Throstle Nest is at the gateway to the Nidderdale AONB and the North Yorkshire Dales National Park. Historically one of the Yeoman farms of the 16th century, on the northernmost edge of the Forrest of Knaresborough.

Located on the B6165 1.2 miles from Summerbridge and 5 miles from Ripley it is more widely connected by the A61 and A59 to the major towns of Ripon, Harrogate & Skipton.

Throstle Nest Farm

Comprising 40 acre of grassland and 10 acres of woodland Throstle Nest is a rural idyll.

In the 1940s, the farm was predominantly a dairy farm. Post-war, in the 1960s, it became a self-sufficient mixed farm, growing grain as fodder for intensive pigs and chickens. In the 1980s a hatchery and fish farm were developed and the farm turned over to rare breed sheep and goats.

The farm has continued to diversify and now offers grazing, livery and off-grid retreats and experiences, as well as offering a limited number of residential lets, trailer and container storage and shared workspace.

A family farm, we value community and our environment. Environmental Land Management and Biodiversity are achieved through conservation and low density agriculture.

We invite people to Throstle Nest to experience, learn and explore with us.


Livery is on a DIY basis, but subject to Yard policy.

We have 8 stables in the farm yard, with adjacent paddocks.

Riding in the all weather manege (riding arena) and access hacking in the local area.

See: Livery


Flashman’s Retreat (aka “FlashysRetreat”) is a project inspired by the Tiny House movement.
Designed to #MakeADifference, 20% of income is for charitable purposes.
The cabin is available for short breaks 2-3 days.

Changing times


We support charities that also #MakeADifference.

We can make the world a better place through consideration and compassion. We support charities with whom we have a direct connection.