Jennifer studied Fine Art in Scotland and Finland. She was a practising artist and exhibition curator in Norway for twenty years before moving to Morocco, where she renovated and redesigned traditional houses in Marrakech. Hers is the choice of colour and fabric, the sense of balance and proportion and the eye for detail that has created the beautifully light interior of the Rookery.
Laurence spent twenty-five years working for the Diplomatic Service. He, too, has also lived in Morocco, as well as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Norway and Italy, retiring in 2011 from the post of Consul General in Milan. He has published a number of books, including a biography of the diplomat and writer, Harold Nicolson, and a two-volume History of Music in the British Isles. He is also a cook and his long experience of Europe and Asia is reflected in the unique variety of dishes on offer to Rookery guests who wish to have dinner in the main house.
During our years of travelling, we often rented holiday cottages when we returned to Britain for holidays. We have tried to make the Rookery the kind of place where we ourselves would like to stay. We enjoy the traditional comforts of cotton sheets, warm towels, fresh flowers, a family dining table and a log fire. But we like our modern conveniences, too. The Rookery’s kitchen is newly-designed and thoughtfully equipped. There is a television and a DVD player as well as wireless internet access throughout.
Naturally enough, given our long experience of living abroad, we welcome foreign guests. Between us we speak French, Italian, Norwegian and Chinese.