Sue and Stephen Lennon.
I started nurse training in the Lake District in 1989 and worked around the north west of England for 27 years, always in cancer care, finishing my career with 14 years as a Macmillan Nurse Specialist and Rehab Sex Therapist. I continue to be a Macmillan Ambassador and mentor.
I now work 'freelance', teaching and writing and love developing others through supervision and coaching.
For 'me time' I enjoy growing things - fruit, flowers and vegetables - especially chillies, having adventures in the outdoors, walking, swimming. I love folk festivals and dancing and riding my bike. I play mandolin alongside Stephen on guitar and occasionally in a local 'orchestre'. I'm studying in between - an MA in Healthcare Ethics and Law.
Stephen has been a full time professional artist since 1980. Landscapes and light are his passion and he is represented by Chantry House Gallery in Ripley, North Yorkshire and The Headrow Gallery in Leeds, amongst others. You can see more at www.stephenlennon.net
Stephen has been an incredible source of support to Sue throughout her career and totally 'gets' the issues. He's a star!
His timeout is also 'bicycle shaped', though he likes adventuring too, walking and photography -landscapes of course. He is an excellent guitarist and manfully tolerates playing alongside Sue on mandolin. Stephen is also learning to dance and Sue just about copes with regular toe squashing!
The garden is continually developing and big ideas are afoot. The house itself is 150 years old, a single dwelling but as is the tradition locally, was built with two front doors, the two 'halves' of the property mirroring each other, with two staircases and two sitting rooms.
Tastefully renovated, the 'chambre d'hote' offers a large en-suite bedroom upstairs, studio space and sitting room with wood-burner downstairs, connecting through to the rest of our home. Stephen uses the downstairs room as his painting area when we are without guests, though a painting lesson is always possible - it is easy to negotiate with the artist!
Our general outlook on life is - to live simply. To grow as much as we can, to walk gently on the earth, to laugh a lot, to be kind and to be grateful. It seems this is 'catching' as people say nice things about their visits here -
JH -'What a tranquil place to spend a few days, set in rolling countryside that offers great walks and not too far from Parthenay, a quaint medieval town. It's a lovely home with a wonderful light airy bedroom and lounge available to guests. We had our best night's sleep in ages. It's so peaceful. Sue and Stephen, the hosts, made us feel so welcome. I recommend it to anybody who wants a few days away from it all. We'll be back'.
V - 'Los anfitriones son encantadores, la habitación muy grande, acogedora, todo en perfecto estado, cuidadísimo y con mucho gusto decorado. El desayuno abundante y variado. Lugar tranquilo para poder descansar en unas condiciones increíbles (la cama es lo más!!!) Relación calidad precio excelente. Recomendable 100%'
Translate says;-The hosts are charming, the room very large, cozy, everything in perfect condition, made with care and very tasteful. The abundant and varied breakfast super. Quiet place to rest in incredible conditions (the bed is the most comfortable ever !!!) Value for money excellent. 100% recommended'.
MJ. - ' Metime is brilliant. Sue makes sure she understands your needs - active, relaxing or a combination of both, and delivers! I absolutely loved my time here! The bedroom is large, spacious, pristine with a wonderfully comfortable bed and wide, open views. The walls are tastefully decorated with Stephen’s paintings. Coffee and tea making facilities are to hand. En-suite facilities include a powerful shower, neat sink and toilet.
Downstairs is the dining table (fabulous breakfast!) and comfortable chairs and a wide choice of books. Should you wish to paint or sketch, materials are to hand. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. Step out of the front garden and the road leads you to well marked footpaths and you can be guided or even accompanied if you if you wish.
We went to Parc Oriental, the largest oriental Japanese garden in Europe - magnificent and well worth a visit. We also went for a look around and lunch in the well preserved medieval town of Parthenay, and had dinner at The Citadel on another day, following a visit to Niort's 'Donjon'.
Basically, you decide the pace. You do as much or as little as you choose - but this much is guaranteed, you won’t just come away reflecting on your break, you will come away relaxed, refreshed and your batteries recharged.
JG. - 'Wonderful hosts!!'
A huge thank you to Sue & Stephen for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable.
Your knowledge of the surrounding area allowed us to explore with confidence. Although we could always call on you for advice when needed. The introduction to Saumur bubbles was an experience we will never forget! 😘😘