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We make every effort to provide you with a very enjoyable and informative day that is real value for money. Here is some genuine feedback from people who have attended our courses...


Me and my wife came on your smallholding for beginners course on Sat 18th April and would like to thank you both very much for your hospitality. We both thoroughly enjoyed our day and found it interesting and very informative, hopefully we will be lucky enough to do something similar to yourselves in the future. Thanks very much.
Liam and Emma, 2015


Just to say Thank you so much for our day on Sunday. It was lovely to meet you and all your animals-your highland cattle are beautiful!
We gained such a lot of knowledge in such a short space of time! It's really good to learn first hand from someone who is passionate about what they are doing and is able to answer questions with ease and on such a practical level. The folder of information is a great quick fire reference guide which will be invaluable as we get started up. We are definitely all fired up for action now - and can't wait to start! Once again thank you so much for such an informative and enjoyable day.
Jane and Eddie, 2015


A big “Thank You” for the course earlier in November. It was all we had hoped for and more – perfectly tailored for our needs and much added excitement from the hands-on parts. We are still telling our friends about the exploits of the leaping rams. Please also pass on our thanks and best wishes to all who added to the fun experience for us. Stella, your lunches and cakes were fabulous!
Kate and John Berry, (Norway), 2014


We just wanted to say thanks again for a great smallholder introduction day. We really had a wonderful day and loved meeting all the animals. We wanted to also let you both know that the steaks were glorious and the sausages were wonderful!
Michelle and James Best, (Lancashire), 2014


Thanks to you both for a very informative and hands on weekend. We both really enjoyed it and found it very helpful.
David and Julie Hardy, (Cornwall), 2014


Sincere thanks to Mike, Stella and the girls for a superb day. We cannot believe how much was covered on the [Intro to Smallholding] course. We went from having an inspirational, but distant thought of having a smallholding, to a feeling of reality at the end of the day, equipped with sufficient knowledge to source some land and get going as soon as we can! For this we are truly grateful to Mike and Stella. Thank you for sharing your home, knowledge, experiences and animals with us. Fantastic day, would and already have recommended it!
Darren, Jenny, Charlotte and Emily (Sheffield), 2013


I had a really good day [on the pig butchery course]. It was an immensely practical course, very flexible and nicely tailored for our needs; equally ideal for someone with no experience or those who have done some butchery. Everyone was very welcoming.
Kath (Shropshire), 2013


Thanks for a fantastic day guys! Loved every minute of it, to say Brett dragged me there kicking and screaming - I'm so glad he did! I would recommend this course to anyone and will whole-heartedly be doing so! You have a wonderful home, wonderful family and a wonderful lifestyle! Thanks for letting us be a part of it.
Joanne and Brett (Leeds), 2012


Thanks Stella, Mike and the girls for a brilliant day. What can I say? Truly a success, even the weather. Thanks for sharing your home, beautiful lunch (hic!) and most importantly your knowledge. Hope to see you again soon, with a post knocker in hand!
Karen, Tony and Liv (Congleton), 2012


Thanks for a great day and mega converting have really inspired him. As you gathered he's a bit of a petrol head but is moving towards the livestock side of things. I'll be the one doing the nitty gritty but he wants to get more involved which is great. We both love your set up and can now see how we can adapt your system of lambing to suit us and our barn. Thanks again for a brilliant day. Hope to see you in the near future for a couple your girls as Dexters are off the list.
Bob and Dawn (Dudley), 2012


Just a quick note to thank you for a fantastic day. My son [aged 9] hasn't stopped talking about getting Highland cows. Been in contact with a few of our local farmers and things are looking good. Found the course content very informative and interesting. You have every avenue covered and it was fantastic to be able to ask questions without feeling uncomfortable. You have a great ability for making people feel comfortable and at ease. I would highly recommend your course to any one thinking of becoming a smallholder or taking a step to becoming a small farm. And a big thanks for a delicious lunch.
Steve and Chris (Tarporley), 2012


“We had a really good day and can’t believe how much we learned. We were sufficiently motivated after we got home to read the notes from cover to cover, and we understood what we read!! Amazing! The pace of the course was great, the variety of venues and activities kept our eager interest and the hospitality and home cooking was fabulous.”
Philippa and Tom (Stourbridge), 2011


“Thanks for a fantastic day! We particularly valued the hands-on experience. The course really inspired us to ‘go for our dream’ so much so that we are off to look at pig-arcs this weekend. Thanks again for the wonderful lunch; we never imagined a simple beef casserole could taste that good!”
Adam and Tami (Malpas), 2011


“Thank you so much for introducing me to your wonderful cattle. Despite those magnificent horns they were indeed just as gentle as you promised. I could have taken all of those teddy-bear calves home with me.”
Paula (Stockport), 2011


Country Smallholding Magazine on Tartan Dragon in August 2014.
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Tartan Dragon feature,
Shropshire Life, 2012.
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Some of the hands-on activities we get up to


Some of the hands-on activities we get up to
Some of the hands-on activities we get up to on smallholding course days