Jo Wood’s listed farmhouse mixes old, new and country styles

How did a self-confessed city lover end up living with no mains electricity, drawing water from a well, and with sheep for neighbours? Jo Wood says she asked herself that question every day in her first six months here. But after living in cities all over the world, the lure of the countryside proved too great to resist. Jo is CEO of her own organic beauty range, and one of her dreams was to live off grid so when this house came up, she took the plunge.

Three years on, Jo is a country convert and her old farmhouse – one of the world’s best homes – and its garden are transformed.