We are incredibly grateful to the wonderful team of people who work with us to look after this special place; none more so than Megan & Roy, who have worked here at Homme for over 55 years as housekeeper and gardener, respectively.
It feels true, as someone once said, that the house is ultimately the boss. Well, the boss owes them all a huge debt. They are a camera shy bunch, but a brief glimpse is offered below…
Jocelyn & John
The current owners of Homme, Jocelyn and John took a leap of faith and moved here to support the previous generation in 2001. They took the bold step of opening the house for weddings in 2004, and it is their tireless passion and determination which has made the place what it is today. Since Charlie’s and Sarah’s return they have been less involved in weddings but continue to manage the Estate on a day-to-day basis, squeezing the pretence of retirement and the odd game of Bridge in now and again.
Charlie, one of Jocelyn’s and John’s three children, sensibly leaves the power tooling to his more capable half, but has other varied responsibilities at Homme, including planning events and managing the accounts and marketing (including the design of this website). He has mastered many new skills at Homme, wrangling the giant floor polisher and axe-wielding among them, and is particularly proud of his neatly stacked woodland wood store.
Sarah has a unique perspective on weddings at Homme, having been bride, maid of honour/guest and organiser of gatherings here. She lives in the Tower wing of the house with husband Charlie and can turn her hand to most things, from painting and decorating to flower arranging and buttonhole pinning. She is training to be a professional upholsterer and has breathed new life into many pieces around the house. She is never happier than with a dangerous tool in her hand.
Megan has devoted 56 years of her life to looking after us here at Homme and is very much part of the family. She’s lived through the ups and downs of the Estate, and despite now being in her 80s continues to polish the brass and iron the linen with unfailing dedication. She lives in our Lower Lodge with her husband Roy, and is very popular with the Dachshund clan.
Roy has also worked at Homme for 56 years, most recently keeping the vegetable garden insanely productive and immaculate. He embodies the very best of Herefordshire, and continues to provide invaluable advice. He is also a fount of knowledge on the history of life at Homme.
Linda & Kate
Linda & Kate are a whirlwind duo who cover the ground in a blur keeping the guest bedrooms and bathrooms pristine. They have PhDs in linen management and are brilliant at keeping on top of the myriad things which need to be looked after on a daily basis.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE
Dan is our very special gentle giant and generous-hearted soul who comes to our rescue whenever help is required. Talented, versatile and quietly determined, he remains undaunted by the ‘unique challenges’ of maintenance work at Homme. He also has enough amazing life stories to fill several volumes; we hope he will publish the first instalment of ‘The Tales of Shail’ in the coming months.
We were fortunate enough to meet Andy when he and his wife chose Homme as their wedding venue. He keeps the gardens and hedging looking beautiful year round, working miracles with limited investment funds and only 2 days per week. A very early bird, he weeds, waters and plants in all weathers, and his distinctive gait can be easily spotted around the garden thanks to his fluorescent orange dungarees and bright blue wheelbarrow.
GROUNDS & WOODLAND
Steve is metronomic in his efficiency, working behind the scenes to keep the grounds and lawns here at Homme immaculate. He is also a master fence builder and chainsaw wielder working with Jamie to provide the timber for the main house winter fires.
GROUNDS & WOODLAND
Jamie is Steve’s son and support in the grounds. As Homme’s resident strong man he is often roped in when heavy lifting is required, and is otherwise to be found astride some grass cutting vehicle, fence building, chopping wood or watering the plant pots. We think he may have the biggest guns in Herefordshire.
Father Neil and son Dave have been an invaluable support at Homme over many years, helping with work required in the grounds. Neil’s skills with lime mortar have been put to good use in the ongoing restoration of the walled garden walls, which will comfortably prevent him from retiring for years to come!
The Wire-Haired Dachshunds
We have yet to work out how to harness the unique talents of Rolo, Chami, Mimi, Pippin and Cato for weddings at Homme, but they are much loved members of the family. They are to be seen heading out on leads for a walk in the parkland, which usually resembles a kind of chaotic, sausage dog maypole dancing affair.