My thanks go to to Green Insurance Group for their major sponsorship.
Green Insurance Group are one of the largest independently owned insuance brokers in the South East, offering expert assistance and great value for money across a wide range of products to suit the private individual, small business, and larger, multi premises companies.
Despite having a turnover approaching £30 million, they have avoided operating a ‘call centre’ sales environment, preferring instead to stick with trustworthy advice from experts in their field.
With their network of offices across the region, they can offer advice from experienced professionals local to you.
Many thanks to Green Insurance Group, whose local office is based just around the corner from the Rose and Crown (my departure point). It’s great to see a larger firm supporting local community causes, and their commitment to supporting me and Chestnut Tree House is really appreciated.
Kovex Ars, based in the Czech republic, are the manufacturers of some of the finest authentic medieval armour in the world, and are the creators of most of what I am wearing in the pictures on this site.
They have produced a unique gift for the Royal couple in a sword which has been reproduced in the style of the weapons used in Britain nearly 1,000 years ago. We are hoping to present this to one of the London palaces shortly, accompanied by a personal letter from the local mayor congratulating the happy couple.
I attended their factory recently to be fitted for my made to measure armour, very important in ensuring I don’t fall to pieces during the challenge!
Chris Nation, of Webination has not only given his personal sponsorship, but his professional expertise in both photography and design of marketing material.
Chris runs Webination, a web site design and development firm who, instead of using templates, design a site around your requirements. If like me, you have experienced ‘web site experts’ who insist that any change you make must be done by them, and charge the earth to eventually get what you want, have a chat with Chris.
He can give you a canvass on which to update, blog, make adjustments, enabling you to manage your online presence in real time without the delays and extortionate fees.
A website is your living, dynamic window on the world, and should change and grow with you as your constant and most up to date marketing tool. If this doesn’t describe yours, you need to rethink your strategy.
The Crown Inn, Dial Post
Many thanks to Penny and James, who are providing accommodation on Sunday.
The Crown Inn, in the village of Dial Post, West Sussex is run by Penny and James Middleton Burn. Opposite the village green, the pub has a strong and well-established reputation for the excellent quality of its homemade food.
Creative Director and celebrated chef James, for many years travelled the world combining his love of skiing with his love of cooking. He eventually settled in Sussex, was instrumental in the development of gastro pubs in the county and formed a passion for Sussex people and Sussex life.
Supporting local farmers and producers, James prepares seasonally evolving dishes ranging from classic to innovative.
Front of house is Penny, fourth generation of a local farming family, who have an historic and current involvement in the business as her grandparents owned the same village pub in the late 60s and early 70s, and sister Jo and partner Spike of Clayfield Farm, Barns Green, rear the pigs and lambs that eventually end up in the kitchens…
The Crown Inn is a food-led pub and there is a choice of four dining areas – each with a different feel: in the conservatory, the bar, the restaurant and the snug.
Taylors Farm Retreat, Capel
A large Hurrah goes to Ben at Taylors Farm Retreat, my hosts for Monday night!
Taylors is believed to be the oldest lived in house/hall in Surrey dating back to 1255. This beautiful country house set in its own private grounds is nestled in the countryside close to the Surrey/Sussex border.
Taylors apartments are grade II listed conversions to the original coaching houses and stables. They have been converted using very high quality materials and fittings including original beams, oak floors, bespoke hand made oak stable doors, oak framing, solid work tops, butler sinks, Sky TV, DVD and full internet.
Facilities available are: chauffeur driven luxury drop off and collection from Gatwick airport, airport parking can be included as part of your stay, we can also service and valet your car. 400+ acres of walk ways including ancient ghylls. On site beauty therapist offering a full range of treatments including: Manicures, Pedicures, Massages, Waxing, Facials and more. Clay pigeon shooting with tuition. Private tours of Taylors house, never opened to the public.