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.

Meet the Deer

Daily @ 2:30pm

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

  •   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

  •   We really enjoyed our milking experience, spending time with both the beautiful Jersey cows and the inquisitive, lovely goats. We learnt so much about the way Old Parsonage Farm is... read more

    Sarah B
  •   What do you get the man who has everything for his birthday ?? the Milking experience afternoon at Dartington dairy. What an amazing time we had with goats,cows, dogs and... read more

    thumb Windypops73
  •   Fantastic time had enjoying the milking experience with my husband and daughters age 9 and 12. The setting is idyllic, the farmer and his wife totally engaging and full of... read more

    thumb heathersmummy
  •   Wow what an amazing experience- we were made to feel so welcome for our farmer for a day - we had so much interaction and full access to the farm... read more

    thumb Angela W
  •   This was a fascinating and heart-warming experience, getting up close with the goats and learning a lot about the farm and farming too. The highlight was actually milking the goats... read more

    thumb Keith B
  •   Booked this experience as an alternative Easter present for my children aged 9 & 15yrs. After our visit this afternoon i can say that it exceeded my expectations. We were... read more

    thumb Kazkat83
  •   We booked this experience as we wanted to see what life was like on a farm, and we weren’t disappointed! Getting up at the crack of dawn was well... read more

    thumb Holly H
  •   I really can't speak highly enough of this farm. The couple who runs it are extremely kind and were very patient with my tons of questions. For most of... read more

    thumb Alexandra C