If you come to Barnfires Farmhouse Retreat expect to encounter many animals
This is a working farm and a delight for those who enjoy engaging with an old-fashioned farmyard. Animals are the reason why the Newby family organised itself in this animal-ridden environment, and it’s the animals that set the tone for a Barnfires experience.
We’ve got horses, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats. And that’s not counting the wild ones; the water monitor who lives down at the river, ground squirrels and various species of mongooses and plovers along with raptors and waterbirds. They define our existence.
Mila Newby is the driving force behind all equestrian activities. She has been riding for a long time, has overseas experience in equine care and is as happy taking beginners on a bridle-led walk as she is accompanying an advanced rider on an outride. She is Level Three qualified in First Aid
book an outride or a beginner’s ride with mila!
be careful when around animals
Our animals will not bite, kick or harm you on purpose or without reason. They are not inherently dangerous.
However, please remember that they might respond to strangers suddenly interacting with them, and there is always the possibility of someone getting hurt. So we ask you to approach them with caution and refrain fom engaging with them at close quarters unless a Barnfires staff member is supervising the interaction. This applies particularly to children.
On no account can any of the animals, including the horses, be sat upon or ridden unless a ride is fomally booked and supervised under controlled conditions.