PUBLISHED: 11:13 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:12 30 August 2017



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The UK's favourite county means Cornwall is firm favourite when it comes to relocating - but how can you ensure its successful

Being made redundant doesn’t have to mean the end – it can also be a time of fantastic new beginnings as former nurse turned smallholder Katie Farnell discovered last year when she made the move to Cornwall.

'I had and always had a dream of having a smallholding and knowing where my food comes from,’ says Katie Farnell of her new life as owner of a smallholding near Bude in North Cornwall.

She moved from Accrington in the North West to Crackington Haven a small coastal village which sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty after an intensive period of six months planning her move – choosing where to move to and once she had decided she had to find the right smallholding. But she says the dream of making the dramatic life change began many years before that.

I was made redundant and I planned the move for six months and chose Cornwall as I find it a magical place

I was made redundant and I planned the move for six months and chose Cornwall as I find it a magical place,’ she says. And planning carefully meant she could consider all the pros and cons of where she would live and ensuring she achieved a good work-life balance.

Having animals I knew I wouldn’t get on holiday so I chose a holiday destination,’ she explains. The work / life balance is very important. I don’t see my work as a job I see it as a life style change. Of course I have to make enough money to get by! But how I am doing that is much more satisfying now.’

Alongside her animals, Katie has developed her own range of artisan food products, called KT’s Kitchen ( which includes home-made preserves, blended spices, sauces and infused oils which she sells at stalls. Her website includes a blog where she records everyday life – the blog called Smallholding, Living the Dream’ sums up how she feels about her new life. Despite living in a rural (idyllic) location, her work is far from isolating as she has become part of a community – not only in her immediate area – but in the wider community as she is a regular at markets with her products.

And 18 months on - when did she know she had made it? When, at my various market stalls, I was greeted not just by enthusiastic purchasers but by the established market traders,’ she remembers. People have begun to return to KT’s Kitchen to buy infused oils, homemade chilli sauces, homemade preserves, and home-blended spice mixes.’

And her advice to anyone thinking of making the move to Cornwall? Look hard at the practicalities and be adaptable to the challenges,’ she advises. When a neighbour trusts me to bring up orphan lambs I don’t feel that has become part of “the working day” - it’s now just my way of life.’

Katie's Quick Kernow

Favourite flavour of Cornwall: Cream Tea, Cornish ice cream

Favourite walk: Along the beach with my camera after a swim in the sea or even a fishing trip to catch my own fish to cook

Favourite beach: Crackington Haven and Bude

Favourite place to eat: Curry house, picnic on the beach or a place that looks out to sea.

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