Mark and Jodi Taylor have been flat-out since re-opening the Comfort Inn Big Windmill in December.
Mark and Jodi Taylor have been flat-out since re-opening the Comfort Inn Big Windmill in December. Coffs Coast Advocate

'Taylor'-making a local icon

ONE of Coffs Harbour's most recognised landmarks has a new face - well, three actually.

Mark and Jodi Taylor and their young son moved to Coffs Harbour from the Gold Coast in December, 2008 and bought the Comfort Inn Big Windmill on the Pacific Highway.

And so far, the winds of change have been very kind.

“We were looking around for while - Coffs seemed like a nice place and this business popped up,” Jodi said.

“It's a bit less hectic than the Gold Coast but still coastal - not that I've seen that much of Coffs yet, we've been very busy.”

The Big Windmill's hotel and restaurant were packed throughout the Christmas and New Year period and it still hasn't slowed down.

However, Mark and Jodi have found time to put their own touches on the their new business, including putting mini bars back in the rooms and opening up a cafe to complement the existing restaurant inside the windmill.

The restaurant is still open to the general public from Monday to Saturday, 6.00-9.00pm and with their function room upstairs can cater for occasions such as on-site conferences, company dinner meetings, weddings, birthday parties and more.

  • For more information phone 6652 2933, drop in to the Comfort Inn Big Windmill at 168 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour or go to www.bigwindmill.com.au
WINDMILL HISTORY

♦ 1968: Franz de Keever, a Dutch architect working in Melbourne and his wife Rie purchased the six acre site to build a motel and authentic Dutch restaurant. ♦ 1972: After completing 10 motel units, construction on the windmill restaurant started. There was difficulty sourcing building materials. Franz passed away in 1974.

♦ 1977: Hans Eecen and his family called in to stay. They purchased the motel and set about completing the windmill.

♦ 1982: Windmill officially opened, complete with blades or "wieken" made in Holland.



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