Support The Little Guys.
In the past when The Pillion and I have traveled and needed somewhere to stay for the night, we usually checked into one of those big chain motels. You know the ones, Best Western, Golden 4 or something similar.
In May 2014 we went for a weekend away to celebrate our 25th anniversary. On that occasion I thought we could do something different and we organised a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) instead of the usual fare. We’d never stayed at a B&B before, so it was a good opportunity for us to find out if they were all they were cracked up to be.
A bloke at work suggested a web site that offered thousands of B&B’s in one convenient location, not just in Australia but around the world. The site allows you to select anything from a fold out bed, shared accommodation through to an entire house, with prices ranging from dirt cheap to “Wow, people actually pay that?”
Most are run by mums & dads or retired couples who have a granny flat out back, or some space in a downstairs living area. There are of course, full on businesses as well, but we tend to give these a wide berth and support the little guy.
Our first experience was at a place called Glenview Studio near Byron Bay. Glenview Studio is owned and operated by a lovely lady by the name of Anne.
When we turned off the main road to Glenview, the driveway set the scene for what was to come. The house was extremely well presented and a bottle champagne was waiting for us.
Breakfast is included each day, and I can tell you, having breakfast or enjoying a late afternoon beverage on the patio while watching the sun set behind the orchards in the glen made it worth every cent.
Another place we stayed at was 24km (15 miles) east of Glenn Innes along the Gwydir Highway. Halloran House is owned and operated by Maureen, a true, old school country lass.
When we arrived at around 18:00, Maureen greeted us at the gate and showed us in.
She was very apologetic, she knew we were covering about 700 km (435 miles) on a bike that day and she’d planned to have dinner ready for us when we arrived. Unfortunately, there was a blackout and she was unable to have it ready in time.
Wait… what do you mean dinner?
That’s right, Maureen provided not only breakfast, but a home cooked dinner as well; at no extra cost.
When the power came back on we were treated to home-made shepherds pie and home-made apple crumble with custard for desert. Yum!
You can’t beat country hospitality.
Halloran House is in country New South Wales (NSW), while Glenview Studio, also in NSW, is due east on the coast not far from Byron Bay.
It’s hard to believe the two are only 262 km (163 miles) apart yet the contrast in the landscape is unmistakable, one is lush and green, while the other is brown and dry.
Often when times are tough, such as during drought, cattle can be seen grazing along the roadside. This is commonly called grazing the “Long Paddock”, and cockies can be gone for weeks at a time with their herd looking for feed.
The original long paddock follows The Cobb Highway and is still in use today. This stock route runs from the Victorian border at Echuca-Moama, through to Wilcannia and on to Bourke, Broken Hill and White Cliffs; Some 700 km (435 miles). Now-a-days “Long Paddock” can refer to just about any stock route or roadside where cattle are grazing.
But I digress.
After staying at these B&B’s we are so impressed with the quality of the accommodation and the hospitality, we have already booked three for our trip away next year. From the photos and reviews that others have left, they look to be every bit as good as the ones we have already experienced.
- Cocky (or Cow Cocky): a dairy or cattle farmer.