Our Story

"We tried to tame the water and couldn't;
so now we simply bottle it."

We, Neil and Sarah moved to Little Comfort Farm in Torrington around 32 years ago just after we were married, but Neil’s family have been farming in this area of North Devon for four generations.

Neil and Sarah moved to Little Comfort Farm in Torrington around 32 years ago just after we were married, but Neil’s family have been farming in this area of North Devon for three generations.

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We knew the farmhouse was connected to a spring on the land so had a water supply, but the land wasn’t great for a working farm; there was water everywhere, so we set about redirecting its focus towards a small lake which sits at the edge of our land.
But still the water kept on springing up…in the far field…next to the farmhouse…at the bottom by the gate…everywhere….

Fast forward to 2001, following a serious rugby injury, Neil and I started to rethink the farm. The water presented itself and refused to be ignored. And having tested it, we decided to bottle it. The most wild and natural resource, still pushing it’s way up through the surrounding land even with the lake in place… Now there are three bottling plants on the farm all supplied by the original spring.

Sustainability

Since Tarka Springs began, we have been very aware of our environmental impact and social responsibilities. Find out about our friends and partners and our work to maintain a sustainable business on our Friends and Sustainability pages.

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In the rolling hills of North Devon: 
The summers are comfortable;
the winters are long, very cold windy and wet. 

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It rains a lot in the winter:
Many people are surprised to know it rains a lot here during the winter months. Ideal for lots of lovely
water to start filtering down
through the ground.

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Filtered through the Bude Formation:
 Sand and mud layers were
deposited in a giant tropical “Lake Bude” 300 million years ago before
dinosaurs existed to create what is
known today as The Bude Formation; one of the most fascinating
geological features of Devon.

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Springs up from the ground all over the farm: We pump from 40 metres down into the ground from the main spring. But there are still many natural springs around the farm.

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Bottled just 50m from source:
All our water is bottled on the farm in purpose built production lines, just 50 metres from source

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Filtered seven times:
Our filtration system is simply about removing what shouldn’t be there. Tarka spring water is naturally low in sodium and contains naturally occurring calcium, magnesium & sulphates.

sign post

In the rolling hills of North Devon: 
the summers are comfortable;
the winters are long, very cold windy and wet. 

cloud and rain graphic

It rains a lot in the winter:
many people are surprised to know it rains a lot here during the winter months. Ideal for lots of lovely water to start filtering down through the ground.

filtered graphic

Filtered through the Bude Formation:
 – sand and mud layers were deposited in a giant tropical “Lake Bude” 300 million years ago before dinosaurs existed to create what is known today as The Bude Formation; one of the most fascinating geological features of Devon.

water spout Graphic

Springs up from the ground all over the farm – we pump from 40 metres down into the ground from the main spring. But there are still many natural springs around the farm.

water bottles Graphic

Bottled just 50m from source:
All our water is bottled on the farm in purpose built production lines just, 50 metres from source.

rain grapic

Filtered seven times:
Our filtration system is simply about removing what shouldn’t be there. Tarka spring water is naturally low in sodium and contains naturally occurring calcium, magnesium & sulphates.