Knoll Farm in History

The deeds of Knoll Farm show a house on the site as early as 1703. It would have been an agricultural holding comprising a small cottage, with a very small acreage and some of the outbuildings which now form part of the self-catering cottages.

The Champion family have farmed at Knoll Farm since 1918 when the farm was purchased by the present owner’s grandparents. The family can trace its ancestors back to a Robert Champion born in the village of East Brent in 1685. It is likely that Knoll Farm encompasses some of the same land that would have been tilled by Robert Champion, over 300 years ago.

The Old Kitchen Gardens penned by a tall stone and brick wall, now form large lawns. The kitchen garden provided vegetables for the house until recently when the kitchen garden was grassed for easy up keep and to provide guests with a large expanse in which to relax and take in the sun on a summer day. Topiaries both in the Old Kitchen Garden and the Front Garden where originally designed by Roger Champion during the 1920s. These add character and interest to the landscape.

Knoll Farm Cottages
Threshing the wheat
Knoll Farm Cottages
Fields at Knoll Farm
Knoll Farm Cottages
Hot day in the fields
Knoll Farm Cottages
Learning to drive the tractor
Knoll Farm Cottages
Cutting the grass
Knoll Farm Cottages
Main House at Knoll Farm
Knoll Farm Cottages
Manpower building the hayload
Knoll Farm Cottages
Threshing the corn
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Prize bullock
Knoll Farm Cottages
Working on the field
Knoll Farm Cottages
Young calf
Knoll Farm Cottages
Shearing a sheep