Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis

Our Croft & Garden

Alice’s home studio is located on her croft on the shores of Broad Bay in the Isle of Lewis. In addition to her work as a designer she is dedicated to keeping her family tradition of crofting alive. Her Broad Bay Fold of pedigree Highland cattle are born and bred in their native homeland where they are supremely suited to the climate and terrain. She works together with the Brue Fold who are located on the Atlantic coast of Lewis, and the progeny they breed and raise between them are highly prized and mainly exported for breeding throughout the UK and Europe.

Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Alice's Broad Bay Highland Fold on our croft on the Isle of Lewis
Our croft

The 24-acre croft is unusually large for Lewis and this is because it has little arable land and a great deal of what is considered marginal land. It encompasses a wide range of habitats including machair, species-rich grassland, coastal heath, wet heath and blanket bog. Native Highland cattle are the perfect eco-grazers and are ideally suited to the management and conservation of this type of ground. They benefit from the wide variety of grazing, and careful management ensures that the diverse range of flora and fauna are protected and allowed to flourish.

Our croft
Our croft
Our croft in the evening light

Birds such as Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Snipe and Curlew nest in the lightly-grazed grassy clumps in summer. The machair, heath and wetland flowers are allowed to bloom and set seed, providing food for a wide variety of birds and bumble bees, including some rare and endangered species.

Cotton grass on the croft
Our croft in the evening light
Full moon over the croft
Our croft in the evening light
Fresh veg from the garden

The cattle are important providers of fertilizer for the flower and organic vegetable garden. Alice plants both summer and winter vegetables so they have a year-round supply which is enjoyed by family and friends.

Fresh veg from the garden
Fresh veg from the garden
One of our vegetable patches
Fresh veg from the garden
Fresh veg from the garden
One of our vegetable patches