Samantha Armytage says women should look for love in the country and marry a farmer – as she gushes over her equestrian businessman husband Richard Lavender
TV presenter Samantha Armytage married her millionaire equestrian businessman husband Richard Lavender two years ago.
After finding the love of her life, she quit her high-profile Sunrise anchor position to live a quieter life with her new beau down in Bowral.
And now, the 46-year-old is encouraging other women to look to the countryside for love.
In an excerpt published by the Daily Telegraph from an interview with Stellar magazine, the new host of Farmer Wants A Wife appears extremely passionate about the value country men can bring for women vying for love.
‘I can tell you, country men are fantastic. They are so capable, they’re gorgeous, they’re wonderful to be around,’ she said.
Samantha Armytage is encouraging other women to look to the countryside for love after marrying her millionaire equestrian businessman husband Richard Lavender (both pictured)
‘A lot of girls I knew and went to school with are going back to the country and marrying farmers because that’s where a lot of us came from, and a lot of city girls I know were [marrying] farmers as well.
‘So what you have now is this richness of talent in the regions and young women with huge careers who’ve moved back to the bush, still running businesses and contributing to their communities in huge and dynamic ways.’
The presenter added that she doesn’t believe regional areas in Australia get enough attention or credit, and that there is ‘a huge amount going on out there’.
The TV presenter quit her job as a Sunrise anchor to fulfill a quieter life in the countryside
The journalist met her husband Richard, 60, at socialite Skye Leckie’s 60th birthday party in April 2019, and she said there was an instant connection.
They later got married on New Years Eve in 2020 on Richard’s 40-hectare property in Bowral.
Richard is a stakeholder of Lavender Equestrian, which offers a variety of services for horses in the region, including breeding and training.
According to property records, his 40-hectare farm in Berrima cost $1.95million when he bought it in 2007.
Sam will be the main host for the new series of Farmer Wants A Wife that airs on Channel 7 this Easter Monday
Sam will be the main host for the new series of Farmer Wants A Wife that airs on Channel 7 this Easter Monday, April 10.
She takes over the role which made famous by long-time presenter Natalie Gruzlewski – who will remain part of the series as a ‘co-host’.
Sam had joined the dating show as a ‘guest host’ last year, but her minor role has now been expanded while Natalie is ‘scaling back’ her duties.
Their roles have essentially flipped, as Natalie will present her own segment called ‘Nat’s Getaway’ during the 2023 season, with Armytage ‘front and centre’ as the face of the franchise.
Sam takes over the hosting role which made famous by long-time presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (pictured)