Christina Dodwell is a renowned explorer and adventurer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, A Bafta award winner for her film in the BBC series Great River Journeys for the episode ‘Waghi River’, in 1989 she was awarded the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and is the founder of The Dodwell Trust which seeks to provide education and development opportunities for the people of Madagascar.
Christina’s travels have filled 9 books and been told on over 40 radio documentaries produced for the BBC. As well as the Bafta winning ‘Waghi River’ she has also presented ‘Black Pearls of the South Pacific’ and ‘Footsteps in Madagascar’.
Madagascar holds a special place in Christina’s heart as her husband was Honorary Consul for Madagascar in London when they met and so she fell in love with them both! Christina also became involved in the diplomatic field as Senior Attache and Vice Consul at the Consulate of Madagascar. For over 20 years The Dodwell Trust has filled the gaps in aid and development for Madagascan communities improving both health and academic education.
The Dodwell Trust does not actively fundraise and relies on contributions from those who come across their work and wish to support it. 100% goes to their support projects. If you wish to find out more and possibly help, please visit their website.
Before she became an explorer though, Christina was an interior designer and she has pursued this love for houses and design by acquiring properties that had fallen into disrepair and renovating them. In conjunction with Big House Holiday Lets she now rents these charming old pubs and houses for large groups looking for fantastic accommodation in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
Holiday Homes owned by Christina Dodwell
River Wye Lodge – Previously known as the Courtfield Arms it was built over 250 years ago and was originally a coaching house. The fantastic location puts it right in the heart of the Forest of Dean with stunning views over the riverbank to the River Wye. After the pub fell on hard times Christina rescued this hidden gem and gave it a makeover. It is now a perfect destination for anyone who loves exploring the natural world.
High Cloud Farm – Christina took this old farmhouse and estate and brought it back to life, turning it into a wonderful combination of a main house with ample sleeping and social areas as well as converting one of the old barns to create even more space. Filled with the spirit of Christina’s travel, the decor and hidden sculptures dotted on the grounds encourage adventure and exploration. Often used as a corporate retreat as well as a holiday home due to the house layout and large grounds being so versatile.