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A quiet retreat of woodland and pasture only 30 seconds from Haslemere High Street
The hidden gem of Swan Barn Farm nestles behind Haslemere’s bustling high street. It is the gateway to some of Surrey and Sussex’s finest countryside.
You can enjoy a picnic and catch a glimpse of views down into pastures cloaked by a wooded valley. For keen walkers there are three major walks nearby. The first is the 64-mile-long Serpent Trail, which starts here. It was designed to showcase some of the finest views and breathtaking countryside in the south east. The footpaths also link to the nearby Sussex Border Path and Greensand Way.
At Swan Barn Farm, we've long-term volunteers living in a specially designed eco-house built with locally sourced, sustainable wood from the Black Down Estate. We also have the Hunter Basecamp, where people on our working holidays stay while helping us with our work. The basecamp is also available for private hire.
The buildings are only open to visitors on special open days, but you're welcome to view them from the outside from the public footpath and the orchard.
Frame-raise day at Swan Barn Farm
A new orchard building is being created at Swan Barn Farm, with a round-wood timber frame using sustainably produced timber from the estate. It will house a beautiful restored hundred-year-old apple press and be a centre for community events such as the annual Apple Pressing Day.
Learn more about our eco building
Speckled Wood is a roundwood timber-frame eco building. It was built here at Swan Barn Farm in 2012, by our Black Down countryside team and volunteers, led by Head Ranger David Elliott.
The building was designed and put up in association with Ben Law, who featured in one of Channel 4's most popular episodes of Grand Designs. Watch our video to find out more.