Meet Marie Bean.
Being a professional running coach and making endless batches of scones may seem incompatible occupations, but such is the life of the unstoppable Marie Bean.
Marie Bean bought the historic Hawthorn Lodge in Bushy Park in 2015 with her husband David. It was their dream to run a bed and breakfast in Tasmania – the Derwent Valley proved the ideal location.
It’s the perfect distance from Hobart, Marie says, We are so happy here. Locals are helping us out, and we’re helping them out too.
Originally built in 1869 by the influential Shoobridge Family, Hawthorn Lodge was accommodation and tearooms in the past, but had been a private residence in recent years. Swiftly obtaining all the required licences and permits, David and Marie had Hawthorn Lodge and ‘Lazy Teas’ tearoom up and running in no time. The offer of ‘traditional cream tea’ initially mystified locals however.
“It’s like Devonshire Tea but better because it’s served with clotted cream”, Marie explains.
November to April is their peak period, during which Marie sticks close to home to run the tearooms and meet drop-in visitors. Meanwhile David manages the gardens and does visitor transfers to and from the airport, overland track and other popular walking trails.
I thought I worked hard previously in my life but boy, this is a lot of work!” laughs Marie.
Her routine involves rising at 5am to light the home’s 5 fires, make breakfast for guests, set bedrooms, then opening the tearooms 11am until 5pm, Fridays to Mondays. On Mother’s Day this year Marie served more than 42 ‘country high teas’ involving making around 100 scones, 100 sausage rolls, 80 rounds of sandwiches by hand.
This is good simple food, served in quaint country surrounds by two of the most welcoming hosts you are ever likely to meet.
If she wasn’t busy enough, Marie also oversees The Lazy Runner (http://lazyrunner.com/) a fitness business she established on the Sunshine Coast a decade ago.
Now involving 10 clubs, Marie provides assistance and supervision to trainers, manages the website, provides online coaching and organises 2 international and 1 domestic running tours per year.
The Lazy Runner is not your usual goal-orientated, competitive approach to fitness.
“I run for fun and I’ve never had an injury in 30 years. I don’t push myself in that way”, Marie says.
She offers weekend running tour packages based at Hawthorn Lodge for clients seeking a holiday experience that combines socialising, sight-seeing, relaxing with a bit of exercise.
A typical Hawthorn Lodge weekend running tour involves taking in the best of what the Derwent Valley has to offer;
- two bush runs in spectacular Mount Field National Park,
- one river run along the Derwent esplanade in New Norfolk, and
- two city runs in Hobart. In their breaks they support local pubs, cafes and shops…and undoubtedly enjoy a few of Marie’s award-winning scones along the way!
Written by Bec Tudor co-owner and co-operator of Big River Highland Beef based in the hamlet of Plenty in the Derwent Valley. Photos Bec Tutor
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