The Village Retreat is owned and operated by Vera and Brian Avery, who have made Clarenville their home for the past 15 years. Vera, originally from St. John’s, is a school teacher at the local Primary school while Brian has established his professional career in the Marine industry.

Brian spent the majority of his childhood in Hickman’s Harbour, Random Island, after his family was re-settled from the isolated fishing outport of Deer Harbour on the eastern end of the Island. Like many rural Newfoundland families, Brian’s roots are deeply tied to the fishery. Generation after generation have made a living from the waters surrounding Newfoundland, either as hardy seaman or tireless fisherman – or a combination of both.

Both Brian and Vera have always taken an interest in tourism. They once owned and operated a bed and breakfast and fell in love with the concept of sharing their home, their town and their province with guests from near and far.

As avid travelers themselves (along with their three young sons Jesse, Isaac and Ben), Brian and Vera realize the beauty, adventure and that “un-definable” quality that Newfoundland has to offer. They appreciate the comforts and the finer touches that turn a place to stay into a place to remember.



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