Pool Cottage Smallholding

Welcome to Pool Cottage Smallholding


The site is about who we are and what we do on our smallholding at Pool Cottage in North Shropshire. We are continually developing the smallholding and diversifying in an environmentally responsible manner, while remaining pragmatic. We would like to be self sufficient just like Tom and Barbara, but true self sufficiency is probably just a dream. However, we keep striving!  More details about our aims can be found on the about us page, and please feel free to look around. Any feedback or genuine enquiries about our smallholding and Pool Cottage activities are most welcome. We introduce just three of the aspects of the smallholding below, but we embrace so much more, so please take time to look at all the other stuff.


17 Sep 2018

The first Pool Cottage Smallholding hop harvest has been successfully gathered in.

14 Aug 2018

Check out our most excellent beer labels.

21 Mar 2018

The Pool Cottage Smallholding Forge is fired up for the first time.

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Artisan Pixies
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Welcome to the Artisan Pixie web pages, part of the Pool Cottage Smallholding. Having retired we not only produce much of our own food, we have diversified into Jewellery making, forging (not money!) and wood-turning. To find out more on each, click on the button below:

Our animals
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At Pool Cottage we have a range of animals including:


Oxford Sandy & Black pigs

Shropshire sheep

Savastapol geese

Shropshire Blue chickens

Light Sussex chickens

Welsummer chickens

Ross chickens (table birds)

Aylesbury ducks

Buff Orpington ducks

Kharki Campbell ducks

Indian Runner ducks

Retired Greyhounds


The chickens keep both ourselves and our neighbours stocked with eggs as do the ducks. The pigs entertain and are used in producing our range of charcuterie. The sheep have given us some wonderful cuts of meat and allowed us to make a range of lamb sausages and burgers. The geese are the guards and the greyhounds take retirement very seriously!


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We love food at Pool Cottage and have been experimenting with charcuterie for a number of years. Our creations include:


Pies and pasties


Bacon (both smoked and unsmoked)

Sausages (so many types)



Salt beef

Smokies (a special garlic sausage).

Smoked salmon

Black pudding

Terrines and pate

Air dried Lonza and Coppa


We built and now run our own smokehouse to produce all our own smoked products in-house. We also designed and made our own clay oven for, arguably, the best pizza in Shropshire. Finally, we work closely with the Shropshire based BBQ outfit "Smoked" , who create the finest "low n slow" hot smoked brisket and mutton this side of the Deep South.

Magazine and books

There a number of magazines that we like here at Pool Cottage! But when it comes to smallholding, we particularly like the couple listed below. You can visit their websites by clicking on the links below:


Home Farmer Magazine


Country Smallholding Magazine


To see more pictures of the things we do at Pool Cottage please click on the image below:

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Supplier's directory

Charcuterie Supplies

ExcelClad Roofing

Tartan Dragon's Smallholding Courses
Tartan Dragon

Get in touch

You can get in touch with us here at Pool Cottage by going to the contacts page

Or you can email us directly at: