Dunley Farmhouse is situated on a sustainable, eco-friendly working smallholding. The animals in our fields usually include sheep, pigs, ducks and geese, some of which are very friendly and enjoy a fuss. There are also often lambs, piglets, ducklings and other baby animals from early spring through to the autumn.
We are very happy to give you a tour of the farm, but we do ask that for your own safety, you do not explore outside the enclosed farmhouse garden by yourself.
Well behaved dogs are welcome (they need a holiday too), but must be kept on their lead when outside the Farmhouse or enclosed rear garden.
Watch the video for a glimpse of life on Dunley Farm:
Owners of Dunley Farmhouse and co-owners of Dunley Farm
We are Rebecca and Geoff, co-owners of Dunley Farm and owners of Dunley Farmhouse. In 2012 we left our suburban life to pursue a life-long dream to own a small holding in the countryside. After many months of searching tirelessly for our future home, we finally found Dunley Farm and it was perfect! With enough space for our future animals, the opportunity to build our own barn conversion and easily accessible for future visitors, we quickly fell in love with Dunley Farm.
Since we moved to Devon, we have converted one of the old barns to create our new home and completely renovated the old Georgian farm house. We installed solar panels, a borehole with water purification system and a sewage treatment system. Our aim has always been to create a sustainable and eco-friendly farm and this applies to everything we do; from our own house, to the guest house and to our farming.
WaterAll water on site is from our borehole. The water is filtered and sterilised to provide a fresh, sustainable drinking water supply to all buildings and fields
Solar panelsWe have installed solar panels on new buildings to generate electricity
SewageWe also have our own sewage plant on site, which people are welcome to view if they wish!
Biomass boilerWe have installed a wood burning biomass boiler for heating and hot water which is carbon neutral
The Georgian stone farmhouse was built in 1760, and is the original Farm Manager’s house when Dunley was a large farming estate.
The 1911 census shows 8 people living in the house, including the Farm Manager and his family, their servant and a labourer.
During the 20th century the house fell into a poor state of repair with cattle living in it and the roof off. It was repaired later in the 20th century and the farm then operated as a pig farm. Around 1990 it became a guest house and then after that it became an equestrian property.
Today it is run by Geoff and Rebecca as a small mixed farm.