Les Caches Farm is a farmhouse built in 1840 in the peaceful rural setting of Les Villets in the Parish of Forest on Guernsey. The house has been restored to look like what it used to back in the 19th century. In the kitchen of this house a complete Furze oven can be seen. There is also a barn dating from the 15th century. There are also two older ruined buildings at this site.
Evidence of an apple orchard at Les Caches appears on William Gardener’s 1787 map commissioned by the Duke of Richmond and, mindful of Guernsey’s established cider trade at around this time, the then apple orchard at Les Caches was almost certainly planted with apple trees suitable for cider production. A further clue to cider production at Les Caches was found in the form of a dismantled stone pressoir at a nearby property. Restoration of the ancient and derelict Cider Barn adjacent to the main farmhouse, was completed by National Trust of Guernsey in 2015 after which the recently discovered pressoir was reassembled and installed on the barn’s ground floor.
In 1999 the National Trust of Guernsey embarked on extensive and sympathetic restoration of the main house at Les Caches, as much of the original fabric of the building was preserved. Les Caches is a prime example of commitment to teaching and learning restoration skills. After some time of being closed for essential repair, Les Caches is now open for tours, during the season of 2017. Regular opening dates and times are being considered and are dependent upon volunteer availability. Should you wish to book a group visit, please be in touch with their Curator, Christian Morris at the telephone number below; mobile telephone 07781 127476.
If you are passing and the site is closed, please feel free to enjoy the setting of the mid 19th Century farmhouse and buildings. The site is en route to some spectacular cliff path walks and National Trust land areas at Le Bigard and Le Gouffre. The site is wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs are welcome and the building itself is well worth a visit.