Couple quit London rat race and build their dream business in Welsh countryside

Mail Online | 11/12/2018 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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A couple saved thousands after quitting the London rat race to live in shipping containers for three years so they could build their dream business in the Welsh countryside.

Clare and Aubrey Fry abandoned the hustle and bustle of London life to rent out canoes from their riverside base in Hay-on-Wye, Powys.

Property - Prices - Premium - Picturesque - Town

But with property prices at a premium in the picturesque town - famed for its many bookshops and annual literary festival - the pair faced squandering cash on costly rentals.

Instead the couple- who met in 2008 through mutual friends- spent just £15,000 on two shipping containers - and have sold them three years later for a tidy profit.

Clare - 'City - Life - Opportunity - Pace

Clare, 34 said: 'City life is full of opportunity but the pace and expense weren't for us. We were sure there were opportunities here in Hay, with a more relaxed and affordable way of life to boot.'

Aubrey was running a motion capture studio in the capital and designing software and computer games.

Clare - Taunton - Somerset - Sales - Car

Meanwhile Clare, originally from Taunton, Somerset, was working in sales for car giant Audi.

As Aubrey, 37, grew up in Hay-on-Wye and with his mother owning a farm on its outskirts, the couple naturally gravitated to the Welsh border town for weekend getaways.

Clare - 'We - London - Friday - Afternoon

Clare said: 'We'd leave London as early as possible on Friday afternoon to beat rush hour, spend the weekend here, and leave at 5am on Monday morning to go back to our jobs.

'We realised we didn't want to be in London long term. You'd go to the butcher or the market, and find all their best produce was sourced from the Wye Valley - where we really wanted to be.'

Duo - Briefly - Aubrey - Mother - Rosalind

The duo worked briefly for Aubrey's mother, Rosalind Garratt, helping the family home - Racquety Farm - diversify into a sustainable camping, B&B and self catering venue.

They stumbled on an opportunity to...
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