Our First B&B
We wanted to do something new together and we first bought a run down restaurant and turned it into a lovely very special victorian tea room and restaurant and we then built together a beautiful stone thatched luxury B&B which became the first 5 star accommodation on the Isle of Wight, we only had 3 suites, but enjoyed it so much.
We had not intention at that stage of buying anything else, but friends kept urging us to come and look at the Windcliffe Manor as it was called then, and although it was very run down and unloved as soon as we walked through the door we both knew it was where we should be. I looked at Ric and said how Enchanting it was and that was the beginning of the creation of our Enchanted Manor.
At the time we had no idea how we would be able to buy it, but because of what we had done in the past our bank manager had faith in us and lent us the money. Everything else seemed to follow,but of course not with out problems but we never give up!
Homes Under the Hammer
We bought it at auction and Homes under the Hammer were filming and they followed our project through and even from the beginning we had so many lovely people contact us and we knew we were doing the right thing.
Then I went into a card shop and saw Josephine Walls beautiful cards and she became the inspiration for our Enchanted theme and since then we have become great friends and people all over the world come to see her artwork at the Manor. Her daughter in law Johanna has also painted the beautiful murals and Jo's husband Bob has made all the wonderful stained glass , that goes so well with the theme.
We have lovingly restored the old manor and created very special haven for couples looking for somewhere different from run of the mill accommodation, in a friendly atmosphere with first class facilities in luxurious but unique surroundings. Ric and I personally look after all our guests and just want to make it a very special experience, which makes us so happy when our guests return home.