A new era dawns…

Many, many apologies for the delay in updating you all. Words cannot express the exhaustion, but also the excitement, that we both feel having gone through the last week!

As you may recall, we now had some carpets down, and needed only to furnish, because we had friends due to stay and test the suites this weekend. Yes, as in, right now…

So between early and late last week, the above scene could be seen over and over again. We took delivery of furniture, beds, sofas and bed linen in surprisingly large quantities. Obviously, all the bed linen needed washing, and I have had to re-discover the delightful art of ironing after a 3 year hiatus. I don’t know, the things I will do for Mike’s dream…

Eventually, we managed to co-ordinate things enough to achieve scenes like this…

…and this. Sorry this duvet is unclothed – I was still ironing the cover at this point.

On Thursday, I was taken shopping by a couple of friends (who deserve medals for their help) who also have a keen eye for interior decor. After an exhausting morning, we had a car full of cushions, curtains, crocks and objects to create this look…


Some of the bedrooms were looking like this.

…and this. See, we even have pictures on the walls (courtesy of Shaun).

One sitting room almost finished…

…and here it is again, seen from the other end of the room.

We are now in full test mode. Some friends are trying out the rooms for the weekend, in exchange for detailed feedback of the comfort of the rooms, and the provision of evening meals – so that we can test our systems with a (hopefully) forgiving party. So far, so good (I think.hope). More of this in the next post…

4 thoughts on “A new era dawns…

  1. You passed the test with flying colours. We were all deeply moved by all the effort you and Mike went to and your hospitality is outstanding. We will highly recommend once you are up and running on TripAdvisor. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.

    1. Jane – it was an absolute pleasure to see you all again, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed it. thanks for being such great guinea pigs (as it were)!

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