Paradise has a name ... Riverbend


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Saturday, May 7, 2016

In praise of the quiet life at "Riverbend"


A quiet life sounds like an option that only the defeated would ever be inclined to praise. Our age is overwhelmingly alive to the benefits of active, dynamic, ‘noisy’ ways of living.

If someone offered us a bigger salary for a job elsewhere, we’d move. If someone showed us a route to fame, we’d take it. If someone invited us to a party, we’d go. These seem like pure, unambiguous gains. Lauding a quiet life has some of the eccentricity of praising rain.

It’s hard for most of us to contemplate any potential in the idea because the defenders of quiet lives have tended to come from the most implausible sections of the community: slackers, hippies, the work-shy, the fired…; people who seem like they have never had a choice about how to arrange their affairs. A quiet life seems like something imposed upon them by their own ineptitude. It is a pitiable consolation prize. More at The Book of Life.

At "Riverbend", the quiet life is no pitiable consolation prize. It is the very raison d'être why people come here. So, please join us - but be quiet about it!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

To all you golfers


If you want to play a safe game of golf, come to Riverbend's grassy seven acres alongside the slow-flowing Clyde. The worst that could happen to you here is that you chip a ball into the river.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

“Get there fast and then we will take it slow …”


Remember the Beach Boys? Then you're the right age to enjoy "Riverbend Cottage" because here we don't have noisy man-made frills such as swimming pools or gyms or community halls because there is no need to add to what nature already provides.

At "Riverbend" nature abounds and offers many swimming pool choices in the river just outside the door or the sea just a short car- or boat-ride away. The gym is walking the large grounds or paddling a canoe or walking to the village. The community hall is open nightly under the starlit sky with a fire pit in the middle.

By design, "Riverbend Cottage" cannot fail because there are no big promises to renege on. You get more than what you pay for, not less — nature sees to that.

Get here fast and then you can take it slow ...


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Is Riverbend Cottage turning into a Maggie Smith Club?


She had Tea with Mussolini (1999) after she had taken A Room with a View (1985), then she lived in her House in Umbria (2003) and was one of the Ladies in Lavender (2004), after which she appeared in the Quartet (2012) and moved into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), before becoming The Lady in the Van (2015).

But wait, there's more: we've just added My Old Lady (2015) to our Maggie Smith collection.

So, if you want to overdose on Maggie Smith (or Katharine Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart or any of the other movie greats), come to Riverbend Cottage (aka Cinema Paradiso).

We even supply the popcorn!


Monday, March 28, 2016

This guy has Tenacity


Every year at Easter time, MV TENACITY, probably the biggest floating gin palace this side of Sydney, moors off "Riverbend" to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and the tranquillity and shelter in this bend of the river.

He's done so again this year and I wonder why? Is it my un-password-protected wireless internet access or just the sight of me sitting on the verandah and imbibing my Easter cheers?

As Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer, and only Member of the Nelligen Yacht Club, I rowed out and introduced myself to Ross Britt who turned out to have at one time been interested in buying "Riverbend".

Well, he no longer needs to - he practically lives here already!


Maggie Smith at Riverbend

We've just bid for "The Lady in the Van" on ebay without realising that the price was in British pounds and that we finished up paying twice what we thought we would.

Still, nothing is too much when it comes to giving our guests a unique experience while staying at "Riverbend Cottage", so if you like good movies in general and Maggie Smith in particular, book yourself in for a real treat.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

May the road have traffic lights like these!