When Joel and I first laid eyes on the farm in March and fell madly in love (with the farm – we were already madly in love with each other < aw), our original plan was to turn the cottage into my office. The previous homeowners had rented it out to a family friend, and although the thought of a little extra income each month was kind of appealing, the friend was moving out and we weren’t so keen on the idea of trying to find a new full-time tenant < insert visions of chasing after rent money and our beautiful trees being toilet papered during huge parties where the police show up at 2 am – not quite what we’d pictured for our quiet life in the country. And yes, I know, not all tenants are the loud, toilet-papering kind, but we just couldn’t warm up to the idea of becoming landlords. So, since I ended up using one of the rooms in the house as an office, we decided to turn the cottage into a B&B of sorts < minus the second B for now.
I’m probably going to eat my words about tenants while picking toilet paper out of the hazelnut tree.
Are we crazy? Yes. We’re the kind of crazy that buys a 5 acre hobby farm in the country having never lived on a farm. With goats. Or a garden. But after a friend suggested that we post the cottage on airbnb (and I told her she was out to lunch), we thought about it some more and figured that it only makes sense to share the space that still makes us pinch ourselves
sometimes every day, with other folks who also want to escape the frantic city pace.
And chill out with some goats.
or just take naps.
The cottage is in great shape, but it needs a bit of love before we can invite you to come visit for the weekend. Like paint love. And decorating love < insert my obsession with all things vintage. There are so many vintage markets in the Fraser Valley and so many incredible vendors . It has taken me an immense amount of willpower not to spend all.of.the.money. Although I can’t be held responsible for what happens when I’m set loose at The Market by Spruce Collective, an antique mall in Abbotsford that I’ve been to so many times since we moved that I
may have forgot about a purchase and e-mailed the store to question the credit card charge < hangs head in shame (while planning her next shopping spree).
And there are spiders in the bathroom < yes, I just told you that. And no, I didn’t take pictures. And of course,
I’m Joel is going to get rid of them before you come over. Oh, and we need to figure out the whole airbnb thing. So, while our little BIG project may be a work in progress, our goal is that one day in the not-so-distant future, you’ll be able to inhale the fresh air, schmooze with the goats, gaze at the mountains and have a lazy weekend sleep-in at The Cottage at Joel McDonald’s Farm.
What do you think? Will you come for a visit?