NEWS: February 2012
As the snowdrops peak we await the yellow blast of the daffodils....enough already. I am not Wordsworth and do not aspire to be. So instead of poetry (was that what it was? - Ed) let's tell you what's been going on.
Business has been quite good, thank you, despite the woes we hear on the news all the time. I hope you all continue to have the need to be cheered up!
Spend spend spend....
Room 21 (hot tub, lake view, ground floor) has been a rip-roaring success in 20111 with a very high occupancy. The newly refurbished rooms behind 21 have also gone down well so we now have a total of seven great ground floor rooms, three with direct external access. But only one with its own outdoor hot tub!
We have been continuing our improvements to Linthwaite......R7, The Garden Suite, has had a makeover. Now you can lie in bed and watch a big screen TV but of course the real view is straight out of the window looking South West. Fabulous.
The hall has also had a makeover, with a lovely new wallpaper and desk being the main changes. For those I spoke to threatening to change the fireplace; don't worry, I haven't. Soon we'll be tucking in to the Old Bar with a gentle makeover so it doesn't look tired like me.
John, our brilliant maintenance man, will be working up to some external painting in the summer....don't worry we have the Health & Safety covered, Colin will have John standing on his shoulders. That'll keep him quiet.
And talking about Colin, he's been amazingly productive building a new lower terrace in front of the existing one, where residents will be able to enjoy some new loungers we are about to order. We are optimists; sunshine comes to Linthwaite. The big question is: will Andy have a member of staff coming round handing out chilled melon and strawberries on a stick, cleaning your sunglasses and spraying you with Evian on a hot day?
We have just had visits from the AA and Enjoy England inspectors and are delighted to maintain our 4 star status. Not just any 4 stars either; the AA's are Red ones (very special) and the EE's are Gold. There's gold in them there hills at Linthwaite (I wish - Ed).
Staff-wise all our reception team continue to be even more experienced at making sure we get your reservations right, AND provide a Very Warm and Unstuffy Welcome. Andy, Sarah and Iain are joined by a new manager, James Conway, who worked for a number of years with the previous owners at Holbeck Ghyll. In the restaurant there have been one or two departures, but Ben's holding it all together! Last but not least we must mention Margaret, Elaine, and the brilliant housekeeping team who do such sterling work. In the AA's report housekeeping scored the highest marks of any department; no mean feat.
For myself I must confess I have been out on the hills more this winter (see http://www.lakeland-enterprise.co.uk/bootboys/) for you, dear reader, to research the best walks for your use. It used to be I tested the wines, now I test the walks. The manager's prefer it if I'm out of the place and not drinking the wine. They tell me it's more profitable.
I have also been having fun this winter at Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club. My course and I love it. More space than Windermere (I am a wild golfer) but great views as well. I'd recommend these courses as well: Ulverston, Grange, and Carus Green. All different.
More fun last week on an electric bike http://www.electricbicyclenetwork.com.
Now don't be like me and say they're for old people. That's what I thought and pride wouldn't have let me have a go. But for professional reasons I tried one. Wow. Amazing fun. It's a perfectly normal bike, plus a control to turn the electric assist on when and if you want it. It doesn't move unless you are pedalling. It just makes it go loads faster when you do pedal. So you can zoom up hills. Range 40 miles roughly. We hope to have a couple available at the hotel, but until then they are available for hire around the lakes. More fun than a Segway.
And lastly to fun back inside. Andy and his team have now got the ultimate luxury. As you know we have a dvd film library and we lend you dvd's that I've passed on for no charge (all rooms have a dvd player). Well now we can organise the popcorn, chocs and ice cream to arrive when you want them whilst watching the film. What about that for the ultimate luxury?
Twitter? We now have three feeds: @LinthwaiteHotel (which is me and Alex), @LinthwaiteScoop which is Sally who is doing the information for guests, and Iain who will be @Linthwaiteuncorked. Iain will tweet about new wines, local beers, cocktails. Our new Head Chef Chris is constantly tweeting pictures of his great new menu, so follow him too @chezchristof. Don't forget about our Facebook Page too!