Authentic Farm Experiences

Located on the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate, Old Parsonage Farm is the home of tenant farmers, Jon and Lynne Perkin. 

Jon and Lynne work hard to milk 70 Jersey cows and 160 mischievous goats with the milk going to make both the Sharpham cheese and the amazing Dartington Dairy goats milk products.

The farm is farmed to organic principles and grows as many of its own crops as possible in order to provide sustainability. In addition they grow heritage wheat for milling through Dartington Mill which is used for baking at the local Almond Thief Bakery.

Other interesting projects include the the on farm milking experiences, the ‘Farmer for a Day’ experience, Deer Park Tours, agro forestry and Hemp growing.

Milking Experiences

Daily @ 3:30pm

Get a hands-on experience milking our lovely but mischievous dairy goats. Join us @ 3:30pm for milking of the goats and an overview of our purebred herd of friendly Jersey cow milking procedure.

Farmer for the Day

Daily @ 6:30am

Spend an exclusive day on the Dartington estate with farmers Jon and Lynne Perkin, running the goat and Jersey dairy herds at Old Parsonage Farm.

Deer Park Discovery Trail

Saturday & Sunday @ 12:15pm

A truly wonderful experience for all the family, with very close encounters, learning about their lifecycle, nutrition and how they fit into the conservation model on the Dartington Estate.

Goat Yoga

Various Dates

Who can resist settling into a downward facing dog with the cutest upward facing baby goat peeking up at you? Simply Soulful ......

Groups & School Trips 

We are always pleased to introduce people to farm life and all that goes on at Old Parsonage Farm.

A visit could include a talk and tour by Farmer Jon about the farm and practices, hands on or observing the goat and cow milking. A tasting session to sample the goats milk products made here on the farm.

If you’d like to arrange a tailor made visit to the farm for your group ie school groups, special interest, WI, U3A or any other, please contact us to discuss your requirements for more information.


Reviews from Trip Advisor

  •   I took my Grandson and we had a fantastic 2 hours, looking round
    the farm, walking the cows to milk, watching milking and milking
    the goats ourselves. My Grandson... read more

    Carole K
  •   I had a gift voucher for the milking experience and oh my god was it amazing. John is so knowledgeable and I asked a million questions and he answered all... read more

  •   The farmer was very professional with his knowledge and explained everything well. We experienced an insight into farm life and were even lucky enough to witness a calf being born,... read more

  •   A fantastic experience that we won’t forget. My seven year old daughter loved the whole experience from calling the cows to be milked to hand milking the goats. We were... read more

  •   Went to the farm last week - booked a milking experience and what an experience! Would definitely recommend for both adults and children, John the farmer was so informative and... read more

  •   I can’t even begin to describe what a wonderful day my daughter and I had. Jon and Lynne are the most wonderful, hard working people I’ve ever had the pleasure... read more

  •   Went to the farm with a youth group to milk the goats, was very sceptical before I got there.
    How wrong I was, it was so interesting and fun, Jon... read more

  •   After receiving this as a gift it surpassed all expectations, we spent most of the afternoon with the affectionate goats and placid Jersey cows learning how to milk. Thanks indeed... read more

    Sally D
  •   After waiting over 30 years, searching around the world for the chance to milk a cow by hand we got that and more at Dartington Dairy today !! A lifetime... read more

  •   received a gift of Farmer for a Day as a birthday present, what a great day out, went with my eldest son. An early start 06.30 (not as early as... read more