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The Farm

The farm runs to 500 acres and the land is used for arable crops, pasture and cider fruit orchards. A herd of 90 suckler cows and calves graze the pastures along with the three bulls, 'Ebeneezer the Angus', 'Mr Biggs the Angus' and 'Jeffery the Charolais' who, despite their size, are quite docile.

Hill Court Farm is a traditional mixed family farm. The farm has been in the Righton family for 4 generations and is currently farmed by Edward and Sarah who live in the farmhouse along with their daughters.

The wheat, oil seed rape and oats are harvested in July and August and then during September all the land is ploughed ready for next year's crops.

As with many farms, 'diversification' has been necessary at Hill Court Farm during recent years. Several old barns on the other side of the farm have been converted into offices and of course the Old Saw Barn has been made into a beautiful holiday home. The production of cider fruit is also a new venture and the apple harvest takes place in the autumn.

Conservation and wildlife are very much encouraged at Hill Court Farm and the farm is part of two Environment Schemes. You will see wild grass margins around most of the fields and these are to encourage insects and provide valuable cover for small mammals and ground nesting birds. Several areas of the farm has been planted with wild bird seed to provide feed for small birds during the winter and one field each year is left fallow to encourage lapwings to nest.

We hope guests enjoy their walks around the farm but it is very important to keep to the designated paths and keep dogs under control, especially during the nesting season. Since the farm has been in the Schemes, there has been a rapid increase in flora and fauna around the farm and below is a small selection of some of the wildlife that visitors may see during their stay:

  • Fallow and Roe Deer
  • Hares, Foxes and Badgers
  • Hedgehogs
  • Muntjack deer
  • Pheasant and Partridge
  • Kestrals
  • Buzzards

At the highest point of the farm is the site of a medieval village, which was wiped out by the Bubonic Plague in the 16th century. This is now a grass field with all the old undulations of the medieval roads still visible. The village pond is still there and is now full of carp. This site has wonderful views of the Vale of Evesham across to Bredon Hill and is a great place for a picnic. Many of the fields still have the ridge and furrows of the old medieval farming system and in the hamlet of Hill, a traditional orchard has been restored using old varieties of apple tree. Guests are welcome to pick some fruit if they are here during the apple season.

There are many footpaths across the farm and lots of secluded places to explore, so please enjoy your walks and feel free to ask about anything to do with the Farm.

There are some areas of the farm that we would like to keep undisturbed, so we will give you a map of designated walks around the farm.