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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 www.wemysshouse.com or call 01862 851212. For details of Stuart’s furniture and restoration business visit www.ashcliff.com