About us

Hello and welcome to Woodfrys.

We are Liam and Hannah and we live on this beautiful 25 acre site nestled below Melbury Hill, in Melbury Abbas, North Dorset. The smallholding is home to us, our children, various animals, and lots of wildlife. 

2021 is the first year we have worked with the Greener Camping club and we have been working hard over the winter to get the site ready for visitors. We have big plans to continue to build and grow the camping offer on the farm and hope we can keep enticing you back to join us on the journey. For those of you who join the club here, we can't wait to start planting your trees in the winter. 

About the farm

We started farming here in 2018 and we are slowly restoring the 25 acre holding to create a productive farm and campsite which is rich in wildlife. 

We are a small scale producer of beef, pork, eggs & chickens which have been raised with care, through nature friendly farming methods.

 

Our animals are pedigree rare breeds, such as the Traditional Hereford cattle and the very rare British Lop pig. We work hard to help these breeds to continue to thrive. Not only are these breeds hardy and well adapted to our farm, but they create a high quality end product - be that meat for the table, or high calibre breeding stock.

In time, we'll be developing a productive market garden, and we've already begun to plant up areas with orchards and soft fruits so we can provide fruit and vegetables to campers and locals alike. There will be a bit of growing going on in this year, but everything will just be getting established so we may not have a great deal to sell to visitors in 2021.

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A great place to stay awhile

The farm is centred around a large lake and water meadow, fed by the Sturkel, a chalk stream which is great for cooling your toes in on a hot day.  

 

Surrounded by mature trees and buzzing with wildlife, it's an easy place to relax. Tawny owls and bats like the Soprano Pipistrelle fly the skies at night, whilst in the day the ducks, herons and occasional egret spend time here. If you're really lucky you'll spot a splash of blue as a kingfisher darts by.

Walk the quiet lanes and paths nearby, and don't miss a hike up to the top of Melbury Hill and Fontmell Down, owned by the National Trust with striking views of Shaftesbury and the Blackmore Vale, or head out in your car to discover all that Dorset has to offer, with  great beaches, and market towns within an hour's drive.