Over the next three years we used the money we had made from this B&B venture to renovate and improve the property and re-landscape the surrounding gardens. We also built a new house in the grounds, once again doing all the work within the family; which meant that Gill was single-handedly running the B&B in its entirety, as well as running her own catering company and bringing up our young daughter Georgie. I was also running my own building company to help with cash flow, alongside the entire renovation process. It was a long and hard process, but one that we found to be extremely rewarding in the long run.
When the toll road was completed, the business we had prepared ourselves for suddenly ceased, almost completely. After six months of being pretty much empty, we decided to take the next step and once again transform ourselves to suit the market we believed was there for our taking.