Since taking on the farm alone in summer 2018, I have successfully evolved the holding from being just a smallholding and family home to a thriving rural business, with a focus on great food, boutique accommodation, quirky shop, and beautiful, productive gardens away from the world to be enjoyed in peace and tranquillity.
I have overseen a huge shift in the farms fortunes, turning it from a place that was heavily in debt and lost money . . . every . . . single . . . week . . . into business that broke even and eventually became profitable by the end of 2019. 2020 was going to be a great year, where the long-term future of the farm would be secured. But then . . . oh! Hello Coronavirus.
2020 was incredibly challenging. Not only has the boutique B&B been closed for the entire year, the tearoom and shop that previously paid for the farm’s losses, has also been unable to trade, meaning both the B&B and my other service businesses must depend on different avenues of income, this website being one of them, and whatever Covid-19 restricted trade I can generate to survive.
At the time of writing, I am closed to the public and expect to be so until at least March. Or longer. With all my workshops and events cancelled for another year - losses I will struggle for a second year to sustain.
The ongoing covid crisis continues to threaten the future of the farm.
The first hurdle to get over in 2021 was to save the farm from repossession which after successfully negotiating a new finance package with the bank I have managed to secure our future here… For now!
This is just the beginning of a new journey. With this new finance came very hefty fees which on top of the farms running costs I have now drained all the resources I had so, financially I am back too square one. Very soon the new loan will need to be maintained.
All the revenue generated from this project - Join me in the snug - will be used to keep the farm running as I navigate through a second year of losses and uncertainty with my service businesses