Rural B&B works a charm
By NADINE FISHER
"IT'S absolute serendipity and I don't plan on leaving."
That was the sentiment of Stokers Siding Shiloh Coffee Bed and Breakfast co-owner Sigrid Birzer who, with business partner Toni Finan, bought the property three years ago.
"I thank God every day that I'm here. And to find a piece of heaven like this and be able to share it is just magical," Ms Birzer said.
Shiloh Coffee Bed and Breakfast recently picked up a prestigious NSW accommodation industry annual award for bed and breakfast accommodation up to three-and-a-half stars.
Ms Birzer said they were honoured by the award but still had no idea who nominated them.
"We feel extremely special and would like to be able to say thank you to whoever nominated us," she said.
"We are busily upgrading and working in the gardens at the moment to create character here, something a bit different, unique.
"Over the past few years we've met some very interesting people, which is the best part of running a B & B."
Ms Birzer and Ms Finan were holidaying and stopped to have coffee in Murwillumbah.
"Everyone was so friendly here so we thought this is where we'd like to live."
Prior to this Ms Birzer was a health professional and university lecturer in Adelaide and had been studying her doctorate on indigenous health while working in Alice Springs. However, she says she has finally found what she loves.
"A real estate showed us this place and I fell in love with it. Within a week we had signed the papers and went back to Alice Springs to sell up and move here."
"There is nowhere else in the world I'd rather be."