Lancashire Life - - PLACES TO VISIT - WORDS: Mike Glover PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Sandy Kitch­ing

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

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