Mill House Farm the site for the Bleng Farms business and holiday cottage nestles at the end of Blengdale

Bleng Farms

Farmed by the  Ostle family 

Based at:- Mill House Farm




CA20 1BH


Bleng Farms is a LEAF farm (linking the environment and farming)


To find out more about LEAF farms follow the below link



‘Our Objectives:


  To run a viable farming business by making the best use of the farm’s natural resources to produce quality beef and lamb, whilst enhancing and protecting the environment’

Bleng Farms is a 250 hectare beef, sheep and arable farm lying in the western fringe of the Lake District National Park. The main holding is on the outskirts of the village of Gosforth which is about 15 miles south of Whitehaven, however the arable land is situated at Sandwith which is very near Whitehaven.

We have been farming at Gosforth for over 50 years and with our type of farming we saw integrated farm management as the best way forward post foot and mouth disease.


Bleng Farms at a glance


Farm Size

250 hectares (625)acres


Wellington near Gosforth Cumbria


4.5 FTE






1200-1500mm (50-60 inches)


50m -200m (170ft – 650ft)

Soil Types

Mainly brown earths ranging from sandy to medium loams overlying sandstone at Sandwith and Granite at Gosforth with large areas of peat at higher levels


Very hilly at Gosforth and undulating at Sandwith

Farm Enterprises


Managed habitat and woodland 100acres

 The whole farm is farmed within a Higher Level Environmental scheme

Arable (200acres approx)

Wheat, barley, root crops

Grass leys (75 acres approx

For forage

Permanent Pasture 300 acres approx

For grazing sheep and cattle


40 sucklers with all progeny finished on farm or kept for replacements


650 LLeyns with all progeny finished on farm

Finish 1400 lambs including purchased stores