MAKING THE MOVE TO CORNWALL
PUBLISHED: 12:11 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:44 30 August 2017
Making the move from London to Cornwall meant setting up a successful business - or two for one couple
Jane Seymour moved back to Cornwall in September with partner Mark from London and the couple have wasted no time setting up two businesses - and counting...
Jane Seymour and partner Mark made the move to Cornwall from Fulham in London following their lucky’ redundancies where they now run their luxury holiday accommodation, Dreamcatcher (pictured), which they totally renovated and re-styled and which has just been selected for Sawdays ,and a second business Seycat Live Like a Local - an activity holiday planning service for adventure seekers.
I lived in Cornwall earlier in my life, and the county has always had a magnetic pull on me as a result,’ says Jane. My two eldest children (now in their 20s) were born here - in fact we live a few metres from the house my daughter was born in. I moved away for work, and have been coming back on a regular basis for weekends and holidays. When Mark and I met I quickly introduced him to my Cornwall habit, and luckily he enjoyed Cornwall too.’
For Jane and Mark the county has provided them with a sanctuary from their former lives working in private client financial services in the City. And living in Cornwall hasn’t disappointed. We feel at peace here in every sense,’ says Jane. Cornwall has always provided us with a sanctuary from the humdrum and stresses of modern life, even in the busiest months you can always find tranquility here and maybe it’s the amazing light, but the world just looks more beautiful.
We always wanted to move down to Cornwall, and were lucky enough to be made redundant from our jobs, which has allowed us to pursue a better work life balance in a healthier and more enjoyable environment that we love. It was a real test of the concept of transferable skills!’
The couple are able to indulge their passions for walking, kayaking, nature and foraging. We love eating out,’ adds Jane. And we benefit from a fabulous range of restaurants on our doorstep that produce amazing food from local produce to rival their London cousins, yet at a price that’s gentler on the pocket.’
So how did they set up that all important way of making a living? On our many visits to the county over the years we have met some amazing people who have made businesses out of their passions - be it surfing, kite boarding, art, foraging, fishing, yoga, diving and so many more,’ explains Jane. They share their skills with holidaymakers in Cornwall giving them fantastic experiences. We knew that there are lots of other people like us who would love to have these experiences on their holidays.’
And so Seycat was born offering organised activity holidays. Alongside their two businesses next month will see them launch a petite wedding service - subject to registrars approval – for those seeking an alternative and imaginative way to celebrate their marriage.
Cornwall has changed a lot in the last 25 years, mainly for the better,’ continues Jane.’With better road, air and train access, and growth in luxury holiday accommodation and hotels, top end restaurants and a boom in the fabulous activities that you can enjoy in the area, there has been a real step change in the quality of holiday people can experience in Cornwall over the years.
We have been made so welcome, which is one great difference to anonymous London. Living in a proper community where people value each other. Escaping the constant noise, lack of space and perspective has been amazing. It’s interesting, because in London most people we knew had one job. Here a high percentage of people seem to have more than one job, and a lot of it is entrepreneurial rather than employed. Our portfolio of interlinked businesses seems pretty typical of what you need to do down here to make a living. It’s certainly a part of the world where free thinking and creativity thrive which suits us down to the ground.’
And what’s their advice to people considering making the move to Cornwall? Be brave, follow your dream and be prepared to turn your hand to anything and expand your skill set.’
Jane and Mark's quick Kernow
Favourite place to eat:2 Fore Street Mousehole
Favourite walk:The costal path Sennen to Porthgwarra and then back across the fields to Sennen
Favourite flavour of Cornwall:A Newlyn summer classic - Jelbert’s ice cream smothered in clotted cream