“Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Our aim at Stanford Park has always been to create a profitable enterprise combining scientific advancements with traditional farming methods. Our focus is on working with nature, not against her”.Mark & Hayley Stoneham, Stanford Park
Pedigree Beef Shorthorns
Stanford Park runs one of the largest recorded pedigree Beef Shorthorn herds in England. During spring and summer our cattle have plenty of space to roam and enjoy the grassland, with stocking levels equivalent to less than one animal per acre. As a suckler herd calves are left at foot with their mothers for up to 10 months before being weaned on to the nutritious home grass.
In the winter months the cattle are housed in new modern state of the art buildings and bedded on fresh straw. The buildings have unique welfare features that allow the best husbandry and feeding regime. The cattle enjoy “room-service” twice a day and even have regular pedicures!
Stanford Park Farmhouse and all the original Grade 2 listed historic and heritage agricultural buildings at Stanford Park have been carefully converted into extremely high quality and environmentally friendly residential dwellings. These are occasionally available for rental on Assured Shorthold tenancies. Further information can be found on our Living at Stanford Park page.
Stanford Park also encompasses Coldharbour Farm which hosts our magnificent equestrian centre managed by Emma Owen (Coldharbour Grazing). The equestrian facility boasts a six furlong Wexford Sand all weather rising gallop as well as outdoor Olympic arena, horse walker and equine spa. 30 loose boxes for livery and “keep” are set in over 50 acres of free-draining grazing and turn out land. Emma can be contacted on 07868 241315.
The arable land is currently managed by James Blanchard and his family who share the same values as the team at Stanford Park, looking to enhance the natural habitats of wildlife by preserving nature corridors across the land and leaving wide field margins and hedgerows to encourage bird and insect propagation. The traditional rotational farming methods used typically produce beans, barley and wheat.
Stanford Park Estate comprises approximately 800 acres of prime Oxfordshire land in the middle of the Vale of the White Horse near Faringdon. The chalk downlands and pre-historic White Horse Hill with its Iron Age Hill Fort, Uffington Castle give way to the rich grassy Vale with its own micro-climate as a result of the shelter provided by the 110m high protective ridge of the Ridgeway. Our central location with convenient access to the M4 and M40 motorways puts us within 2 hours’ drive of much of the South of England, Wales and the Midlands. We invite you to get in touch to arrange a visit and see for yourself what makes Stanford Park thrive.