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Stay In Good Company is a podcast series sharing the stories of families behind independently owned and operated stays and experiences across the world. From the history of the places to the personal visions for the businesses. From the variety of experiences offered to the attention to details that make each stay truly unique.

Stay In Good Company captures the fond memories and traditions, past advice and future excitement of these places. Introducing a global audience of mindful slow travelers to the welcoming hospitality of family raised and run homestays.

Stay In Good Company Mollie Reese

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Stay In Good Company is a podcast series sharing the stories of families behind independently owned and operated stays and experiences across the world. From the history of the places to the personal visions for the businesses. From the variety of experiences offered to the attention to details that make each stay truly unique.

Stay In Good Company captures the fond memories and traditions, past advice and future excitement of these places. Introducing a global audience of mindful slow travelers to the welcoming hospitality of family raised and run homestays.

    S5. | E3. Silent Living | Portugal | João Rodrigues Is Crafting A Local And Sustainable Recipe For Guests To Experience Home Away From Home

    S5. | E3. Silent Living | Portugal | João Rodrigues Is Crafting A Local And Sustainable Recipe For Guests To Experience Home Away From Home

    “So this idea of memory, it's very interesting because when you enter a specific space, when you get to a specific location, it's this idea that the house should bring you back to this long term memory. Giving you this feeling of comfort and of confidence as well because you've known this place for a long time.”

    We’re in great company with João Rodrigues, Founder and Owner of Silent Living - a lifestyle of happiness and fulfillment that he pursues through a curated collection of stays around Portugal. What began as family residencies - gathering places for friends, family and travelers - has since opened for global guests to stay and experience these happy memories, moments of connection to the land, and genuine Portuguese hospitality.  

    What some may say is serendipity, and with admittedly no grand plan, João has slowly built over time a collection of five homes, a fifth generation farm, and fine dining restaurant, across the most fruitful regions of Portugal - Alentejo, Comporta and Lisbon - listening to the needs of his guests, local community and natural landscapes, throughout every step of the way.

    In this episode, João shares personal passions and inspirational stories that make up the ingredients in his recipe for how to experience a home away from home at Silent Living.

    Top Takeaways

    [1:55] João shares how living a life surrounded by a close knit family, yet taking to the skies as a pilot for TAP Airlines, has given him a great global perspective on where he wants to leave his legacy for this world and his children. 

    [6:00] Portuguese hospitality, while not unique to João and his family, is something they embrace fully at Silent Living - whether through a tour of the house or a friendly introduction to the chef and the housekeeper, he wants his worldly guests to feel at home. 

    [9:15] How João came to organically collect his houses across Alentejo, Comporta and Lisbon in Portugal, with multi-generational ties to these places, personal connections to the locals, dedicated attention to the history, and a desire to be authentic in each design aesthetic.

    [17:00] Silent Living is a recipe that was inspired by guests and made with ingredients of Home, Local, Simplicity, Family, Nature, Material, Atmosphere, and most importantly for João, Memory.

    [32:30] Practicing holistic management and regenerative agriculture at Herdade no Tiempo, not only provides products and produce to Lisbon’s fine dining restaurant Ceia - but together through a creative tasting menu they raise awareness of climate change, offering a new taste of living in harmony with nature. 

    [43:00] The future for Silent Living goes beyond singular houses, a farm, and a restaurant, looking to build a small village for sustainably minded locals and visitors alike.  

    Notable Mentions


    Architect Manuel Aires Mateus
    Allan Savory’s TED Talk on Desertification
    Climate Farmers
    Santa Fe Boating Experience

    Visit For Yourself


    Silent Living Website
    @silent__living
    @herdadenotiempo
    @ceia_table

    Stay In Good Company Website

    • 57 min
    S5. | E2. Kabn Company | Loch Fyne, Scotland | Amber Pledge & Charlie Teale’s Boutique Retreat & Wild Dining Creates The Perfect Romantic Nature Escape

    S5. | E2. Kabn Company | Loch Fyne, Scotland | Amber Pledge & Charlie Teale’s Boutique Retreat & Wild Dining Creates The Perfect Romantic Nature Escape

    “It's an incredibly, emotive experience I think, to just watch your food being cooked over fire. We've been cooking over fire for thousands of years as humans, and in some respects, it just gives you that atavistic feel and it's very basic. But at the same time, to do it to the standard that our chef is doing it to is extremely skillful.”

    We’re in great company with Amber Pledge, who with her husband Charlie, recently founded Kabn Company, Scotland’s first luxury, regenerative, social hospitality brand designed to connect guests to their surroundings, blending Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian contemporary design, starting in Loch Fyne with plans to expand across the UK. 

    Inspired by their own worldly travels, passion for sustainability, and fascination with gastronomy, Amber and Charlie invite guests to look beyond the stunning design of their cabins, to experience the bounty of authentic experiences the west coast of Scotland has to offer, starting with Wild Kabn Kitchen where they create unforgettable wild culinary experiences through their partnership with Michelin-trained Chef William Hamer. 

    As we celebrate this season of love, Amber shares a beautiful and honest story of self-realization, life partnership, passion for hosting people and our place on this planet. 

    Top Takeaways

    [1:40] From a career traveling the world as a corporate lawyer, ignoring her inner entrepreneurial spirit to hold a stable job, what inspired her to finally take the leap to create Kabn Company. 

    [5:10] Amber and Charlie’s love story is one filled with passion for travel, food, nature, and experiencing life to its fullest - from time spent in Japanese ryokans to the remote corners of Bhutan, from African safari adventures to finding the coast of Scotland.  

    [11:30] For anyone who fancies a rustic yet romantic dinner date while a private Michelin-trained chef prepares hyperlocal produce with a hint of wild meat over an open fire, Wild Kabn Kitchen is “one of the most beautiful restaurants in Scotland” according to Condé Nast. 

    [17:20] Sustainability and transparency can be seen around every corner of the cabins, from the “Shou Sugi Ban” charred larch siding to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, from the Duvet Hog linens made of recycled plastic water bottles to the cabinets containing organic herbs and spices. 

    [26:30] Guests can experience authentic Scottish countryside experiences with local community craftspeople and “Kabn Ambassadors” - from whiskey tasting to foraging, from yoga and meditation to wild swimming.

    [30:20] What’s to come for Kabn Company and Wild Kabn Kitchen - from cookouts on the loch shore to communal gathering spaces, from a physical restaurant to a new property and beyond.

    Notable Mentions


    Plant a tree with Ripple Africa
    Bring your dog and donate to the Scottish SPCA 
    Fyne Ales Farm Brewery
    Town of Inveraray 
    Inver Restaurant & Rooms
    Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Deli 
    Luke Bailes of Singita Luxury Safari Lodges
    The Tim Ferriss Show
    Chef Francis Mallmann

    Visit For Yourself


    Kabn Company Website | @kabncompany
    Wild Kabn Kitchen Website | @wildkabnkitchen

    Stay In Good Company Website 

    • 39 min
    S5. | E1. Five Acres | Phillip Island, Australia | A Stunning View Into Katie & Rom Lamaro’s Private Sanctuary Hidden Away Along Rolling Coastal Farmland

    S5. | E1. Five Acres | Phillip Island, Australia | A Stunning View Into Katie & Rom Lamaro’s Private Sanctuary Hidden Away Along Rolling Coastal Farmland

    “There was so much thought that went into the textures, the finishes, the views, everything. We'd wake up in the middle of the night and ask, what do you think about that? And we'd both be awake thinking about all these ideas. So there was so much love and care that went into it from both of us.”

    We’re in great company with Katie & Rom Lamaro, the husband and wife duo who picked up their family and settled into what was at the time, a rundown “Five Acre” patch of property on Phillip Island in Australia, having since transformed it into a picturesque and functioning micro-farm welcoming guests from all over the world with luxury coastal accommodations.

    After leaving careers in hospitality to live a slower way of life living on the coast - hosting friends, growing a garden, learning carpentry - quickly made Katie & Rom crave more. Five Acres more, in fact - upon which they’ve built cabins, a guesthouse and community gathering space, for all to savor their labor of love. 

    As we welcome in our Fifth Season with our first episode featuring a family halfway around the world, Katie & Rom share with us what we all seek out in our travels - local food, sustainable practices, beautiful views, and great hospitality. 

    Top Takeaways

    [1:35] While both Katie and Rom pursued separate careers in hospitality, they both had personal desires to not only tend to guests - but to nature, its produce and other living creatures, as well. 

    [6:05] How a romantic turn of events in Katie and Rom’s love story led them to create a slower lifestyle on Phillip Island away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. 

    [7:40] What most would overlook as a rundown piece of wasted land, Katie and Rom saw as an opportunity to build their dream homestead. 

    [9:25] There are plenty of chores to keep this family of 5 busy as they steward their Five Acres - from picking the fruit, to feeding the chickens, to pickling the vegetables. 

    [13:05] Five Acres is a micro-farm full of flavor with an orchard of fruit and nut trees, extensive vegetable gardens, honey-producing beehives, and “family pets” that roam the land. 

    [21:50] A stay in one of Five Acres three cabins or guesthouse comes equipped with a view everywhere you look - from the bed, to the bathtub, to the shower skylight - so guests can watch the highland cows grazing in the fields by day and take in the expansive starry sky by night.  

    [25:20] “We love to indulge in the local food, it’s really for us, what traveling is all about.” and thus Katie & Rom curate a grazing board and gin cocktail to welcome every guest. 

    [27:45] There’s so much Phillip Island has to offer, including nature park attractions, the world-famous penguin parade, wineries, coastal walks and a stunning array of beaches.

    Notable Mentions


    Phillip Island Penguin Parade
    Phillip Island Winery 
    Ânerie European Bistro

    Visit For Yourself

    Five Acres Website

    @fiveacres.phillipisland

    Stay In Good Company Website

    • 37 min
    Special Episode | Chatting In Good Company With Other Travel Podcast Hosts

    Special Episode | Chatting In Good Company With Other Travel Podcast Hosts

    We’re taking a moment to transition between our seasons - to pause and reflect on so many places visited, memories made, communities changed - to share the stories of the people I’ve met and made friends with around the world, mindful travelers like you and me. 

    These guests have so much credibility and creativity in their own rights, building their own travel and hospitality focused podcasts and communities, sharing their adventures and areas of expertise with their own audiences. 

    In this episode, we’re in great company with…


    Chris Kretzer: Producer and Host of the Nomadic Foodist Podcast


    Kit Parks: Founder and Host of the Active Travel Adventures podcast and community


    Adam Cousins: Co-Founder and Co-Host of TRIPOLOGY: The Travel Podcast 



    Listen in as they delve into their stories to see what may inspire our own future travels!



    Guest Highlights:



    [1:00] Chris Kretzer

    Nomadic Foodist Website

    @nomadicfoodist Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

    Notable Mentions: 


    Sushi Nakazawa, NYC
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi



    [20:50] Kit Parks

    Active Travel Adventures Website | Instagram | Pinterest

    ATA Facebook Page | Facebook Group 

    Personal: LinkedIn | Facebook

    Notable Mentions:


    Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel, Paro, Bhutan
    Hostal Las Olas, Copacabana, Bolivia 
    Mount Cook Station, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
    Kumano Kodo Walking Trail, Kyoto, Japan  



    [33:00] Adam Cousins 

    TRIPOLOGY: The Travel Podcast 

    @tripologypodcast Instagram | TikTok

    Patreon | Linktr.ee

    Notable Mentions:


    Japanese Ryokan

    Stay In Good Company Website

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Special Episode | Chatting In Good Company With Other Hospitality Podcast Hosts

    Special Episode | Chatting In Good Company With Other Hospitality Podcast Hosts

    We’re taking a moment to transition between our seasons - to pause and reflect on so many places visited, memories made, communities changed - to share the stories of the people I’ve met and made friends with around the world, mindful travelers like you and me. 

    These guests have so much credibility and creativity in their own rights, building their own travel and hospitality focused podcasts and communities, sharing their adventures and areas of expertise with their own audiences. 

    In this episode, we’re in great company with…


    Wil Slickers: Founder of Hospitality.FM, Host of Slick Talk: The Hospitality Podcast and Good Morning Hospitality


    Zach Busekrus: Founder of Sponstayneous and Host of Behind The Stays Podcast


    Josiah Mackenzie: Host and Producer of The Hospitality Daily Podcast



    Listen in as they delve into their stories to see what may inspire our own future travels!



    Guest Highlights:



    [1:00] Wil Slickers

    Hospitality.FM Website | LinkedIn

    Personal: LinkedIn

    Notable Mentions: 


    Effortless Stay, Colorado
    Stephanie Inn, Oregon
    LOGE Camps, US
    Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara



    [16:10] Zach Busekrus

    Sponstayneous Website

    Behind The Stays Website | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn

    Personal: LinkedIn | X @zboozee

    Notable Mentions:


    Suzie’s Cottage, Maine
    Corinthia Lisbon, Portugal



    [38:10] Josiah Mackenzie 

    Hospitality Daily Website | LinkedIn | Instagram

    Personal: LinkedIn

    Notable Mentions:


    Witt Istanbul by Tuncel Toprak
    Lodge at Marconi, California
    The Madrona, California by Jay Jeffers, Kyle Jeffers and Cory Schisler 
    Appellation Hotels by Chef Charlie Palmer and Christopher Hunsberger 



    Stay In Good Company Website 

    • 58 min
    S4. | E15. Onera | Fredericksburg, Texas | Co-Founder Ben Wolff’s Treehouse Landscape Hotel In The Texas Hill Country Offers An Architecturally Stunning Secluded Escape

    S4. | E15. Onera | Fredericksburg, Texas | Co-Founder Ben Wolff’s Treehouse Landscape Hotel In The Texas Hill Country Offers An Architecturally Stunning Secluded Escape

    “My life story and career has had a lot of twists and turns. I think just starting super young,I knew I wanted to create something, to build something, to ultimately to start a business and be an entrepreneur. It just took me a long while to figure out what that was and what the thing was that I truly loved and was passionate about. All of the different aspects of my path have influenced and led to what's become Onera and a true passion for building very unique experiential and landscape hotels.”

    We’re in great company with Ben Wolff, Co-Founder and Developer of Onera, a treehouse landscape hotel in the Texas Hill Country. Offering a secluded, luxe, nature escape with nearly a dozen architecturally stunning glamping accommodations, Onera evokes a sense of wonder everywhere you look. 

    Perfectly positioned just outside of the charming town of Fredericksburg, Ben and his team have curated an assortment of local recommendations and on property experiences, so guests can enjoy a sense of adventure or settle into a serene stay. 

    In this episode, Ben shares how a series of events sparked an idea in his innate entrepreneurial mind, and how that idea has become a movement that is redefining experiential hospitality through landscape resorts, boutique hotels, and luxury retreats, starting with Onera. 

    Top Takeaways

    [1:55] While Ben always had an entrepreneurial mindset, it took a career full of twists and turns, a global pandemic, a wedding day realization and a cross-country roadtrip to set his path towards creating Onera. 

    [9:00] How Ben found a white space in the nature seeking hospitality market and what led him to fill that gap starting in Texas Hill Country. 

    [15:20] A few words come to mind when Ben shares what he wants his guests to experience with Onera…Inspired. Enchanted. A Dream. An Oasis.

    [20:40] Staying at Onera comes with a dip in their signature cedar tubs, a view of deer, wild turkeys and the occasional armadillo, a communal gathering space amidst old oak trees, and curated experiences from dinner with a private chef to an in-room couple’s massage.

    [24:00] Take your pick from this collection of architecturally stunning accommodations - ranging from glamping to a bungalow, a dome to a stilt house, a treehouse to tiny homes - each unique in their design and experience. 

    [31:15] There’s so much to see, sip and savor in and around the charming town of Fredericksburg, from its Hill Country wineries to its German culture and cuisine, from endless fields of wildflowers to shops full of antique finds. 

    [33:50] A sneak peak into where Ben is taking Onera next, this time with even more focus on sustainability and sunset views. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, Oasi is concepting a tropical fruit tree boutique hotel, what sounds like a delicious stay!  

    Notable Mentions


    AirDNA Vacation Rental Data Analytics
    Amangiri, Utah
    The Adelphi Hotel, New York

    Fredericksburg Shops & Restaurants:


    Wildseed Farms

    Caliche Coffee 

    The Peach Basket General Store

    Frisch Juicerie

    Otto’s German Bistro

    Hill & Vine 


    Texas Hill Country Activities:


    Willow City Loop 

    Enchanted Rock 

    Inwood Estates Vineyards

    Slate Theory Winery

    City of Wimberley


    Visit For Yourself


    Onera Website | Newsletter
    Instagram: @stayonera
    X: @uniquestaysguy
    LinkedIn: Ben-Wolff

    Stay In Good Company Website

    • 46 min

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