond turn left for Lymington. Drive across the heath, past Norleywood and over the cattle grid. When you come to a crossroads with a sign to South Baddesley on your left, take the first right into Warborne Lane keep going we are at the end of the lane on the left.

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