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Melbury Vale

Melbury Vale wjoe_clare_glynn_sarahas 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 fiancee Sarah and Clare’s husband Joseph. This includes a holiday-let in a converted stable, (For availability see  http://www.holidaycottages.co.
) English native woodland, DIY livery, Christmas tree plantation and the Melbury Vale Vineyard and cider orchard.

Winery building

mv_winery_elevationThe 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 are now rolling in, with over 5,000 new vines already planted locally in response to the winery appearing. This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which the managing authority is Defra, it is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; Europe investing in rural areas.

For more information on Melbury Vale Farm see www.melburyvaleco.co.uk.


From 25 May (half-term week), we will have 3 glamping pods (barrels) available to let. Each sleeps 2 (double) and has an internal seating/dining area as well as two seats outside on the south-facing varandah – overlooking the River Stirkel.

Melbury Vale Vineyard

Melbury Vale Vineyard is located just off the A350, on Foots Hill, about  1.5 miles south of Shaftesbury at Cann Bridge. We are a small, family owned, rural business, situated on 28 acres of south-facing, rolling hillside in the beautiful Stirkel Valley, renowned for its milling history.

Our sustainable winery, built in 2013, is adjacent to the Melbury Vale vineyard, where wine, liqueur, brandy and cider production now takes place from our on site and associated sister vineyards in Dorset.

You can visit us and taste our products at our winery or order directly from us.

Please browse our website; keep up to date with our latest news and please do feel free to contact us for any further information that you may require, we would be delighted to help.

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