• What do you need to consider when relocating to the West Country Dream

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    There’s a reason moving house is often referred to as one of the most stressful events in our lives. Combine this with a move across the country and a change of lifestyle, and you’ll soon realise that there’s plenty to consider for those relocating to the South West with the dream of owning their own […]

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  • Securing your smallholding or farm

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    As with anything, there are some risks to having a smallholding or farm. Thefts frequently cause big problems, and it could even threaten your dream of running a smallholding or farm. Whilst we can’t convince thieves that they shouldn’t steal, we can give you some advice on protecting your piece of countryside. Animals and equipment […]

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  • Devon vs Cornwall

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    So you’ve made the first big decision, you want to move the the South West, but it is a pretty big place, so we need to start narrowing your search down. The first step is to decide which county is best for you. Devon and Cornwall both have so much to offer, with plenty of […]

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  • 5 things you should be doing on your smallholding in October

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    Having a smallholding is 24/7, 365-days a year job, and so there’s always something to be done no matter what time of the year it is. If you’re thinking of making the big move, or are about to embark on the exciting journey of having your own smallholding, you may be wondering what you would […]

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  • 7 things you won’t find in the city

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    It comes as no surprise that there are some big differences between cities and the countryside. Your faithful tube-line gets replaced with bi-daily buses and your busy office becomes a field filled with goats; it can sometimes feel like a completely different world. For those used to large, busy cities, a move to the West […]

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  • The best farmer’s markets in the South West

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    There’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of a farmer’s market in the West Country. Seeing the beautiful fresh produce all laid out, smelling the fantastic treats, and even tasting some of them too! These things make a farmer’s market extra special, and way better than any trip to a supermarket! By paying a […]

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  • Some of the best farm shops the South West has to offer

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    The West Country is filled to the brim with culinary delights. There are so many amazing foods and dishes to try, it can almost be overwhelming! As well as many wonderful restaurants, there is plenty of perfect produce for you to try. Across the South West there are some truly brilliant farm shops. When you […]

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  • What matters more, the land or the property?

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    If buying a house isn’t hard enough, buying a smallholding or farm can be even more daunting when it comes to knowing what you want. You’ll no doubt have already pictured the type of property you’d like to live in and the land that comes with it, but which is more important? Here’s a few […]

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  • Getting the right land for your smallholding

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    No matter the size of the smallholding you’re looking to buy in the South West, choosing a property that has suitable land is essential to ensuring your farm and rural dream has the best possible start to life. We take a look at why you should always bear in mind what it is you want […]

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  • Government grants and payments available to smallholders and farmers

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    If you’re not familiar with farming, buying a smallholding can be a daunting experience. For that reason, knowing whom to call on for advice when things go wrong, or where to seek financial expertise in a time of need are questions that you will no doubt ask yourself at some stage. But help is available […]

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  • A guide to farming’s national open day — Open Farm Sunday

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    Smallholder or farmer in the West Country looking to raise the profile of what you do and share your farming story? Every year hundreds of farmers across Great Britain break their usual routine to open their gates to the public as part of Open Farm Sunday. What is ‘Open Farm Sunday’ we hear you ask? […]

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  • 5 reasons why farming in the West Country is amongst the best places in the UK

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    Making your first steps in the farming world, but unsure whereabouts in the UK you should settle? Whether you’re looking to keep a small flock of sheep on a smallholding or start up a dairy herd on a larger farm, begin and end your search in the West Country — one of the best places […]

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  • Right to roam on a smallholding or farm

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    With more than 6,000 miles worth of public footpaths stretching across Devon and Cornwall, if you’re looking at buying a smallholding or farm you’ll need to be aware of any rights to roam on your land and what it means for you. We take a look at all you need to know about public access […]

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  • Five types of crop suitable for growing on a smallholding

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    Some of the West County’s most profitable businesses started off by growing crops on a smallholding. So what can you grow in the West Country? We’ve taken a look at just five of the many types of crop suitable for smallholdings. Fruit and veg As obvious as it may seem, some of the most successful […]

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  • Mortgage advice for buying a smallholding or farm

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    Considering buying a smallholding or farm? Whether you’re already searching, or about to start looking for your West Country Dream, you’ll need to be fully clued up on the type of mortgages available to you. We take a look at some key points to bear in mind when seeking your perfect West Country property. Is […]

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