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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.

Important info:

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.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

You can tick off these here:

9. Eat an apple from the tree at our apple event in October.

13. Make a mud pie by the stream or try 14. damming the stream.

15. Go sledging in the winter.

32. Find frogspawn in spring.

New orchard house eco-building

 

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 our beautiful restored hundred-year-old apple press and be a centre for the community apple pressing days.

Swan Barn Farm charcoal

Charcoal made at Swan Barn Farm © Kaye Haworth

We are now selling charcoal produced on site. You can buy it at £6 for a bag of charcoal. It's made from sustainably sourced wood from our land.  Pop into the estate team's office if you'd like to buy some.

Community apple-pressing day

Join in the apple themed fun for all the family © John Millar

Saturday 27 Sept, 10am - 4pm
Join in a family-friendly apple day at Swan Barn Farm. Bring along your own apples and join in using our fantastic heritage press and scratter to turn it in to your own apple juice or even cider. Refreshments available, free entry.

Heritage Open Day tour

Join in the apple themed fun for all the family © M Bramich

Saturday 13 September, 10am to 4pm
Come on an inspiring tour of Speckled Wood, the roundwood timber-framed eco-building at Swan Barn Farm. Free event, no need to book.

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.

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