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About Thorne Farm

Thorne Farm estate comprises two farms, Thorne Farm and Wheatlands Farm, spanning 250 acres. Thorne Farm historically belonged to Oxford’s Balliol College. Records show that in 1699, Robert Bradford (acting for Balliol College) leased the land to Thomas Wright along with 6 cattle, 30 sheep, orchards, timber woods, arable and grassland. The thatched house on the property was in dire need of attention!

Thorne Farm was later privately sold and renamed Thorn Farm in 1921. The Luxton family secured the lease and for four generations, they farmed the land until its sale to us in 2012.

Today, Thorne Farm and its buildings have been beautifully restored. We are delighted to offer various accommodations, including holiday cottages and single rooms within the West Wing of the farmhouse.

When we first arrived at Thorne Farm, we were captivated by its picturesque, secluded valley nestled amid typical Devonshire hills, basking in constant sunshine due to its south-facing aspect. The farmhouse was quite run-down, lacking mains electricity, and accessible only by driving across a field. Over the years, we’ve thoughtfully extended and renovated the house, constructed farm sheds, improved access, conducted proper soil testing, and enriched the land with lime and manure to ensure its health to support our organic livestock and horses. In 2014, we transitioned the land to organic, enhanced our spring-fed water system, drilled a borehole, and established our water treatment plant.

We acquired Wheatlands Farm a year after Thorne Farm. Wheatlands was already operating organically and features a stunning ancient beech wood that carpets with sweetly scented bluebells each spring.

Stoodleigh Village is a short walk away, boasting the 15th Century St. Margaret’s Church and an inn—though you’ll need to acclimate to our hilly terrain! We also appreciate the central Devon location, offering easy access to numerous attractions within a short drive. Raising our children here has allowed us to discover many local treasures that we’re excited to share with you.

Our farm has expanded to include racehorse training facilities, simulated clay shooting, and luxury holiday cottages, enabling us to share our experiences with visitors. Below are some photos of our farm estate and feedback from our guests. Feel free to reach out if you’d like more information.

We’re pleased to offer complimentary tours of our racing stables and the opportunity to watch the racehorses on the gallops. Additionally, we can arrange private simulated clay shoots for groups of up to 12 guns.