About us


The smallholding of 16 acres is managed along organic lines with positive management for wildlife. It has a range of traditional farm buildings and a working water mill; tame livestock including sheep, pigs, hens and ducks; 600 yards of frontage to the river Tamar; three very different ponds; an area of Culm grassland; organic gardens growing fruit, vegetables, dye plants and a range of cottage garden plants; and circular walks offering lovely views around the points of interest. The Bridge Mill has been designated as a County Wildlife Site as well as a key Devon dragonfly site.



The owners, Alan and Rosie Beat, moved here from Bedfordshire in 1987 with their two young children as a deliberate change of lifestyle.  Previously Alan was a Chartered Engineer while Rosie taught at a small village primary school.  They now try to live in a sustainable and self-reliant way, producing much of their own food without chemical inputs, writing for “Country Smallholding” magazine, and presenting talks and courses on a range of craft and smallholding subjects.

Alan published his first book “A Start in Smallholding”in 2004.

His second book was published in July 2015

To find out more about these books click here

We were very pleased when our daughter Katie moved back to Bridgerule village with her husband Steve and daughter Alice to lend some extra pairs of hands!