Oatfield House was built around 1590 and farmed for generations by a Gloucestershire family until bankruptcy struck and the land reverted to the Church around the turn of the 20th Century. It was then farmed by a series of tenant farmers including some very colourful local figures, until converted by the Hoinville family who owned the farm from 1976.
The original farmhouse door retains the blacksmith’s mark and a commemorative stud revealing the family’s royalist allegiances, dated 1649 (beheading date of Charles I). The ancient orchard still contains some of the famous Blakeney Red pears which, although increasingly rare, are still used in local perry production today.
March 2015 new facilities added: Pimpernel now has an eco-friendly wood-fired hot tub, and there is a cosy wood-fired sauna near the tennis court for everyone to use.