I love this book. Augill Castle is my favourite weekend retreat in the UK. This book makes fascinating reading about the backdrop to this magical haven in the Cumbrian countryside, and next time I visit I'll feel even richer for sharing their story. (Janey Lee Grace, BBC Radio 2) A wonderfully honest account of life behind the kitchen door showing the real blood sweat and tears that go into making a successful family run hotel. I laughed, cried and cheered in equal measure. Simon and Wendy's story is a real clarion call for celebrating independent hoteliers up and down the country. (Fiona Duncan, Sunday Telegraph)
About the Author
Simon was born in North London and moved with his family to Somerset aged three. He attended Taunton School where he did enough to get by and Bournemouth University where the beach was always more tempting than the library. After graduating with a BSc in Food and Catering Management he worked in various capacities in hotels in the Channel Islands, London, Sydney and Perth, Western Australia. On his return to England he took a post-graduate diploma in journalism and worked as a reporter on evening newspapers in the East Midlands for two years before marrying Wendy, buying a share of a restaurant in London's Mayfair and moving to West London, all in the space of a month. Simon now lives at Augill Castle in Cumbria' Eden Valley with Wendy, their two children, Oliver and Emily, a cocker spaniel called Maisie, a cat called Luther, several chickens, a turkey and six goats. He is a director of Cumbria Tourism, a governor of two schools and a dedicated supporter of Penrith RUFC under 16s.