Huntstile Organic Farm
Huntstile is the home of John & Lizzie Ridout. John is a dedicated organic farmer and Lizzie is a keen gardener and loves to cook. They are both passionate about natural food production.Huntstile House distance licenseHuntstile Farm has been in the care of the Ridout family since 1951. The Grade II Listed 15thC former manor house was built around 1430 and retains many original features, including wide Tudor doorways and large walk-in fireplaces.Willow archway at the stone circleWe have our own Stone Circle at Huntstile Farm, and a spring-fed lake & woods to explore. At Huntstile we grow a variety of organic vegetables, soft fruit, herbs, flowers and lots of delicious nutritious grass for our grazing animals on over 430 acres of organic land. We also grow a small amount of organic medicinal herbs for Neals Yard and Rutand Bio-Dynamic.We are mainly grass farmers at Huntstile, moving the cows onto fresh pasture every day, although we grow a little barley for the pigs and we have a few vegetable plots and 3 replanted mixed orchards that grow the tastiest produce around.In 2014 we added an organic micro-dairy with our free-ranging grass-fed Dairy Shorthorn cows and a Jersey lady. This micro-dairy produces the most delicious milk, butter and yoghurt. We also have several Gloucester Old Spot pigs and different breeds of chickens that lay the best, most scrumptious free-range eggs in the world.We are convinced the reason for the outstanding flavour of the food grown at Huntstile is the excellent nutrient content of our grasses and the fact that all our animals are allowed unlimited access to pasture all year around. This is the natural way that animals should live.John’s father Frank began farming at Huntstile in 1951 when the Halswell Estate was dispersed. There was no electricity here at the time, so it was back to gaslights and generators. He kept chicken and doves in the hay loft above the cafe and a mixed farm of dairy cows, sheep, pigs and arable crops. John was born in the farmhouse (the Cream Room was the nursery then) and he soon became involved with every aspect of the farm.Huntstile is the family home of John and Lizzie. Christmas is a busy time with their 5 sons and partners and (to date) 3 gorgeous grandchildren.license cow cows wbMost of the farmhouse date back to 1430, the reign of Henry VI the ‘child king’, although it has been added to over the centuries.
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We are about 10mins from junction 24 M5 Exit M5 Junction 24 Turn left at the roundabout towards North Petherton Just before you enter the village, turn right into Old Road, sign-posted ФGoathurst & BroomfieldХ Then take the 2nd right to ФHuntstile & GoathurstХ (note: Р this 2nd turning is about 1.5 miles up the road, its just a little white village ФstickХ sign) We are a mile from this 2nd turning on the right, and we are the only farm on this road. Come down the narrow lane and pass two little stone cottages on your right and then a red brick house on the left, the big cow barn & farm buildings are in front of you. Carry on round the corner to the left and you will find 2 driveways on your right, take the second one, signed ФcampingХ and it will lead you down to the little granary on mushroom stilts and the farmhouse. If you canХt find us and you get to the brick barn on the left with the blue door and blue circular window then you have gone too far!
- Bristol International Airport - 39 km
- Bournemouth Airport - 92 km
- Southampton Airport - 119 km
- Weymouth - 68 km
- Poole - 85 km
- Plymouth - 112 km
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