Coach House Bed and Breakfast is an established B&B, and has been in operation for the last three years as Marsh Hen Bed and Breakfast. After possession and a brief period of becoming established, Coach House will diverse into other ventures to ensure a steady flow of patrons (tourists and locals) through its doors.
The Coach House Bed and Breakfast will be a partnership, equally owned by John Maesch and Frank Williams. As of this writing, the decision to incorporate has not yet been made, but will be considered after the owners relocate to Georgia and establish local legal representation. Mr. Maesch will reside on the property, managing and maintaining the business and satisfying Tybee Island license requirements. Mr. Williams will remain in Indiana fulfilling his employment contract.
As the B&B becomes self-supporting, Mr. Williams will resign--transferring his retirement money to the capital reserve, relocating to Tybee, and assisting with the daily responsibilities of the B&B.
The Coach House Bed and Breakfast was originally built in 1920 and is believed to have been one of three train stations on Tybee Island, linking the island to Savannah. The station offered patrons a place to shower and change after a day at the beach before boarding for the return trip. The building has undergone a number of restorations and uses since the train service ceased operation. It currently functions as the Marsh Hen Bed and Breakfast, having begun with two rental units and one living unit, following a period of extensive renovations and improvements to the property. While open, the current owner continued with improvements (a new roof and new construction for an efficiency apartment above the existing roof). Due to continual structural improvements during the past three years, the B&B has not yet gone through a season with full operational capacity. With construction completed, it now has the potential of four rental units with owner-occupancy in an unused room.
In addition to the limitations caused by construction, Inn operators and other business members on the island have reported that the current owner lacks some of the commitment, investment, and business sense to run at a higher capacity. The current owner will often leave the building to the care of an answering machine, and categorically deny accessibility to various classes of people. The general consensus is that it has operated as a hobby and not a business under the current ownership.
The table below outlines the B&B's performance over the last three years under the current ownership.