Uppergate Farm Blog

Summer 2020

We hope to re-open on July 4th for holiday stays. We have thoroughly revised our already rigorous cleaning, disinfecting and changeover standards and procedures for the cottage, yurts, pool and play areas. We will have a minimum of 30 hours between guest departure and arrival; the pool will be run on a one cottage at a time basis, similarly with the play areas and animal feeding. Hot-tubs will be disinfected and the water changed between stays.

Hopefully many local attractions, pubs and restaurants will continue to open up in a safe way as the summer progresses.

Bookings placed after 1st August 2020 will have cancellation protection cover under 'Mastercancel' so if you have to cancel for whatever reason between 60 days and 2 days of your stay you will be covered and refunded. We have been in contact with guests who have already booked and thank them very much for their support.

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Picture of Alison and the pigs enjoying freedom and sunshine!

Exciting news

In the Autumn we will have another top quality glamping experience on offer. A Shepherd's Hut - similar to the one pictured but in our woodland, with decking, log stove, bbq and hot-tub will be ready to book. Watch this space!

Spring 2020 at Uppergate Farm

These are very difficult, indeed unprecedented times and as with all similar businesses we are closed until the restrictions begin to lift. We are so sorry not to be able to welcome our Easter and Spring guests and visitors. Even the village pub had just re-opened! The only good news is that the vast majority of those who were (or are) due to stay in this close down period have re-booked for later this year or into 2021.

We are taking the opportunity to do all the jobs that are nearly impossible as we are usually so busy - revamping the gardens, upgrading and replenishing the pool, scrubbing the decks, improving the farm and woodland and much more.

Whatever our worries it's still springtime on the farm - Otis and Orville our new lambs, Winnie and Gertie the calves, 30 new lay hens

And the latest arrivals - 3 little pigs - all boys (boars). However they need names as usually the children who are staying with us at this time of year have a vote and chose the names. This time we'll do it on line - let us know on facebook or email us on [email protected] We'll announce the new names in a few days time


Seasons Greetings and Happy 2020!

We hope you have all had a very merry Christmas and a good start to the New Year. We had a fantastic time here in Hepworth, the holiday cottages and farm looked very festive in their Christmas trimming and we had lots of lovely families joining us over the last few weeks.


Christmas tree at Uppergate Farm . Butchers Arms Hepworth


Our local pub The Butchers Arms re-opened just in time for Christmas and New Year and will continue to stay open during their renovations, although not yet serving food (check here for updates and other places to eat in the area).

We celebrated the close of 2019 in the front of the pub with a round of Auld Lang Syne and a few fireworks, followed by our annual New Years Day walk- nothing like a march up on down the hills to blow out the cobwebs and start the new year the right way!!


New years day walkers in Hepworth . Quarry


We have big plans for 2020- developing our woodland areas, making them more accessible to our guests as well as offering bespoke woodland activities for all ages which might include woodland bathing and meditation, bushcraft, outdoor banquets among other things as well as doubling down on our efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible. If this sounds like your sort of thing then get in touch either by email or facebook.



November 2019- Grove Farm Cottage is now a pet friendly cottage!

Cooper

Grove Farm Cottage is back!! and is now a dog/ pet friendly cottage, available to book from the 1st March 2020. We can now take one well behaved dog in this Grove Farm Cottage only click here for more information.



Autumn 2019


New arrivals –
Donald now has 4 new Indian Runner ducks to play with – 2 ferns and 2 trouts.

Donald and indian runner ducks

Mabel also has company and has been joined by ‘Shelia Chamois’ and ‘Freda Frizzle ‘– also types of Polish bantam.

Bantam hens sheila and freda

We now have an Instagram page with more pictures of the farm and developments.

Look out in Spring 2020 for our new schedule of woodland walks, foraging excursions and Tepee ‘feasts'.

Pubs to walk to – the Red Lion In and White Horse Inn are both a 10 -12 minute walk away. (See map)

In the run into Christmas and the New Year you can keep abreast of village events by clicking on www.hepworthvillagehall.org.uk. And nearby Holmfirth happenings on www.holmfirthevents.co.uk

As always we are fully geared up for babies and pre - school kids – the pool is heated to 32C, the cottages all have adjustable heating and everything necessary for small children.



Summer 2019 at Uppergate Farm

Summer is in full swing at Uppergate Farm, we have already had some amazing days as well as some dramatic weather, and are looking forward to welcoming more families on their summer holidays over the next month.

Our pigs are growing bigger by the day and are exploring more and more of their woodland. Billy and Rosie the cows have some extra company over the next few weeks as our neighbouring farmer has brought his young herd down to enjoy our fields.

Pigs . Cows summer






More spring animal activity at Uppergate Farm

Rosie and Bill the cows are now enjoying lush green grass.

Chloe, Annie and Angie our Duroc piglets are having a few days 'bedding in' in the barn before being let loose in our woodland.

Millie and Molly the lambs continue to grow as they get to grips with the great outdoors!



New arrivals this Easter at Uppergate Farm

Give a big welcome to Molly and Milly our newest arrivals on the farm. They will need bottle feeding for the next month or so until they are big enough to go out in the field, even in this lovely weather we have been having they are still a bit too small and need to come in at night.


2019 at Uppergate Farm

The New Year is now here and all the cottages, the farmhouse apartment and Yurts are heated and ready for whatever weather the winter throws at us.

We have had some great publicity recently:

  • No 1 for cottages with pools in 2019 (Guardian and Observer)
  • An outstanding score of 9.7 from guest reviews (Booking.com)
  • Britain's 'top glamping' sites for 2018 (The Times and the Yorkshire Post)
  • Certificate of Excellence Awards for 5 years running (Trip Advisor)
  • Top 10 farm holiday and places to stay (Sunday Times and the Guardian)
  • 4 star and 5 star gold awards for all the properties ( Visit England - national tourist board)
  • Superhosts (Air BnB)
  • Outstanding guest reviews (Sykes Cottages, Premier Cottages and Canopy and Stars)




Time for relaxing at Uppergate Farm

Christmas is here at Uppergate Farm! All the animals are tucked away in their winter lodgings and we are finding some time to relax.

Fortunately for us, along with our own pool, steam room and sauna to warm the bones, we have not one but two holistic therapy and beauty salons here in Hepworth.

Just around the corner is Blue Buddha Therapy offering Reiki healing, Thai Foot Massage and Indian Head Massage among other holistic therapy techniques and a couple of minutes further down the road Country House Beauty offers a variety of beauty treatments and beauty therapy massage. Lucky us!



Butchers Arms update

The nearest pub to us - the Butchers Arms remains closed until new tenants are found, however don't despair as we have lots of other eating, drinking and refreshment options within a 20 minute walk - see this map.


Uppergate Farm Animal Feeding

Earlier this year one of our lovely holiday guests took this short clip of kids who were staying on the farm.