"But that kind of event doesn't happen every month; it takes a lot of effort to arrange." 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 2007.
"The downside of hunt balls and race meets is they can be cliquey," Lucy says.Whilst you’re searching and making connections for romance, you can get involved in the leisure and business groups and forums, which means you benefit from being a member even if you don’t find your ideal match right away.The singles events are a great way to meet other members in a safe and fun environment.According to Patricia Warren, this can make socialising stale. Two of Charlotte's friends organised a singles party on Valentine's Day and 70 people turned up."It was very refreshing to be sat next to two people I didn't know," Charlotte says."When they ask me why I'm single, I never know how to respond," she says. Here in the country people wonder what's wrong with you.