AFTER working as a nurse for 43 years, Rodney Triffitt’s latest venture as the owner of a Derwent Valley inn is a change of pace — but he’s found similarities between the two jobs.
Mr Triffitt and his wife Joanne took over Rosie’s Inn at New Norfolk last September, and he is starting to settle into his new role.
“It’s not quite as hectic as nursing, I’ve found it a little bit easier once you get to know what you’re doing,” Mr Triffitt said.
“[But they’re] all sort of people jobs, they’re both the same — managing people and doing that sort of thing.”
Mr Triffitt was interested in the inn for about a decade before buying it, and finally took the opportunity to purchase it because he was “looking for something different”.
It has been a great start to life as an innkeeper.
“It’s been a lot better than what we thought over the period, of course now it’s very quiet, but that’s the same everywhere at this time of the year,” he said.
There has been a mix of local, interstate, and overseas visitors, with guests travelling from as far away as Europe, South America, and Asia.
“It’s more diverse that I thought it would be, I expected more [visitors from] this area,” he said
While the colder months are traditionally quieter, Rosie’s Inn has thought outside the box to keep people coming through the doors.
One-off events such as a Christmas in June, which attracted about 60 people, have kept things ticking over.
“What we’re planning to do during winter, is build up that side of the business a bit more in the function area and for meetings and things like that,” Mr Triffitt said.