Discover Brook Farm
Welcome To Oaksbrook
Escape & Relax
Brook Farm is a rural gem situated in the northern Essex Countryside and ideal location for a relaxing break.
Jane was there to welcome us when we arrived and showed us around the property, everything we needed was there even for the dog, she made the dog feel welcome and all very comfortable for him, this was his first holiday and had lots of space for a run,cannot fault it at all..definitely would visit again.
Discover Brook Farm
For over a decade Steve and Jane Gilbey were looking for a property with land for Janes horses and somewhere with barns and outbuildings with potential to create something special. Both have always had a shared love of animals and always wanted a more rural lifestyle. When they found the farm in 2007 they were so excited as it was everything they hoped for. In 2008 they finally moved in and then began major renovations of all of the barns and land. The poor tired little bungalow had a spruce up, but their main focus was the amazing out door space. They stayed in a caravan in the beginning as the bungalow was pretty dire. That first summer in 2008 was a warm barmy one and they have wonderful memories of Glamping in a not so posh old caravan, BBQing most nights and sitting out late in the warm June evenings under the stars. They were still in Essex, but it felt like they could have been miles away.They then embarked on a long journey of renovating the buildings and nurturing the land, creating habitat for wildlife and a peaceful retreat that all of their animals could enjoy as natural a life as possible. Steve did much of the renovation work himself as he has had a long career as a builder. Jane is a Holistic well-being Practitioner for people and animals and it was always her ambition to create a Retreat type Centre.
In 2018 the Herdsman was opened and they began welcoming guests to share their beautiful space. They then began formulating an idea to include a real back to nature experience with a Glamping space within the farm.
There is much to discover at Brook Farm and many places to explore nearby.
Steve and Jane have done a number of projects in collaboration with the Woodland Trust. In 2008 they planted over 800m of native hedging. In 2017 over 1000 trees were planted as part of a scheme to create WW1 Memorial Woods across the UK. The planting scheme is sympathetic to the existing environment and so forms shelter belts for the grazing paddocks and swathes of new woodland with a trail around it for walking. At the highest point of the gently undulating pasture is the WW1 Memorial plaque with a wooden bench overlooking Brook Farms Fields and far reaching views beyond. There are several mature Oaks and other larger, older trees. The line of tall Pines stand protective and comforting around the Glamping area and in the Autumn of 2020 another planting scheme is planned with native hedging interspersed with Rowan trees along the footpath that passes through the farm. There is a reed bed and a pond, plus a small wooded trail as well as more open spaces and grassy tracks.
The animals at Brook Farm. A small flock of Coloured Ryeland Sheep and a rescue lamb. Two Arabian horses, a Welsh pony and a Spotted Miniature. A number of chickens, cats and our dogs.