Eventually, she drove up to take a look, and they’re now married.Other success stories include Lady Game keeper from Hampshire, who married Tractor Driver from Shropshire, and Hazel, who moved from Leicestershire plus two ponies, cat, duck, rabbit, guinea pig and bird-to be with J. Love me, love my labrador/ferret/sheep is a significant theme.‘Never tell ‘porkies’; use a current photograph 1980s haircuts look suspicious; never pose in your underwear; and don’t sound pleased with yourself. “I like going out, but I also like staying in by the fire with a DVD” is obvious and boring!
Another grateful client,’Cindy’, says: ‘Although it can feel a little uncomfortable meeting in this way, it’s made everything so much simpler; if this is the way to go about meeting the man of your dreams, I can’t recommend it more highly.’ Heather Heber-Percy developed the idea for her introduction agency, The County Register, when, in her Samaritans role, she regularly took calls from lonely Shropshire farmers.
She vets the senior generation of clients, and her daughters, Tamara and Zara, take care of the thirties to fifties bracket.
Membership is restricted to those who work and live in the country, or can prove a genuine love for rural life.
Fast-forward to 2005, when the aptly named Ben Lovegrove added Love Horse to the flying and sailing websites in his internet dating empire, with gratifying results.
Speed-dating has apparently become very popular in the country, but there’s a higher risk of bumping into your neighbour/sister or simply the same people week after week.
Just Woodland Friends, a well-established introduction bureau that sends members monthly lists of potential partners, reports many triumphs of love over distance, including that of the lady from Somerset who chatted to a farmer on an island off the west coast of Scotland.
In her book Tales from the Country Matchmaker, she recalls would be suitors who reeked of manure and invited their dates to perch on sacks of potatoes.
One farmer wanted to end a relationship, but his lady friend was knitting him a jumper and it would be ‘a waste of wool’.
Sara Cox says: “As a farmer's daughter living in the capital I'm really excited about uniting rural folks with people from the city.
I can't wait to journey over hill and dale, through Britain's glorious countryside on my mission to hopefully help love blossom for the people who work the land, lovingly tend their animals but may have neglected their own hearts.
They can’t guarantee instant passion, but the point is that you will, at least, be speaking the same language from the start.