Escapees to the Country
Without Alastair Appleton and the BBC series Escape to the Country I might never have found Colemore Farm. I applied to the show in early 2010 and by April we were filming here in Shropshire.
At the time the programme was being made I was quite keen to find a site where I could build eco-lodges. These would be eco-friendly holiday homes built to a high standard from sustainable local materials. I initially estimated that I'd need at least five acres of land, and possibly a lot more, to make this work. What I had always said was that my priorities were initially to find a property to live in. Then I wanted outbuildings with the potential for development. And finally, I'd hoped for enough land for the eco-lodges.
When I was shown Colemore Farm and immediately fell in love with it, I realised I had found the first two of those priorities straight away. But the farm stands on just three acres and the area is so attractive that any new building work needs very careful consideration. For the time being the project to build the eco-lodges is on hold: I already have enough on my plate with converting the barns.
Since the programme originally aired I have used the paddocks and the redundant barns to reintroduce animals to the farm and to help reduce dependency on the grid for our energy. The time may come when I revisit the idea of extending the eco-friendly holiday offering. But when that time comes I'll make sure that I don't do anything that would harm the beauty and tranquility of Colemore Farm.
A U-Turn Around the House
One of the things I initially said on Escape to the Country was that I intended to move into one of the barns myself, while opening up the house for guests. In reality that has proved to be more difficult than I imagined. The practicalities of a fifteenth century farmhouse don't really lend themselves to a successful holiday home.
Instead I redoubled my efforts into turning Frog Mill Barn into a place for my guests to enjoy the surrounding countryside from premium self-catering holiday accommodation. Designed with your comfort and convenience in mind from the very first plans, it means that you end up with a more relaxing and enjoyable stay at Colemore Farm. I hope that you'll come and visit so that I can share this very special place with you.