Visit a thatched historic microbrewery

Devon, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Marc

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
Great for groups
Celebrations, work gatherings and more.

What you'll do

Take a peak behind the scenes at the only thatched micro-brewery in England. Located in rural mid-Devon with stunning views out towards Dartmoor, this brewery tour combines a love of traditional English ales with a celebration of England's spectacular historic environment.

You'll get to see the historic 17th Century thatched farm buildings, built from cob and stone and Grade II* listed with Historic England, and the medieval well head where our unique spring water bubbles up from deep underground. Then we'll head into the brewery where I will show you how traditional English ales are made, the equipment used and the key ingredients. Finally, we'll move into the tap room where you'll get to taste the end product.

Message me if you would like to arrange a tour for any day not listed - I'm pretty flexible!
Take a peak behind the scenes at the only thatched micro-brewery in England. Located in rural mid-Devon with stunning views out towards Dartmoor, this brewery tour combines a love of traditional English ales with a celebration of England's spectacular historic environment.

You'll get to see the historic 17th Century thatched farm buildings, built from cob and stone and Grade II* listed with Historic England, and the medieval well head…

What's included

  • Drinks
    You'll get to sample our ales and have the option to buy more to take away...

Meet your host, Marc

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 29 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am the founder of Taw Valley Brewery, the UK's only fully thatched microbrewery. We're relative newcomers to Devon, having packed in sensible jobs in London a few years ago to have a go at doing something different. I built the brewery from scratch in a listed, 17th Century former threshing barn on our farmstead. I now brew over 1,000 pints each week from the spring water that bubbles up underneath an ancient well head.

When I'm not brewing, I work as a surveyor of old buildings and I'm also learning to thatch. I have a passion for traditional English real ale and old historic buildings which I love to share.
I am the founder of Taw Valley Brewery, the UK's only fully thatched microbrewery. We're relative newcomers to Devon, having packed in sensible jobs in London a few years ago to have a go at doing something different. I built the brewery from scratch in a listed, 17th Century former threshing barn on our farmstead. I now brew over 1,000 pints each week from the spring water that bubbles up underneath an ancient well head.

When I'm not brewing, I work as a surveyor of old buildings an…
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From £18/ person

Where you'll be

Situated in the timeless rural countryside of mid-Devon, hidden a few miles north of the wilds of Dartmoor. Westacott Barton is a 21 acre farmstead dating back to the 1400s. We have woodland, meadows and amazing views out over the Den Brook valley towards the moor. All our buildings are made from cob (mud!) and covered in thatch. And we have the brewery!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

David
December 2021
A fantastic experience located around beautiful ancient farmhouses. Some of the buildings date back to roman times! Marc was very detailed and happy to go through all the interesting bits about brewing. As a keen brewer myself Marc was very patient with me and all my millions of questions 😋 The ales he makes are fantastic - had to take away some souvenirs! i won't go into too much detail and spoil the surprises for others - but can confirm you won't be disappointed here. cheers!
Tracey
October 2021
This was a great experience, very interesting to see how Marc makes his ales. Fun quiz to guess the ales we were tasting. Marc was a brilliant host. Thank you 😊
Abigail
September 2021
Absolutely fantastic experience, cannot recommend highly enough. A beautiful place with some fantastic history and Marc definitely told a good story! We were a group of all ages, even children and we all thoroughly enjoyed! The beers were fab, a lot of us weren’t ale drinkers before this and have definitely been converted.
Valerie
September 2021
Marc was a wonderful host, gave us an amazing talk on the fantastic history of the house and grounds. Absolutely loved his beer, and I’ve tried a lot in my time!! Keep brewing Marc, what you are doing is very special 💜💜
Andy
September 2021
Wonderful tour! Marc spent extra time with our group, answering all our questions and giving us a lot of insight into the brewing business and the converted barns history. Ask about the story about his experiment with Gin !
Craig
August 2021
Our host, Marc, is a super interesting guy with many stories to tell about his journey and the property itself. Our group ranged from 18 to 80 years of age, and everyone found it equally interesting. We had all assumed that the visit was about the brewery and the beer, but we got much more out of the visit with Marc’s stories about the history of the property and the area and also about thatching. It is definitely worth a visit…….and the beer is also pretty damn good!

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    Things to know

    Guest requirements

    Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 8 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
    All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

    What to bring

    The farmstead is very old and all paths are uneven and can become very slippery. Please wear sensible shoes.
    The brewery isn't heated so wrap up warm if it's cold.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.