By Tim Rees
We will exhibit at The Farm Innovation show in Olympia this week (November 27/28, stand F426) taking us full circle to our farming roots, and I have to say I am rather excited about it.
Our parent company, Quality Cottages was created over 50 years ago when my Father, Leonard Rees decided to diversify, taking our family history of 500 years of farming into tourism.
Over the last 50 years Quality Cottages have advised countless farmers across Wales on diversification, helping farmers convert bricks and mortar farm buildings they no longer used into cottages.
I was brought up in this environment. From a young age I would travel across Wales with my family to meet farmers keen to know how they could diversify. I know that these decisions are not always purely financial and a decision to change direction can be quite emotional too.
In creating Quality Unearthed, I would like to think we now add one more level of advice to farmers. We do not just look at their bricks and mortar, but look at ways that the beauty of the land they are custodians of can be a base for a semi-permanent structure.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job are the drives I take across a landowners estate or farm to find the perfect spot for a unique holiday abode. Quite often the spot is not great for farming, but all the people I meet know the beauty spots on their land!
I think this history we have gives us at Quality Unearthed a unique position in the fast growing ‘glamping’ market. We have not just bolted on a glamping page to Quality Cottages. We treat the two companies differently but draw a huge amount of innate learning from each other.
No blog would be complete without some photos, so here is a brief photo montage of where we were as a family company and where we are now.
Where I live. Still crazy about houses (It’s in the blood), still living on our family land but in a yurt, a way of living I love due to its closeness to nature, and the basis for the creation of Quality Unearthed.