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Back-to-back awards for city cottages

Tuesday, 29th July, 2008

A couple who converted miners' cottages into high-end tourist accommodation has won a major regional tourism award for the second year in a row.

Emaroo Cottages were named the best deluxe accommodation at the annual Inland NSW Tourism awards in Parkes on Saturday night.It's the second year in a row the business has won the award.

Owners Cathy and Rick Edmonds said they were happy that their hard work was being recognised by the industry.

Judges stated that they were "blown away" by the attention to detail and the high standard of their four cottages in the Silver City's central business district.

"We were told that they were comparable to anything across the State in the deluxe market," Cathy said.

"We believe in providing our guests with all the comforts of home, as well as those special touches that make their stay memorable."

The couple, who are fruit growers in the Riverland of South Australia, are fast developing a reputation for setting new standards for self contained accommodation.

The award is their third in 12 months. They started the cottages to diversify their income and drought-proof their business. Recently they were named the home business of the year for their cottages in Mildura.

After starting with one cottage in Broken Hill three years ago, they now have seven in the two centres, with plans to build more.

Each cottage has its own character, but in all instances nothing is left to chance when designing or furnishing the homes.

Rick paid tribute to his wife for her work in both developing their unique product and her role in promoting Broken Hill as a tourist destination.

"We didn't know anything about tourism when we started, but we treat our guests just as we would like to be treated when we go away."

Broken Hill featured prominently at the awards. Local tour operator Tri State Safaris was inducted into the Inland NSW Tourism Hall of Fame.

Silver City Tours was a finalist in the Tour and Transport category and the Lodge Outback Motel was a finalist in Unique Accommodation.

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