Couple bounce back from tough year

EMERGING from the downturn of 2020, Veronica and John Youd are riding the wave of development in the Valley. The couple own and operate The Shingles Riverside Cottages and New Norfolk Apartments in the town as well as two chic cottages deep in the Derwent Valley.

Despite a difficult 2020, Veronica, pictured, said the rebound in bookings has been great, and they have even expanded their operations.
“We opened Humboldt Cottage on the February 1 and the months of February and March of this year were as good as ever for us, especially with the Maydena Bike Park competitions going on,” Ms Youd said.

The Youds’ newest cottage sits on the Humbodt River, just beyond their older cottage in Tyenna.
“We have found a big percentage of visitors want to have a truly boutique Tasmanian experience,” Ms Youd said.
However, she said the closure of the Visitor Information Centre in New Norfolk has been negatively impacting her business.