Jo and John Morfoot are both Norfolk, born and raised on the verdant east coast of England. They met when she came to collect urns in her architectural salvage yard, Morways Reclaim. One of the UK’s main proponents of natural floral design, she owns Jo Flowers and also happens to have a knack for interior design. John has not only a wealth of materials, but also carpentry skills, and the two have been collaborating for several years on an ongoing project: creating a vacation retreat called Settle on 30 acres of parkland that John’s father has purchased in the late 1970s.
The property had been used as a small caravan park – a place where vacationers could stay in trailers. John and his father dug two lakes, but their hut plans were thwarted by a lack of funds. Dedicating their winter downtime to saving those dreams, Jo and John developed Settle in a way that would surely delight John’s late father. Join us for a tour of our favorite attraction, the two antique rail cars that they have converted into storybook guest quarters, each overlooking a lake. If you are within travel distance, Settle accepts reservations.
Photograph by Haarkon, courtesy of Settle (@settlenorfolk).
Trolley n ° 1
John and Jo did the work themselves with the help of a John’s employee, plus an electrician and a plumber. Settle is located in an area called Breckland, which, Jo tells us, has “the largest lowland forest in the UK”. The property was once part of the neighboring Shropham Hall estate.
Trolley n ° 2
Jo and John are currently working on their third car, which they plan to “launch” this summer. Settle also has a lake hut and three canvas safari tents for individual or group rental for 13 people.