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For the Love of Nature

Brook Farm is home of Jane and Steve Gilbey, their horses, dogs and other pets. It is a privilege to share the beautiful sanctuary they have created with like minded nature and animal lovers.

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Oaksbrook is a nature inspired, wellness retreat at Brook Farm in the North Essex countryside. Brook Farm is home to Steve and Jane Gilbey, their two Golden Retrievers Jack and Barley, Janes horses and pet sheep, chickens and cats. Our dog friendly, “Herdsman” self catering barn, boasts spacious open plan living with a separate king size bedroom and ensuite, its own enclosed small courtyard garden and on site walks on our beautiful 20 acre farm.

In addition to the Herdsman barn we will soon be adding a Luxury Shepherd Hut which will be sited in a secluded wooded meadow, nestled behind a protective shelter of mature Pines. Wild flowers grow among the trees in little clearings. The Ryeland Hut, our first hut will provide a luxury Glamping experience. Further huts may follow in the future so we have a flock of three! We hope to be adding a log burning hot tub and fire pit, picnic table and a central outdoor seating area. The huts will be our very own, hand built by Steve at Oaksbrook Shepherd Huts. We are very excited to be creating this wonderful new venture. the site will be a “Woodland Champions Club” site. We are pleased to be partnering with Woodland Champions who share our ethos in creating new native woodlands. So far we have planted over 1000 metres of native hedge and in 2017 we planted 1000 trees to create a WW1 Memorial Wood in conjunction with the Woodland Trust.

Oaksbrook will also be hosting nature and animal based workshops and trainings, crafts, nature activities and day retreats. In addition our guests can enjoy a range of Holistic Complimentary therapies by Jane Gilbey. Jane is qualified in a number of therapies for people and animals and has her own business page dedicated to the animals @naturalanswer. Flower and Vibrational Essences, Reiki and other energy healing techniques, Equine Touch, Meditation and incorporating Equine Facilitated Learning.

The horses at Brook Farm and the other animals are the centre of Jane and Steves lives. Our lifestyle and our business are inspired by them. Our love of nature has also shaped the way Brook Farm has evolved in the last 12 years since we have lived here. We have created so much habitat for wildlife and that has been so gratifying as we now are seeing so many species of Flora and Forna at the farm.

Our visitors and guests will be able to purchase from our new range of own label jams, honey, chutneys, biscuits, nibbles and fudge plus the lovely Belvoir cordials and Presses and some other tasty snacks. In addition we have a range of our own greetings cards, hand made craft items and Neals Yard Organic skin care products.

Although primarily an adult retreat for holidays and short breaks for the accommodation, we will be organising some children friendly activities and nature days. Our Glamping area when not in use by overnight visitors will also be used as an out door forest school and Day retreat facility. We would encourage interested parties to get in touch as our outdoor spaces are flexible for a number of uses from Corporate staff get away days, hen or birthday activity retreats and for talking therapies, outdoor group play and learning. Brook Farm is spacious enough to allow space for all. Our mission is to help people connect with nature, to relax, re balance and unwind and to be refreshed when they leave.

We decided to create a brand in Oaksbrook as between us we have multi faceted ideas and services, like petals on a flower or like the facets of a crystal. The name Oaksbrook was first created many years ago for our pony that was born here who we named Oaksbrook Little Scarlet. That was inspired by our huge Oak ( Home Tree ) that overlooks the brook running through the property. So Brook Farm is host to all of our ventures. 

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