Meet your hosts, Jo and Andy. Friends for 20 years, married since 2017. Both love the outdoors, growing food and being vegan. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our home at Crotchet Barn.
Andrew is making the most of his retirement by setting up our forest garden and vegetable plot, so is usually to be found pottering outside somewhere, helping to ensure we become as self sufficient and independent in our food production as possible by growing a wide variety of annuals, perennials, fruit and nuts. Joanna is a physiotherapist but is currently focussing on hosting the best holiday cottage experience she can. She also enjoys ashtanga yoga and cooking, exploring world cuisines and especially using and eating produce from the garden.
We are both vegan- for the animals but also for our health. Both vegetarians since teenagers, we discovered plant-based nutrition through watching “Forks Over Knives” when Andy was recovering from surgery. This opened our eyes to the health benefits of plant-based eating, but as we explored more, we found out about the atrocities that occur daily to innocent animals so that humans can have meat and dairy- and we no longer wanted to be part of this cruel system. Veganism is part of our whole life now, hence why Crotchet Barn is also vegan.
Our rescue dog, Willow, joined our family in November 2019 from Romania and is continuing to find her feet. She is very friendly and gentle but can be a little shy and nervous when you first meet her, and tends to give a warning bark to let us know you’re around. We’re working with her to help reduce this. She is still learning where the boundaries of her home are so please make sure you keep your gates from the willow garden into our garden or driveway shut. If you spot her escaping out of the front gates onto the road, please let us know!
Two recent additions to our family are Murinda and Museltoft, mum and son cats who were rescued as feral cats. They are taking up residence in our barn as they like their own space and aren’t that keen on humans!!
We know that people appreciate their privacy when on holiday so, although we live just next door at Crotchet Rest and are around most of the time, we will not bother you unless you need us. If you do need us for anything at all, please don’t hesitate to come over to the house (or garden) to find us.
Oh what a wonderful stay we had! This beautiful cottage is everything you’d want and more. The hosts are so welcoming and the little touches they did, made us feel very welcome. Spotlessly clean, a home away from home. We didn’t want to leave! To anyone wanting a peaceful break away, this is the place for you.Gemma, 5 Stars