Since their purchase of Fair Oak Farm in 2006, Penny and Ian have developed the farm into an extrememly attractive and unique rural holiday destination for couples, families and groups. Historic features of the buildings and land have been retained and maintained. Much of the land continues to be grazed, currently with Alpacas. Native specimen tress have been re-planted maintaining ancient tree lines and boundaries. The eco-lodge tree houses took two years of planning and a further seven months to build, mostly single handed using skilled carpentry.
In addition to the four star grading assessment, Fair Oak Farm has been awarded a Quality in Tourism award for welcoming walkers and cyclists. OS maps are provided in the properties along with many other published maps and local guides that include walking and cycling routes. Endless walks are available in every direction from the farm through woodland or open land, via lakes, streams and land dedicated for protected wildlife habitats in this central part of the High Weald. They have also mapped a route that combines parts of several published walks, guiding guests through woodland and wonderful landscapes into Mayfield village, crossing streams, through medieval iron age land marks and arriving at a country pub for refreshments!
Apart from the changing colour of the leaves, the woodland and landscape varies according to season whether it be the first snowdrops in January or the sea of bluebells through the woodlands in the Spring.
They work closely with the community to help keep the footpaths accessible whilst sustaining the landscape for future generations. By attracting customers with similar values to theirs Penny and Ian help to build good relationships between visitors and the local community. Whilst the local community learn that an appropriate balance of tourism, whilst not detracting from what it is they all love about the area, is hugely beneficial for the community, the visitors in turn experience a warm welcome. To that end the Guest Guide directs guests to local shops and businesses that share their values. Working together as a community businesses can thrive, not just survive, and it is the guests that reap the rewards, with some of the best quality and value for money produce available.
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