Trevigue farm is a cliff top farm on the North Cornish coast between the pretty fishing harbour of Boscastle and the sleepy seaside village of Crackington Haven.
The Farm Location
The 200-acre National Trust farm starts just above Crackington Haven and runs in a narrow strip nearly to Beeny. The farmland is very steep with the highest cliff in Cornwall on one side, rolling down to steep valleys and ancient woodland on the inland side. Strangles beach is situated below Trevigue farm and is accessed via a winding footpath very close to the farmhouse where the family live. Strangles beach was possibly named by the early Cornish smugglers who, when they saw it from the sea said that it looked like ‘strange-hills’ and over time the locals changed this to “strangles”.
Henry farms in an extremely environmentally sensitive way, farming with nature not against it. Due to the coastal location of Trevigue farm, the only crop grown in the fields is lush grass for the cows to eat and to be cut and made into winter fodder (silage, haylage and hay).
The Farm Itself
Farming Trevigue is a real labour of love and hopefully that is demonstrated in the quality of the cattle and beautiful unspoilt surroundings which are the jewel in the crown of this very special farmstay accommodation. The bright sunny days on the cliffs in the spring and summer, gazing out to sea on a clear day looking at Lundy island, make it an amazing place to live and farm. The Crockers believe themselves to be custodians of the land and do their best to look after it for the generations to come.
The Crockers are immensely proud of their beautiful herd of Pedigree North Devon Cattle (Ruby Reds). Each cow has a calf once a year, the female calves stay in the herd for their entire lifetime and the male calves are sold at the local market three miles away at 12-14 months of age. The North Devons are traditional to this area and are very hardy to withstand the wind coming off the atlantic which can be very forceful, especially during the winter. The pedigree herd is a grass fed only herd. (Grass grown naturally in the fields above the sea.) They spend their entire lives out in the fields enjoying the fresh beautiful Cornish air.