Coal Yeat Farm is the spiritual home of my Saddleback herd. Purchased in 1988 as a totally derelict farm and buildings, set in 25 acres of hill pasture, all pedigree flocks and herds have adopted the Coal Yeat prefix.
This has been used for my pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd slaughtered in the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak and for my flock of Lleyn pedigree sheep. The British Saddlebacks continue to do the Coal Yeat herd name proud in the county show rings around the country.
The farm buildings have now all been totally renovated to 21st centurystandards providing four residential cottages and two holiday cottages on the edge of the Lake District National Park www.coalyeatcottages.co.uk.
These Lakeland holiday cottages have recently been fully refurbished and now offer hand built kitchens with granite worktops, every conceivable modern facility including Sky TV and broadband access, while cosily accommodating up to 6 people. This is great activity countryside and pets are welcome – but sorry no pet pigs as we have no facilities to house them and I don’t want to be on a 3 week standstill!
The views from Coal Yeat, uninterrupted 14 miles over the Crake Valley up to Coniston Old Man, are I believe unparalleled. Coal Yeat is a peaceful place, no road noise just the sounds of pigs, sheep, birds, cows and insects – a real rural retreat. Yet the nearest pub is only 2 miles away, shops 4 miles and the market town of Ulverston 5 miles. Coniston Water, a lovely clean, almost boat free lake 6 miles away. Central heating gives snug warmth in winter and the thick stone walls keep it cool in summer.
Emma my daughter who runs the Lakeland holiday cottage side of things lives in the farm house adjacent to the holiday cottages, so is usually on hand to immediately sort out any tiny problems which may arise and ensure the holiday cottages are immaculately clean.
Then there are the British Saddleback pigs which spend spring ,summer and autumn entertaining all our guests in their acre of paddocks. Usually I put dry sows up there to be served then they can stay put for nearly 4 months.
The Lakeland holiday cottages at Coal Yeat Farm are available weekly, or out of season for weekend or midweek breaks, either by booking on line or by calling Emma on 07337731552. You can even order Saddleback bacon ,sausage, ham or pork for your self catering stay to accompany eggs from Coal Yeat free range hens.
The Saddleback pigs love Coal Yeat so will you, it’s the perfect place to relax and count the stars.