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Established in 1992 by two former teachers, Stone Farm Study Centre is located on the edge of Dartmoor in the heart of the Devon countryside. Set in the foothills of the National Park, the site boasts 110 acres of organic park-land pasture and is an idyllic retreat for children to visit.
Among 17th century listed buildings we have a traditional working farm where every morning and evening visiting groups can help with supervised farm jobs - complete with pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, alpacas, a donkey, a pony, 'Hedwig' the African eagle owl and resident sheepdog Baloo there really is something for everyone! Stone Farm also has its own onsite lake where, if lucky, the children will be able to spot local birdlife including ducks, geese, moorhen and kingfishers. When taking a nature walk in the adjoining woodland we often see deer, foxes and badgers.
Stone Farm Study Centre has welcomed schools for 29 years and we understand the educational, physical and emotional benefits school visits offer. We have attempted to create a Study Centre which we would want to visit ourselves and an environment in which every child can flourish and grow. We work closely with every school to ensure our on-site activities, and the excursions you choose in the local area, incorporate and complement the curriculum of each year group. Set up specifically and exclusively for primary schools, we welcome KS2 groups from across the country for 3 or 4 night visits.
10 Great Reasons To Choose Stone Farm!
A magnificent setting! We are situated in the foothills of Dartmoor on the edge of the National Park.
EXPERIENCE: Stone Farm has welcomed over 30,000 children since we were established in 1992!
Our Study Centre is ideally situated for the dozens of places of interest in Devon and Cornwall. The Eden Project, Plymouth Aquarium, Morwellham Quay, Kents Cavern and many more are available to visit in the local area.
Wholesome farmhouse fare - cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and home-cooked evening meals (4/5 choices per evening!) are all prepared in our farmhouse kitchen and included in our price.
All on-site facilities inc. campfire, fully equipped games room, bale-maze, animal sketching, barn dance/disco and barn cinema can be used at no additional cost.
Free entry to all National Trust properties with our education card.
All staff places are free on a ratio of 1:9, and all staff have separate accommodation.
Groups of 40+ children have the whole centre to themselves.
We are accredited by the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) which is part of the LOTC conglomeration.
Having been teachers ourselves we know how busy you are! We are happy to check availability for your excursions if helpful.
What The Teachers Say...
We have set Stone Farm up to be the sort of Residential Centre we would like to visit, and we believe that this is the reason so many school groups continue to visit us year on year - indeed, many have been coming since the year we started. Please see below for recent feedback from schools who have visited:
''A glorious week in the Devon sunshine topped off with great hospitality from the Hatton household. A great big thank you for welcoming us to Stone Farm for the first time - we are already looking forward to coming back next year! Everyone has had an incredible week: new experiences, fabulous food, amazingly cute and tolerant animals and new friends made. A great start to the school year!' - Autumn 2019
'Thank you so much for our amazing week. An oasis of calm in the present sea of abnormality. The children have thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much. Many of us have conquered some of our fears (including the adults!) and learnt practical life skills. An unforgettable residential!' Spring 2020
'What a truly magical place this is. We have had the most amazing time and it is wonderful to see the children flourish and have fun. One child wants to live here 'forever!' The food is also amazing. Thank you for having the most amazing place on earth :)!!' - Summer 2021
What The Children Say...
'Thank you for letting me stay, I have made memories which will last a lifetime. Seeing so many animals made me so happy. Your cooking is the best I've ever had, I've never had chocolate cake which is so delicious! P.s - my favourite animals was Diesel the dog!!'
'I think Stone Farm is important because its an opportunity to learn new things and things that you can't learn in the classroom. I had such a great time and I wish I could stay again!'
'Thank you again for everything you have done this has been the best week of my LIFE!'
'I didn't know I liked the outdoors until I came here. I've learned so much!'
'Thank you for giving me your delicious food I loved it, it was scrumdiddlyumptious! I really hope i can come back and please tell all the animals that I really miss them and the Stone Farm crew!'
You would need a month to do everything we could suggest!
This is just a 5 day (four night) sample.
Arrive mid-afternoon. Settle into bedrooms and drop off luggage. Tour of the farm to meet the animals and introductory chat. Evening meal. Campfire and toasting marshmallows.
Up with the larks to see if any chicks have hatched, walk the rabbits and groom Thunder the pony. Breakfast at c. 8:30am. Day excursion to Morwelllham Quay (reconstructed Victorian Village) to ride on the mine train, dress in Victorian costume and make Victorian chocolate! Home via Lydford Gorge (a local beauty spot) and a walk down to the stunning White Lady Waterfall.
Up with the larks again for farm jobs. A morning on Dartmoor with experienced guides to show you the very best of the Moor. The children will enjoy hunting for the 'secret' Dartmoor letterboxes – they can even send a postard home from one of them and see when it arrives! Afternoon swim at a local pool before back to Stone Farm for an evening falconry display.
Early morning farm jobs and then to the Cornish coast for games on the beach, rockpooling, crabbing, beach art and sandcastle competitions. Home via the Tamar Otter Park. Or would you prefer the Eden Project? Or would you prefer an Activity Day? The choice is always yours!
A special breakfast of pancakes, goodbyes with the animals and the chance to take those final pictures before the bus departs. Back to school via an en-route National Trust property (free with our education card) with one last packed lunch from us!
If you have any questions about our centre, available dates or any other enquiries please don't hesitate to contact us either via a contact form, E-mail or give us a call. We are also more than happy to host pre-visits for teachers to give you a first hand experience of Stone Farm!
Tel: 01837 861605