Margaret River Guest House owner Deb runs an historical converted convent, and says her visitors in their 20s and 30s are often blown away by the privacy offered, usually asking her “where is everyone?”
“It’s more like a boutique hotel,” Deb said. “It’s a home-away-from-home and feels so special to them. You have your own space and own rooms. You can be as self-contained as you like, but you can sit in the lounge by the fire with a book and have someone cook you breakfast.”
Tracey used to be a flight attendant and says she is pretty well trained at looking after people. She has had customers drop their relatives off, knowing they will be well looked after from start to finish, even with someone to drive them around should they want it.
She started Karri House at the encouragement of her friends who used to stay with her from Perth and told her she should start a bed and breakfast. One day she just thought “why not?”
“One couple said they’d never come across a 5-star semi-farm stay”, Tracey said. Tracey’s guests love interacting with her animals (chooks, alpacas, sheep and a horse!) often offering a carrot or two after enjoying their own breakfast.
Deb’s Margaret River Guest House is one of the oldest running tourist accommodations in town, alongside the Margaret River Hotel. It has been operating for 54 years, 14 of those under her stewardship (and a keen baker!).
“We pulled up in the drive and I said to my husband ‘it has to be ours’” Deb said. “It’s just got a certain presence.” It was always her dream to run a B&B, even inhabiting an entry in her journal of business ideas from her 20s.