Each year in the autumn,we press and pasteurise several hundred litres and bottles of juice from our orchard. We consider it a community press and our neighbours and friends bring their apples for pressing as well.
On Friday evenings in the warmer months, we light up our wood fired oven and the 17th c "linhay" becomes a mediterranean style bistro serving delicious thin and crusty pizzas. There is always a campfire and sometimes even live music. This is a fun, relaxed and informal evening.
Our stable has been converted into a pottery studio. It is used by various local friends and two weekly classes are held here. There are pots for sale in our house "shop".
Parsonage Farm is a smallholding run on organic principles and we are committed to self-sufficiency as much as possible. We have a large walled south facing kitchen garden which has a mixture of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and a small spring fed stream. It has developed over the years and is now set out in a semi-formal parterre inspired design. Beyond that is the one acre apple orchard from where is pressed the delicious juice served at breakfast. A small flock of free range hens and two colonies of honey bees are also part of the gardens. Guests are welcome to use and enjoy this beautiful space.
"Over Stowey was the real home of my heart ...The beauty of the waterfalls and streams, the deep red earth, the strong, wiry bracken, the lovely heather hills, the fragrant drenched woods, full of moss and ferns... We lay in a fold of the Quantocks under steep, red fields, the moor above us, and occasional white seagulls swooping over our bright earth."
~ Phyllis Bottome remembering her childhood in the Vicarage