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Kitchen Garden & Farm

Our 150-acre working farm is divided into an eastern lower half & a higher western half. The river Leach runs through the lower eastern side of the farm with its water meadows & rich alluvial soils; it is the perfect place for the kitchen garden situated on the edge of the meadows, safe from the flooding that happens naturally every year.

We are improving and nurturing the kitchen garden with composting & manure, ensuring abundance from the land whilst protecting & maintaining a healthy rich soil. Featuring a newly planted herb garden, cutting gardens & poly-tunnels to extend the seasons, the garden is productive all year round, growing carefully-selected, unusual varieties to supply & inspire the restaurants, cookery school & spa.

The water meadows & river banks are carefully managed as wild spaces to encourage native flora & fauna to flourish & thrive.  Together they support a diverse ecosystem of wild flowers, otters, kingfishers, egrets & water voles, to name but a few.

The surrounding countryside & villages are truly picturesque with lovely walks or cycle rides with picnics to truly immerse yourself.

Hotel guests are welcome to visit our kitchen gardens from end April - late October. However, Thyme has a working farm and as such it is important to follow the map provided by reception.  The presence of livestock means that all dogs must be kept on leads. 


For details please email, call 01367 850174 or speak to reception during your stay.