Graston Farm is set within the scenic tranquillity of the Bride Valley, less than one mile inland from the beaches and cliffs of the Jurrassic Coast World Heritage Site.
We've owned the farm for the last 30 or so years, supporting cattle and growing wheat and maize for their winter feed. Before that Andrew was farming further north, in Staffordshire, where his family have been working the land for generations. Chrissie had a long career in the NHS as a nurse and midwife, manager and executive.
For the last few years we have been slowly increasing the amount of tourism on the farm, balancing the needs and wishes of our guests with those of the land we live on and care for. We started with one self catering cottage - Barn Cottage. (Barn Cottage has had a thorough refurbishment this Spring). Then we converted the paddock so that Chrissie can welcome campers campers and caravans (C&C approved) to enjoy the farm too. Chrissie has also recently started looking after guests into our own house in three bed and breakfast rooms. And in the late summer of 2015, the next stage of our growth took place, as we opened four more self catering cottages in a converted stone barn that has stood on this farm for several hundred years.
Wherever you stay on Graston Farm, we are here to make you feel totally welcome, and to answer any questions you might have. Most of the fields are there for you to explore, along with the stream, which is great for playing pooh-sticks or building dens alongside. And you and your children are welcome to join Andrew in tending to the calves at certain times of year, feeding them milk or helping with their feeding.
Beyond Graston lie a wealth of opportunities, many just a gentle stroll away. Our farm is criss-crossed by a network of ancient byways and footpaths, which will take you towards Bridport, Burton Bradstock or Shipton Gorge. The footpath across the farm to the north offers breathtaking views across Lyme Bay to the Devon coast in the west and Portland in the east. And at night the lights along the coastline can be seen as far as Start Point in South Devon.