Where it started
Soon after I met Ross at a farmer’s dance in Fife we went travelling in Australia and New Zealand, working to pay our way.. Most of the time we camped or bunk-housed as we picked up work in wineries, 5 star resorts and on farms. But when we’d saved up a bit of money we treated ourselves to a weekend in a Hideaway, secluded luxury cabins for couples on farm stations or near beaches. These were just great places – pure luxury agritourism in beautiful, private locations – that gave us the space and the wherewithal to rinse the dust from our hair, unwind and concentrate on each other over a lazy breakfast, a candlelit dinner or gazing at the trillion stars of the southern hemisphere, soaking in a hot tub.
When we got back to Scotland I went to live with Ross on his family farm in the Sidlaw Hills just north of Dundee. It was not far from the family farm where I’d been brought up and where my mum and dad had run a farmhouse B&B that was a bit of a madhouse and always packed to the gunnels with friends and guests from all over and from every corner of the globe. . It’s where I fell in love with the world of tourism, travelling and meeting all sorts of different people. I led farm tours in my mini-dungarees and size 3 wellies! I helped on the farm too – there was no way out of that – mostly with growing potatoes and tending the sheep.
I continued to travel the world during ten years in business development working for a Scottish PLC in shipping and logistics and experienced other forms of tourism with representing Scotland in the Cruise industry as part of my role.
During that time we started to think of recreating the Hideaway Experience on the farm. After more research into what couples want on a break including experiencing some amazing 5 star hotels (it was murder), we put together a business case for the first Hideaway in 2003 and knew exactly where we’d start: the old bothy.