Welcome to Kemphill Farm, the home of Kemphill Beef
Kemphill Farm is a traditional livestock farm on the North East corner of the Island near the village of Havenstreet. First recorded as "Kemphelle" in 1284 when exchanged between 2 Norman knights, the farm has been continually occupied for the last 8 centuries. The first recorded tenant was one Robert Skinner, who in 1519 agreed to pay 16 shillings per year for life! The present farmhouse and two traditional barns date from the mid 16th century.
The Island's finest quality matured beef.
Pursuit of Excellence
Ron Holland and his family have farmed at Kemphill since 1972. Originally an intensive dairy, the farm slowly expanded to include sheep, beef and cereals. When the dairy industry contracted in the late 1990's, the cows were sold and beef, forestry and tourism replaced them. Originally the cattle were all sold to mainland wholesalers, but over the years, starting with the odd animal sold to friends as "beef in a box", this has grown to over 150 animals per year being sold as "Kemphill Beef" here on the Island.
The reason for the growth in demand has been ruthless pursuit of excellence. Only pure beef animals are kept. None are a bi product of the dairy industry. Provenance is critical, each animal has a paper trail right to the butchers block. Only contented, happy cattle thrive and every effort is made to make this possible. All cattle graze outside for half the year and spend the winter housed on clean straw in large airy barns. Here they are fed home grown grass silage, molasses and Island produced wheat. The public are welcome to inspect the animals at any time, nothing is hidden.
The crucial factor is maturation. No animal can be sold until it has been hung for 21 days at 5 deg' C. This is absolutely critical, and allows the natural enzymes in the muscles to break down and free the stiffening which occurs immediately after slaughter.
Ron Holland has known Sam Shaw and his family since before Sam was even born! Now that Sam has been so successful with his restaurants, The Fighting Cocks and The Chequers Inn, he is only too pleased to allow him exclusivity of supply.
He can think of no other restaurater he would be willing to trust with his brand.
The Fighting Cocks is an award winning Isle of Wight pub and restaurant offering an excellent range of food and drink for all ages.
Kemphill has two, 5 star, gold award, self catering barns available for your holidays on the Isle of Wight. Both are fully en-suite and come with WiFi. The Old Dairy sleeps 12 in 5 en-suite bedrooms and The Barn 10 in 4. The Dairy has all zip/link beds enabling up to 12 single beds if required. The Barn is more conventional with on zip/link, two doubles and 4 singles.
The barns are on top of a hill overlooking 200 acres of rolling pasture and 50 acres of forestry. For 7 months of the year 200 beef cattle graze the fields. In winter we feed them in the various buildings at the farmstead.
The 50 acres of forestry offer stunning walks at any time of the year. If you are very quiet you should see a red squirrel! Now halfway into a fully sustainable 10 year management plan, the woodland provides the fuel for the biomass heating system used by all the properties.