Richard and Helen are the third generation of the family to live and work at Sunrise, and they are keen to share this beautiful landscape with guests and their families. Helen says ‘Having worked in the City, I know how special it is to take a lungful of fresh air, wonder through the fields and gaze long into the evening at the shooting stars overhead. It’s a pure joy to welcome our visitors to this little slice of Eden’.
The farm’s Barley and Daffodil fields gently slope down to the wooded valley, where the winding stream feeds two ponds and then flows back to the river. Water voles, wild moorhen, herons and barn owls are frequent visitors, along with Monk Jack and Roe deer. Magnolia trees, Camellias, Acers and Rhododendrons surround the sheltered ponds making this an idyllic spot to sit a while and reflect in a peaceful spot, basking in the warm sunshine with your picnic.
Helen and Richard are passionate about wildlife and set about improving the wooded valley to encourage more plants, insects, birds and animals to make it their home. In 2016, most of the dead willow trees were pulled out by hand, 150 young OAK, Wild Cheery, Beech, Chestnut, Alder, Elderfower, Crab apple, Dog Rose, Black Hawthorne and Holly trees were planted. Two ponds were dug to encourage dragon flies, frogs, newts and toads, as well as freshwater shrimps and fry, and small mammals.