A slice of country charm at Kilkivan Country Bed and Breakfast
RACQ is shining a light on local Queensland businesses doing it tough in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Set on 1.2ha, the historic Kilkivan Country Bed and Breakfast is just over an hour's drive from the Sunshine Coast and 2.5 hours' drive north-west of Brisbane and is a must for anyone looking for a slice of country charm.
A much-needed antidote to the stresses of modern life, a stay at the historic BnB, is akin to stepping back through time thanks to the colonial home which was built in 1911 by David Lacey Jones, the grandson of the founder of the David Jones department stores.
Owner and operator Rosie Fitzgerald brought the home in 2002 after falling in love with the architectural features including pressed metal ceilings, archways, and large verandas.
After years of enjoying it as her home, Rosie converted it to the Kilkivan Country Bed and Breakfast in 2014, a decision she wished was made sooner.
“I just love being a BnB host and a meeting a diverse range of people,” she said.
“It’s great to connect with new people and reconnect with old guests and sit around having a glass of wine in the late afternoon.
“There’s nothing like a good chat. I love getting to know my guests, and it is a chance for people to find out a bit more about the local area too.
“I often find I get more from the exchange than they do.”
Adding to the charm of the BnB is Rosie’s canine companion, Pirate, and the raft of native wildlife also roaming the property.
“I have a beautiful dalmatian named Pirate that charms all the visitors,” she said.
“My father calls him the maitre d’ of the BnB. He goes out and greets the guests long before I know they are there.
“We also have a cockatoo who lives in our garden named Charlie.”
Rosie said while times had been tough due to the coronavirus pandemic, things were starting to look up.
“Business went quiet and people have been a bit tentative about coming back, but in the last two weeks inquiries have started to pick up,” she said.
“A lot of people are looking to get out again and take advantage of our ideal location as it’s a good distance for people wanting to get away and to explore a part of the country they haven’t experienced before.”
Rosie said if there were any silver linings to COVID-19, it would have to be the spirit of fellow Queenslanders.
“I have been struck by the altruism of a lot of my guests who not only want to support my business but small country towns,” Rosie said.
“I’ve also noticed that people are kinder and are more likely to stop and have a chat than pre-COVID. We can all get a bit wrapped up in our own lives sometimes, and COVID has given us a little bit of reset.
“I have been very grateful for that attitude. If one good thing has come out of the coronavirus, it’s that we have been reminded that we need to support and be proactive about keeping the things we value in our lives.”
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