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Ed - Operations and Glastonbury Festival Supremo

Ed - Operations and Glastonbury Festival Supremo

Responsible for making sure all the behind the scenes preparations of the houses are completed, Ed looks after our team of 10 housekeeping ladies and ensures the properties are spotless ahead of our guests arriving.

Ed is the talkative one of the team; if he answers the phone to you or welcomes you to one of our properties, be prepared that it might not be a quick conversation… He is also the driving force behind our Glastonbury Festival campsite, so you may get a shorter chat at the end of June each year.  

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Paul - Business Development

Paul - Business Development

Having overseen the renovations of each of the family properties which you will find with us and interior designed each of them, Paul now concentrates on developing the business further with many new plans on the horizon – watch this space for some exciting new projects.  

Less chatty than Ed and often found encouraging Ed to be less chatty. You will most likely find him saying ‘I’ve had this great idea’ which is usually followed by a series of moans from everyone else.

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Gemma - Head Therapist

Gemma - Head Therapist

If you’re feeling a little stressed or in need of some pampering, equally as important as the emergency services, Gemma is always on hand to help. Having previously worked at top local Spa Hotels, her treatments will leave you revitalised and refreshed. Working from The Sedum Spa, you will always find Gemma looking immaculate and there has never been any evidence of a bad hair day. 

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Richard - Accounts/Mowing The Lawns & Running Our Farm

Richard - Accounts/Mowing The Lawns & Running Our Farm

It is fair to say that Richard spends most of his time running the family farm (arable & sheep) which we have been operating for 80 or so years. However if you see a slightly scruffy man driving a ride on lawn mower (his favourite toy) almost vertically up the bank in front of The Sedum Spa , this will be him.

Multi-talented, the other place he can be found is with his head in the accounts, managing the VAT and ensuring that Ed & Paul don’t spend all the money. 

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Jess - Livestock Manager/Book Keeper

Jess - Livestock Manager/Book Keeper

Frequently found demanding to know where the receipt is for a certain purchase or asking why a booking name doesn’t match a payment. The intricacies of book keeping are balanced by cuddling lambs and ewes on a daily basis or as Jess puts it ‘being a Shepherdess’.

Animals are Jess’ passion and once she moves to the farm (with husband Paul & baby Alfie) later in 2014 there is a general fear that the place will be overrun with pigmy goats, Kune-Kune pigs, Ryeland  (teddy bear) sheep, Ponies as well as any other small and cute ‘farm’ animals that can be hand reared. 

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Helen - Interior Design & Chief Florist

Helen - Interior Design & Chief Florist

Helen is a florist by craft and this creative flair has been instrumental to ensuring our properties have the extra little touches and enticing looks which set them apart.

Always on hand for the magnificent flowers at Glastonbury – if you find a decorative detail in any of our projects, most likely Helen will be behind it. 

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Alfie - Toddler/Wannabe Farmer

Alfie - Toddler/Wannabe Farmer

Always on hand with a cheeky grin, Alfie’s favourite pastimes include ‘flying’ (being lifted in the air by daddy) and having his bottle. It is fair to say that Alfie would have been voted the most popular member of the Woodlands Retreats team at our Glastonbury Festival campsite this year – receiving multiple cuddles from our guests at every opportunity.

Career decisions loom large in Alfie’s thoughts, with mummy doing her best to encourage a life with livestock and daddy trying to develop a love for business and architecture. Tractors are his favourite however!

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Hamish & Tess

Hamish & Tess

Usually found wrestling at the Farm or playing a game of chase – these two play a very important role in the story of Woodlands Retreats. Tessy does the very important job of alerting everyone when a visitor appears at the office gate – like a doorbell only louder…much louder. Hamish then sprints over and quietly investigates that person and politely asks them the nature of their visit. At least this is how they see it – the reality is somewhat different…. 

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Jude - Head Housekeeper & Laundry

Jude - Head Housekeeper & Laundry

Jude is either hugely envied or felt sorry for depending on the season – the laundry room and Spa is the best place to be in the bitterly cold winter months or (on a few occasions) sweltering in the summer. Having worked for us for close to 7 years, Jude has seen it all and nothing will faze her, but given the choice she would appreciate it if you could leave the houses tidy on your departure… 

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Our House Keepers

Our House Keepers

The unsung members of the team – the hours and hard graft that go into preparing our houses makes these wonderful ladies invaluable. No matter how messy the houses have been found at the start of the day, by 3pm harmony has been restored and we are ready for our next group of guests as if nothing ever happened.

Many of them have been with us for years and when asked for highlights over their employment with us the response was ‘that time when there was loads of beer and wine left at Woodlands Farmhouse.’ They get to keep any food or drink left at the houses, so we have a special request from the girls ‘to make sure you bring enough with you…..' 

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