For this post we interrupted Lyn as she was – “ …. knee deep in making Riesling jelly. Of course my guests will get to try, but I also must drop some off to your office when next in Christchurch.”
Getting our providers to take time out of a busy schedule between guests is always an issue, but we persevered so as to show case Lyn and her B&B. While this venue is typical of B&B’s around the country, we have always received glowing praise in our customer reviews of their stay in Kurow.
What does Riverside B&B offer by way of accommodation now?
We have 3 double and 1 twin rooms all with their own en-suite and a large lounge for guests to enjoy, which makes it idea for small groups of 2-3 couples. My guests experience a warm welcome with countryside hospitality-starting with a smile at the gate on arrival, a cuppa along with home baking as refreshments before they head for a well deserved shower! Our breakfast comes mostly from our own garden, fruits, preserves and wonderful ripe tomatoes with local eggs.
We have several outdoor areas for relaxing in, which are very peaceful and an array of colour during spring/summer months. Our guests love relaxing out here when they arrive off the trail and chill out before dinner.
What was your driver behind the development of your business and how long have you been running?
My late husband Kieren and I decided to open Riverside B&B in 2015, as we felt the incredible Alps 2 Ocean trail was a winner. There needed to be more accommodation provided here in this growing historical town of Kurow, where the accommodation in town was largely limited to two hotels, a motel and a Holiday park. The Bed & Breakfast offerings had been well established around the country, and we decided that our property lent itself well to this sort of development.
What do you see that the Alps 2 Ocean trail has done for Kurow?
The scenery while riding this trail is, simply amazing, changing daily as you ride from the Alps to the seaside in Oamaru. Kurow has long been a service town for the local farming community so the A2O and its customers have bought a different type of visitor to the town. We always have had contractors working locally and fishing is very popular in the region with the Waitaki River on our doorstep. The trail has been a stimulus for some new businesses and certainly the quality of the coffee has improved greatly!
How have you enjoyed this new challenge and the clients you come in contact with?
Coming from a hospitality background of over 40 years I look forward to meeting and hosting guests riding the A2O trail in the future. Its a delight to see groups where the riders are free of their family responsibilities now taking up cycling and doing many of the trails around the country. Hearing of their experiences and being able to provide a local voice and knowledge has been extremely satisfying for me.