Chicken Keeping For Beginners


Smallholding Experience Day 


Dairy Goat Keeping Course

All courses to start in 2021. Please message us for more information

Maes Mawr Smallholding is an 1850's Grade II listed house with a 5 acre smallholding in the Nantlle Valley in North Wales. Situated only 15 minutes south from Caernarfon and 20 minutes from Portmadog.


It was originally listed as it is an original mountain dwelling property, retaining its original land and boundaries. Emma & Steve Bennett moved here in 2016, moving from running a smallholding on an acre in Hale Barns, Cheshire. The previous owner had raised goats on the land and used their milk to make goats cheese. Her goats cheese was much celebrated back then, and so the history seemed very fitting as we raise our own goats and milk them here now. We make our own goats cheese, which visitors are welcome to try and we use the extra milk for making goats milk soaps. We don't interrupt the milk given to our goat kids born here, and we do not sell our animals for meat. 

As well as the smallholding courses, your welcome to enjoy the gardens we have created and see the plant nursery that Emma runs here.

Poultry and livestock sales will be advertised on this site, alternatively you can request to be notified directly. Please let us know if you wish to reserve chickens to buy when you attend the poultry keeping course.

Avoid mistakes.... That is NOT the pig house!
Learn about the realities of living the smallholding life.
See why we love this life, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Maes Mawr.


Take your afternoon cream tea in the gardens in good weather and enjoy the views we have at Maes Mawr.
Jersey Giants


We run 3 courses at present, all held in our cabin situated within the tropical garden here at Maes Mawr. From here you'll be given a tour of our place and have somewhere to store any bags or coats you bring. We serve a light lunch with our full day courses and afternoon teas with home made cakes and drinks. 

We have both been running a smallholding since 2011, increasing in the types livestock we have kept over the years. We aim to provide you with a friendly and relaxed approach to learning about this lifestyle. Emma is completing 2 courses in Horticulture, namely the RHS Level 2-3. She has been a gardener and garden designer, still offering that service from her home these days. Steven is passionate about his herd of goats, we have three breeds here and hand milk them everyday. 

We run The Clean Goat Soap Company from our home as well as The Blue Cottage Plant Nursery. 

POULTRY KEEPING FOR BEGINNERS 4 hours including lunch £45.00pp

SMALLHOLDING EXPERIENCE DAY 1 DAY £95.00pp. Includes a home made lunch with a cream tea afternoon break.

DAIRY GOAT KEEPING COURSE 1 DAY £110.00pp. Includes a home made lunch with a cream tea afternoon break.

We can offer bespoke courses for small groups if you prefer to have our place all to yourselves. We can also accommodate families. If you would like a private course before you make the leap as a family please email us and we will arrange that for you. Please contact us for bespoke course prices. We are happy to accommodate anywhere from 2 people to 12. Most arranged courses will contain no more than 6.

Come and discover how we constructed our outbuildings from scratch, the design choices we made in the layout of the smallholding and let us show you some amazing cost saving ideas as well as avoiding costly mistakes.

All our courses take place on our smallholding, in a comfortable building with breath taking views to the sea and mountains. 

Why not contact us and see what kind of day out you can have from our beautiful piece of paradise here in the Nantlle valley.

Anglo Nubian Goats FOR STUD
Serama Chickens
Anglo Nubian Goats FOR STUD

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