Do you have dream of making a career change?

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Giving up not one but two successful jobs to try something new is a huge gamble, but it paid off handsomely for a Tain couple. WHILE many people can only dream of making a career change, Christine Asher and Stuart Clifford did just that in 2003. The married couple, who hail from Nottingham, moved north after falling in love with the Highlands during regular holidays with their family.

They now run a successful bed and breakfast business at their lovely home, Wemyss House, at Tain, overlooking the Cromarty Firth. Stuart has also carved out a successful new career – quite literally – restoring antique furniture and making bespoke pieces for clients including Glenmorangie at Cadboll House.

Before moving north, he was a quality manager with a Midlands bus company while Christine, a classically trained singer, taught music at the University of Nottingham and a private girls’ school.

Recently, The Independent named it among the top 50 UK B&Bs, and earlier this year it received a Red House classification in the Michelin Guide 2011, one of only seven businesses in the Highlands to receive the honour.

It also features in the Guardian B&B Directory and Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay guide, and was the only establishment in Scotland to be nominated for a Readers’ Green Award by Sawday fans.

Visit or call 01862 851212. For details of Stuart’s furniture and restoration business visit

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