Cattle, Pigs, Chickens... Dick Turpin
Haye Farm is home to a herd of pedigree North Devon cattle (Red Rubies) and our breeding sow Cynthia, who is a rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black. There are various breeds of chicken running around the place, providing the family and visitors with the most amazing eggs!
The farmhouse in its present form dates back to circa 1800, having been re-built after a fire destroyed the original dwelling. At that time it had about 500 acres and was mainly a dairy farm, but there was also a sizeable apple orchard.
Gradually over the years the farm had been downsized, until there was only 38 acres when the Rumsby family bought it in 2003. The farm had more recently been mainly used as a home. The farmer had kept sheep and rented out much of the land.
The Rumsby family have since added a further 30 acres and farm an additional 30 acres belonging to neighbours.
One famous connection that the family are aware of is concerning the bridleway that runs through the farm which is reported to have been used by Dick Turpin back in his hey days!