Welcome to the Hill Top Farm Home Page
I am Misty Isle, the Belted Galloway, which lives in the big red barn on
Hilltop Farm. That's me in the picture. Belted Galloways are a hardy rare
breed which originated on the expose uplands of Galloway in the south west
of Scotland. We are naturally polled hill cattle and eminently suited to
converting rough grazing into lean meat. "Belties" come in all colors.
Besides black with a brownish tinge like me you can find dun (gray) or red
also. We all have white belts which completely encircle the body.
Hilltop Farm is a working farm and we grow wheat, hay, oats, and corn in
the fields around my barn. We are a little different because the big white
1890 farm house is a bed and breakfast The original house has been
renovated and added to over the years to make it spacious and open with
huge windows in the public rooms. Wildlife abounds including pheasant,
deer, sandhill cranes, herons, and every once in awhile the resident fox.
The three bedrooms have antique furniture that has been in the family for
years and each has a European theme. One room takes you to Amsterdam,
another to Germany and another to the home of Hilltop's Sister B & B on
Scotland's Isle of Skye Orbost Farmhouse. My owner's travels to Europe are evident in
the pictures on the walls, books available but most of all in the English
high tea served every afternoon. The tea set and the tea comes from
England. The food served is based on authentic English, Irish, and Scottish
recipes. High tea is an elegant peaceful custom that fits well with the
tranquility of the farm.
A day on the farm starts out with a carafe of Hilltop Farm's special blend
of coffee waiting outside your door, The farm specializes in a full gourmet
breakfast featuring Michigan grown products. Most of the fruit and
produce comes from the farm's own orchards and acres. Homemade bread baked
from freshly ground wheat is a delight you won't want to miss. Breakfast
specialities are mulberry pancakes, apple and nut bread, dried cherry
muffins, cherry pecan sausage and pumpkin waffles.
Summer activities on the farm include swimming in the large in ground
pool, fishing in the secluded pond, strolling the yard to enjoy the huge
collection of flowers of yesteryear, and hiking the area to see wild life.
In the winter, cross country skiing, ice skating, and sitting by the fire
watching the birds at the feeders are at the top of the list. Special
events are always on the calendar such as harvestfest, wassailing, and
My owners, Dean and Sharma Krauskopf, are great people. Dean commutes to
Detroit to work. Sharma teaches non profit organization staff all over the
country for her firm, Innovative Consulting Services, plus she is a free
lance writer. She has had many things published including a story
about me. The place in Scotland is going to have "Belties" just
I have my own book entitled "Moonbeam Cow."
You can e-mail me at Hilltop Farm