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(August 2012)

>> Silage is being stacked ready for winter feeding for the sheep. Silage is grass that has been wilted for a couple of days, then baled and wrapped in airtight conditions. The grass ferment, producing a nutritious winter feed for the sheep. We also make hay - grass that has been fully dried, baled and is stacked inside the barn. Straw is the remains of wheat and other cereal crops after the grain has been threshed, which is also baled and used as winter bedding for ewes & lambs.

(June 2011)

>> This year's vintage farm rally at Stubcroft House Farm has raised over £600 for national & local charities. The event was well attended, with a variety of vintage tractors, stationary engines, farm machinery, vintage cars and more on display.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a vintage sheep shearing demonstration by local shepherd Dave Tester using Victorian hand shears & 1930's vintage engine powered shearing machines. Visitors were entertained by Dave's commentary & members of the audience were invited to join in and have a go at either cranking the old hand shearing machines or shearing the sheep under Dave's skilled supervision.

There was also a range of stalls and refreshments including some scrumptious home-made cakes, the whisky cake in particular proving a great favourite from both visitors & exhibitors!

Farm owner Simon Green and joint organiser David Macdonald would like to thank everyone who gave their time & effort for free, especially the Villagers vintage group, sponsors Henry Adams and Phil Dyson from Dyson King Hardware, Stationary Engine magazine and all the exhibitors who attended. The event raised over £600 for charity which will be split between Sightsavers, Save the Children Fund and a locally based charity from Shopwhyke Chichester helping those affected by Leprosy in Nepal.

We hope to see everyone again next year!

(March-April 2011)

>> Lambing is now in full swing at Stubcroft. Many of the lambs have already been successfully turned out due to the exceptionally pleasant weather. There's still a lot of late nights and early mornings to go before we finish however, so please bear with us if the phone goes unanswered as we try to get back to messages as soon as possible.

Any guests at Stubcroft are welcome to see the lambs up-close during feeding times. Please remember to wash hands before touching food, especially after handling animals.

 

 

(March 2011)

>> We are now installing additional shower & toilet facilities on the campsite to improve facilities for the new season. Over recent years the increasing popularity of camping has resulted in a new generation of campers coming to enjoy the South Coast and the fabulous sandy beaches. Stubcroft Farm has been a favorite destination for many people over the years who want to avoid the bigger and noisier commercial sites. Our uniqueness in being sustainably run also makes an ideal environmentally friendly alternative. However this has put pressure on facilities at peak times and we hope these additional facilities will improve visitor enjoyment on busy peak season weekends.

 

 

(February 2011)

>> New hedge planted on the farm and more hedgelaying completed. We have just finished on planting a new 100m conservation hedge at Stubcroft. It is a mixture of native hedge species designed to provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and insects as well as shelter for lambs during April and campers during the summer holiday season. Some of the existing hedges planted 20 years ago have also been “laid” in traditional manner with the help of the local Chichester Conservation volunteers. This hedgelaying helps thicken & renew the base of the hedge, making it both stockproof and a better environment for birds and wildlife.

 

 

(January 2011)

>> Work has commenced renewing the old washing up sinks on the campsite which are being replaced with new units which it is hoped will improve facilities for campers on the site for the forthcoming season.

 

(December 2010)

>> Hard winter makes extra work on the farm - This years unusual winter conditions & snow have led to a lot of extra work on the farm feeding the sheep andkeeping the bee colonies alive. Delays by Chichester District Council in approving applications for a new lambing shed / solar shower block are exacerbating the problems caused by the harsh weather.

 

 

(December 2010)

>> Refurbishment of the "Poppy" room completed for the Farmhouse B&B.

One of the main family rooms has been redecorated for the new season. Prior to this, the walls were replastered and new Victorian-style coving was put in to maintain the authentic Victorian / Edwardian style of the farmhouse. The period Victorian fireplace has been fully restored and the washbasin area has been retiled and rejuvenated. It is hoped the new beds, linen and furniture will also help make a stay at Stubcroft more enjoyable and comfortable.

See the gallery for new pictures!

(November 2010)

>> Stubcroft B&B awarded prestigious 3 Star Siler rating and Breakfast award for another year, confirming their position as one of the leading accommodation providers in the Chichester & Witterings area.

The awards are from Visit Britain, the UK's official tourist rating organisation who are responsible for assessing all accommodation providers in the UK. Hotel inspectors visit establishments “undercover” to assess a wide range of quality areas such as cleanliness, quality of beds & bedding, ambience, decor, facilities and food. After spending a night at the establishment, they reveal themselves to the proprietors with a report and assessment from their visit.

 

(October 2010)

>> Stubcroft Farm has been voted joint 'Most recommended campsite' by the customers of Vanilla Splits. If you haven't already, have a look at their website. Vanilla Splits hire out a suberb collection of restored classic VW Campervans. Click here to go to their website.

 

(August 2010)

>> Vintage tractor day and other collections raise £200 for Sightsavers charity. We thank everyone who donated for helping us achieve this.

 

(August 2010)

>>STUBCROFT CHARITY VINTAGE TRACTORS & STATIONARY ENGINE RALLY AT EAST WITTERING THIS WEEKEND

Stubcroft House Farm will be hosting their first Vintage Tractor & Stationary engine rally this coming weekend 7th – 8th August. There will be vintage tractors, vintage farm machinery, model steam engines & a range of stationary engines on display & running.

Admission is free & donations will be collected for both local & national charities.

Sightsavers

For further details contact 01243 671469

Entrance via Tile Barn Lane off Bracklesham Lane (B2198) & follow signs.

Pedestrian access only via Church Farm Lane (past Hilton Business Park)


(April 2010)
>>Why not leap into spring with our special "Lambing Time" midweek & weekend
B&B breaks.

With spring in the air why not come to the lovely Sussex Coast & help feed
the spring lambs at Stubcroft Farm. Our midweek & weekend April "Lambing
Time" breaks include our award winning "Farmhouse" breakfasts and a chance
to help bottle feed some of the lambs. If you are feeling adventurous you can even "muck in" and help with the lambing. Stubcroft Farm is situated within walking distance of some of the South's loveliest beaches & close to the Harbour & South Downs National Park. During April we are offering a three night midweek stay including breakfast for £190 for two people (normally £225), a 2 night weekend break for two people (Fri & Sat) for £150
(normally £170) & a 3 night weekend break (Fri/Sat/Sun) for £225 (normally
£255)

 


(March 2010)
>>Lambing season is well and truly underway here at Stubcroft. More news to follow soon.

(January 2010)
>> Stubcroft Farm has recently been one of the first recipients of the Visit Britain / English Tourist Boards prestigious new “Breakfast” Awards for their famous “Farmhouse Breakfast”. The award recognises those hotels and B&Bs that offer their guests a quality and choice of breakfast, service and hospitality that exceeds what would be expected at their star rating. Only 7% of B&B's in the UK have received this award which puts Stubcroft Farm amongst some of the best B&B's in the country.

 

(December 2009)
>>Work has started on replacing the old Ecoloos with a new “Mark 2” version. The new ecoloos are designed to be easily moved using tractors and incorporate some new design features from Scandinavia. These features include new “urine diverting” toilet seats, insect screens to eliminate summer flies, washbasins and a ventilating soil pipe to reduce any residual odours. The Ecoloos have been constructed from renewable materials such as timber and will incorporate solar powered lighting.

Stubcroft Farm took the initiative over 15 years ago introducing the first Ecoloos & hope that the new “Mark 2 “ versions will encourage even more people to try this environmentally friendly toilet system. Whilst the original Ecoloos proved popular with the majority of campers & have saved many hundreds of thousands of gallons of water some campers refused to try them. The new Ecoloos incorporate lessons learned from the original Ecoloos & it is hoped that these improvements will make camping at Stubcroft a more pleasant & environmentally friendly experience.


 

 

(August 2009)
>>The long awaited honey harvest is underway at Stubcroft & 2009 proves to be a bumper year. Additional hives are under construction to house new nucleus colonies reared earlier this year.

(29th June 2009)
>> A new henhouse has finally been finished to accommodate our new batch of hens. Due to strong demand for our free range eggs we have substantially increased our flock of Black Rhode hens and the new henhouse now accommodates the expanded flock. It has been made entirely of driftwood collected from the beach over the past years or from wood left over from other projects. The new hens are already laying, in time for the main B&B and camping season. See the work in progress at the Farm & Environment section.



(24th June 2009)
>> Over the past few months we have been busy making new beehives for our apiary. This year has started early with several swarms being caught & new colonies being established. The bees are now successfully installed in their new hives which have all been made from scratch from surplus wood left over from other jobs. Construction has been slow due to the District Council refusing permission for a much needed workshop and having to work mainly outdoors without proper facilities but we persevere. See more in the Farm & Environment section.







(15th June 2009)
>> Shearing has now commenced, and the ewes are looking very relieved in the hot weather after being shorn of their winter coats. Our fine fleece wools will be sold via the British Wool Marketing Board to be made into a wide range of modern, warm & environmentally friendly clothing.

 

Shearing a Ewe
(3rd June 2009)
>> Our 3 star Silver award rating was confirmed for another year in our recent Visit Britain inspection. All categories received a very good or excellent rating by the Inspector who stated that we provided “high quality, comfortable accommodation”.
Silver Award

(23rd April 2009)
>> We have just finished refurbishing the dining room for the new season. In keeping with our environmentally friendly ethos we have installed a refurbished Jetmaster log burning fire. It still has a real 'open fire' atmosphere but is much more energy efficient, convecting more heat into the room instead of being lost up the chimney.


(4th April 2009)
>> Lambing is almost finished now at Stubcroft, and as spring is underway and warming up a little, we'll be turning the sheep out into the fields soon.


(21st February 2009)
>> We have just completed laying hedges and planting trees in along the fenceline between the lane and the campsite. We are very grateful to the help from the Chichester Conservation Voluteers in January and February.

Hedgelaying
(12th July 2008)
>> New bike hire service available. Why not hire one of our new mountain bikes & explore the beautiful coast & harbour side? Both adult & childrens bikes are available by the day, weekend or week and come complete with helmet, locks & lights.

(4th June 2008)
>> Stubcroft Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast has been awarded a prestigious Quality in Tourism Silver Award for Excellence in addition to its 3 star rating by the national tourist board “Visit Britain”.
Silver Award