Crotchet Barn Vegan Holiday Cottage
- Crotchet Barn Vegan Holiday Cottage
More about Crotchet Barn Vegan Holiday Cottage
A self contained spacious barn conversion, with open plan living room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. A separate bedroom with super king sized bed, and shower room. A real feature of the property is the outside space, with a sun lounge leading to a decked area which in turn leads to a large private garden with summer house and beautiful willow tree.
Although we are a vegan holiday cottage, you don't have to be vegan to stay. We welcome everyone but request that you refrain from consuming animal products whilst at Crotchet Barn.
We are keen to reduce waste so have provided refillable eco-friendly, vegan cleaning products and recycling facilities for our guests to use.
Our central Somerset location makes Crotchet Barn the perfect base for exploring the county.
Open for bookings all year round.
Not suitable for children under 12.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets at the moment.
Email: [email protected]
Wheelchair access: No
Wheelchair accessible toilet: No
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I support these as an individual- (active member of AV and posts on personal FB account) but not yet incorporated them into Crotchet Barn as a "brand". We are actively looking for a local Animal Sanctuary to donate some profit to. We post about how we are trying to reduce waste etc, but as a new business, this is still developing- looking to have another page on our website detailing this.
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What was the motivation behind your brand, business or organisation? What did you want to change in the world?
We can't lie, the original reason to start our holiday cottage was purely a financial one! We owned a self-contained annexe that was sitting empty and wanted to use it to create income. We thought about using it as a long term let, but decided we would rather share it, our garden and our life with many different people. Our dream is to create a food forest, using only vegan principles, to eventually become as self-sufficient as possible in our food production, and we want to use the holiday cottage as a way of enabling people to engage with us and learn more during their stay. They can come out in the garden with us, just for a tour, or they can get their hands muddy whilst helping out too.
We knew we wanted to have the cottage as vegan, despite pressure from family and friends to not be, as we knew that we could provide a safe place for fellow vegans to fully relax and enjoy, knowing that no animals were harmed to create the space and that no animal products had been cooked or used in the property.
Future plans include hopefully being able to donate a proportion of our profits (once we make any, Covid restrictions allowing!!) to local animal sanctuaries, and any excess produce being given to local food banks or our community shop.
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Meet your hosts, Jo and Andy. Friends for 20 years, married since 2017. Both love the outdoors, growing food and being vegan.
Andrew is making the most of his retirement by setting up our forest garden and vegetable plot, so is usually to be found pottering outside somewhere, helping to ensure we become as self-sufficient and independent in our food production as possible by growing a wide variety of annuals, perennials, fruit and nuts. Joanna is a physiotherapist but is currently focussing on hosting the best holiday cottage experience she can. She also enjoys yoga and cooking, exploring world cuisines and especially using and eating produce from the garden.
We are both vegan - for the animals but also for our health. Both vegetarians since teenagers, we discovered plant-based nutrition through watching “Forks Over Knives” when Andy was recovering from surgery. This opened our eyes to the health benefits of plant-based eating, but as we explored more, we found out about the atrocities that occur daily to innocent animals so that humans can have meat and dairy and we no longer wanted to be part of this cruel system. Veganism is part of our whole life now, hence why Crotchet Barn is also vegan. Joanna is an active member of our local Anonymous for the Voiceless chapter and uses social media as a platform to promote and educate about veganism.
Our dog, Willow, joined our family in November 2019 from Romania and is continuing to find her feet. She is very friendly and gentle but can be a little shy and nervous when you first meet her, although she is growing in confidence every day. We're starting to work with her on fun agility as she is so fit and active!
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I don't think we have a surprise - what you see is what you get!!
If your brand, business or organisation could be granted one wish, what would you wish for?
I think that this is a wish all vegans have, and that is for the whole world to become vegan. Quite big, not very imaginative, but extremely important....and wouldn't it just be amazing?