Den saw an advert for the post of Estate Carpenter for the Fortescue Estate based in Simonsbath. His application was successful and the family moved to Simonsbath in 1960. They lived in Diana Lodge Flat, behind Simonsbath House Hotel. This had been newly-created in part of John Knight's unfinished mansion which had been reduced in size and roofed over shortly after Viscount Ebrington took over the Exmoor and Brendon Estates in 1897. Doreen worked at Simonsbath House. This echoes earlier times when the wives of the Estate Carpenters - like James Harvey (carpenter from <1834 – 1850s) and James Welch (carpenter from 1892 - 1911) were housekeepers there (for John Knight and Viscount Ebrington respectively).