After many years of making Barnsgate their home, sadly, we had to bid farewell to our eight llama neighbours.
The llamas have been with us since the very beginning. They were a temperamental bunch to begin with and they ended up at Barnsgate because they were not very well behaved at the llama park. Over the years, however, they had grown to be a charismatic and charming group. Content with their peaceful life and their bowls of llama mix.
We know many of you will be just as sad to see them go as we are. They enjoyed their fair share of fame here at Barnsgate. However, an opportunity arose for the llamas to make a new home at Reading University. There, they will be looked after by experts and are available to donate their blood plasma to give sickly, newborn llamas a better first start in life.
It’s a really good cause they will be contributing to and we have heard that they have settled in just fine in their cozy new field. We will surely miss them, we have been with them through thick and thin but it’s comforting to know they have gone somewhere that they will be looked after, loved and appreciated.
So goodbye to Kronk, Spit, Patrick, Fitch, Tina, Bright Eyes, Ian and Croft and good luck at Uni!
If you have visited us recently, you may have noticed on your way out some of our long term residents peering at you.
I’m talking about the Barnsgate Llamas! You may or may not have known that we have eight llamas all residing in comfort at the top of our drive, but as of late they have been making themselves known by bounding majestically to the fence line to greet random passers-by.
You may catch one of our majestic, fluffy friends galloping full pelt to the top of our grass mound with their head flailing all over the place… just so that they can have their picture taken.
They truly are living the high life. They have everything they could want with two different types of highly nutritional llama food with lashings of syrup, fresh vegetable trimmings from the kitchen, they even have a paddling pool for those days when the weather is hot and a llama has to cool themselves down.
It may surprise you to know, Barnsgate Manor has always had llamas. Even from the beginning over 25 years ago. With access to three different paddocks, the llamas have always been hard to spot. However, since the new shelter has been finished, the llamas have very much enjoyed the warmth that it provides and have made themselves at home in the first paddock.
Why not come and say hello? Their names are Kronk, Spit, Ian, Patrick, Bright Eyes, Tina, Fitch and Llama Croft. (All appropriately named by the kitchen staff that keep them fed up with veggies!) . See if you can guess who is who! It won’t cost you anything and the restaurant will be available for you to grab a bite to eat while you’re there!