Update – Hedgelaying Posted November 28, 2015
It has been a couple of years since the lovely ‘Phil’ from Kings Hedgelaying and Rural Services laid our roadside hedge. It has been given a light winter trim this year to encourage the growth.
We have been amazed at how much wildlife has been encouraged by the piles of brash! We have never had rabbits at Cheese Vat…. Hares by the dozen, but never bunnies. This Spring Pasha, our black Labrador, kept spotting them and trying to catch them unawares! The second thing we noticed was that a pair of Goshawks made the woodland their home for the summer. They have gone now, but so have the rabbits – they main source of food – so we shall look on with interest in 2016 to see if they return.
Phil has also been giving the Woodland a Second Thinning this Autumn to help the trees to develop and get more light onto the forest floor.
The extra light, as well as the useful logs, makes this a wonderful hunting ground for the owls we hear hooting at night.
Week 2: Annexe Posted November 28, 2015
Week Two: Now, where was I….. Ah, Yes, Concrete Pad.
New Walls….. This should keep me out of mischief for a bit!
The aim is to get them stacked and ready to be re-used for the walls.
Not such a hard job as luckily in the 1860’s they used lime mortar with lots of horse hair – Just a very slow boring job! Maybe by my next Blog, the pile will be smaller!!
The Granary Annexe Posted November 23, 2015
If any one had ever told me that I would find myself writing a ‘Blog’, I would have told them not to be so daft… who would want to read what I have got to say! However, I currently find myself in just that position, and am in danger of repeating myself as I ‘fill guests in’ on events at The Granary!
Just over a week ago, saw the start of a two bedroom extension to The Granary luxury holiday let – hereafter referred to as The Granary Annexe – extending the scope of what we already have been letting since 2007.
So as to refresh our visitors memories, I attach a photo of ‘The Annexe’ (The right hand side of this picture!
Monday morning we broke ground on the old dairy milking parlor floor which was broken up and removed. Tuesday saw the building inspector call with a view to inspecting the old 1862 walls to see if we needed to underpin, and recommended footings of another foot around the edges to meet current building regulations, which was completed on Wednesday.
Seems to me, this is when the problems started! Storm Abigail with its high winds and rain, followed by Storm Barney and more torrential rain on the saturated ground from Abigail, turned our new footings into something of a swimming pool. Thursday morning saw the resultant chaos, with us being faced with a 14 foot high, 3 brick deep wall, solid as a rock… which decided to “slip” sideways and come to rest in said footings – makes for interesting photos….
As I sit typing this evening, the builder is having a serious re-think as to the order in which he builds these extra two rooms, given the current state of affairs…. The window was probably in the wrong place anyway!!
So, as we start the new working week, first order of business is concrete to shore up the walls and create a ‘pad’ on which the new walls will sit.
http://www.visitryedale.co.uk/see-do Posted September 30, 2015
Our quality is 5*GOLD! Posted October 18, 2012
We are very proud of our quality, and it is not us ‘blowing our own trumpet’. The quality of our accommodation is assessed by Visit England, which awarded us their Gold standard. Check their website here.
The Black Swan, Oldstead near Cuxwold – Michelin Restaurant Posted April 24, 2017
Sheriff Hutton Point to Point Posted January 8, 2014
Hedgelaying at Cheese Vat Farm Posted April 11, 2013
March 2013: If any of you were watching “Countryfile” on Sunday 10th March 2013, you will have seen the piece about Prince Charles and his love of hedge-laying!
For those of our guests who are frequent visitors, you will notice something of a change as you arrive at Cheese Vat Farm! On this wet and miserable Saturday, 9th March, we saw the arrival of our very own two-man team of Hedge-Layers! Andrew, who is on his way to another National Championship title, had come over from Cumbria, along with Phil, and they set about reducing our overly tall and dilapidated thorn hedge to a neatly laid fence which whilst making it more stock proof, should also rejuvenate the general growth of the hedge, help the wildlife, and let light into the surrounding area. Sunday continued the process, despite sunny intervals and snow showers, and they managed to complete some 90 yards of hedge.
Being a bit late in the season, the process on the remainder of the road-frontage will be continued later in the year – perhaps October to complete the job!
2nd November 2013 – Second tranche of hedge laying completed. The length done in March has grown well over the summer and with only a gentle ‘hair-cut’ along the top, has been maintenance free.
8th January 2014 – Finally, the full length of roadside hedge has been completed and very smart it looks too. We look forward to seeing how the brash corridors helps the wildlife when they come to nest in the Spring. It will also be interesting to see what wild flowers emerge along the verge now the it is not strangled by the overgrown hedgerow.
Why Cheese Vat? Posted October 18, 2012
Cheese Vat Farm was by tradition a dairy farm, owned, we believe, at one point in its history by the Rowntree family. Built in the mid 19th Century on the site of what some old maps call “Cheese Fat Hall”, we think the farm at some time in the last 150 years produced cheese for the Cornborough Estates, as well as being a small Estate School House.
As current owners we have spent the last 20 years turning Cheese Vat from a working dairy farm into a residence. Cheese Vat Farm sits on raised ground midway between the Sheriff Hutton ridge and Terrington ridge. The valley is often spoken of by estate agents as ‘The Golden Triangle’ due to its wheat growing over an area which used to be a glacial lake.
This Holiday Property is a converted Granary over two floors with the large extension which used to be a piggery in a former life, and the whole forms two sides of an enclosed foldyard. It has been developed in a traditional style but with a contemporary twist. We have paid particular attention to detail and tried to keep as small a carbon footprint as possible within that remit. We would love to eventually plan on moving there ourselves.