A woman of many talents, Sue Barford is a great example of a newcomer to a rural community who has embraced lifestyle change. Coming from Roma to the lush rainforest micro patch of Ravensbourne, was a bit of a difference. When she and her husband, Jonathon, saw the 12 acre property, they saw potential, peace and a place to call home. It certainly complemented Sue’s skills and principles of Bowen Practice and shouted out health and wellbeing.
Taking on a new home, a new community and a new business since 2017, and especially during COVID, has been challenging, but the reputation and reviews for their Hazelmont Cottage B&B enterprise reflects how well they have met and overcome those challenges. Its easy access from all directions makes it an ideal weekend destination, and word of mouth ensures plenty of happy visitors. Ramblers and Bird Watchers are in their element with over 80 bird species already spotted.
Listening to Sue transports you to the bird songs, the walking tracks with maps drawn by Sue, the peace and quiet of Ravensbourne, and the cottage – what a wonderful place for romance to gently embrace the time away from life’s hustle and bustle. Honeymoon couples, pre-retirement couples, any couples needing a child-free break, in fact, any couple will find this a ‘breathe deeply’ kind of break. Secluded and with private self check-in, the world belongs to you.
The cool weather fireplace crackling is a lure for couples to come to completely relax, bring their favourite wine and cook a meal together. The fruit basket filled with fresh local supplies, the local Pechey distillery, cafes and pubs within easy driving distance, the continental breakfast supplied – fabulous!
In her relatively short time of being there, Sue has discovered the magic of the Ravensbourne landscape, but also the warmth and companionship of the locals. The community activities centring around the tennis club, walking groups, foodie sharing at Kate’s Corner on a Saturday morning, picnics at the National Park, all bring the locals together. High Country Hamlet events let outsiders enjoy the fine food produce and by-products, local artists and crafts that have become identified with these salt of the earth, edge of the Great Dividing Range community members. But you need to check it out for yourself.
Sue and Jonathon were valued sponsors for the significant Wedding Industry and Business Leaders Breakfast event held in July at The Oaks in Toowoomba. Through their generosity, a lucky participant won a night’s accommodation at Hazelmont Cottages valued at $150. Community collaboration is alive and well at Hazelmont Cottages!
Blog by Molly B