SUSAN Daly is bringing a little Aussie sunshine to Bridlington after swapping the East coast of Australia for a B&B on the East coast of Yorkshire.
Turning 50 was the catalyst for Susan’s bold decision to sell her farm in Australia, pack up her old life and move to the other side of the world to open a B&B on Tennyson Avenue.
Since moving into the property three-months-ago, Susan has spent tens of thousands of pounds refurbishing it and has brought a taste of her homeland to Bridlington by decking out the B&B with Australian furnishings and giving each of the three rooms an Antipodean animal theme; the koala, dingo and kanagaroo rooms.
And while thousands of Brits annually flock to Australia to ‘live the dream’ under the sun, Susan has no regrets about doing the reverse and recreating her homeland in a B&B in Bridlington.
She said: “I wish I had a dollar for every person that says ‘what are you doing here’!
“Before I came, I thought, 50 is just round the corner, I am separated, have no children and live on a little farm with my animals - there has got to be more to life than this.
“And I woke up and thought maybe I should move to England.”
Within weeks, Susan sold her farm in Kyogle and boarded a plane with her two Aussie dogs, Blue and Sissy.
She said: “The farm sold straightaway, which was a bit of a shock, and before I knew it I had sold everything I owned, packed a suitcase and arrived in England with no clue what I was going to do.”
Susan stayed with relatives living in Middleham, North Yorkshire for several months before she found the Tennyson Avenue property online, bought it and moved in before Christmas.
And despite enduring the tail-end of one of the worst winters in Britain for decades, and initially being ripped-off by cowboy tradesmen who bodged the refurbishment then left the job, Susan remains upbeat about her new life as a Bridlington B&B owner.
“I love walking on the beach every day with the dogs and I’m really looking forward to the summer,” she said. “I’ve worked in hotels and the hospitality trade for years, so I know I can do it and I just hope I can make a go of it.
“Who knows, maybe I can tap into the Australian market here, though I’m not sure how many Aussies there actually are in Bridlington!”
The doors to Susan’s Aussie Beach Shack B&B are now open and she has already received a handful of bookings.
“I’m not nervous, I’m excited,” she said.
“I never really thought that what I was doing was particularly brave, and it all happened so fast I didn’t really have time to think about it. Then I think, I’m doing it all on my own as a 50-year-old woman - and I think, yeah, that is pretty brave actually!”