A LOCAL woman has opened her home to tourists as part of an online international network of travelling women over 50 years old.
Faye Pollock is a member of www.broadsabroad.net which connects senior female travellers with one another.
Ms Pollock lives in a refurbished church in a town within 40 kilometres of Ballarat.
The property has a vineyard and a number of cottages.
Broads Abroad founder Mandy Rowe, who hails from Sale, recently stayed at Ms Pollock’s home.
“I feel very privileged that she’s been able to come and enjoy it here because we think similarly,” Ms Pollock said.
“I’ve had some people come through and it’s been fabulous. It’s a charming area.
“I’ve travelled all my life and I know how lovely it is to be brought into a family home. It’s a little bit more than for the simple tourist.”
Ms Rowe said members must go through a screening process to be matched with hosts.
The online network has more than 100 members from more than a dozen countries who allow homestays of up to three days.
“I think women network really well. It’s a woman’s power thing, we’re cutting the men out,” Ms Rowe said.
“It’s just from a women’s perspective of travel.”