We're celebrating our 18th birthday
We began on a whim - and a prayer. I had spent many happy nights in farmhouse B&Bs in France, the children looked after by kindly farmers’ wives - and by their animals too - and the idea of encouraging more of this had taken root. I had even appreciated the way my errant younger son had been controlled by gentle electric shocks from the farmyard fence. And then, after running walking and cycling tours throughout France and building up a network of friends and fascinating places, I resolved in 1994 to publish a book about Special Places.
From Alastair - a little about us
Keeping the quirk and the fun
The world of regulation is mad in parts, and encourages uniformity. We are a fiercely independent, passionate bunch, and so are our owners. We have fun with them and encourage them to be themselves; we want them to avoid destructive norms, to cook, serve, and converse, entertain in their own way. If we support them in this then together we can resist the pressure to behave like sheep.