Old hotel gets new lease of life

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 01/04/2014

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The Fairlie Hotel is open for business again.

New proprietors Kathy Arbuckle, her son Chris Arbuckle and his long-time partner Natasha Bates have taken over the lease.

Kathy moved to the area from Christchurch, while Chris and Natasha made the move after running The Fish N Chip shop in Palmerston.

They, too, were formerly from Christchurch. The trio took on their relocations with the aim of a new venture.

The Fairlie Hotel had proved to be the perfect option, Kathy said.

"We wanted to live in a small town and this came up."

She said there were a range of aspects she was already enjoying about the move.

"I haven't been here very long, only a few days. I like it - it's a beautiful little town. It's got a gorgeous atmosphere. It's so relaxing and guess what, there's no road cones," she said.

Although the hotel's new owners have not yet had an official opening, they are open for business, to the relief of many visitors to the Maadi Cup at nearby Lake Ruataniwha last week.

"We had a lot of people coming in this week without booking to say ‘help, have you got a bed?'," she said.

The trio have a range of plans in store for the hotel, including entertainment in the form of a pool table, darts board and juke box. They also plan to work with Trust Aoraki to incorporate gaming machines back into the business.

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- The Timaru Herald

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