IN just three months, a village’s newest residents have created a disabled-friendly holiday let and next month they will take delivery of five alpacas.
Paul and Tina Wise are originally from Essex and moved to Berkshire in 2011 to provide accommodation for their son Aaron, who is profoundly deaf and was relocating to a specialist school. They have now opened Doals Farm Leisure in Weir, Bacup, which is home to ‘The Den’ a self-contained holiday let, will soon offer alpaca trekking and there are plans for a small caravan and camping site.
Aaron, 21, is now studying Physics at the University of Liverpool where their daughter Maria, 23, is just completing a five-year Veterinary course. As their children are planning to stay in the North, Paul, 53 and Tina, 52, and Paul’s mum Betty, 82, began looking for property within a 40-mile radius of Liverpool.
They first spotted Doals Farm off Burnley Road, after Paul was made redundant in 2017. He had been working in IT for the same company for 33 years since leaving school. At that time the property was under offer and disappeared from the market.
Their search took them 40 to 50 properties all over Lancashire, North Yorkshire, North Wales and Cheshire, while they were still looking to sell their own six-bed home in Lambourn. Paul completed a course and has now set up as a domestic electician then last year, a week before they found a buyer for the Berkshire home, they spotted the farm was back on the market.
Paul said: “It was as if someone was looking after us. The previous sale on this had fallen through so we put in an offer.”
They all moved in November and started work on the holiday let three months ago. Paul said: “We are members of the Camping and Caravan Club and we looking into having an area as a certified site.
“We have been members of the Essex County Scouts Caving Team for 30 years and they go on trips in Derbyshire and Yorkshire so now those trips are on our doorstep.
“We have joined Weir Pride and along with Ayesha Gavin of Ayesha Communications, another Weir resident, we ran a Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language workshop at the Doals Centre.”
Tina said: “The community here is fantastic and we have made more friends in the short time we have been living in Weir than the six years we lived in Lambourn. “I am amazed by how much we have in common with the residents in this area we have really fitted in. Thank you to everyone for making us very welcome.”
The couple plan to set up a puppetry group in Weir Baptist Church and a signing choir.