The farm lies to the north of the River Blackwater, which forms the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire, and to the south of Sherfield English and Melchet Park. It is recorded as a pre-doomsday holding of the Kings of Wessex and England. Originally it is believed to be the site of a moated royal hunting lodge. Today the moat is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a.k.a. a ditch!
Plaitford is named after the 'watersplash' or ford (historically 'Playteforde') that lies at the entrance to our farmland. The ford is a notable Hampshire feature rising 4-8 feet in a matter of hours after heavy rain, flooding our lower meadows and leaving cars stranded.
We are working to restore the farm for future generations; gradually developing a sustainable small scale farming operation and investing in restoring and conserving the woodland, pastures, meadows and aquatic habitats. We have brought traditional pedigree breeds of farm animals back to the farm which in the past was a traditional mixed farm combining dairy, beef, pork, orchards, cider-making and other activities.