When Jayne and Graham Rabone first moved to Dorset, they had a huge challenge on their hands.

But the couple, who relocated from the Midlands, fell in love with the “sorry building” that was Home Farm House and set about creating a successful B&B and workshop business.

Situated in the chocolate box pretty village of Wimborne St Giles, the building had masses of potential, but had been “woefully neglected and unloved” when the couple moved in in September 2014, remembers Jayne.

She and Graham, who had been travelling to and from Dorset to care for his parents through an illness, eventually decided to relocate permanently.

“Having built up, run and subsequently sold a successful B&B we decided to approach The Earl of Shaftesbury’s estate and ask if there was a suitable property available to convert and run as a guest house,” says Jayne.

Home Farm House came up for let and after the appropriate permissions had been sought and granted, the couple started the refurbishment in spring 2015, creating a five-bedroomed letting and three-bedroomed private property from the original 1800s farmhouse.

“Every room has been lovingly restored, with parquet flooring being found beneath layers of gloss paint, floorboards being sanded back and sash windows being given a new lease of life,” says Jayne.

“Once all the building work was complete – seven new bathrooms installed, a new water and heating system, guttering, new roof lights etc – we set about decorating and furnishing.”

Jayne and Graham, a former hostage negotiator, sought the help and advice of Farrow & Ball and worked in partnership with them for all the rooms, each being individually decorated in traditional colours to reflect the age and style of the property.

Furnishings were sourced from local antique emporiums or found on eBay and Gumtree and restored or upcycled to create a cosy, comfortable environment.

Guests have remarked that the house feels like a hidden haven, yet the coast, towns, and attractions remain easy to access, leading to it being referred to as ‘the middle of nowhere, the centre of everywhere’.

“Home Farm House isn’t just a B&B, we have created a space that can be utilised for various activities,” explains Jayne.

“Along with traditional guest options, we are also going to be running workshops on Effective Communication Skills, How To Set Up and Run a Successful B&B, retreats for writing skills and other genres that require peace and solitude.

“Not only will we be running the workshops/retreats, but we can also host small conference type meetings/get-togethers, supplying the rooms, facilities and catering etc. at a day delegate rate.”

As well as running the business, Graham is also concentrating on his writing and working on his second novel, working title The Accident, which is a follow-up to his first book The Victim, based on his experiences as a hostage negotiator.

“We have lovingly brought Home Farm House back to life and so we want other people to share this lovely building and the versatility it offers.”

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