The Wensleydale Experience is a farm experience with accommodation in luxury Yurts and a Temple Folly. There’s also Fairhurst’s at Berry’s Café and Farm Shop where local ingredients and produce make the cut for low food miles, taste and quality, plus, The Healing Collective where relaxing Indian Head Massage or Reiki and Sound Healing with Gill McGready add to the relaxation options that this close to nature experience provides and that James Herriot could only dream of when he was treating the animals on the farms in this part of Herriot Country.
It is a clever farm diversification in the heart of Wensleydale, close to Bolton Castle, famous for imprisoning Mary Queen of Scots in 1568 – which dazzles in lights at night,
Aysgarth Falls and the villages of Aysgarth and West Witton with Askrigg, Hawes and Leyburn within a brief drive and there are many All Creatures Great and Small film locations in the area.
Herriot Country has many country self-catering options but few have an 18th Century Grade II listed folly that is also a compact accommodation unit with two bedrooms with balcony. The Temple is a grand structure with fabulous views of Wensleydale.
The Wensleydale Experience has strong links with James Herriot as part of the original All Creatures Great and Small TV series which was filmed on the estate – in the basement of the estate owner’s house, in one of the tenanted cottages, around the farm yard where the café and farm tours now run, and in the church at West Witton, the nearest village.
Views and nature are two absolutes at The Wensleydale Experience and guests staying in the luxurious Yurts onsite get both in copious amounts as they enjoy the natural environment with mod-cons. Each yurt is fully equipped with comfy beds, private hot tub, shower, loo and BBQ. Imagine showering and watching the sunset or seeing the rolling Yorkshire Dales from your bed or, if it’s early and you fancy pitching in, join the farmer’s rounds and meet the llamas, goats, cows, pigs and sheep that call the farm home
Farm Tours are an education experience for all ages and bring understanding that in order for there to be stone walls and stock in the fields the produce must be sold at a realistic price. Great for families where children can learn about sustainable farming life and touch and feed the caws, calves, goats, lambs, pigs, pony’s and rabbits. James Herriot would be in his element!