So with the two of them getting used to getting by with not very much, they decided to pool resources and become an item. And it was during this early stage in their relationship that Sarah came to a realization. It dawned on her that she appreciated the beautiful surroundings so much, that she had no wish to move on to a more conventional lifestyle. Sarah spoke to U.K. tabloid The Mirror about her new awareness in September 2017. She said, “I realized I was in a beautiful setting. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t need that much any more.”
But it wasn’t long before the couple got an offer to move that was too good for them to refuse. And the last thing it could have been described as was conventional. The Rame Conservation Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving buildings of interest in the Rame Peninsula of south-east Cornwall. The charity approached Sarah and Nigel with a proposition concerning one such property – an 18th-century hilltop fort.
The deal was that the couple could live rent-free at Grenville Fort, if they agreed to look after the property and its environs on behalf of the trust. Sarah and Nigel gladly accepted and began a new self-sustained existence, seemingly inspired by the British 1970s TV sitcom The Good Life.