A Job Less Ordinary

When it comes to owning your own accommodation business, you quickly learn to become the quintessential “jack of all trades”. One moment you are working with a customer espousing all the virtues of our region, next you are wrangling with the animals, writing a blog or making up a floral bouquet, you may even find yourself putting together a BBQ. One thing’s for sure, it’s not a boring or repetitive job by any means.


Lately, we have come to the realisation that having a “side kick” would be a valuable asset, a “back up” for those times when we just need some extra help. Our cleaning staff are amazing, wonderful, generous people who give everything to ensure the cottages are spotless, but what we really needed to complete our team was a “right hand man” to help us do all the other jobs. Passionate about ensuring our guests get great continuity of care, no matter who is at the helm, we set about finding someone unique.

Answering phones, wrestling with the dog, organising personalised regional tours, updating our webpage images and events calendar, making sure we deliver on our promises to our guests, these are a few of Hayleigh’s favourite things….Hayleigh is Diamondvale’s own little gem, a versatile, happy-go-lucky gal who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Being a young “whipper snapper” she isn’t adverse to technology and has offered to submit blogs for Diamondvale’s web page. It’s great to have the enthusiasm of youth by our side as we continue our journey in the world of tourism. It’s even better when they have grown up in the region and know so many of it’s hidden “secrets”. So for now, I leave our blog in the very capable hands of Hayleigh, our own little “Comet”, but I’ll let her tell you more about herself.

Well hello there! I’m Hayleigh. I’m short, I have brown hair, brown eyes, glasses, I am a massive nerd, I want a puppy, I love the colour green, I love music but can’t play an instrument to save my life, I am a frequent gym goer and I love Star Wars, tattoos and piercings. Blahh blahh blahh I could go on but I won’t.

I’ve lived in the region my whole life. I haven’t managed to get away yet like a lot of my school mates, but all in good time. People often mistake me for Kerrin and Tony’s daughter due to my age but I’m not. I might as well be part of the family though. Before coming into this job I thought I knew a lot about Stanthorpe and the surrounds. Haha wrong! There is sooo much to know. I learn something new every day. Kerrin will just throw something else at me that I never knew before. Which is great really. It keeps me on my toes.

I’m here 5 days a week, usually over the weekends. There have been a few times already where Tony and Kerrin have gone away and left me completely in charge, which was a bit scary but it was a challenge and I did a pretty good job I think. I’m quite proud that the place didn’t burn down while they were gone. I really am enjoying working here. It’s so different to where I’ve worked before and it’s just been amazing to have the opportunity to get this new experience.

Oh! And we've repurposed the old garage into an amazing new reception area, full of images of the region and some produce for you to take home. So for those of you who have been before, there is a shiny new place for you to be welcomed in to. For those of you who haven’t been before, there's something shiny and new and special waiting for you. I really look forward to meeting all of you and sharing my new regional secrets (and perhaps some old ones) and working really hard to ensure you have the best possible time whilst staying in our little piece of paradise.

That’s about all I have to say for now. Be on the lookout for my next blog. Don't be afraid to write a response.

Yours from the new reception



Posted By: Kerrin  10 June 2016 4:22 PM Last Updated By: Kerrin  11 June 2016 9:06 AM


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