Grabbishaw Farm, like our other farms, is managed by skilled and experienced farm manager, Rob Stoner. Rob lives with his wife, Jenny and two children close by at Stoneylands, near Newton Tracey, Barnstaple. The farm is in the Taw Valley with views back to the village of Newton Tracey and over to the east to the distant tops of Exmoor. On a quiet day you can hear the trains rattling along the scenic Tarka Line from Barnstaple to Exeter in the valley below.
There are arable and grass fields, meadows not ploughed for decades and traditional native woodland crossed by what we believe may be a traditional drovers road. The farm is rich in wildlife with frequent sightings of hares, partridges, larks, buzzards and, in winter, numbers of woodcock.
The Auvray family has owned Grabbishaw Farm for some twelve years. It was part of the larger Kennacott Farm for a number of generations previously. The old farmhouse at Grabbishaw is in ruins with its thatched roof and cob walls brought down by the weather during the early part of the twentieth century. The farm has been Soil Association certified organic for some ten years, after completing its two year conversion.
We use the farm today for our organic Gloucester Old Spot pigs, who have their special paddocks and arks to live in, and for grazing our organic Red Ruby Devon cattle, our organic sheep and lambs. It is some three miles from our “home” farm…Stone Farm.