Meet the Owners
Originally run as a husband and wife team from June 2013, Chrissie now runs Bluebell Croft as unfortunately Chris passed away on 31st March 2018 from a brain tumour following a short illness. His memory will always influence any further work at Bluebell Croft.
Chrissie was born in Yorkshire and after training as a nurse and then a midwife, lived in the Middle East for a number of years before moving to Jersey in 2001. In 2013 after many years of research and dreaming Chris and Chrissie left their jobs and moved to Bluebell Croft.
Running the croft and self-catering business is no easy job, but the satisfaction of being your own boss and living in such a beautiful part of Scotland, make up for it.
Strontian is a wonderful part of the country and Chrissie is happy to share her experiences and stories with you.
Bluebell Croft is now run by Chris and Richard. Richard is a paramedic and you may see the emergency ambulance parked on the croft. Originally from Newcastle, Richard moved to Strontian in 2006. He has a background in IT and management and ran a B&B in Strontian before becoming a paramedic.
You don’t have to pull on boots and get your hands dirty when you stay with us. However, many visitors return year after year because they and their children enjoy experiencing life on a working croft where you can do as much or as little as you like.
Quite a lot of fruit and vegetables are grown on the croft and Chrissie is happy to pass on her experiences in grappling with self-sufficiency.
The croft features a large 20 x 30 metres vegetable garden, a 50 ft poly tunnel, a small greenhouse, orchard and lots of raised beds.
Each successive year sees the production of good crops of vegetables and plenty of soft fruit in the summer/autumn, all of which we are available for purchase by our guests.
Chickens and ducks and provide all our eggs. We use an incubator for hatching batches of chicks - it never ceases to amaze how a helpless, damp hatchling transforms in a few hours to a fluffy, scampering, independent and very vocal chick.
We are very happy that our poultry has the very best free range life.
There are 20 rare breed sheep on the croft. Chrissie is a member of and supports the Rare Breeds Trust.
There are 5 ewes, 3 tups, 7 whethers, 4 lambs, as well as 3 year old Christopher Robin, hand raised in 2018.
Chris named our first sheep from the characters in Toy Story, so 2 of our rams are Woody and Mr Potato Head (Mr PH). Our 2017 tup is called Graham after a visiting friend.
Our ewes are Barbie, Mrs Potato Head (Mrs PH) Bo Peep, Dolly and Maisie.
In March 2018 the second lamb was named Christopher Robin in memory of Chris. Christopher was hand raised and he is a very friendly sheep, who will remain a pet.