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Baylham: Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

Baylham Rare Breeds

Baylham House Farm is set in acres of Suffolk farmland, owned by the Storer family since 1985. They are passionate about breeding traditional varieties of farm animals, to protect them against the detrimental effect of commercial pressures on the industry.

It had been recommended by some Woodfarm House guests so we decided to go and check it out. It’s only about ten minutes away from our Holiday Cottages, between Needham Market & Stowmarket. On the day we went, it was tipping down with rain just as we arrived so we nabbed the last table in the tea room and enjoyed some lovely home-made quiche and salad. 

Once the skies had cleared, we ventured out and were really impressed. It’s very well laid-out and maintained, the animals have a natural, stress-free habitat and great living conditions, which is so evident just wandering round the place.

They are keen to point out that the public are invited to come and visit a working livestock farm, not a commercial tourist attraction, but they have set it out really well. There is lots of information to educate us on the animals and the natural environment, without it feeling like you are being patronised.

There’s an outside eating area with a great sign on the fence as you look in at everyone enjoying their lunch…!

It’s a family-run, family-orientated farm, with a great little tea-shop at the entrance, but you don’t need to take children with you to fit in! It’s a fantastic day out, with opportunities to meet the livestock, feed the goats and let the children loose in the play area whilst you settle into the calm surroundings with a piece of homemade cake or a cream tea.