Quite interesting facts about dating 19 Mar Determined to improve the chances of fresh encounters in the countryside, Lucy Reeves, 30, from Northamptonshire, founded rural matchmaking website Muddy Matches with her sister Emma in When I moved back to the country it occurred to me how hard it is to meet people.
As soon as everyone starts to couple up and have children, meeting new people gets harder," she says. Muddy Matches is an online community designed to bring together rural lonely hearts see below. Party-goers stay in nearby hotels and can join a pre-ball activity and a hearty walk the following day. This year's ball in Sywell, Northamptonshire, on May 22 has a "black tie with a muddy twist" dress code. Traditionally, the under year-olds living in the country met through their local Young Farmers club.
The nationwide body of clubs hosts social events throughout the year such as parties and quizzes. A study by Louise Elliott, a land agent for Savills, suggests that the parents of about half of people in farming communities met via Young Farmers and a quarter were introduced by a farming friend.
Young Farmers is still going strong: Anna Skilbeck, 23, a farm conservation adviser, has been a Young Farmers member since she was 14 and met her boyfriend Jamie at a Young Farmers party. It turned out my parents knew his parents and I was friends with his brother. She met her boyfriend, Tom, at a hunt ball. You can't blame them," she says. We went for a drink in a pub and just clicked. He proposed to me in a bird hide last summer. I turned around and he was on one knee.
I tell as many people as possible about the website now. You need to be relaxed to flirt. Driving is an unavoidable part of living in the country and something that people like Vittoria have to accept. Driving to parties in the country became one of my best pulling techniques; everyone wants a lift home. Charlotte Martin has found that living where she does, with a rural-focused career, narrows down the field of potential suitors. When I was younger I didn't have so many imaginary boxes to be ticked; I just thought: I've got to find someone with a country mentality.
They don't have to be horsey but they've got to be like-minded. I can't see myself pushing a pram around Fulham. If I'm asked out on a date there's more pressure for it to work, but then I remind myself that I don't want to settle for Mr Second Best. Often they don't have time to go to all the rural social events because of work. Hunt balls and racing are the only things that buck the trend, I suppose," he says. Tom Cooper, a land agent for Buccleuch Estates in Scotland, says that 95 per cent of the people he sees on a day-to-day basis are men.
Her survey showed that 76 per cent of girls born into a farming background hoped to marry a farmer. David, 46, a farmer from Cumbria, has a "laid-back" attitude and enjoys motoring, sport and wants to travel, while Mark, 50, from Gloucestershire, has an English Language and Literature degree, and enjoys fly fishing holidays on the River Usk, and reading history and poetry.
I use the experience I have gained over the years to match people. I take into account age, height, build and occupation before sending out profiles," she says. The one thing I can't detect is whether there is any chemistry. They want to have children and live the same rural lifestyle that they did when they were younger. It's often frustrating that they didn't come to me sooner as there are plenty of farmers around.
But most country folk would rather be alone than live in a town, where dating is a different thing entirely. A good hat stops your hair getting blown around if you're outside, but on the whole you can go for a natural look," Vittoria Pannizon says. Archie Hardyment, 26, was surprised by the relaxed social scene he became part of when he moved to a cottage in Oxfordshire after leaving university. Even though he isn't particularly interested in horses, he has made friends at point-to-points and via the local polo club.
There are fewer people around, but you get to know them better. You've got to consider what you most enjoy doing and get involved. It's the same for Charlotte Martin: That knight in shining armour won't walk down your garden path; you've got to go out and find him.
How to Find Your Man is published by Element Rural dating tips Meet at a pub not your local and make your first date a minute drink, says Sarah Beeny , to avoid it being too tortuous. A hat can make country clothes look more glamorous and do wonders for windblown hair. Organise monthly singles gatherings with a friend.
See yourself as an unofficial dating agency. Waitressing for local catering companies and working in pubs can be a good way of meeting people. Don't get involved with lengthy flirtations by email or phone.
You can talk yourself out of a date. Market yourself to all your friends and do the same for them, if they're single. Be proactive; you have a higher chance of meeting someone if you do something rather than nothing. Finding love in the countryside: A personal matchmaking agency for rural types run by Patricia Warren. Social networking site for rural types.
Just Woodland Friends justwoodlandfriends. My Single Friend mysinglefriend. Sarah Beeny's website enables you to recommend and matchmake your single friends.
Or you can get a friend to sign you up. Association of British Introductions Agencies abia. Horse Lovers Dating horseloversdating. Free online community for horse lovers and single farmers.
Free online community for farmers, horseriders and lovers of country sports. Most services are free. The story behind Muddy Matches When Lucy Reeves set up Muddy Matches with her sister Emma in as a means of connecting country-minded people, she had no idea it would be so successful. But we started it for people like me and there have been so many success stories that we've stopped counting the weddings.
Pub grub nights, country walks and the annual Mud Lovers Ball for rural singles are also advertised on the site. Dan and Sara pictured below met at a Muddy Matches pub grub night last year. Current lonely hearts include Simon, 38, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, who enjoys long walks "happiest in casual wear but people say I scrub up well" and Will, 25, from Axminster in Devon, who enjoys hunt balls and going to the beach.