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Feeding the ponies on a frosty winter morning

It’s been a beautiful frosty morning here at Flear and we’re giving Abbey and Gemma some extra hay which is well received!

Groundsman Steve with Abbey and Gemma.

Groundsman Steve with Abbey and Gemma.

A beautiful frosty view across the pony paddock and into our valley.

A beautiful frosty view across the pony paddock and into our valley.

The ponies have both grown lovely winter coats and look so different from the summer. It’s another mild winter here in South Devon but on clear nights it can still get cold, so they need them!

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Gemma sporting her new winter coat – quite “the pony about paddock”!

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Gemma getting a pat from our housekeeper, Jane.

A magical Christmas at Flear Farm

It’s been a truly magical Christmas and New Year here at Flear farm, with crisp, cold but sunny days and cosy nights in by the fireside.

The cottages looked resplendent with beautifully decorated Christmas trees chosen by us and cut from nearby Dartmoor forest. Generally other holiday cottage owners think we’re crazy to do it, but the truth is you never regret spending money on a proper tree, and besides it’s worth it to see our families surprised and delighted by them when they arrive. After all, that’s why we’re in this business, it’s the main reason anyone should be.

So here’s a few pics of the cottages over the holiday. Enjoy!

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Flear House festive approach.

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Orchard Lodge Christmas tree.

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The living room in The Stables

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Christmas Eve in the Linhay

 

 

Winter work and play – We work, and the ponies just mess around showing off.

As usual here at Flear, the are lots of big jobs to do in the day-to-day running of the Estate, (to keep it looking beautiful). And last week we took to pruning trees in the orchard to smarten them up for a good harvest next year – this means apple juice and cider for our guests, subject to age (and inclination). Most are old Devon varieties – not only are they delicious but also important to nuture. There are also over a hundred… so we needed help and education from fruit tree expert Tom Nancarrow, and also our wonderful resident gardeners Jane and Marilese.

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Abbey and Gemma the ponies stood around and pretended to listen to the lessons, but soon got bored and start rolling and frolicking around instead!

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Despite the distraction we got 57 trees pruned and happy!

Only 45 more to go…

 

 

Swimming lessons for the little ones.

Kate, our Swimming Teacher here at Flear is an expert at building children’s confidence in the water, from babies to big school. The pool is really big so everyone can have a proper swim rather than just splashing around. Her lessons are gentle and fun and, best of all, she can win the kids round without getting bossy!

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Kate the Swim Teacher not being bossy.

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A proper swim!

 

Another wonderful Half Term at Flear – The bonfire and Fireworks

A big thanks to our fantastic families this year for again making another Half-Term such a lovely environment for us all here at Flear. We had beach days (!) and built a huge bonfire helped by some of the bigger kids, a big fireworks display in the pony paddock (even bigger than last year), dressing up for Trick or Treating and pumpkin judging in the Spooky Playbarn. What a brilliant week!

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After the Storm. A few pics of Flear today…

 

After the biggest Storm we’ve had in years (and a somewhat sleepless night for us), it was time for us all to enjoy the glorious outdoors again, with families playing tennis today and us replacing a few roof slates so we’re back to normal and so lucky! The local roads are all open and the South Hams has weathered the Storm very well, thankfully!

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