Longthorns Journey see how we went from
This to This
Longthorns Farm was a new unexpected start for us, the farm had been empty for over 2 years, it is part of Drax Estate and had been occupied by different tenants over the years, although the house had had an update, the rest of the farm, was in a sorry state and didn't have a building that didn't leak.
We moved into the farmhouse for Christmas 2007, Mark had spent the previous months down on the farm fencing the main camping to get the site ready for opening.
We set about improving the site, starting with a portable toilet unit 2 toilets and 1 shower and Thunderbox compost toilets. We set up a small Honesty Shop and washing up sink, and opened for camping in Easter 2008.
Our FaceBook journey started in 2009, so lots of photos were posted as Longthorns grew, behind the scenes we were clearing, and renewing, planning a future
Mark & Sally
Longthorns farm Entrance
New front drive fencing
New fencing and safe pull-in off the road.
Before The main camping Field
The start of the main camping field being re-fenced and over hanging tree branches trimmed
After Main Camping Field _edited
1st portable toilets
1st Toilets 2 toilets One shower
Thunderbox Compost Toilets
1st Thunderbox compost toilets
Our Rubbish collecter_edited
Hippo Buggy & Easter Egg Huntt
Rubbish collection upgraded to an Electric Buggy & 1st of many Easter Egg Hunts🐣
View into the old farmyard
There wasn't one roof that didn't leak!
Over lines and old barn
View looking up to what is now the reception and The Parlour. All overhead telegraph poles have been removed and all the electric supply is now underground.
Old farm Yard
The old farm yard, this old building was demolished and all the bricks were reclaimed to make the wall around The Parlour Patio.
Back of the Parlour
Back of the Parlour
Chao's in the Lamb field
Shetland sheep in the paddock
We cleared up years of old farming bits left behind.
View of the Alpaca field
View of the Alpaca field, barbed wire everywhere
Rebuidling Collaped Hay barn _edited
Collaped barn _edited
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
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