It has been a long journey from buying this property almost three years ago to eventually completing the new building so we could retire here and host guests at the same time. This includes those with mobility restrictions. The bushfires in January and consequent lock-out of guests for the summer holidays, followed by Covid-19 travel shutdown from March to end June, meant that we had lost a deal of income and so needed to do much of final finishing off ourselves – a much slower process.
But we made it and received our permit on the 4th August when stage 3 restrictions were commencing in regional Victoria and stage 4 in Melbourne.
So we had a quiet celebration at home just the two of us and hope that we can celebrate properly some time in the future when state borders are open and friends and family can visit.
There is still quite a bit of work to be done finishing the interiors but we hope to be ready for photographs of the downstairs accessible apartment in a couple of weeks and open for bookings after that. Hopefully that coincides some travel restrictions being lifted. We will be offering some great specials for our first guests as there will no doubt be little glitches and we will appreciate feedback – especially from those with mobility restrictions.