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We have achieved a perfect balance here in our new home

Emma Taylor has turned her passion for cookery into a new career with an idyllic balance between life and work

Emma and Ian decided to move back to the countryside from London in 2013. Emma grew up in the Dorset countryside and after leaving school was a successful event rider, competing in the Badminton three-day event. Then she moved to London where she worked for a fund management firm in the City for 20 years as a marketing manager. ‘This is where I met my husband Ian; we lived in Wandsworth, London and had a cottage in Dorset for the weekends,’ explains Emma. The pull of home and the countryside got stronger and they both decided to move back to the country full-time. Around this time Emma decided that her passion for cooking could be her next career path and so spent six months at the well-known private chef school in Ashburton, Devon.

‘Post cookery school I decided to start the B&B so that I could fulfil my love for cooking and also have a good home/ work balance, as I would be able to have our adored little dog Bumble with me. For many careers in the catering and hospitality industry this just isn’t possible. We had a clear idea in our minds what we were looking for: a property that would first and foremost be a lovely home for us, but would also give our guests the best possible experience: peace and quiet, luxury, and privacy,’ says Emma. After a year of looking in Dorset they broadened their search to Somerset and found Keepers Cottage on the edge of the Vale of Avalon outside Glastonbury. ‘I viewed the house with Bumble and it had been taken off the market the day before. Luckily the vendor very kindly still let me come and view it. I drove over the brow of the hill and pulled the car over looking towards Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills. The view took my breath away and I knew I wanted the three of us to live here.’

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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.