TRita Ridyard’s business will close its doors at the end of this month.
TRita Ridyard’s business will close its doors at the end of this month. Candyce Braithwaite

Golden Rain to close its doors

IT’S been running 11 years and now Rita Ridyard will bid farewell to her beloved Golden Rain Bed and Breakfast.

She’s welcomed guests into her home week in, week out and now she’s closing it and keeping her home to herself.

The past two years have been a real struggle for Mrs Ridyard with her husband, Malcolm, becoming sick.

But now, as he has grown stronger, it’s become the perfect time for Mrs Ridyard to sit back and relax.

“I have really enjoyed running my B & B,” said Mrs Ridyard.

“I have received many lovely comments over the years, but the thought of not having several bathrooms and rooms to clean frequently will certainly allow me to relax.

“Now my sister does not have to dash over and mow my lawns for four to five hours.

"They can just grow for a while,” she said.

Mrs Ridyard also has a very high opinion of Warwick.

“Warwick has grown a lot over the past few years.

"Its tourism profile has really been put on the map.

“However, at the moment I think people are afraid to travel to this area because of the work being done on Cunningham’s Gap,” she said.

Mrs Ridyard said that she and her husband would continue to live in their home, but in a few years time they may sell up.

“When the time comes we may want to sell the property to another couple who would like to reopen the B & B,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful spot here.

"There’s views wherever you look and city people just love it.”

The 11-year-old business will be closing at the end of this month.



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