Moonrise Lodges is home to two beautiful wooden lodges set within our 250-acre working dairy farm in the Shropshire Hills. Have you ever wondered what it must be like to milk over 200 cows before even sitting down for breakfast?  Join us on a specialist tour of Weston House Farm and discover the inner workings of dairy farming during your upcoming stay at Moonrise Lodges…

The Farm

We (Caroline and Jon), alongside our two young girls, manage all 250 acres of family farmland. The Brook family have lived and worked on this spectacular farm for three generations. The farm is home to over 400 cows, Stan and Zara, the sheep, Billy and Saffron, the goats, and a friendly flock of pet chickens. Most mornings, we wake up to the sound of roosters announcing the sunrise before the pigs and goats join in the chorus and demand their breakfast!

The idyllic Beeches Lake is just a stone’s throw away from our fantastic working dairy farm and lodges. Children love to play in the trees and splash in the free-flowing stream before retreating to the fishing lodge for a tasty hot chocolate and marshmallows (or s’mores!). Our guests are more than welcome to use our lake and fishing lodge as well as embark upon one of our fascinating farm tours.

History of Farming in Shropshire

Shropshire has a rich agricultural history. The abundant natural resources provided the perfect canvas for farming; the meandering rivers, expansive forest areas and quality of the land offered an ideal landscape for rearing livestock. In 1343, Shropshire wool was valued higher than elsewhere in England.

To this day, Shropshire remains heavily agricultural. Sheep are bred and nurtured in the lowlands, and cattle are farmed in the southwest uplands, whereas dairy farming dominates the northern plain of the county. The main crops grown in Shropshire are grains, sugar beets and potatoes.

Farm Tours in Shropshire

Here at Moonrise Lodges, we offer all of our guests a FREE farm tour. Discover the inner workings of a dairy farm, ride the impressive tractors and witness a milking during our specialist 90-minute tour. You also have the opportunity to feed the young calves and beef cows within our cattle sheds – a fun activity for all the family to enjoy!

Farmer Jon is an agricultural expert, and he knows everything there is to know about farming. He comes along on every tour with us to talk you through the dairy farming process and answer any questions you may have.

So, why not embark upon one of our fascinating farm tours in Shropshire during your winter staycation at Moonrise Lodges?! We have plenty of availability at our two luxury lodges, Swallow and Curlew, during January and February 2021 (excluding February half-term). Book your rural winter escape today!