MAKING THE MOVE: FROM GERMANY TO CORNWALL
HOLIDAYS to Cornwall can often be a life-changing experience but for Stefan Haderlein, his holiday led to falling in love with a farmer from Marhamchurch - and a new life in a new country
Cornwall has long been a favourite holiday resort for Germans thanks to their love of all things Rosamunde Pilcher - but for one German visitor, Cornwall has become home...
HOLIDAYS to Cornwall can often be a life-changing experience but for Stefan Haderlein, his holiday led to falling in love with a farmer from Marhamchurch - and a new life in a new country.
I wasn’t very familiar with Cornwall, to be honest,’ says the German who hails from Bamberg, a city around the size of Exeter near Munich. I knew it from Rosamunde Pilcher films and books as they are very popular in Germany.
After I met Richard [Turner] on holiday we both realised quite quickly that it wasn’t just a holiday romance, so we managed to meet each other monthly for the first six months either in Germany or the UK and got to know each other more.
As Richard has quite a few commitments, such as two great kids, a holiday business and a working farm, it was clear that it had to be me to make the move so we could be together. The decision was an easy one to make so I handed in my notice as a manager of one of the biggest retailers in Germany, sold my city centre flat and made the move and never looked back.
Cornwall is not only a gorgeous place to live, the people who live here are amazing, warm and very welcoming. Our businesses are located in Marhamchurch just outside Bude and I couldn’t wish for a nicer place to live. Bude is developing in so many different ways with the opening of new hotels, restaurants and shops, it’s lovely to observe the growing town. Rick Stein watch out!’
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After his move in 2010 he helped Richard on the farm, and looked after the self-catering holiday business, a Victorian farmhouse sleeping 10 which has now been extended with another holiday home that sleeps six.
After about three years of being in Cornwall I felt the need for a new challenge, something I can combine with the business that’s already here,’ he says.
He worked with an holistic therapist and beauty therapist to open TheSalon at Penleaze. in October 2013. After just under two years of running this business, he expanded with another treatment room and additional waiting/relaxing area. At TheSalon we only work with the best and multi-award winning brands such as dermalogica, HdBrows, Lycon wax, Gelsih by Nailharmony and more. Just over a year ago we joined forces withJames McDiarmid, one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons who visits TheSalon on a regular basis to offer a variety of cosmetic procedures.
TheSalon has now four amazing therapists and I simply couldn’t wish for a better team of people to share my dream.’
And what advice would be give to someone thinking of making the move to Cornwall?
To look forward to having a great life and to be driven to achieve your goals. Cornwall is already beautiful but has so much more potential. Now is the time to move to Cornwall, there are so many changes going on and so many fabulous places to visit.’
Favourite flavour of Cornwall?
The amazing taste of fresh Cornish Mussels in white wine sauce.
Summerleaze beach in Bude is absolutely stunning and probably my favorite beach in the area with its harbour, canal, break water, tidal sea pool and golden sandy beach.
I love the walk from Millock to Crackington Haven and to treat myself after the 2.5 hours walk with some great homemade food at the Cabin café.
place to eat
The Beach at Bude hotel is my favourite place to go as the food and drinks are amazing, the service brilliant and the views couldn’t be more beautiful (over my favorite Summerleaze beach). But there are now so many more gorgeous places for great food in and around Bude.