A High Peak hotelier is serving up a dose of animal magic with its very own petting zoo - which has become an overnight hit.
Bed and breakfast accommodation provider Staden Grange has welcomed some new and usual guests of the cute and furry variety, to their six-acre site on the outskirts of Buxton.
The opening of Archie’s Farm at the end of July is the realisation of a long-held dream for Sarah and Alastair Gregg, their daughter Katy Linley and her husband Matt, who together run it alongside the B&B, tearooms and camping site.
“It has always been our dream to run an animal farm. That was our intention when we purchased Staden Grange,” Sarah explained.
The current occupants of Archie’s Farm include two donkeys and three rare Mediterranean miniature donkeys, the newest of which, Daisy, was born recently at the Staden Grange Road site.
There are also alpacas, pygmy goats, kunekune pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs, Indian Runner ducks, tortoises and hens.
“It’s a great chance for people to come and see the unusual animals we have here and be able to pet them,” said Sarah.
“We were working like crazy to get it open in time for the summer, and the response has been amazing. We have been really quite stunned.
“There have been hundreds of people turning up and we are receiving 10,000 page views a week on Facebook.”
Sarah explained that the petting zoo was named after its first resident, Archie: “Katy had wanted a donkey all her life and she bought one when we moved here called Archie. We thought it was only right that we named the farm after him.”
Staden Grange is also offering farm experience days, where visitors get the chance to help care for the animals.
There are future plans to add to their stock with some Falabella ponies, extend the tearooms and improve shelter for the animals.
For more information, call Staden Grange on 01298 70404, visit www.stadengrange.co.uk or www.archiesfarm.co.uk or find them on Facebook.