Farsyde Farm Cottages

Tour de Yorkshire passes through Robin Hood's Bay May 1st. Cottages available over the weekend and you will be able to watch them climb the Cote de Robin Hood's Bay.

The Farm

Farsyde is a family-run farm, established in 1972 and comprising 70 acres of grassland with low grass cliffs sloping down to the beach. The paths around Farsyde include the all-weather path to the beach and village, just a few minutes’ walk from the cottages, and include the Cleveland Way, which also runs along the cliff top south to Boggle Hole where there is a favourite swimming area when the tide is receding. The views from the farm cliffs have attracted the attention of many artists and photographers over the years.

Animals roaming the farm include horses, donkeys and small herd of Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle, an attractive beef breed which has made a big impression in its relatively short history.  The dressage horses, which can be seen from time to time being schooled in the outdoor arena, have been bred on the farm, as have most of the riding horses and ponies.  They range in height from 12 to 17 hands.

The ducks and hens strut about watching for garden goodies and the odd crust. There also is an abundance of wildlife, including numerous hares. A few deer cross the farm and there are foxes and badgers, too.  Swallows swoop to nest in the buildings and pigeons vie for any small corner in witch to nest.  At present an almost tame black pheasant comes to eat the hen corn.

The many birds at the bird stations include long-tailed tits, goldfinches and the occasional woodpecker. Owls can be heard at night and the sound of curlews, lapwings and sea birds adds to the enjoyment.

A colony of bats can be seen flying around the cottages and buildings as darkness approaches. Children will hear their radar squeaking in the night air: mini Dracula’s, as befits the area. In spring the fields are carpets of daisies and buttercups as well as wild orchids and pretty harebells (the farm has been free from artificial fertilisers and pesticides since we arrived in 1972).