The Fosse Farmhouse B&B in Nettleton, near Castle Combe, has won the AA Bed and Breakfast Story of the Year Award for 2018 – 2019.
In a remarkable story, the four-star AA Silver B&B has become the setting for the most famous animated cartoon (anime) on Japanese TV and now anime fans worldwide head for Fosse Farmhouse to stay in the B&B bedrooms featured in the film!
Set in the quiet village of Nettleton Shrub, it all started in 1989 when the owner Caron Cooper met a Japanese couple, Shozo and Yasuko Mitani, while selling antiques on London’s Portobello Road.
‘The couple wanted to create an English-themed B&B in Japan so Caron invited them to her farmhouse B&B. Back in Japan, the Mitani’s displayed photographs of Fosse Farmhouse in the reception of their English themed B&B ‘Tenkisu’ in Hakuba. The editor of a popular Japanese ladies magazine ‘LEE’ visited the Mitani’s B&B and the following month LEE’s editorial team arrived in the UK to interview Caron. The glossy six-page feature was published in 1990 with circulation figures of 300,000 creating a huge amount of interest from Japanese office ladies requesting to stay at Caron’s pretty B&B.’
‘Then in 1992 Caron won an award for ‘Best Tourist Accommodation’ chosen by Japanese visitors as part of the ‘Britain Welcomes Japan’ campaign.
Next the British Embassy in Japan invited her to bake scones for the Japanese Imperial family in Tokyo and in turn they came to stay at Fosse Farmhouse on a private visit in 1994. Since then Caron regularly visits Japan to host cream tea parties and discuss her busy B&B life in England.’
‘In 2012 a popular manga comic book ‘Kiniro-Mosaic’ also known as ‘Kinmoza’ was published in Japan and was based upon Caron’s life at Fosse Farmhouse. Genco animation approached Caron to film the TV series ‘KINMOZA!’ at Fosse Farmhouse. The film footage was then converted into anime by studio artists and the series aired on Japanese TV in 2014 and 2015 reaching 5.5 million viewers on TV and DVD. In 2016 a movie of the TV series was released in Japan entitled ‘Pretty Days’.’
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