As the daughter of an inventor, Caryn Hibbert left behind her childhood in the country to pursue a profession in science in London. There, she forged a formidable career in medicine and raised three children, until deciding to buy a manor house in the small village of Southrop, Gloucestershire, in 2002. Having quickly realised a manor house isn’t going to pay for itself, Thyme was born. Described as a “grown-up, elegant hotel all about country life”, Thyme has grown from just hotel rooms to a cookery school, a destination spa, a quintessentially British restaurant – and even has its own pub. We speak to Caryn about her industry change from medical expert to hotelier, renovating the building that would become Thyme, and what’s next for her ever-expanding business.