Friendly, furry, funny ...and sometimes a bit cheeky!
Meet the ever growing Strawfields Menagarie!
We have an ever growing Strawfields family that you are welcome to come and meet; if you would like, do come and help us feed them too. At present we have 2 Shetland ponies, 2 Kune Kune pigs, 2 Pygmy goats (we could almost be Devon's very own version of Noah's Ark!), 6 Call ducks, 3 farm cats, 6 free range chickens, 8 Jacob sheep, one dog and very soon our newest addition coming January 2020... 4 beautiful Alpacas!
We are very excited to welcome or new small herd of Alpacas to Strawfields. We have had great fun this winter training them and are very much looking forward to being able to offer you your very own Alpaca encounter. Book your Alpaca encounter experience with your holiday and we will spend an hour with them, feeding, petting. learning how to handle them and put the halters on, then we will get to walk them in the fields and even take them around our Alpaca agility course! Please note: Only available to guests staying at Strawfields.
Meet three of our new Aplacas, Mum Clio with her baby cira at foot and our stunning Suri alpaca.
Aadette and Elsie off on another adventure.
One of our training days getting to know the Alpacas. So gentle and calm to be around.
Have you ever made a pig smile? Elsie, our very own animal whisperer has, you can literally hear them laugh out loud together. They are often to be found following her around the field, usually in hope of some food, but if not, a good back scratch and tummy tickle will do. On a hot day you can watch them slide into the muddy wallow to cool off and roll around to apply their sun cream (wet mud!). Come meet Maggie and Billy, see if you can make them laugh and see for your self how much they like their tummies tickled!
Inca loves everyone! Our very special, truly loved, slightly needy, but totally adorable Inca is here waiting to play with you. Best friends with all the animals and often to be found kissing the noses of the sheep and pigs or cuddling up on the sofa with Azzie, our cat. Ever so slightly obsessed with playing ball, so if you like throwing balls for hours on end...please come and stay soon!
If you love ponies our little Shetlands, Luna and Nellie, will be waiting at the gate to greet you. Rosie is our chief stable girl and if you would like, will help you groom them, or even more fun come help her clear their poop! Nellie is just one big teddy bear who loves a groom and cuddles, whilst her younger sister Luna is a lovable character and keeps us endlessly entertained playing with the goats in the field, they love a game of tag and she is more than happy to join in their mischievous plotting!
Well, what can I say about Buckbeak and Maebelle, we love them dearly, but they are a little bit naughty. We are sure that they spend their entire day scheming of the next plan of escape and what naughtiness they can get up to. Dreaming of how many of our vines or herbs can they eat before being caught, in fact I am convinced that is all they think about! However, they do keep us endlessly entertained and we are feeling it is time Maebelle had her first kid, so time to try some goat Tinder and see if we can find her a Billy!
If you have ever met Biba, she is one who jumps on the slide when all the guests have gone, loves a tickle behind the ear and is one character you won't forget! Possibly the friendliest of our sheep, although they all like to say 'hello' and will happily follow you around the fields. New for 2020, sheep walking (we hope if all goes to plan!)
Maya, Azzie and Monty
Maya's little sister is Azzie, and last summer Maya had a little kitten called Monty. They are supposed to be self sufficient farm cats, but they do love to spend time hanging out with us at the farmhouse and are often to be seen coming on walks around the fields when we are out with the other animals.
We also have wonderful wildlife in and around the farm. You will see lots of House Martins in spring and summer, building mud nests and their little chicks can be found chirping, waiting fairly impatiently for their next feed. Wild ducks fly in and stay a while on the pond, Barn Owls often spotted at dusk, and a Heron flies in during the quieter months. Water voles, a very special and endangered species have been seen, as have many beautiful dragonflies, butterflies and watch out for the miniature frogs as you cross the stream.
Come and meet the animals and choose which is your favourite.