After an early career teaching in special education, Christine and her husband moved to Scotland in 1979. They bought a run down 12 bedroom hotel in Dornoch and spent five years building up a guest base of golfers, introducing ‘inclusive golf packages’ which were very unusual in the 1980s. Their next project was a 52 bedroom hotel, again with golfing connections, in Dunbar. From there they bought 3 pubs in Edinburgh, Falkirk and their own village of Allanton in the Borders, with function rooms, accommodation and restaurant and bars with cask conditioned ales. The pub in Edinburgh, The Halfway House, went on to be awarded best pub in Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2005/6, by CAMRA, for their real ale and hospitality. They won Edinburgh Pub of the year again in 2009. Throughout this, they also ran a self catering unit attached to their home in Duns.
Now semi retired, she and her husband own Border Holiday Homes – two Four Star Gold apartments on the English side of the Border and two Four Star cottages in the Scottish Borders. This gives her a unique perspective on cross borders tourism.