HAPPINESS IN HAWKSHEAD
Don’t let the ferry fiasco put you off visiting
this glorious old Lancashire village
PHILIP Saunders knows all about executive stress and the pressures of modern living. For years, the furniture designer ran a successful business supplying customers in the City of London. It meant commuting from his Leicester home and being away from pre-dawn to nearly midnight.
It was gruelling but his working life furnishing receptions and boardrooms became even tougher when the recession hit in 2008.
He and wife Suzy had their first son, Roan, in 2009, and that prompted them to decided it was time to change lifestyles and pursue her dream of running a holistic retreat. They had a holiday home in the Lake District
and Philip’s childhood memories of the area meant it was a natural choice for their business.
After selling up and moving to their holiday home in Far Sawrey, they found the ideal site. Overlooking Hawkshead and half way up Hawkshead Hill towards Black Fell, they discovered the derelict Sunny Brow Farm.
‘It had no kitchen, no working toilets and hadn’t been lived in for two years, but as soon as I saw it I said “this is it”,’ said Suzy.
In 2010 they moved and it has taken eight years of hard work to develop a holistic retreat that they are content will achieve their main aims.
‘People come here frazzled and fraught and leave feeling grounded, centred, refreshed and revitalised,’ said Suzi.
LEFT: Philip and Suzy Saunders at Sunny Brow Farm with their Patterdale Terrier, Alice ABOVE: Much of their complex near Hawkshead is made up of restored barns