About us

The Hillsonherd is run by John and Joyce Hillson at Higher Gawton Meadows on the Bere Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which lies between the Tamar and Tavy rivers and has some of the most stunning scenary imaginable. Having reduced from 450 to 110 acres and discontinued the arable and commercial crossbred sheep enterprises, we can now focus more on the commercially managed, pedigree South Devon cattle and pure Suffolk sheep as well as a small horticultural unit selling vegetables directly to the public.

Despite being close to the rivers the farm is only about a mile from the edge of Dartmoor and lies at about 350 feet above sea level and comprises of mainly small enclosures, some average quality land, some unploughable, steep, wooded or rough land and 60 acres of grasskeep is rented from neighbouring and adjacent landowners.

Being the narrowest distance between the Tamar and Tavy valleys, heavily wooded and very quiet, wildlife seems naturally attracted, passing through or grazing down in the valley and herds of deer can often be seen at close quarters.