Holmfirth farm to diversify with bank backing
Coddy's Farm, a mixed livestock business, is to diversify into hotel accommodation and gourmet short breaks after it secured funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
The farm, located close to Holmfirth, is run by husband and wife team Andrew and Lisa Colwill. The finance will allow the couple to convert an existing stone barn into eight four-star bedrooms with an ancillary food education centre.
"We are excited about the transformational change to our farm business and are confident that by converting the stone barn into high-end guest accommodation we are safeguarding our business for future generations of our family," said Lisa Colwill.
The short breaks will offer farm tours, butchery demonstrations and cookery lessons. They will also include a 'muddy boots tour', building on existing farm experience days already on offer.
Darren Smith, relationship director in Santander's agriculture team, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Andrew and Lisa at Coddy’s Farm in the exciting development of the next stage of their business.
"They have shown great acumen in deciding to diversify, while maintaining the core parts of the farm. We are confident the gourmet short breaks will provide guests with an unforgettable farm experience."