We are recently retired - My husband Russell and I bought Lavender Cottage originally for ourselves as a home base in Port Macquarie- as we were thinking of moving to Sydney to be near our family when we retired. We realised our family come here for holidays! so we kept our home and rent out our cottage as an income -and also share it with our friends and family and sometimes move in there when our family needs more room and they move into our house! We love the amazing climate here - Winter & Summer- the pristine and unique white sand beaches, crystal clear water, the river and headlands of Port Macquarie - we love walking, picnics, being on the water, the river, the waterside and beachside Restaurants and Cafes - we love good coffee and we love and visit often the lovely coastal towns nearby and the historic 'Timbertown' Wauchope. We never tire of watching the whales migrate in the seasons - swimming and snorkelling at Shelly Beach. Shelly Beach is our 'church'. We both love photography and even though we walk on the beach all the time, we constantly take photos of the ever changing beach and ocean- the headlands, birdlife and scenery. We have thousands of photos and never tire of taking more. Russell loves Golf - we have 2 beautiful golf courses in Port. We have koalas in the trees, kangaroos on the golf course, brush turkeys, amazing birdlife and wildlife. We love our family and grandchildren most of all. Music is an important part of our lives- Russell also plays the guitar and sings. We love travel, reading, foreign films, entertaining friends and love Australian (Barossa reds)- and New Zealand wines (particularly Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs). We love Japanese and Asian food, fresh local seafood and beach picnics - day and night. We love B & B's and staying in different types of accommodation where you meet interesting people. We have loved travelling to Europe and the UK and particularly love Canada & Alaska -we met and became lifelong friends with cottage Guests from Canada. We love meeting the many International and Australian Guests to Lavender Cottage - and we are thrilled when our Guests return each year- and we enjoy making their stay as enjoyable as possible by providing special touches and inclusions that they aren't expecting- but are designed to make them feel welcome and makes staying in our cottage as easy and relaxing as possible. We get great pleasure from the wonderful feedback and happy Guests we have had staying in the cottage in the last 8 years and can happily say we haven't had an unhappy Guest in all that time. We have just started hosting on Airbnb and love the concept. It suits exactly the type of Guests who we believe will enjoy staying at the cottage and who we love having stay there.