Our Family Farm

Dairy Barns at Lound Farm in Hickling is a working farm covering 360 acres of grazing marshland and arable land, have sheep grazing in the winter and a suckler herd of beef cattle in the summer months.  Ian Deane is a 3rd generation farmer on this land, taking over from his father in the early 2000’s.  We grow Wheat, Barley, Peas, Potatoes and grass for hay and haylage.  Our son Joe has a drone and takes some great footage of the farming activities through the season which can be seen on our Facebook page.

There are plenty of farm tracks, meadows and autumn stubble fields, all of which adds up to a wonderful place to spot some of our wonderful Norfolk wildlife. So if you come to stay with us, do take a walk around the farm and along the country lanes.  If you’re lucky you may well see a member of the Red Deer herd who live in the woods behind the farm and regularly cross the fields to graze and we also see Muntjac, Chinese Water Deer and hare.

The farm is a “birder’s” delight and depending on the season we regularly see the following….

  • Barn owls
  • Cranes
  • Marsh Harriers
  • Swallows
  • Housemartins
  • Skylarks
  • Pink Footed Geese
  • Kingfishers
  • Yellowhammers

We’d love to hear from our guests what they might have spotted so we can add it to our list!  We welcome 2 or 3 groups of birdwatchers each year as part of the LIMOSA holiday group who specialise in bird watching holidays all over the world.