Smeale Farm Guided Tours
There is a feeling of history and continuity here on the farm and we delight in sharing our environment and knowledge with our guests.
We can focus on history, food production or wildlife conservation, depending on your interests, fitness, weather and what is happening on the working farm that day. When the weather is less than ideal, tours can be designed to tell our story round the farm buildings, keeping you dry and comfortable.
Our ancestors have farmed much of this land since 1515, when records began on the island. On the 350 acres we now farm there is a Viking ship burial (around 900 A.D.), a 5th Century keill (chapel) remains and a bronze age tumulus at the end of the garden to Smeale Farm Cottage, (600-2,000 years B.C.).
Smeale Farmyard’s buildings span from the 1500’s to the present day and features include the remains of a wattle canopy fireplace, a ziggurat-style fireplace with beehive oven, several dwellings, horse walk and the wall of a beggars’ house.
Smeale Farm is a past winner (2006 and 2014) of the Manx Farm Conservation Challenge “Bronze Chough” Award for excellence in conservation in balance with commercial farming. We can take you “on safari” through this area.
Watch out for our special interest events e.g. Lambing Live on our facebook page at Smeale Farm Cottages.
Private and corporate groups are welcome. Minimum number of 6 required.
Refreshments are available and include tea, coffee, farm-sourced apple juice and cake or flapjacks at reasonable prices.
- We have some wellingtons for you to borrow from adult sizes 4-12. We advise you to wear sun block on sunny days, sensible footwear and trousers.
- Book ahead at a mutually convenient time.
- Also enjoy lots of farm photos on our Facebook page.
Programme of Events
Afternoon of December 28th 2020 - in conjunction with the Winter Walking Festival - "Check the Sheep" walk with Meg, our working dog plus festive refreshments
7th March 2021 starting at 10am - Wonder of Wool Day - all day workshop with Sue Quilliam
October 2021 - Heritage Open Day event - Discover Smeale Farm's history.
For more details check our facebook page at Smeale Farm Cottages