Teahouse takes on new owner

NEW owner of the Limpinwood Teahouse Peter Merel.
NEW owner of the Limpinwood Teahouse Peter Merel.

OUTDOOR theatre events are just one of the many features of the Limpinwood Teahouse that is set to continue under new owners Peter and Gigi Merel who took over the establishment earlier this year.

Former teahouse owner and much-loved local Jean Brewer sold the business to move to Melbourne.

Mr Merel, a software engineer formerly from Sydney, returned to Australia to purchase the teahouse after seven years in San Diego.

Currently building bed and breakfast rooms, Mr Merel said next year they planned to add a plunge pool and cottage on the ridge.

"The local community has been enormously supportive and we plan to have an outdoor theatre event every three or four months - some Shakespeare, some locally written plays and other musical events," he said.

"We still have the best scones in Tweed and serve marmalade which is made on the premises as well as our own honey from bees inherited from Jean."

Mr Merel said another inherited resident had been Jean's donkey Josephine.

"We have a lot of support from Jean and her family - her son Max is doing the renovations and he built the original teahouse residence, and we keep in contact with Jean herself," he said.

"We want locals and visitors to feel they can come down and find something to delight them."

Opening hours are Friday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4pm.

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