Then it was just a farmhouse with less than an acre but he has since built it up into a holding of about 100 acres.
Growers will be paid up to £750 an acre for a crop planted on land that at present brings in no income.
Yields of up to four tonnes an acre had been forecast before weather broke.
This attractive building is set on three quarters of an acre on the outskirts of the village.
Outside, the gardens which surround the property extend to a quarter of an acre .
I grew up in Somerset, on a seven acre smallholding where my parents and sister still live.
It is extremely private, with grounds extending to around three quarters of an acre .
They had less than an acre of land to call their own, but it was their own and no one else's.
Does it pay to treat every acre with an insecticide when only a few acres will be affected?
The house is on about an acre of grounds which have trees, flowering shrubs and a base for a hard tennis court.