Alpacas & Water Meadows

There are 15 acres of beautiful parkland and water meadows to roam through with a riverside walk through this conservation area, and site of natural beauty. The Water Meadows are a Site of Special Scientific interest. They are home to rare plants, and a rich insect life. Meet Tom, Dick and Harry, our charming alpacas.

The Pond

The pond is a beautiful home to a nest of coots, pair of swans, water lillies and an island of weeping willow.

The Alpacas

Visit Tom, Dick and Harry our three Alpacas. We have introduced these charming animals primarily for the children to visit but also because we are very fond of them. Alpacas originate from the Andes in South America, and are very hardy, able to withstand our coldest winters because their woollen coats are so warm. They are very observant. This is because their natural predators in the wild are wolves. They are particularly allergic to foxes and suspicious of dogs, so some farmers run them with their lambs to protect them. They are expensive to buy-champion animals can fetch £50,000 or even more! They only have one baby, called a cria, a year so it takes time to build up a large heard. They have lovely personalities and are quite safe with children because they don’t kick or bite.If they get really annoyed they might stamp their foot but that is all!

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An Eighteenth Century Garden

An Eighteenth Century Garden

The Walled Kitchen Garden

The Walled Kitchen Garden

The Long Border

The Long Border

The Dragon & Mercury Border

The Dragon & Mercury Border

Woodland Grotto

Woodland Grotto

The River Test

The River Test

Alpacas & Water Meadows

Alpacas & Water Meadows

The Peacock Garden

The Peacock Garden

The Orchid House

The Orchid House