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 to offer such as the Stables, the Wigwams, the beautiful Tower, the Byre, the Bunkhouse and the lovely B and B, all have the opportunity to come on a trailer ride with us to help feed the animals, check on the sheep as well as feed the chickens and collect the eggs for the day! There are ponies on the farm too and a donkey named Eeyore! A particularly great morning of mine this summer was facilitating a surprise visit from a unicorn for a little girl who was staying at the farm with her family! Once all [...]
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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 readjusted to living with our adult children, and what FUN it was. We had fun making a ‘Quarantine Girls’ calendar, new veggie garden, recycled greenhouse built with what we could scavenge, lots of exercise round our beautiful farm playground and all hands on deck to help Farmer John with lambing time. There was a mixture of emotions; moments of anxiety as some guests demand their money back straight away, then tears of gratitude as others say to keep their money and they will rebook and repay as they know what a tricky time it must be. Fiona was [...]
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 to eat and there is plenty of choice of restaurants, cafes, beach kiosks, and ice cream parlours (Peel even has its own ice cream factory). Peel perhaps has the largest number of museums of any town on the Island, with no less than five to choose from. Some of these are free to enter, and others are accessible with your UK cards such as National Trust or English Heritage. Or purchase a Go Explore card that will give you free transport and heritage site admission all around the Island for 5 days. Peel has the Island’s only arts [...]
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 privilege to partner with them. The vision is exciting, especially linking the environment with culture and community. Do visit the website www.biosphere.im to find out more, or any of their social media sites.