“Dearest Bella and Nick, I wanted to thank you both for orgainising such an inspiring, interesting and enjoyable day. Your welcoming and knowledgeable approach was perfect and I came away with not only ideas but huge admiration for what you have already achieved in you beautiful, beautiful home. The day also restored my hope that one day I might also be able to secure planning approval and make the project more viable…’ And I would also like to say that the lunch was beyond delicious and I would have travelled for four and a half hours just to sample your roasted vegetables! Thank you for reinvigorating me and for the inspiration.” Merrry Albright (Border Oak) 10th September 2013.
Last Tuesday, we ran our first ever Walnuts Farm Course on Running A Successful Location House Business. We had great fun setting up shop in our granary outbuilding so that our course attendees could ‘shop the look’ and go home feeling inspired. The look was modern rural.
Our granary outbuilding worked as a great utilitarian space to showcase the product. Nick and I are so grateful to Leida and Elaine at Warp and Weft in Hastings Old Town for supplying us with some gorgeous things: linen shirts, baskets, antique dough trugs, hammam towels, leather belts, chocolate brown suede and raffia shoes and beads.
My oak plank workbench, usually piled high with plant pots, compost and seed packets was scrubbed down and arranged with natural handmade products from the lovely Gina at Folk at Home. The scent of beeswax candles, and geranium and rose bath salts made for a delicious natural aroma and a truly uplifting shopping experience. Natural light flooded into the simple interior and made the handmade chopping boards, woven hearts and wooden spoons look even more special.
Six elegant women with a keen visual sense and eye for detail were our first Walnuts Farm Course attendees on Running a Successful Location House Business and made for a lively and interested audience. After a series of morning talks, we broke for a tour of the house and garden, followed by a lovely relaxed lunch of garlic and pea soup, tarragon chicken and wild rice, followed by gooseberry fool, and washed down with elderflower cordial. Coffee and cakes, supplied by the marvellous dairy in Glynde, Taste of Dreams were also available to the course attendees and drop-in shoppers. Our next course day on Running A Successful Location House will be on Tuesday 10th September. Please contact us if you’d like to come along and join us. We look forward to welcoming you here. Bella and Nick x