Dave Roberts & Angela Jacobsen
What is your job?
We recently bought a bed and breakfast which was called Braeside, but now it’s called Alpine Guesthouse. Angela is running that and I have my own business Oztek Property Maintenance while I’m also currently at school in Wodonga becoming a registered builder. Since taking over the bed and breakfast we’ve been working on the garden and had some painting done on the inside to give it a bit of a facelift. We’ve hardly had a break since we took over in February, and are almost booked out for the next two months. We have had a lot of bushwalkers and cyclists, people coming for the autumn leaves and quite a lot of people who work locally but don’t want to go all the way home to Albury or Wangaratta late at night. We also get some spill from Bright.
Is it something you always wanted to do?
We have both always wanted to live in the country. We both come from the Mornington Peninsula and were together at school. David has always been a carpenter I trained in child care and went overseas to work as a nanny. I ended up working for the King and Queen of Kuwait, Madonna, and other singers, actors and sports stars. Through working for these people I’ve learned how to deal with difficult personalities, and also the level of care that people expect. We re-connected about three years ago and now we are expecting our first baby in August.
What do you love about the job?
I guess it’s meeting all the different people. All the customers we’ve had so far have been from all around the world. It’s great when you get a five-star review, and people say they want to come back. It’s also great that they love our animals, we have a pig called Roxy, four chickens and two lizards.
How do you come to be in the Kiewa Valley?
The Kiewa Valley offers all the things that we love to do. Being so close to Falls Creek we hope to try a bit of skiing and snowboarding some time.
What do you do in your spare time?
We are very much outdoors people and like all sorts of outdoor adventuring. We like fishing, hunting, travelling, motorbikes and four-wheel drives. We have trained to do stunt work for television and films. Angela loves cooking and bakes bread for our customers. At the moment baking a full breakfast is a bit much with the baby coming, but she hopes to get back to it later. Angela has a business with a web page called Ozsupernanny, and she has published two books called Baby Love and Baby Food. She is thinking about making and selling packaged and frozen baby food.