For years I knew responsibility for our family cottage would eventually fall to me, but that is coming to pass sooner than expected. There is no mortgage, but taxes and insurance need to be covered. I am determined to keep the place in the family. Most likely I will have to rent it out for a few weeks per year to cover expenses.
This will be a difficult path to navigate. For more than 30 years cottage life has provided a private escape for us. Putting it at the disposal of other people brings many unknown factors. We have always enjoyed managing without hydro (fridge, stove and wall lights all operate on propane), but now must decide whether equipping the place would make it more marketable. I am aware of agents who look after renting out cottage properties; this could potentially reduce the hassle.
Visiting the place last week I also had a brainstorm to arrange small weekend fibre retreats for between five and eights guests. The fee would cover workshops in natural dyeing, knitting and spinning as well as good food and simple accommodation in remarkably beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Well, it is an idea.
There is a lot of research and work to be done. It feels like the beginning of a new chapter. Whatever happens, Paradise will not be the same.