We live a good five hours drive from Port Fairy on the Mornington Peninsula but were familiar with cottage accommodation in Tasmania. Even though this concept hadn’t yet hit the mainland, we felt No.1 was perfect. It wouldn’t be the usual holiday house sitting empty and unused, and was a way we could share this special little place with others.
We took our first paying guests in February 1987 and nearly thirty five years later we are still inviting guests to stay at No.1. From the days when guests brought their own bed linen and towels to today’s era of internet booking, the cottage and business have changed alongside guest expectations. We still get enormous pleasure from the comments in our guest book which indicate we are still achieving what we aim for.
Our children are now grown up but still enjoy their visits to No.1.
They both work in hospitality and tourism, and both have a strong respect for living history. We believe their time at Port Fairy and at No.1 is part of what made them who they are. Our daughter, Jess who now lives in California, has worked with me over the years and is also a photographer. She has taken many of the photos for this site (jessgibbsphotography.com). Our son Angus has a coffee roasting business in Melbourne and provides guest size coffee freshly roasted for the cottage (blumecoffee.com).