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Sue and I bought our first home in Ross in 1982 and
have been operating businesses in the historic village since 1983. We
decided to use our first home as accommodation (Now known as Hudson Cottage)
in 1987. We loved the cottage and didn't have the heart to sell it or just
put tenants into it. By making it accommodation we can keep it and still
"play house". It worked wonderfully. We continued this trend and restored
Apple Dumpling cottage in 1988, then Church Mouse cottage, then Captain
Samuel's cottage. Our friends Arthur and Anne bought Apple Dumpling cottage
from us and now use it as their home. We then decided to convert our
home/reception into a B&B/reception. So the Ross B&B Accommodation was born.
This extra dimension to our business has provided us with a greater variety
to offer guests. We don't have Church Mouse Cottage now, but we have now restored our latest cottage, Cupid's Nest c.1830.
Sue and I have two wonderful children. Markham and
Claire. Both grown and left home. We are very proud of them and
are both doing very well developing their own lives and life history.
Our philosophy for our accommodation
We don't believe in just doing things the
conventional way. We get an idea and explore the best way to do it, not "how
do others do it". We believe that the product we offer is unique and fun for
guests. Our primary goal is for comfort combined with the historic
experience guests have. This element of historic experience is important as
it compliments the village which is officially the most significant convict
village in Australia. Unlike most accommodation places we don't just try to
achieve star rating from AAA if we believe the requirements to achieve
extra points may compromise the enjoyment and comfort of guests.
What else do we do besides accommodation?
We live busy lives. As well as operating the accommodation, Sue works .5 as a registered nurse. I have, since 1997, been
a specialist in suicide prevention and men's health. I
provide training to groups of professionals and community groups awareness
workshops on these very important issues. Government funding is no longer available for this valuable work. Although some funds come from the community, the accommodation business is the
major sponsor. So some of your money you pay to stay
with us contributes to this important work. Often I am away speaking to a
group or researching an important aspect to men's health or suicide. This
leads me to another idea we have introduced into our business. When
guests arrive at our reception we may not answer the door bell. Instructions
tell them how to use our intercom. This connects you to either Sue or I. We
have a security system set-up to enable you to move in if we are away from
the office. Its unique, the beauty of this system is that guests know
we make ourselves available 24 hours if there is a problem. Often guests use
this system and we may only be a few doors away, so it gives us a clever
way of running the business without always having to be behind the reception door.
Not that we have left the business running on its own, we have lovely,
competent staff in the village to assist in the hands on work of the business.
Restoring old things has been a lifetime leisure activity of mine, Sue has
also become involved in this satisfying pastime.
History and guided tours of Ross
Since 1983 I have been conducting walking tours of
Ross where I provide an interesting story of the rich history of Ross. Our
bridge is the main feature of the talk where I reveal the stories behind the 186
carvings that are located on the sides of the bridge. Click here to see some of these carvings. Because we are so busy with our family and work commitments I am not as
available to provide these tours as much as I would like. I only make myself
available for larger groups these days. When you contact me feel free to
enquire what I can offer you for a tour if you are interested.
Why are we in the accommodation business?
We love meeting guests that stay with
us. Many guests have become personal friends of ours over the years. We also
love to preserve the old buildings and develop their historic gardens. We
used to have antique shops, so preserving furniture and furnishings is
important to us, especially if they are being used while being saved. I
also enjoy playing with old cars. We have the same philosophy with the cars as we have for our old
buildings, we are only caretakers of these great examples of the past, we
are only custodians until we pass the responsibility and enjoyment onto the
next people. In the meantime we enjoy what we own.
Facts in Brief:
* Owner operators of businesses in Ross since 1983
* Operated Tourist accommodation since 1987
* Always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the experience of guests
* Tim and Sue are 'get your hands dirty' people. Sue is the main player behind the gardens. Tim enjoys the restoration and ongoing maintenance and administration.
* Some funds raised with our accommodation supports Suicide prevention education and Men's Health awareness