Spotlight on … Ivy Farm bed & breakfast
As all eyes turn to Newark this weekend for the Elemental Force event, we caught up with Ivy Farm, a three-star Farmhouse just on the outskirt of the pretty market town. Ivy Farm celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Nestled in the Nottinghamshire countryside, in the district of Barnby-in-the-Willows, is Ivy Farm B&B – the home and business of Clare and John Troop. This B & B on a working beef and arable farm provides guests with the opportunity to sample a little piece of country life. Four farm-themed restful rooms offer a comfortable night’s stay to all who pass through their doors.
Clare and John are advocates of all things Nottinghamshire; their award-winning breakfasts are sourced from local suppliers – be it local butchers, fruit and veg. from Newark’s famous market stalls, eggs from their very willing free range hens or local Nottinghamshire runny honey!
The B &B began back in 2003, because Clare and John wanted to keep the farm business healthy. Once primarily a pig farm, Ivy Farm chose to diversify into tourism with the help of the England Rural Development Programme. The diversification happened over a carefully planned period and from this moment evolved an economically viable small farm with a sustainable future.
John enjoys a challenge and is happy to help out as the anecdotes below explain….
– A gentleman arrived for a black tie dinner at Newark Golf Club. He had left his dress shirt at home. He looked John up and down. “You’re about my size can I borrow yours?” John of course obliged.
– A guest asked for ice and a cool bag. Clare thought he was off on a picnic. Turns out it was needed to keep fuel cool for a go-kart race, giving the driver that extra second advantage.
– One summer, a lady locked her car keys in the car. The trailer on the car was also locked with her thirsty show dogs inside. Clare rang the AA to get help but there was a delay of two hours, so John sprung into action, drilled out the rivets on the trailer door and rescued the dogs so they could be fed and exercised.
– An exhibitor at Newark Showground was short of a crucial tent pole for his trade stand. John was able to help, produced and delivered a metal pole of the correct length.
“We look forward to the next ten years and hope they are just as much fun – we have met some lovely people from all over the world.”