Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen ‘welled up’ as she won investment for new property

Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen ‘welled up’ as she won investment for new property

07/03/2021

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Amanda Owen is the star of Channel 5’s hit documentary series Our Yorkshire Farm. The show follows the lives of Amanda, her husband Clive and their nine children as they live and work on Ravenseat Farm in Yorkshire. Amanda’s now released her own book entitled Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, where she opens up about some emotional moments in her past.

In her book, which is a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, Amanda reflects back on her journey to success.

As well as being the star of her own Channel 5 show, Amanda also runs her own holiday let business.

The Firs is a 17th Century rural retreat that she rents out to holidaymakers.

Looking back at when she first purchased the six-bedroom property, Amanda recalls her experience of trying to convince her bank manager, Lionel, to give her a loan.

In her book, Amanda wrote: “It was a make-or-break time – his input (lending us most of the money) was critical, so I needed to persuade him that it was a serious business proposition and that I would be able to recoup the money by letting The Firs for holidays.”

She explained that she was “terrified” when Lionel came to visit the property to learn more about her business plans.

The Channel 5 star confessed to offering Lionel lots of tea, freshly baked scones and cake in a bid to get on his good side.

She also reckons her cause was helped by the fact Clive was busy running the business of serving afternoon teas when the bank manager came to visit.

Amanda recalled that the doorbell kept ringing as customers put in their orders and Clive scurried back and forth with loaded tea trays.

She continued: “I took Lionel to The Firs and set about sharing my vision with him as he followed me from room to room.

“What he probably didn’t realise was that I was convincing myself as much as I was trying to convince him and scaring myself silly at just how much work needed doing in not so much time.

“We needed to rent out The Firs as a holiday let as soon as possible to pay back what we owed, but in order to do this, we had to renovate it sympathetically.

“For all my enthusiasm it was still a big leap into the unknown, a project of immense magnitude – and not only that, I was hiding the fact that I was pregnant with Clemmie, our eighth baby, for fear of sounding completely feckless,” Amanda revealed.

The Yorkshire Shepherdess admitted to telling a white lie to bank manager Lionel when he asked if she had plans to expand her family.

She described that after a couple of “torturous hours”, Lionel finally gave her his verdict.

The bank manager told the Channel 5 star he would be lending her the money for the business venture and shook her hand.

Amanda admits it was an emotional moment, saying: “I welled up – to this day I don’t think he knew what his belief meant to me, for without his go-ahead the whole project was a non-starter.”

A statement on the Yorkshire Shepherdess’ website describing the property reads: “With six bedrooms, two with king-size half testers, a double, a single, a triple sleeper bunk and a small room with a standard bunk there’s plenty of space for big families.

“Furnished sympathetically, entirely in keeping with a property of its age there are a host of unusual antiques and curios from a bygone era which all add to the feeling that you are taking a step back in time though comfort and practicality have not been sacrificed.”

Our Yorkshire Farm is available on Channel 5’s catch-up service My5.

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