Kevin was born in Kent and joined the Royal Engineers at 16. He travelled extensively, including to Kenya, The Falklands, Cyprus, Germany and Belize, working for the British Army and the United Nations for eight years. On leaving the military, Kevin studied Law, going on to become a barrister. After earning a prestigious scholarship and passing the bar, he was offered a lecturing position at his old university, which he took up, saying ‘the clients are much nicer’.

Tina was born in London to Scottish parents. She studied business and marketing, then worked in marketing for private and commercial banks in the City of London, with some traveling to Australia & the far east in between. She earned a degree in Law and latterly retrained again as a teacher and was a school governor. She's also a qualified interior designer. 

Kevin & Tina bought a holiday home in Bulgaria over a decade ago and visited every year. Believing in their mantra ‘jump and a net will appear’, they decided to give up the rat race and try a new life.  Cottage Farm is the result.

Since starting Cottage Farm, Kevin and Tina have featured regularly in national and international TV, press and radio, as well as commercials and voice-overs and have been guest chefs for Bacchus magazine and Sofia Restaurant Week.


COTTAGE FARM ALINO is our self-sustaining small-holding in Alino in beautiful rural Bulgaria, overlooking the Rila Mountains.   We now grow our own vegetables, fruit and livestock, following organic principles, using no artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.

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And just where is Cottage Farm? Alino, Bulgaria, which is only 45 km South of Sofia: