Flavia Cacace and husband Jimi Mistry ‘didn’t have a clue’ when they started a farm in Devon


Flavia Cacace admits she and husband Jimi Mistry ‘didn’t have a clue’ what they were doing when they quit fame to start a farm in Devon

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Flavia Cacace-Mistry has admitted she and husband Jimi Mistry ‘didn’t have a clue’ what they were doing when they quit fame to start a new life in the countryside.

The professional dancer, 42, and the ex-EastEnders star, 48, swapped their bungalow in Guildford for a seven-acre smallholding in Devon earlier this year.

The move came after their new online fitness and nutrition business floundered during the COVID-19 pandemic as they were faced with competition from free online workouts.

Bewildered: Flavia Cacace has admitted she and husband Jimi Mistry ‘didn’t have a clue’ what they were doing when they quit fame to start a farm in Devon earlier in the year

They now live in a converted stone barn, sell eggs from their flock of hens, keep three rare breed sheep and grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Fans are kept up to date with their movements in the sticks through an Instagram account called Our Life At The Barn, where their shiny produce and sprightly animals take a starring role.

The ballroom pro told Hello!, ‘It was hard because we’d invested a lot of time and effort into our business but then we thought, how do we turn this whole thing into a positive?

Hard at work: They now live in a converted stone barn, sell eggs from their flock of hens, keep three rare breed sheep and grow their own fruit and vegetables

Hard at work: They now live in a converted stone barn, sell eggs from their flock of hens, keep three rare breed sheep and grow their own fruit and vegetables

Impressive: Not having planned to grow their own grub or buy any animals, it was Jimi's mum who planted the seed in the famous couple's minds

Impressive: Not having planned to grow their own grub or buy any animals, it was Jimi’s mum who planted the seed in the famous couple’s minds

‘We didn’t have a clue what we were doing,’ she added.

Not having planned to grow their own grub or buy any animals, it was Jimi’s mum who planted the seed in the famous couple’s minds. 

The Albert Square star joked: ‘In the past, we couldn’t even keep a houseplant without killing it because we were never home.

Adorable: Fans are kept up to date with their movements in the sticks through an Instagram account called Our Life At The Barn, where their shiny produce and sprightly animals take a starring role

Adorable: Fans are kept up to date with their movements in the sticks through an Instagram account called Our Life At The Barn, where their shiny produce and sprightly animals take a starring role

Picturesque: They quit fame to start a new life in the countryside earlier in the year

Picturesque: They quit fame to start a new life in the countryside earlier in the year

Talented: Flavia and Jimmy met when they were partnered on the BBC competition in 2010 (pictured in 2010)

Talented: Flavia and Jimmy met when they were partnered on the BBC competition in 2010 (pictured in 2010)

Out now: The full interview is available in the latest issue of Hello! Magazine

Out now: The full interview is available in the latest issue of Hello! Magazine

‘It’s second nature to me now to pick a vegetable or collect an egg and cook it. I couldn’t imagine buying them in the supermarket.’

The couple now plan to set up a farm shop and open a guest house and Mistry said: ‘We haven’t looked back once.

‘The ambience, the feeling, the energy that has been created here has made us feel so much calmer and better about life.’

The Italian choreographer went as far as to say that their old urban life ‘feels alien’ now that they ‘feel calm and stress-free’.

‘We did it for years, but it’s amazing when you come out of it and realise you can finally breathe,’ she said.

Flavia and Jimmy met when they were partnered on the BBC competition in 2010 and went on to marry in December 2013.

Loved-up: The dancing duo went on to marry in December 2013 (pictured in 2013)

Loved-up: The dancing duo went on to marry in December 2013 (pictured in 2013)

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