Say cheese! For a tasty way to spend your holiday in Norfolk
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For many holiday-makers a week's break on a working farm is enough of an attraction in itself.
But now one farmer is offering the chance for visitors to learn a useful rural skill at the same time, which even allows them to take away the fruits of their labours at the end of their stay.
Sam Steggles, who runs Fielding Cottage in Honingham, producing an award-winning range of goats' cheeses and skin-care products, is going to offer holiday-style accommodation alongside cheese-making courses.
He has just received approval from Broadland District Council to build a block of three apartments on the farm to enable visitors to stay in while attending his week-long workshops learning all about the art of cheese creation.
He said the move came after he had several enquiries from dairy farmers keen to learn the skills to enable them to diversify.
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'It seems to be a direct result of the issues within the dairy industry with milk prices falling so low,' he said. 'Farmers want to learn how to make other produce. We have also had a lot of other visitors asking us about courses. Although we use the goats' milk it is the same principle for making cheese from cows' milk.
'They will learn all the techniques from start to end and will go home with the cheese they have made.'
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Mr Steggles is working with training providers RedCat Partnership in Norwich to offer a food safety element to the course which will enable participants to go home with a qualification as well.
Along with the two three-bedroomed and one one-bedroomed apartments, the block also includes shower facilities for his new caravan site and shepherd's hut which is becoming increasingly popular.
'We are now accredited with the Caravan Club and we had been hiring a shower block but that was quite expensive so it made sense to include it all together,' said Mr Steggles, who hopes to be up and running by early next year.
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