Animals at Layer Marney Tower
As we seek to grow our Social Media presence, we are very proud of our Animals at Layer Marney Tower Instagram account. A perfect place to put a photo of the goats attempting yoga positions or a cute cat hiding in the flower beds. Indeed it was the sad loss of both our Layer Marney Tower cats, Orlando and Marmaduke, this winter that set our Social Media pages alight with sympathetic posts. We were deeply touched.
The animals at Layer Marney Tower are an integral part of the place. One of the charms of Layer Marney Tower is that it is and always has been, a family home and families tend to have pets, especially somewhere like this, with plenty of space – a pet’s paradise.
The first animals you see on arrival are likely to be the sheep, they are Castle Milk Moorit Sheep, frequently mistaken for goats because of their large horns. The Caste Milk Moorits are a hardy breed originally from the borders of Scotland and England. Bred by Sir Jock Buchanan-Jardine on his Dumfriesshire Estate, he was aiming to breed a sheep to enhance his Parkland, He crossed Manx Loaghtan, Moorit Shetland and the Wild Mouflon sheep. The fleece of the Castle Milk Moorits is highly prized by spinners and Sir Jock used the wool to clothe his workers. I hope you think that these pretty sheep enhance the Layer Marney Parkland.
Alongside the sheep (and totally ignoring them!) are the two dark bay horses, Peggy and Darcy. Darcy is a companion horse to Peggy, his riding days are over and he is living out his time munching a lot of hay and enjoying himself, if you hear hin neighing loudly it is because Peggy has gone out and he feels bereft! Peggy belongs to Layer Marney Tower owner, Sheila Charrington and ridden regularly and also pulls a very smart trap that you can see in the barn.
The goats will be glad of your attention. They play to the crowds and really enjoy the company of people. Find them in the stables behind the barn.
You might catch sight of the family dogs; Myrtle the boxer and Bonnie, the standard poodle. If they are running by you very fast they could be on their way to our glamping tents having caught a whiff of cooking sausages!
You might spot a couple of Border Terriers. Not related. Teasel comes to work with Dave who looks after the animals at the Tower and Nuffy is the office dog, aged 14 she likes to be snug and warm in the office, not rushing around outside like Teasel.
Wander a bit further beyond the church to see the Red Deer in their field.
We are on the look out for some kittens.. It was a bitter blow that both cats died within about a month of each other. They were such a strong presence, loved by visitors, visiting school groups and most of all by brides and the wedding photographers. It was a rare set of wedding photos we were sent without a photo of Marmaduke, upstaging the bride! Marmaduke was sure that starring in wedding photos was a very important part of her work (yes she was a female cat, called Marmaduke…I never really found out why) We miss them both hugely.
So if you just want to lean on the bridge over the pond and see if you can spot the Kingfisher darting about, a peaceful way to spend some time, or sit on a bench and watch Teasel as she follows Dave everywhere, there’s always plenty of animal movement. You can be pretty sure you will see several birds and animals when you visit the Tower in the summer. You might also spot the pair of Canada Geese who arrive each spring to raise a family, we enjoy their company. They are fun to watch, I am sure you will enjoy seeing them as much as we do.
Why not follow us on Instagram Animals at Layer Marney Tower to keep up to date with all the pets and farm animals and do send us any animal photos you take, we love to see them.