HOW IT ALL STARTED – HEADING HOME TO WALES
Jo and Jonathan headed home to the UK in 1995 after nearly a decade spent in Southern Africa. After journeying home overland as far as Kenya with their baby daughter, Hetta, their thoughts turned to the Brecon Beacons, South Wales and the beautiful 16th century Welsh Long House, where Jo had spent much of her youth. “Out in all weathers … damming streams, walking, riding and picnicing in the mountains.” Jonathan too had grown to love the cottage near Crickhowell in the Black Mountains. They had even honeymooned there.
“It was our dearest wish to make Penyrheol home. We came back from Botswana and searched in earnest for ideas to make it happen.”
Ironically our destiny was sealed in Scotland, following a chance encounter between Jonathan and a Ghillie, who ranted about mail order smoked salmon and told Jonathan of a smokery for sale there