My auntie Chrissie is the owner of Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. I have stayed at the guest house before but I wanted to know a little more about the guest house and how it came to be. This is an interview with her, on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Enjoy!
Abram: What year did you start this business?
Auntie Chrissie (AC): We broke ground on July 27, 2007. Remember you were at the ground breaking ceremony and blessed the ground for us. We opened for business in May 2008 in time for Calabash, the literary festival that happens at the end of May. The outside of the building wasn’t painted, but all the rooms were full and I think the first guests were quite comfortable.
Abram: How much land space does Two Seasons Guest House have?
AC: Two Seasons is located on an acre and a quarter of gently sloping land.
Abram: How many guests do you have a year?
AC: For the first year of operation (May 2008-Arpil 2009) we had 114 adults and 10 children. In the second year (May 2009-April 2010) we had 295 adults and 10 children. The global recession is having a negative effect on our bookings for this year, but we are pulling out all the stops to attract both local and international visitors.
Abram: How do you feel about your progress so far?
AC: I am very pleased about all the encouragement, advice and help that I have received and continue to receive in planning for, constructing and now running Two Seasons Guest House. Your dad (my brother) has been particularly helpful, especially in the construction phase and even now during operations.
Each year, there have been improvements made to the property. For example, we now have a standby generator, which we did not have in the first year. So I am satisfied in that regard.
However, I would like to see the number of bookings increase.
Abram: Are you planning any more improvements for this year?
AC: We are hoping to put in a small pool and gazebo. Your dad has come up with a basic design that I now have to get costed out. Hopefully, this will be in place by the middle of 2011. This should help in attracting more guests.
Abram: What are the rates?
AC: It depends on how many persons, what type of room (standard or deluxe with kitchenette), the time of year (low or high season), the length of the stay and also whether the entire house is being booked for a group. The rates, which are very reasonable and include breakfast, are available on our website at www.2seasonsguesthouse.com.
Abram: Could you share a little more about Two Seasons with us?
AC: Two Seasons provides a relaxing atmosphere for guests to rejuvenate their spirit. We offer a warm welcome and cool runnings in the unhurried atmosphere of Treasure Beach, which is the home of community-based tourism in Jamaica.
On June 18, 2011 we will be hosting Treasure Beach Jazz Escape, the south coast leg of the International Jamaica Ocho Rios Jazz Festival. This will be the third time, and we are planning to make it bigger and better.
Also for 2011, for the last weekend of January to July (except for May when the Calabash festival is happening), guests will get the opportunity to hang out with an expert or personality in a variety of fields, such as financial planning, poetry, play writing, pottery. As soon as the details are finalised, I will be circulating the information.
Abram: Okay, Auntie Chrissie, thank you. I have learned a lot of cool things about Two Seasons Guest House, and I wish you all the best with your endeavour.
AC: Thank you, my nephew!