We certainly didn’t set out to open a B&B initially, but after several of our friends moved out of the city onto rural properties we realised that was something we’d like to do. We did then start (only out of interest then) looking at rural properties online.
A few places of interest showed up, but this property really stood out. We knew we wanted somewhere we could live as sustainably as possible. It was off the grid, had some already established fruit trees and a large veggie garden (although needing a lot of work). On top of that there were cabins on site which could be utilised for something.
So… we decided to look at it. On the way here we discussed what we could do with the property, and decided to google vegan friendly accommodation options in Victoria. Not many results came up, but imagine our surprise when the actual address we were visiting showed up on one of the websites! We couldn’t believe it!
Needless to say, we arrived and fell in love with the place. The owners were a charming French couple who had left the rat race and built the property. They didn’t eat meat, dairy or eggs, so the knowledge that no animals had ever been cooked here was a real bonus. There is certainly a wonderful sense of peace about the place. They also wanted to sell to us as we followed many values they hold dear to their heart.
We set about with gusto putting the wheels into motion to buy the property and to set up the property as a vegan B&B, and we excitedly have our first guests arriving later this month.
So what do we hope for 2015 and what do we want Forest Haven to grow into…
Well initially we will be focusing on getting what we’re doing right. Building up our bookings slowly so we can make sure our guests enjoy their stay. We hope to bring in guests from all walks of life, vegans and not. We want to offer an accommodation option to vegans but we do want to welcome non vegans too. I have worked as a cook at Las Vegan and also helped found the 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge, and put together the 30 Day Menu so I want to put my cooking knowledge to good use and show people how satisfying vegan food can be.