Melbury Vale was bought in December 2003, by brother and sister, Glynn and Clare, as 28 acres of derelict and dilapidated farmland and buildings, formerly part of Barfoot Farm, near to Melbury Mill and Cann Mill.
They have lovingly converted the buildings and restored the land to good management with much determination, hard work, help and support from friends and family, to make it the varied and thriving rural business that it is today.
Christmas Trees, Holiday-let & DIY Livery
Clare and Glynn now run the overall business, that has evolved in recent years, with Glynn’s partner Sarah and Corinne O’Connor, winemaker. This includes a holiday-let in a converted stable and 3 giant timber barrels for glamping. English native woodland, DIY livery, Christmas tree plantation and the Melbury Vale Vineyard and cider orchard.
The on-site winery was completed and in production for 2013. It is built into the hillside with a number of sustainable design features; including wild flower meadow roof and rain water harvesting. Enquiries for new vineyards to be planted in the area came rolling in, with over 5,000 new vines already planted locally in response to the winery appearing.
Melbury Vale now also distils its own wine and makes liqueurs, brandy and cocktails in a bottle – all ready to drink!