Farming twins renovate to support renewables sector

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Mar 2019

TWINS Clare Davies and Louise Wright have renovated an old crumbling barn on the family farm to create a new business, in a significant diversification project.

The development at Owmby, near Caistor, has brought forward high-quality accommodation - a home away from home for contractors and people looking for a short break in the Wolds.

As a third generation farming business, which specialises in arable crops, potatoes and sugar beat, they realised that the uncertain future was going to present many challenges within agriculture and together made the ambitious decision to invest, creating premium quality, self-catered apartments, now known as The Old Granary. Louise said: “My sister, Clare and I had recently returned to the farm from working in London and as a family we knew that we had to diversify in order to support three growing families.”

The Old Granary, Owmby.

With Brexit looming, they found it hard to predict what would happen in agriculture in the next few years.

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“We needed to build the business in a way that wasn’t affected by the usual weather and market challenges when growing crops; the renewables industry along the Humber Bank and through Immingham and Grimsby continues to thrive, what better way to diversify than to support this area? We also wanted to do something that allowed us to stay on the farm, meet lots of new people and provide a really enjoyable, high-quality experience.”

They have designed the barns ensuring that the interior suits longer-term guests. Each apartment has a Smart TV, Bluetooth speaker, a coffee machine and underfloor heating to make life enjoyable.

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Louise added: “We are really proud of the area that we live in and also hope to showcase it to our guests looking for a relaxing short break or a modern yet comfortable home away from home, or as an ideal place to stay when visiting friends or family in the Grimsby area.”

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