Freshfields Donkey Village

Freshfields Donkey Village, Peak Forest: Address, Phone Number, Freshfields Donkey Village Reviews: 3.5/5

Freshfields Donkey Village
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Michelle H
Playa De Muro2 contributions
Really should close the web page down!
Jul 2014
Checked the website for opening times, thought I'd take the wife as it's her birthday and she loves donkeys...... Brownie points for me..... Or so I thought! Drove for 90 minutes, pulled up to the gate at 11.15am to find a 'Sorry closed' sign. Gave it 10 minutes and then decided to give them a phone call, only to find out that they had retired and the place is now closed. Really happy!
Written July 23, 2014
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Gritstone
Derbyshire, UK248 contributions
CLOSED
Jul 2014 • Couples
We were really looking forward to a visit but when we got there we found the place was closed - permanently!! Apparently it is being relocated to Cornwall but haven't seen any details of where yet.
Written July 20, 2014
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sarahmaloney2000
Manchester, UK1 contribution
Lovely donkeys but disinterested owners
Apr 2014
I visited here recently with my family and luckily we had sunny weather which made the day beautiful. The donation fee of £3 is fair given that 20 something donkeys need to be maintained. Upon entry the owner took our money then seemed eager to boast about celebrities that have involved rather than us as people. He informed us that the queen retired a donkey here but then we read on the stable that donkey was rescued and met the queen on a sponsored walk. I feel he should have told the tfuth upon entry really. Overall the owner seemed less interested in the donkeys than the celebrities pictured around the place. Thankfully another lady we spoke with out in the field seemed more genuine. She gave us good safety advice and history of the donkeys. The donkeys were obviously at ease with her and vice versa as they frequently sought attention from her, it was lovely to see the donkeys relaxed and unconfined. Good place for children to build confidence with larger animals just a shame lack of cafe and lack of motivation from the owner let it down a bit.
Written May 12, 2014
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foodlover_aimz
Disley, UK26 contributions
Wonderful
Even though I have lived close to the area for most of my life I had never visted Donkey Village so I was sad to hear it will be closing / relocating but I'm glad I did before that happens!

We were greeted warmly by the owner who briefed us a bit about the donkeys, their stories, the celebrity supporters and the work they do with special needs children.

The donkeys themselves were all out in the field, a variety of breeds all with different backgrounds (some of which truly awful which you can read about in the stables) you are free to go up to the donkeys as you please while they happily munch away at some grass and find they love a fuss and many approach you for a head scratch and cuddles!

If you love animals you won't be disappointed. It's only a min £3 donation entry pp - which goes towards the care of the animals and I believe children can go in for free.
Written April 26, 2014
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SSTPL
Sheffield, UK1 contribution
Nothing like the website and leaflet descriptions
Apr 2014
The owners don't seem to actually want visitors to the donkey village. The place is littered with hand written signs saying "Don't do this" and "Don't do that". The picnic area and tea rooms which are heavily featured on website and leaflet are closed apparently by "Health and Safety". On entry the owner was very quick to take our £3 per adult mandatory "donation" and say no food was allowed on site. There is even a sign to tell you not to eat any food in your car in the car park! However tea and biscuits were freely consumed in the stables by staff.
There was no sign of any hand washing or sanitising facilities apart from 1 grotty toilet which may explain the health and safety.
The atmosphere from staff was frosty to say the least and when asked which donkey was the one in the stable door description, grunted that they did not know.
We were especially interested in going as our son has special needs and there was great emphasis on how good they were with special needs kids, there was certainly no sign of that compassion on the day we visited. However our son was oblivious to the atmosphere and did enjoy stroking the donkeys out on the field.
This place is simply some stables with a few donkeys in and a field with a few donkeys in, if that is what you are looking for. Just don't expect any information, welcome or activities for your entry donation.
A long drive to stroke some donkeys and for a view you could find in many other places close by, where you would be welcomed and permitted to eat!
Written April 19, 2014
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daviab
Bakewell, UK7 contributions
First Rate
Apr 2014 • Family
We visited the Donkey Sanctuary with our grand children and were a little apprehensive after reading the latest review which seemed to be reviewing an entirely different place to the one we went to. True the cafe was closed but the owner was extremely polite and helpful. He apologised for the donkeys not being out in the fields but said this was because it was such a cold day, which it was and he was worried about the children getting cold. He did not charge us anything to go in because of this. The donkeys are lovely and very well cared for and I'm sorry they are moving to Cornwall but wish them all luck in their new home and a happy and well deserved retirement for the owners of Freshfields.
Written April 19, 2014
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Wayne O
Sutton in Ashfield, UK66 contributions
Closing-down and it shows.
Apr 2014 • Friends
We have been coming here on and off for years and used to enjoy mixing a cream tea in the cafe with a good long visit with the donkeys. Well, we haven't been for about 3 years what a change for the worse... the cafe has gone, the place looked neglected and the owners could not have been less bothered about us, despite the fact that we were the only ones there at the time. Apparently they are selling-up and moving to Cornwall. Well I hope for the Donkeys' sake that the move is a positive one, because the vibe we picked-up was very negative. The only interest shown in us lasted just long enough to extract the "donation" and that was it. Of the 3 staff present when we left, not one even looked-up from the computer to say goodby. We have donkeys of our own and in my opinion, less time spent on the internet and more on poo-picking the fields would be useful as the worm burden on that grass has got to be high with all the muck lying about. Talking of muck, the stable muck piles clearly go back many years and the whole place generally looks shabby and uncared for. It's a shame, but we won't be returning.
Written April 6, 2014
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David L
Medstead2 contributions
Beautiful place, beautiful donkeys
Aug 2013 • Family
Stick with the long, one track winding road to get there - it's worth it. The farm is set in lovely surroundings. Admitedly there not loads of other things to see and do there, but the whole point of going is to see the donkeys and support the charity. We were greeted by the owner who told us where the donkeys were and gave us a few basic instructions to follow. We've had ponies ourselves, but it was good sensible advice for those who might not be used to these animals. We got to just wander through the paddocks stroking the donkeys and taking pictures. It was a very serene, calming and enjoyable day for us and the kids. We then had some lovely cream teas - some of the best I've tasted. Not cheap - but then the money goes towards helping the donkeys, so we didn't begrudge it. We shall visit again when we are next in the area.
Written August 15, 2013
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Kevin B
Radcliffe, UK12 contributions
Highly recomended
Jul 2013
I went here with my family including my 5 year old Nephew, we were made to feel welcome and had a lovely afternoon spending time with some wonderful and cute donkeys who thankfully are now in a good home being cared for.
Written August 5, 2013
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Kathryn D
Chesterfield, UK14 contributions
A good cause but.....
Jul 2013 • Couples
Myself and my partner visited last friday (because of his desire to own a herd of donkeys when we have the money and the land!!!) and decided to have a nice drive out to Freshfields. If i hadnt seen the last review i probably wouldnt have left my review for want of being negative, but sorry but its the attitude of the owners what let the place down!

We donated a tenner (as they dont seem to forth coming on change) to be swiftly pointed past a few photos, see a lady who i think was the owner "clipping" some donkeys (i have had horses and clipped them but my god they looked shocking!!), another lady bathing them, then into the field. Now i know the donkeys have a better life here and that is the number one priority but by talking to the people who are donating would help!!

There were only 3 other people in the fields during our visit, so why not wander down the field and tell us abit more about the donkeys???

All in all a lovely charity doing the right thing, but the owners do need to make u feel welcome. Unfortunately we wont be going back.
Written July 23, 2013
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