For the past 7 weeks I have been lucky enough to intern at Knockaloe Beg farm in Peel and welcomed into the home of the absolutely lovely Anderson family. A typical day for me would begin with loading the Polaris full of pig food and containers of water with farmer John as well as prepare Pippin the pony’s food for the day! John and I would then drive the Polaris around the farm to feed the animals. This was always a favourite part of my day as guests that stay at the various different self-catering accommodations the farm has [...]
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Have you ever been grocery shopping and seen the sign that says, “think local, buy local”? What does that mean to you? For us at Knockaloe Beg it means that we buy as much local produce as possible to reduce our carbon footprint and help the Island become more self-sufficient and sustainable. If you’ve eaten breakfast at our B&B you will know how tasty Fiona’s cooked breakfasts are and we believe that it’s not just because Fiona has made it, but because everything is fresh and from good local suppliers. ’The bacon, sausages and black pudding you are served are [...]
Hello! My name is Chloe and I have just started an eight week internship with John and Fiona at Knockaloe Beg Farm. I was really excited to hopefully help make our social media and website more informative, engaging and reflective of farm life, and running a tourist business. On arrival I was welcomed with a smile and hug by Fiona who then gave me a tour of the farm accommodation. We did the washing up from the breakfasts of the guests and did room change overs, where we cleaned and got the rooms ready for the next guests who were [...]
What a year it has been and how the world has changed since March 2020 for us all. We live and work in a beautiful place; so much of our lives has not changed, but the way we earn money has changed dramatically. Knockaloe Beg is usually full of people: guests, friends and members of the public walking through … then suddenly it all goes quiet and our four children, who have left home, start to come home. There were unexpected blessings of time with the kids, which we had not had for 9 years - since Zoë left home. We [...]
Here at Knockaloe, it truly is spring with new births to celebrate! We have welcomed lots of new baby animals to our farm - just look at these gorgeous piglets and lambs. We've also been feeding our orphan lambs to keep them nourished and happy. We love this time of year!
We love our Island and want to do what we can to help protect it. So we're thrilled to have joined the Adopt-A-Place initiative by adopting the Southern Half of Peel Hill! Our pledge is to help keep it litter and plastic free ♻🌿 ➡ You can find out more about the initiative here. 🗺 And see our adopted land on the map here!
Knockaloe Beg is within easy walking distance of Peel, an ancient fishing town with a large natural sandy beach. Choose to walk along the old railway line, recently upgraded with a better surface for biking and walking, or a more strenuous route over Corrin's Hill, or around the back of the hill for an incredibly tranquil experience. The latter will reward you with amazing panoramic views of Peel as you arrive, and indeed of much of the west coast to the north and south, and across the central valley towards Douglas. On arriving in Peel you might like a bite [...]
Over recent years, as our business has grown, so has the size of the team of people we need to help make your holiday or visit as enjoyable as possible. We're proud to employ many people from our local community, some seasonally, and some all year round. Have a look at this new page on our website to see who works here: Meet the Team
We are excited to be accepted as a Partner with the Isle of Man UNESCO Biosphere, and proud to be the winner of their first ever award for Education and Public Awareness in 2018. Biosphere said: “Qualified teachers John and Fiona Anderson put education at their heart of their 200-acre operation and host ‘open farm’ days, school visits and birthday parties, passing on their passion for the environment, agriculture and community and how they work together in our Biosphere.” We have such a wonderful Island to live and work on and to share with our visitors, so it is a [...]