Laura Turney welcomes you to Foxton Locks Lodges
Westleigh Farm has been in the Turney family since 1957 and is currently run by my parents, Andy and Bridget Turney. I’ve worked in London for six years as a Chartered Surveyor and moved back in August 2011. Having grown up on the farm, I love the countryside and was always escaping London to get back to my country roots. I noticed a gap in the market for UK-based country escapes, especially in the Midlands area. Which is how the idea of Foxton Locks Lodges was born. My parents, Andy and Bridget, live with Sam the black Lab in the main farmhouse, just a five minute walk from the lodges. I live with Wispa, my chocolate cocker spaniel pup, in the neighbouring village and we’re all within easy reach should you have any queries during your stay. Until now, we’ve always run the farm as an arable holding. Westleigh stretches across 1,100 acres of rolling Leicestershire countryside where we grow a mixture of wheat, barley, rape and winter beans. In the summer months you can catch glimpses of Dad and his team of workers working hard to bring in the harvest. We also house a small herd of cattle on the farm on behalf of the local dairy farmer.
We’re developing walking and cycle paths on the farm so you can explore the beautiful farmland at your leisure. Back in the 80s we planted two small copses of deciduous trees and conifers and these woods now form a thriving natural habitat for all sorts of flora and fauna. There’s also a variety of ponds across the farm that are part of our ongoing conservation. During your stay at Foxton Locks Lodges you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of numerous wildlife, including rabbits, hares, foxes, pheasants and, if you’re lucky, the odd muntjac deer, kingfisher and woodpecker. We’re also home to the very rare white squirrel, which has been spotted numerous times on the farm. This white squirrel is one of only 25 in the whole of the UK so keep your eyes peeled! We all look forward to welcoming you as guests at Foxton Locks Lodges soon.