Betty and Peter Corby have only been in Mittagong since December, but they already feel right at home.
The Southern Highlands town – famous for its gardens – is that kind of place; the people are friendly and it’s beautiful too.
“Mittagong’s a lovely place, we really enjoy it here,” says Betty.
The country couple came to hospitality after varied careers.
Betty worked in retail while Peter was involved in company management.
They also owned a newsagency in Dubbo for many years, which gave them a taste for working together.
After selling that in 2010 they moved to Coffs Harbour, where they worked as relief managers.
Stints in Warwick, Dubbo, Loganholme and Mudgee followed before they landed in Mittagong and their latest role at the Best Western Grand Country Lodge, a 23-room property on Main St, an easy walk to all the action.
“There’s a lot of art, culture, restaurants and festivals – plenty to do,” says Betty.
Indeed, Mittagong is a tourist hotspot, especially for older travellers attracted by the region’s famous gardens.
Consequently Betty and Peter have been extremely busy since they arrived.
“Hospitality is a seven day a week business but having both been born on the land we are used to working from dawn to dusk,” says Peter.
“We really enjoy meeting and working with a variety of people.”
Now business is settling down they’re looking forward to indulging their passion for golf with four top courses – Highlands, Bowral, Mittagong and Gibraltar – within easy reach of town.
“It’s definitely time to get the clubs out and have a hit,” says Betty.