Meet The Owners
We are John and Franceska Neeve and until August 2013 we lived in the farmhouse ourselves. Having spent some years renovating this delightful old property, we moved into our own "Grand Design" dream home in August 2013 located at the bottom of the farm in the converted stables and milking parlour. Not wishing to sell the farmhouse, we thought we would give it a little run as a luxury holiday let and see how things went. After an intense flurry of planning and preparation, our first guests arrived in August 2013 leaving great reviews and the rest is history as they say!
We both thoroughly enjoy the interaction with our guests, from the enquiry and booking stage right through to the personal greeting on arrival followed by a "tour" of the house as there's quite a lot to show! We have an increasing number of returning guests who have loved both the unique location and the peace and quiet of this lovely old house. Opening the door to Park Farm feels like you are walking into a friendly and welcoming home.
John bought the property back in 2005 and continued the extensive programme of renovation. Many parts of the house including the chimneys required rebuilding and there was absolutely no insulation in the house at all. Franceska designed a lovely new kitchen in association with Neptune Living and this is now the warm soul of the house.
John has spent most of his life in the British Army, serving mainly with the Brigade of Gurkhas and Franceska, having worked in the City of London as a PA for some years, pursued her dream of travelling the world by working for British Airways for 12 years as cabin crew from which she retired in 1998 to bring up twin boys! The household is supplemented by Churchill (our Welsh Springer) and our three cats, Sox, Chooey and Mitsos.
We are both committed to the conservation and replanting of the 25 acres of ancient woodland overlooking the farmhouse which we have been informed by learned forest experts, is a remnant of the "Old Wylde Wood" that in ancient times covered the whole of Southern England. We spend many hours coppicing the hazel and bringing down the thinnings which provide logs for the house and our guests!
Park Farm itself has a interesting history and close to the site where it now stands, once stood another dwelling, which in Medieval times was a place of overnight hospitality for Pilgrims making their way between the holy sites of Muchelney and Glastonbury; from the top of our woods, the iconic Glastonbury Tor can be viewed; It gives us much pleasure to share this beautiful place with our guests and we do all we can to support them during their stay.