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4th August 2023

Customer review from David Dermody

Recently got into bee keeping and bought all my equipment from Ian, he was really friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable. This site is now my go to site for any equipment and will definitely be buying another hive from him by the end of the year, the quality of the hives (and everything else) are amazing.
2nd May 2023

Customer review from Sprout

We visited the farm today, with the aim of purchasing a starter hive and equipment. Had a good conversation with the owner, who suggested that we rethink our aim. The fact he thought was our garden may be too small. He could of sold us what we wanted and taken our £500. He showed he cared more for the bees […]
1st February 2023

Customer review from Paul Spencer

Hi I purchased a Sentinel suit off you at the beginning of last year. I’d like to say it has transformed my confidence and enjoyment of beekeeping. Having kept Bees for several years and worn a standard well known brand of suit I have had several stings every season and been rapidly exhausted by the heat. Last season for the […]
9th January 2023

Feature on the BBC News website

‘Virtually sting-proof’ bee suit made after allergy concern. A farmer has developed a “virtually sting-proof” bee suit after a bee-keeping friend suffered a severe allergic reaction after being stung. The Sentinel Pro 3D Bee Suit, created by Ian Roberts, is made from material thicker than the average bee sting. The suit is being used by horticulture students at the National […]
8th January 2023

Massive beehive removed from Oxfordshire church roof

An article on the BBC website featured Andy and Abigail from Tree Bee Society removing a massive colony of bees from a Church roof. Andy and Abigail were wearing our Sentinel Pro beekeeping suit. “A massive colony of bees has been removed from a church after its hive caused the roof to sag and honey to drip down the walls. […]
6th January 2023

Customer review from Mr Joe Lionel on

Review from Mr Joe Lionel on I am a careful beekeeper. I don’t like stings. In my first year of keeping bees (one colony, split into two by summer’s end) I had zero stings. None. I admit, I wore a smock, hat and veil, gloves, two pairs of jeans, a shirt and a t-shirt. Hey, as I said – […]
5th January 2023

Customer review from Ms Amber Sanchez

Ventilated, Sting Proof Bee Suits – The UltraBreeze or The Sentinel Pro 3D? The dreaded day came last year in June. A sting on the thumb; my fault, shortly followed by shortness of breath and a lump in my throat. My fears were confirmed by the immunology nurse at the hospital. I was allergic. And should give up bees. I […]
1st April 2022

Customer review from Louise

Had to leave a review to say how happy I am with the customer service from Old Castle Farm Hives. I ordered a few items of clothing in the end and have ended up keeping one of the jackets (which I’m really pleased with). The items I’ve sent back were amazing quality but just not the right fit for me. […]
7th March 2022

Customer review from Alicia in Australia

Hi Ian, Just wanted to say thank you. My suit arrived end of last week. I was so surprised as I was expecting a few weeks wait at least. Everything fits great and I will try it out checking the girls this week. You were very helpful and I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Alicia
4th March 2022

Customer review from Verdegris Patina

I love my new bee suit 😁 It’s cool, comfortable… And I match my hives 😂 Thank you so much for the time you took to fit me up with the correct size and talk me through its extensive features. It really is an excellent suit. And it’s good to support a Welsh company too! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
4th March 2022

Customer review from Amber McCormack

MASSIVE thanks to Old Castle Farm Hives for supporting our community garden and apiary at Islington Mill, Salford. We LOVE our Sentinel bee suits – the absolute best on the market! We performed our first hive inspections at Bee Corner last week with volunteers and local residents.
4th March 2022

Customer review from Liz Childerley

Dear OCFH – I just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ for saving me in my hour of ‘extraction’ need. I ordered the screens for my Konigin extractor at 4.30pm and they were with me next day by 11am (a Saturday too!) – the extractor barely stopped turning. Fast and reliable service – thank you very much.
17th February 2022

Customer review from Dave Thornhill

Fantastic service from Ian at Old Castle Farm Hives. I ordered a new Sentinel Pro II full suit after speaking to him to discuss sizes – I’m 6’4” tall and was surprised that the suit Ian sent me fitted perfectly, and is really comfortable, even with normal clothes underneath. The suit is highly ventilated and of the highest quality of […]
15th May 2021

Customer review from Wayne Yule

I burst 2 zips on my cheap suit and called Ian about ordering 1 is the Sentinel II suits. He was ever so helpful on the phone about correct size etc. I ordered it that night at about 1900 and Ian messaged me the next morning to say it had been shipped and it arrived the next morning. Staying up […]
16th April 2021

Customer review from Mandy G

Sorry this is a long overdue review. I received one of your sentinel bee suits the women’s style Dec/Jan 2020. It has been brilliant, does what it says – no bee stings in the year through the suit. More comfortable to wear than other suits I have had. Washed successfully after helpful advice from yourselves. Thank you – worth the […]
25th December 2020

Customer review from Wendy

I have a sentinel custom made suit and I love it! I wore it for 12 hours on the hottest day of the year and I was totally ventilated all day. The breeze I felt through it was great. It is hard wearing and easy to wear. Being fitted to me makes it so comfortable and it moves with me […]
5th August 2020

Customer review from Mr Brian Moore, Northamptonshire

Now I have had the use of one of you new suits for a beekeeping season, I would like to say how pleased I am with it. In fact it has transformed my beekeeping. I can now work in shorts and T shirt & without a cap under the hood as before. That was a great blessing in the heat […]
15th July 2020

Feature on the Daily Post website

Welsh farmer develops ‘sting-proof’ suit for beekeepers. The space-age suit was designed by Ian Roberts after a friend suffered anaphylaxis from a bee sting. A Welsh farmer and beekeeper is to launch a bee suit for honey producers that he claims is “virtually sting proof”. Ian Roberts was spurred into action when a beekeeper friend developed a life-threatening allergic reaction […]
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