Posted: 11th September 2017
With summer, it seems, well and truly over before it really started, I have been reflecting on my first season as a holiday let host. Considering I had a plan, but no plan and a forecast but no forecast, I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing spring & summer. I have enjoyed every minute. I have met the most amazing guests from as far afield as India and New Zealand, even from a village just a few minutes away. The one guilty pleasure I have from all of this is looking forward, in a way, to check out. Not because guests are leaving and it certainly isn’t the tidying up and bed changes, its the visitor books. I need to know that I have done everything I can to make their stay the best it can be, whether travelling 10 minutes for one night or thousands of miles to meet friends for a week. So far, so good.
The Hot Tubs have been an amazing success and despite our British summer time, fires have been lit and water paddled.
Anyway, what I am getting around to is, I snuck a sneaky hot tub and fire pit down at The Yurt last week (perk of the job!) and really thought how lovely it was even though it was cold and damp outside. I have fairy lights and lanterns inside and out and it was kind of magical and this was the first time I had experienced it myself and it felt like a real treat.
So Autumn; summer over, leaves turning etc. etc. My thinking is that we shouldn’t save nights away and mini adventures for balmy warm summer nights (cough!). No, we should embrace the woolly jumpers, wellies, blankets, fire pits, wood burners and hot tubs, toasting marshmallows and mulled cider.
In advocating all year round treats and mini escapes, I am offering WiRE members free wood for the hot tub when booking a stay at The Yurt & The Annex between October and February. Just quote WiRE News when booking through the website.