Your Hosts Nick & Jenny
Many of our family and friends thought we were mad to give up our roles as a Chief Executive and Regional Area Manager and enter into a completely different lifestyle! However, it didn't take them long to realise that we had grasped a wonderful opportunity to do what many just dream of doing :-)
We live in a lovely part of the country, in a big house surrounded by countryside but walking distance to town. We have gathered a collection of (many rescued) animals, grow lots of our own food, enjoy the many local attractions and celebrate our leap of faith!
Now we have, between us, over 20 years in the hospitality industry and have been warmly greeting guests since 2008. Our previous AA 4 Star guest house was located just outside Ludlow in Shropshire and, like Avalon Lodge, consistently received Trip Advisor's "Certificate of Excellence" awards, year after year.
Jenny, who previously had a successful career in retail, is a passionate cook and loves baking and producing jams from the fruits of our garden. Nick looks after our brood of free-range eccentric chickens and ducks, always great for entertainment and maintains a vegetable garden in the quest to supply fresh fruit and veg for the bed and breakfast.
We both have a love of elephants so you will see many mementos around the property and the herd keeps growing, although in the main kept to one room. In addition, we also love other animals and currently have two (invisible) cats, one of which was rescued, various free ranging hens and ducks, again mainly rescued and two rescue donkeys from the sanctuary at Sidmouth in Devon. Whilst we'd love to have guests stay with their dogs you can understand why we have to say no to avoid the ensuing mayhem!
We are life members of the National Trust and both enjoy entertaining, traveling and sharing the beauty and attractions of Wiltshire with guests. We moved here because we love what the area has to offer and look forward to introducing you to the delights of Wiltshire and making your stay at Avalon Lodge Bed and Breakfast a memorable one!