Linda runs a boutique accomodation company, Tairoa Lodge, which includes a Victorian villa built in 1875 in Hawera, Taranaki. She and husband, Steve, bought the old homestead on four acres in 2000. It has a Historic Trust rating, but was in need of renovation. For over four years, they worked on the property creating three luxury guest rooms, each with a private ensuite, and decorated with a mix of antiques and country-style furniture.
In 2003, they relocated Tairoa Cottage to the grounds in order to offer a self-contained accommodation for guests. In 2007, Linda and her husband purchased an adjacent property, The Gatehouse, to cater to the corporate market. To compliment the business, the couple added a secluded retreat, Kingfisher Cottage, in a rural farm setting. Finally, the couple purchased Tairoa Church Hall, previously the Gospel Church, with stained glass and matai floors to use as venue for exclusive events.
Tairoa Lodge has Qualmark accreditation of 4star plus. The business has seen robust growth though Linda says it has been ‘hard won.’ Click here to visit the Tairoa Lodge.
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