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“A good cause but.....”

Freshfields Donkey Village
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

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.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Firstly, yes.. the donkeys are lovely & are well looked after.
Shame about the 'human owners' - attitude was awful, really dreadful... we were made to feel like 'intruders' and very unwelcome.
The "lady" owner could barely bring herself to answer a question my hubby asked about a donkey... and in the end we were not allowed back in to see the donkeys before we left as they owners 'had had a busy day' and wanted us to leave!!!!!!!

If you don't want people wandering around 'your land' then you shouldn't openly invite them!!!

Unless you live very very local to this place then I would find a different, more welcoming donkey sanctuary to visit.

3  Thank toohotoutside
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Had a lovely time here wandering in the field while the kids stroked the donkeys. Good cream tea too!!!

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Enjoyed our visit here, the donkeys are lovely and seem very well cared for, we were shown in to the field and told a little about the donkeys then left to our own devices. There was no café when we went although the web site advertised one, also, there was a picnic area but it was not open either, may be only open weekends? we wandered around the field a while, being totally ignored by the 2 seemingly very nervous mules obviously wary of humans and who can blame them, the donkeys just did their own thing but we petted them anyway it was lovely.It states free on the website, but there is a compulsory donation minimum £3.50, per person which goes towards the up keep. There was no one in sight when we left so we didn't get to ask any questions which was a disappointment, but, nice to see the donkeys having a better life.

1  Thank Lynste50
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Everyone loves donkeys, and there's some really loveable ones here. You walk through the stable area through to the fields and there they are, just waiting to be stroked or to ignore you and walk off in their own time. It's a bit of a way off the main road, but well worth a visit. Rescued donkeys and a few mules have their brief life stories at the entrance to their night quarters. Celebrity endorsed, there's photos from the sublime (the late Humphrey Lyttleton) to the not-so-sublime (I spotted Syd Little and Chris DeBurgh) and a small select range of gifts. The gent in the studio area was happy to talk about the history and future of the sanctuary, and we had to prise one of the group away. Well worth the very cheap entry fee. Dress for fields and you'll be fine.

1  Thank mathewpathew
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