The Coady Collective
The Cabana, The Studio and The Glamp have been created by Matthew and Jane over the past 24 years. Matthew is a retired Architect which shows throughout the property. Over that time there have been constant changes. The gardens were started and enhanced, art was acquired, as were cats, dogs, chickens and horses... even people! Despite trying to simplify their life - no dog, no cats, no horses - their home and property is a busy place they love to share.
Natalie lives at "Idle Cottage", her ground floor apartment in the house.
She has been with us for 9 years, so is a part of the family. She has had her nose in the books doing her Masters in Social Psychology for the last few years, but is almost done. She still has time to enjoy time at the pool, and has claimed one area as her "summer office"!
The chickens are now our only "pets", and live in the back garden close to the house. Please ask if you would like to visit them in their "chicken condo". There are only two now, the Red Sussex Cross, Sugar and Spice.
For the past 8+ years, we have invited young (or older!) people who want to learn about growing their own food, how to cook, what it takes to maintain a property and home and to live well to join us. They come through the Workaway program. We love the energy, and help, they bring into our lives.
So many workers over the years like Cassian, a 20 year old young man from the former East Germany. Very interesting to hear the differences in life, particularly that of his parents. From closer to home the wonderful Holly from Iowa - our first US workaway. We are now enjoying the potatoes Christian planted! Suse, then Janine, also from the former GDR, and both in their late 20's. Sebastien was an interesting young German workaway with whom we had extended conversations around the EU and Brexit!! Then there was the Swiss contingent - Svenga, from Lucerne the German side of Switzerland, and Vincent from Lausanne, the French side. Al and his girl-friend Kate from Australia were special as Al is a newly graduated architect from Australia, who has moved to Canada and has remained part of our lives. Interesting years, often with firsts for the nationalities of people staying with us, and as always, new ideas and enthusiasm adds to life here.
2018 brought Aileen and Ben from UK, Roman from Spain, Katharina and Uwe from Germany and Esperanza from Mexico. What a great group. Jasmine and Ben, our Aussie house sitters looked after the house, property, and the Cabana and Studio in October, are still here! Magda and Daniel from Poland kept the house safe for this past winter. As soon as arrived back Freerik and Amanda from Sweden joined as did Sarah from Germany. They were followed by Miguel from Columbia and Miguel from Mexico. Another interesting spring!
We look forward to continuing to welcome work-awayers into our home in 2020 to help with gardening, renovations, maintenance, B&B chores and cooking. We can guarantee they will all leave having not only learned a few things but having had a very enjoyable time, as do we with them!
Not sure how we would manage without them!!