Time to smell roses
WHEN Clive and Tracy Parker moved to their home at Crystal Creek 11 years ago they were planning on a quiet retirement.
Instead the couple developed the five-acre property into a tranquil bed-and-breakfast, with guests every weekend.
But after more than a decade of running Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat they have decided to throw in the towel and have put the business and land up for sale.
“We're trying to retire again,” Mr Parker said.
“We never expected to do it this long.
“It exceeded all our expectations.”
The Parkers have bought the 160-acre cattle farm which surrounds the retreat, where they plan to lead a “quieter life”.
“Tracy will be focusing on running her website, tweedstay.com,” Mr Parker said.
“I want to restore a bit of rainforest on the property.”
Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat is on the market for $1.5 million.
“There are two bed-and-breakfast suites in the main house,” he said.
“We built the self-contained cottage about four years ago where the chook pen was because we thought the chooks don't need a view.”
Mr Parker said the business just kept growing bigger and busier.
“It took on a life of its own.
“There's not a weekend we wouldn't have somebody here.
“We get a lot of honeymooners.
“And we've had a lot of marriage proposals here and never had a refusal.”
The Parkers almost sold the house to a couple from Los Angeles last year, but the sale fell through.
Mr Parker said they have hardly been touched by the global economic crisis.
“We're up 22 per cent from this time last financial year.
“There has been a reduction in overseas tourists but an increase in domestic ones.
“Most of our guests come from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.”
When the couple bought the house they had no intention of starting a retreat.
“We just fell in love with this place and thought 'What are we going to do with this big house?',” Mr Parker said.
“So we moved things around and opened it up.”
Other additions include a pool, gardens and cottage.
Mr Parker said they have many fond memories.
“The first guests we had, we were serving dinner and it was exactly 8pm because the music from Faulty Towers came on TV and we thought 'Is this an omen?'.”