John, born in Wharfedale & Jan from Heston in London, we married in 1983 and lived in Scotland. Our 2 children were born in Edinburgh. John made maps for the Ordnance survey while Jan worked in nursing. We lived for a time in Selkirk then work took us to Berkshire and the family farm. Then John started an IT company and Jan became a GP receptionist. We also developed 'Cards of Encouragement’.
It has taken us some time to escape back to the hills and a sane pace of life but that is what we have found in the Eden Valley. Appleby is a wonderful place, big enough to have most things we need & small enough to be friendly. It's a world away from the 'rat race' and we would love to share it with you.
The Hollies is part of this escape for us and it is our delight to have been able to create such a homely haven that enables us to share with others not only our love of this area but also our creativity, our concern for the environment and our hospitality. If you are here on a Sunday we would also love to share the fellowship at our local Methodist church with you.
Both the main house, for Bed & Breakfast, and the Self-Catering Cottage have undergone extensive renovation. Where possible, we have kept original furnishings and ﬁxtures, but brought the Hollies up to date with all the facilities a modern guest could want!
There is a distinct charm about the old building and its grounds which we have retained by creating a distinctly homely atmosphere in which to welcome you. Renovation in an eco-friendly manner has been important to us throughout this process, along with a team of helpful local builders and experts! Thank you to all those that helped in the renovation and we hope you’ll agree that the house is back to her former glory.