Authentic Farm Experiences

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sale of the vast majority of our lovely goats here at Old parsonage farm.

We have been overburdened with rising debt and static income over the last couple of years and now have no option but to raise money through the sale of assets in order to continue farming.

As a result Dartington Dairy will also have to close its doors when the goats leave at the end of March.

This has not been an easy decision to make as you can imagine but on the positive side we will now be concentrating on growing organic crops to be milled right here on the farm through Dartington Mill cic, to be used and sold locally through The Almond Thief and Huxhams Cross biodynamic farm.

We would like to thank all our lovely supporters that we have met over the last five years and hope you will continue to support us as we transition to a slightly less livestock orientated farming system.

Goat Yoga will continue to be available, but our Milking Experience will stop at the end of March.


Jon & Lynne

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 booked this for my brother as a birthday present as he loves goats, and he was not disappointed. Both me and my brother are 19, and we found it... read more

  •   After realising how out of touch our London lives were with the countryside, we thought it would be a fun(ny) experience to milk some cows! When we googled the different... read more

    Talya S
  •   Booked a combination of activities including a tour of the goat milking pens and did goat yoga which was absolutely hilarious. Very educational and the guy doing the tours was... read more

  •   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