At the end of November 2014 as it happened my birthday, we bought and moved in to our wonderful new home. We’d been looking for somewhere to buy for 18 months and found this place by complete accident just few months earlier, it was empty and abandoned and had been for quite some time.
As we explored the farm yard, fields and gardens we knew without even going inside this was the place for us, even though it hadn’t been loved for a long time and there was clearly a lot of work to do, it was as if we’d come home!
On that hot June Sunday afternoon, my first meeting with this magical place my imagination was running wild with all the possibilities it held. By the time we left about 2 hours later I’d already created unique holiday homes (hobbit houses in the hillside, vintage caravan refurbished in to a luxury retreat) a tearoom and shop.
I haven’t got my hobbit homes on the hillside yet or vintage caravan but we’ve come a long way since we first met!
I was brought up in the hospitality industry but my mother’s entire family were farmers, so I grew up with a love of the land, animals, livestock, growing my own food and eating it! But also a love of entertaining, meeting people, creating and preparing wonderful food and seeing people enjoy my creations!
Although I spent much of my childhood and most of my teen years on my grandparents Yorkshire farm it seemed a natural progression that when I left school I headed off and gained qualifications in hotel, catering management and became a qualified chef.
I trained and worked in some high class establishments once qualified but my roots were always firmly on the farm, spending as much time there as possible. After many happy years from my early to late twenties managing and running a beautiful Yorkshire Dales tearoom, the opportunity arose for me to own my own small farming enterprise.
I sold my town house, quit my job and with two young children and two dogs in tow I moved in to a run down, small, old Yorkshire Dales farm!
We spent many happy years on our little farm. When I wasn’t creating new home based rural enterprises to keep an income coming in, I was entertaining family and friends, almost every weekend and every holiday celebration I could be found in the kitchen cooking up savoury delights and sweet treats on my old obsolete Rayburn cooker.
We eventually out grew our small farm and ready for a new adventure I looked to Scotland as our new home.
Moving my farm and family to a rented farm in Scotland in 2010 was most definitely an adventure or probably more appropriately described as a rollercoaster ride! With some ups and a lot of downs life eventually settled and we found happiness once more.
I love my farm, working from home and developing rural businesses but nothing gives me greater pleasure than sharing this fabulous place, helping to create fond memories and providing a unique experience for all my guests.