Cou­ple’s Scots hunt for the sim­ple life

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - HEALTH -

A RUN­DOWN ho­tel in ru­ral Scot­land, trans­formed by a newlywed cou­ple who gave up ev­ery­thing to buy it, will fea­ture on TV this week.

Alice and Jade Cal­liva took the huge risk af­ter grow­ing tired with their lives in the city.

They walked away from their well- paid jobs in fi­nance and PR in Lon­don, sold their home and moved 550 miles from their friends and fam­ily in or­der to buy a Perthshire inn that had been empty for two years.

“Life in the city had be­come tire­some,” ex­plained Alice. “I needed a sim­pler way of life.”

The cou­ple sold their Lon­don flat and bought The Inn At Loch Tum­mel, near Pit­lochry.

They ploughed their life sav­ings into the ren­o­va­tions, which they aimed to com­plete in just three months.

The six- bed­room ho­tel and restau­rant opened last June and the cou­ple have no re­grets over the huge de­ci­sion to leave ev­ery­thing be­hind and up sticks to Scot­land.

The cou­ple’s story is told in Chan­nel 5 se­ries, Start­ing Up, Start­ing Over on Wed­nes­day at 7pm. Since the doc­u­men­tary was filmed, fur­ther ren­o­va­tions have been car­ried out and the inn now has a four-star tourism board rat­ing.

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