Thursday, May 10, 2012

Innkeeper Profile 1.0

Your innkeepers here at The Claiborne House
Alrighty then and fair dinkum, as we had a carload of Aussies show up at our door to check in last night, pleasantly surprised to find Aussie innkeepers here I figured I better post an innkeeper profile 1.0 blog article. The website is so jam packed with inn-formation, the more you put on there the less people read.

So for more details...we have this blog

Let us begin by inn-troducing ourselves. After a quick review from the profile here on Coffee Talk we discovered 400 other blogs by innkeepers. A few, very few, had any inn-formation on the innkeepers, they were inn-cognito blogs of sorts. "Here's what's happening at the inn" period, full stop or cooking tips. Not all innkeepers are that boring! Or shall we say bland? Shellie is a bit cheeky when it comes to writing, and this blog. This is a place to share more with our guests until we meet them in person. 


There is nothing mysterious about The Leete Family Innkeepers at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast. We have featured photos and inn-formation on the website and blog articles from day one (on this blog alone Shellie has written 766 1531 articles to date!) 

As we often say "This isn't your Grandma's House!" 

This is an inn, and the inn is set up for you the guests, not the owners. We're here to serve you and make sure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.  


Photo 23rd anniversary Jan 2012
I am Shellie, inn-side innkeeper, Tony is the outside innkeeper.  In fact, Tony was eager to test out his new chainsaw today and to "nip in the bud" the mulberry tree that not only drops purple berries all over cars in our parking area, but also provides bomb-making-material for the birds who devour them. 

Without being too wordy (I know I know, too late). I was born in San Diego CALF. Met Tony is 1988 fell in love with his Aussie wit and charm and moved to Sydney Australia where we were married on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Gosford in January 1989. That was over 25 years ago...what a trip it has been, still in love and anticipating each and every day together. Tony, who was naturalized Australian Citizen when he joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1983 was born in Auckland New Zealand, but he asks that you not hold that against him. He served 10 years in the Royal Australian Navy.

Leete Family Innkeepers

I went through the full immigration process to become an Australian Citizen in 1991.  Until recently Australia did not recognize duel Citizenship, so by becoming an American Tony would relinquish both his Aussie and Kiwi Citizenship.  So that is the current next step - the only Immigration lawyers here are in DC - this sure ain't California! But we have been back in America since 1993
Updated: Tony obtained his U.S. Citzenship on 07/20/12, See photo below with our two lovely daughters:

Tony moved to Australia when he was quite young, back to NZ and then back again to Queensland where he decided he would join the service and faithfully serve for 10 years.  His ship was the H.M.A.S. Adelaide, which is now submerged and turned into a natural reef off the Central Coast of New South Wales. No, it was not a submarine, it was an FFG. Read more here.

Junie is our family dog
Tony's parents live in New Zealand. His brother and sister and their families in Australia. We have relatives in NSW and Victoria and my sister and family live north of Dublin Ireland and also north of Seattle Washington. 

My parents are now living in Virginia, and snow-birding to Southern CA like all good Canadians...except of course they are Americans. Dad was Union Ironworker his entire career and is now retired. So his full time job is now hunting and fishing. Mom's would be to prepare and cook all this game he hunts and fishes!

So after 5 years in Southern Sydney (Caringbah) and Randwick (the oldest suburb of Sydney near Coogee Beach) we moved to Gig Harbor WA, then we built our first home in Port Orchard WA on some acreage. 

We adopted our two beautiful daughters and from there moved all the way across the country to Virginnie to buy and operate this B&B. 

Tony is the handyman here, although he holds down his regular 8 to 5+ job as a Network Administrator (i.e. I.T.) Shellie works full time plus here at the inn, marketing, blogging, website, cleaning, cooking, more cleaning and more cooking. She also is a social media marketer for Virginia State Parks and a Virginia Master Naturalist, kayaker and photographer to boot.


So this is the blessing we call Innkeeping, the reason you might be reading this, and we might actually get to meet you in person.  

We hope to welcome you through our doors. If you want to sit a spell on the porch and get away from the hectic crazy world for a while. We will serve you a delicious home-cooked breakfast and add you to our list of interesting guests!

Where is The Claiborne House B&B?
The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway. 25 minutes from Downtown Roanoke and 35 minutes from I-81 exit 143. 
*Updated with a few new photos on October 31, 2014. Our eldest has left the nest and our youngest is a senior in high school and turns 18 in January. We are now in our 11th year as innkeepers. 

Photos below from 2004 when we first moved to the Blue Ridge of Virginia:

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