2003 was an "Helter Skelter" year, arriving full of enthusiasm, energy, and a heart brimming over with the thoughts of success in one of the most spectacular countries of the world. Warmth, sunshine, canoeing, ski-ing, champagne powder snow, mountains, lakes, Canada was overflowing with peace and tranquility.
But the dream got quashed once more......................... and in 2005 Nigel & Jackie were back in the heart of the Lake District, slap bang in the centre of Grasmere, taking on the most challenging project yet. Having purchased the Moss Grove Hotel, they decided to implement their own personal way of life in to the Hotel. It would be one of the first carbon neutral properties, organic in both materials, food and development, and aiming to prove that to be environmentally friendly you did not have to compromise on quality, they set about restoring the building into a 5 star Hotel, with a low carbon footprint.
Large Farmhouse style Kitchen, where guests would come into the kitchen to help themselves to the prepared Breakfast Buffet, natural wood floors, tiles, clay paints (no VOC off gassing), Therma Fleece (sheeps wool) insulation, filtered water throughout, LED lighting, 100% wool carpets, leather furnishings and reclaimed Timber Beds. Goose & Duck Down Duvets, 100% Cotton Sheets and an organic Mediterranean style breakfast. It was a totally new concept for the Lake District, and once the doors opened, the guests started flowing in from all over the world.
Still hankering for a life in Canada, it was an amazing moment for Nigel and Jackie, when a complete stranger walked in to the Moss Grove Organic Hotel and offered to buy it. They accepted the offer, and set off once again to try and live the dream - third time lucky!!