Higher Farm and Barton

The first thing that strikes you when you arrive at Higher Farm is the sense of space – the farm sits high on the east shoulder of the valley of the River Dee, giving it panoramic views across the Cheshire Plain to the Clwydian Hills. These hills mark the start of the Welsh uplands, and must have defined the divide between peoples and powers ever since these lands were settled.

South Cheshire is a lovely area – gently rolling pastures are interspersed with hills, making for an interesting and attractive landscape. It surprises many people that this part of Cheshire is so close to Wales. Llangollen is only 20 miles away – and you can cover this distance in just half an hour! Find out more in Things to See and Do.

The Dee Valley & Clwydian HillsBarton itself is a small, quiet hamlet these days. The road from Wrexham to Nantwich has always been an important east-west route, carrying salt and cattle in centuries gone by - but once the village was by-passed we were left in peace. Graham still remembers lorries regularly getting stuck on the sharp bends before the by-pass was built - the traffic had already outgrown Barton!

We've lived here for over thirty years, and are the third generation to farm here. Graham's grandparents were the first of our families to farm here.

As our sons grew up, we realised we needed to diversify beyond the farm to support the extra families - so we started an agricultural merchants business, which we still run, and the B&B followed in 2007. We both really enjoy meeting all our guests - there's someone new arriving every week!