Know before you go
This area may have travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
Take advantage of reduced rate for a couple. Short breaks available
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Please ring as annexe bedrooms not suitable. Please ring as annexe bedrooms not suitable.
Pets allowed - Please ring to discussPlease ring to discuss
Max guests: 2
Minimum age of primary renter: 0 - No minimum age but not suitable for young familiesNo minimum age but not suitable for young families
- Bring your own horse. Please ring for prices and reservations
About Fay Grace
Andrew Grace has lived at Life Hill Farm since 1958 when his family moved from another Sledmere farm. He grew up loving the farm and is now very proud to be the tenant. Andrew and Fay now farm the 500 acres together and made the decision to diversify into holiday accommodation in 2002. They enjoy the contact with the guests and Andrew loves to tell them all about the farm, what we grow, the wild life and the countryside, which we are lucky enough to call "home". Our family have all grown up and left home so it could be a lonely existence but over the years we have made some lovely friends from our "paying guest" and we look forward to meeting many more interesting people from all over the world.
Fay Grace purchased this cottage in 2002
Why Fay Grace chose Sledmere
Life Hill Farm is an arable farm with a few sheep imported during the summer months to graze the lovely shady paddocks in front of the house. There are always a few chickens about to provide eggs for your breakfast. In 2002, at a time when the farm was looking for other streams of income, some loose boxes at the end of the farmhouse were converted into holiday accommodation. Great effort was taken to maintain the character of the buildings and we created two lovely ensuite bedrooms. These are combined with part of the main house to form the lovely self-catering accommodation, which gives visitors to the farm the opportunity to have a little sample of country living.
What makes this cottage unique
The farm is located on the edge of the Wolds near Sledmere. It was one of the three original model farms built at the time of the enclosures by Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Bt. and still forms part of the Capability Brown landscape around the Sledmere Estate. Life Hill closes the principal vista to the south-west from the House. The farmhouse is of three bays with pilasters between them and coupled pilasters on the ends. Barns to the left and right form pavillions. There were two storey stables linking these barns to the house but these were replaced during the Victorian period. On the farm we currently grow milling wheat for bread and biscuits, malting barley for beer, potatoes and peas for Birds Eye frozen peas. We have the kit to allow Andrew to do most of the actual work of producing crops on his own but we also have Rudi to help out during busy periods. Our guests often marvel at the size of our tractors and the combine and like to ask Andrew what it takes to produce a tonne of Wheat or how difficult it is to stop the pigeons eating his pea plants before they get a chance to produce pods. For many of our guests this is their once in a lifetime chance to get close up and personal with how their food is produced. Some even beg a lift on the combine harvester or the self propelled sprayer! Together with all this high tech equipment there is also the opportunity to see the natural world in all it's glory. We have dew ponds, an old elm tree, owl boxes, to name but a few treats. Then there's the famous "big skies". By day they are a large, 40 mile arc from coast to hills. By night they are a spectacle to behold and we wish we had a pound for every visitor who is awe struck by the galaxy above.