Samantha Armytage warns the women on Farmer Wants A Wife about the ‘harshness’ of country life

Samantha Armytage warns the women competing on Farmer Wants A Wife about the ‘harshness’ of country life after moving to Bowral: ‘The Wi-Fi is not great, you can’t order Uber eats’

She relocated from North Bondi to a sprawling estate in the NSW Southern Highlands two years ago. 

But Samantha Armytage, 46, says living a country lifestyle is much harder than it looks. 

Armytage, who is currently starring on Farmer Wants A Wife as a guest host, recently told STIHL’s That’s How We Grow Podcast she made a point of warning the show’s contestants about the ‘harsh’ reality of marrying a man of the land. 

Samantha Armytage, 46, says she's warned the women competing on Farmer Wants A Wife about the 'harshness' of country life after moving to Bowral

Samantha Armytage, 46, says she’s warned the women competing on Farmer Wants A Wife about the ‘harshness’ of country life after moving to Bowral

‘I’m helping… all these young – mainly young – women who are thinking about moving to the country for love. Yeah, like I sort of did,’ said Armytage, a real-life farmer’s wife who married horse breeder Richard Lavender, 60, in late 2020. 

‘And my advice? I think country people are very self-contained and luckily I grew up with this,’ Armytage, who grew up on a cattle farm said. 

‘So to come back to it was natural and wonderful for me. But you do have to be self-contained,’ she warned. 

Armytage (pictured with her horse breeder husband Richard Lavender) told STIHL's That's How We Grow Podcast recently that 'you have to be self-contained' to live in the country

Armytage (pictured with her horse breeder husband Richard Lavender) told STIHL’s That’s How We Grow Podcast recently that ‘you have to be self-contained’ to live in the country 

'You have to expect that, you know, the Wi-Fi is not great. You can't order Uber eats,' she continued, before emphasising that life in the country is 'not as cushy as the city', Armytage said. (Pictured with her beloved pooch Banjo)

‘You have to expect that, you know, the Wi-Fi is not great. You can’t order Uber eats,’ she continued, before emphasising that life in the country is ‘not as cushy as the city’, Armytage said. (Pictured with her beloved pooch Banjo)

‘You have to expect that, you know, the Wi-Fi is not great. You can’t order Uber eats,’ she continued, before emphasising that life in the country is ‘not as cushy as the city’. 

‘The peace and quiet is wonderful, but sometimes, you know, can be can be deafening,’ the presenter added. 

Armytage lives with her millionaire husband Lavender in his lavish, 40-hectare Bowral estate. 

'The peace and quiet is wonderful, but sometimes, you know, can be can be deafening,' the presenter added. (Pictured: Armytage on Farmer Wants A Wife)

‘The peace and quiet is wonderful, but sometimes, you know, can be can be deafening,’ the presenter added. (Pictured: Armytage on Farmer Wants A Wife) 

In March last year, Armytage stepped away from her fast-paced co-hosting role at Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise, and has been enjoying a quieter life in the countryside ever since. 

Speaking to Now to Love in January, the reporter said swapping Sydney for a quiet life in Bowral was ‘the best thing I’ve ever done’.

Sam described her career at Sunrise as a ‘highly-scrutinised, high-adrenaline, high-pressure job’.

‘The universe moved me towards a more honest, joyful and calm place,’ she said, adding that she’s been extremely satisfied with the ‘really great’ opportunities that have come her way since leaving Sunrise.

In March last year, Armytage stepped away from her fast-paced co-hosting role at Seven's breakfast show Sunrise, and has been enjoying a quieter life in the countryside ever since. (Samantha is pictured on her last day at Sunrise)

In March last year, Armytage stepped away from her fast-paced co-hosting role at Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise, and has been enjoying a quieter life in the countryside ever since. (Samantha is pictured on her last day at Sunrise) 

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