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Becka Wright, Creative Manager at Appetite Me, on entering into rural diversification in a seemingly saturated market…
With more and more land owners and farmers looking into diversifying their land and business in order to secure a more financially stable future it can leave you questioning what new ways can you expand your business, especially when so many markets seem over saturated. However, there are new trends and ideas being developed all the time, below we talk about the trends we are seeing in farming diversification.
With a beach nearby, some of Scotland’s Great Trails within easy reach and group bookings welcome, Wigwam® Holidays Cove Farm is perfect for a beautiful glamping break at Cockburnspath, situated in East Lothian, Scotland.
Just a short drive from the A1 and close to the railway’s East Coast mainline at Dunbar, this brand new site boasts six en-suite luxury Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins which include a kitchenette, dining facilities and comfy mattresses for up to a family of four. Each cabin is heated and insulated offering superb holiday accommodation for glamping guests.
The site is a family affair, run by the Hoods and the Lows and is just half an hour from historic Edinburgh. The site is also secluded enough for a memorable glamping break away from the hustle and bustle for families and couples.
Co-owner of the site, Rosie Low, said: “We are delighted to be offering these fabulous luxury glamping cabins to guests who want to enjoy our fabulous location.
Four Oaks Farm was first established in 1967 as an intensive pig farm on 10 acres of land in Mid Sussex that had previously formed part of an older adjacent farm. First to be built were extensive pig sheds and 2 Dutch Barns followed a year so later by the first farmhouse in the form a small bungalow.
With only mixed success as a pig farm, Four Oaks changed ownership on a number of occasions in the following years and in the early 1980s was taken on by a farming family, who moved more towards a mixed farming business. A smallholding of 10 acres would in days gone by have supported a family but as intensive large scale farming became popular, the business became increasingly unviable. What they did establish though was the large lakes which today have become the hallmark of the beautiful location we enjoy today. Towards the end of their tenure, a few of the outbuildings were let out unofficially to local businesses as workshops to provide a useful additional income but the authorities became aware of this and an Enforcement Notice of Closure was served upon those few workshops. It was at that point that they decided to move on.
Wheatsheaf Hill Farm is a hill farm located 800 metres above sea level in Lancashire. Originally a sheep farm, the farm diversified in March 2013 to become The Wellbeing Farm – a multi award-winning events and wedding venue. Here, Celia Gaze – who is the founder and managing director of the Wellbeing Farm and also acts as Head Stable Maid for the Llamas – answers our editor Victoria Galligan's questions on taking the diversification leap…