Activities & Facilities
Whether you enjoy nature rambles and picnics, birdwatching, relaxing in beautiful settings, cooking or just soaking up the atmosphere you will find something to enjoy without even having to leave the farm. There are plenty of activities too from the sedate pastime of croquet, bird watching or using the outdoor chess board through to an exhilarating ride on your bike, running through the avenue lined woodland to a game of table tennis in the games room.
There are some amazing spots on the stunning 70 acres of woodland and meadows. We provide hampers in every cottage equipped with cutlery, plates and glasses and outdoor blankets for you to be able to have the perfect picnic.
Heath Farm offers a wealth of natural interest in all seasons. All the conservation work that has been done since the late 70’s certainly seems to suit the wildlife as we regularly see around 50 bird species, and have even had nightingales. It provides habitats for species that we never saw in the past, such as buzzards and red kites which are now commonplace. The woodlands and wildflower meadows are host to rabbits, hares, badgers, squirrels, roe deer and muntjac. In summer, wild cherry plums grow in abundance and in autumn, nut bushes galore provide rich pickings for wildlife and visitors alike. We have bird books and lists in the cottages for guests to try and spot any new species. Tree identifier signs are dotted around the farm. See if you can find them all!
Please make the most of your holiday at Heath Farm by exploring all that we have here and enjoy finding and watching everything that nature has to offer. Do tell us if you see anything exciting or unusual and whether there is anything you think we should do to improve your enjoyment of our piece of rural Oxfordshire.
Beyond the garden and orchard you’ll find the games Lawn. A terraced area with stunning views is the setting for you to relax or play to your hearts content. There’s a games shed packed full of equipment for you to enjoy. Activities include, Croquet, Boules, Skittles, Badminton, Volleyball , Swingball and Giant Jenga . There’s also a 14ft trampoline, swings & slide.
Indoor Games Room
Situated just past reception opposite Walnut & Chestnut entrances is our games room. Equipped with table tennis table, pool table, darts board, exercise bike, yoga & exercise mats, video projector, sound system and computer. WiFi and plug in point available. Enjoy ample lounge seating or gather around the table for board and card games. There’s a wide selection of toys, games, DVD’s and books provided. There’s even an easel for artists to paint. We also have a library of books with a wealth of information on nature and a selection of maps, walking and cycle routes.
Inventory of equipment.
Walks and Runs
Heath Farm has 70 acres of stunning woodland & meadows split into various different tree sections including apple, cherry & nut orchards all with mown avenues to explore. The cottages are situated at the heart of the farm with extensive areas to explore in all directions. If you’re in the woodland you’re on our land! Maps of the trails & walks available in your cottage. We also have an extensive library of local walks and routes in the neighboring countryside available in the games room. Full details of walks and runs are available HERE
Kite Flying and Model Aircraft strip
Below the Orchard and Games Lawn and nestled in the middle of a wildflower meadow you’ll discover the kite flying and model aircraft strip. Used often by the boys of the family it has even been used before for launching hot air balloons! We’ve provided a number of kites which are located in the games shed by the Games Lawn.
Feel free to bring your own equipment, safe storage will be provided. Please note only electric powered flight is allowed to minimise noise.
Enjoy playing chess soaking up the atmosphere in the top corner of the courtyard on our custom made large chess board which was part of the integral design of the courtyard. For those wishing less of a challenge there is also a drafts set.
Cycling & Bike Shed
For cyclists wishing to bring their bikes we have a secure bike shed available to use. As part of the‘Cyclists Welcome’ scheme, Heath Farm offers secure undercover storage for bikes and access to basic tools for repairs. We have facilities for washing and cleaning bikes, clothing and boots/shoes, Indoor space for drying outdoor clothes and boots/shoes and Information on local bike hire and shops. Please see Green Tourism pages for further info.
Heath Farm welcomes all cyclists – from those who would just like a gentle ride around our fields and woods to the more adventurous planning to link on to long distance cycle routes or tour the Cotswolds (do check our Out and About or Green Tourism sections). Children are very safe and welcome to ride around our grounds .The top half of the farm is relatively flat and there’s a multitude of avenues in amongst the 70 acres of woodland to discover.
Drying room & guest freezer area
Next to the Games Room is our drying room area for cyclists and walkers to be able to leave wet & muddy boots and clothing. We have our own selection of wellies, overalls and umbrellas you can use. You’ll also find life jackets for use if you wish to use the boat (compulsory for children). Ample space is provided to hang wet kit out to dry. The guest overflow freezer, BBQ’s & BBQ equipment are also located here.
We have a small lake at the foot of the hill below the cottages. It has recently been dredged and re-built. The lake is spring water fed and is great for wild water swimming, boating and fishing. There are 2 sets of steps, one on the jetty (plus diving platform) and also a set on the other side of the pond where there’s a shallow area which has a gravel bottom to make it easier to get into and out of the pond. It has also been stocked with Rainbow Trout which you are welcome to catch and cook in your cottage or on the BBQ! We allow up to 2 fish to be caught and kept per set of guests. We do ask that you inform us if you have caught any so that we can keep the pond stocked ready for the next guest. Use of the boat and pond by children is only allowed with adult supervision. All children must wear a life jacket when using the boat.
For those staying with us that need to work we have a number of extras we can provide (£15 fee) to make working in the cottages that much easier. We have a large monitor, lumbar and seat supports for any chair, laptop stand & flip charts available.