- Higher Holcombe
We are Gary and Joanna, who, five years after meeting in Africa, (both doing VSO), were married on a farm in Kent. He was growing strawberries, apples and pears and she was teaching. It was very much a home-made wedding and we designed our own 5 course wedding lunch menu choosing all our favourite foods. Friends made salad dressings, decorated the packhouse, plonked flowers in painted Marmite jars, poured wine and cleared the tractor shed to make a dancing barn. Live music accompanied our evening barn dance party and we snacked on cheese and snaffled apples from the orchards. We ran away for our first night and returned the next day to ride around the farm on the back of a trailer and then ate the leftovers with our staying-over rellies in the garden. We loved it!
Any regrets? Yes! We didn’t have strawberries for desert! And we lived on a strawberry farm! What fools!
The years (and 3 children) have rolled on and we’ve lived in Nigeria, England, Spain, Portugal, Kenya, England again, France and most recently, Tanzania; with our children when they were young, and without them when they weren’t. Joanna has been teaching and Gary’s been mostly growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. We’ve also run a natural flower petal confetti company (so we know all about confetti) (!) and Gary has added saxophone and bass guitar to the list of instruments he plays. We think we’ve earned both our ‘flexibility’ and ‘creative’ badges!
Since we built the Higher Holcombe farmhouse in 2005, we’ve been hosting all kinds of festivities and special occasions!
Carousing in the courtyard, rocking it up in the Old Dairy (before it was revamped), or gently sipping wine in the meadows or on the slopes – it’s the perfect place for very special occasions! Over the years we’ve transformed the pastureland into woodland glades and with your parties in mind, have renovated the Old Dairy for year-round comfort. We offer you a perfectly secluded countryside canvas with our beautiful barn, maturing woodland and glorious Devon countryside. You? It’s your job to provide the special occasion and to invite the people! We see it as our job to help you plan (and ENJOY) the very special occasions in your life!