The hamlet of East Shilvinghampton is situated halfway along a valley that stretches from Portesham to Upwey, East Shilvinghampton enjoys far-reaching views in either direction. Both sea and sun are within grasp as nearby Weymouth beach has one of the sunniest climates in the UK.
Family run for over 70 years
Current owners, Martin and Joby, work in partnership with Martin’s parents Tom and Sheila, running a beef suckler herd, raising dairy cattle for a neighbouring farmer and growing wheat, barley, maize and grass. It’s a inclusive operation and the owners are keen to answer questions as guests take the opportunity to learn more about farm life.
Get your bearings
Take Martin’s farm tour and meet the animals, including: chickens; Labrador Lizzie and Ora; goat Trit-Trot; Pit, Pat and Paddle the ducks; and Pippin and Chase, the ponies. The Bartlett’s non-intensive method of farming means that deer, hares, foxes, rabbits, buzzards and a wide assortment of birds can be spotted from the site. Check the hedgerows during autumn; there’s an abundance of sloe berries which campers are free to pick and take home to make delicious sloe gin.