The Farmers Arms


On the North coast of Devon, near Hartland, is a quintessentially British village that goes by two names: Woolsery and Woolfardisworthy. Over the past few decades, the decline in tourism has caused many of the local, historical businesses in Woolsery to close their doors, including The Farmers Arms, the local pub, and the connecting Manor House Inn.

A Village Patron

The Farmers Arms, Manor House, Fish & Chip Shop and Post Office were all purchased by tech millionaire, Michael Birch, who has fond childhood memories of both the pub and the surrounding village, having gone to boarding school nearby. His fondness for this village is more than for its beauty as he also has ancestral roots within the village – his grandmother was born above the village shop!

Top left and right: The trendy dining hall, located within the former cattle shed features a farmhouse dining table, bespoke George Smith dining chairs and a high back banquette. 

Having closed in 2012, the pub was bought in 2014 and reopened for business last year in 2018. The Executive Chef of the pub is Ian Webber, formerly head chef at Michelin starred Gidleigh Park Hotel in Devon and leads on the seasonal menu of food sourced locally from a 70-acre farm, also purchased by Birch and his wife.

George Smith Low Scroll Wing Chairs in fabric from GP&J Baker

On the reopening of The Farmers Arms in 2018, Birch said: "We really want this village to thrive and our long-term goals are to preserve the historical architecture of the village, bring back its energy and vitality and in turn create employment opportunities.

"We're extremely excited to open The Farmers Arms, offering a warm and friendly pub celebrating the best of British pub tradition with a few unexpected surprises."

The Woolsery Fish & Chip Shop was reopened in 2015, and The Manor House Inn is looking to reopen with a completely new look in 2022. 

Top left to right: a pair of bespoke settle benches crowned with sheepskin, the George Smith Fairhill Sofa in fabric from Timorous Beasties with a pair of  George Smith Brewster Chairs.

Country Inspiration

The overall aesthetic, designed by Hannah Lohan Interiors, has been carefully thought out to evoke the feeling of a traditional pub, with a modern twist. George Smith have worked with the London based studio to create furniture which reflected the country location and spoke to the heritage and size of the property.

From left to right: a George Smith Somerville Sofa and a George Smith Eve Chair