Cardsmill Farm Holidays offer a choice of self catering or Bed & Breakfast accommodation on family working farms in the Marshwood Vale.
We welcome guests to stay in this rural, quiet, picturesque part of West Dorset, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The main farm is Cardsmill with land at Taphouse, Courthouse and Wakelys farm all joining on the main farm. We farm 600 acres of our own and also rent local land. Our dairy herd of 350 milking cows is milked through 6 robotic milkers which are on 24 hours a day. All the calves born are either reared for replacements in the dairy herd or for beef. Taphouse and Courthouse Farms each have beef cattle in the sheds in the autumn/winter months and sheep and cattle in the fields during the summer months. During the spring months about 1100 ewes have their baby lambs mostly outside so its makes a very interesting sight to see them playing in the fields. Some store cattle and lambs are purchased every year. Crops of fodder maize, wheat or barley and grass crops are grown for winter feed, so lots of seasonal jobs to watch.
The farms are inspected annually by ABM / FABBL Beef and Lamb Scheme and National Dairy Farm Assurance Scheme for milk production.
Guests are welcome to visit the main farm and can wander around, go to see the robotic milking, calves, beef and sheep and ask questions!!!