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17/03: Bit of chaos

Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Its still quite early in the season so fairly quiet on guest numbers. With that in mind we have stripped another bathroom to renovate which seems to affect nearly every area of the guest house. The reception area is now home to a new toilet, shower cubicle, sink, taps, tiles and flooring not to mention 10 huge boxes housing new leather chairs for our dining room. One of the bedrooms has all the old chairs stacked in it waiting to go to a new home whilst another bedroom has all the paraphernalia from the bedroom we are working on! All worth it to give our guests a more comfortable, relaxed break whilst staying at the guest house.
Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Invited to a trade day for hoteliers yesterday at Paignton Zoo. Great opportunity to have an tour so we can pass on information to our guests when visiting. Paington Zoo is a fantastic day out for all the family and has certainly grown from its hubble opening in 1923. Today it is home to thousands of animals living across 80 acres and is dedicated to education and conservation of our wildlife. Anyone visiting our guest house can pick up discount vouchers for this attraction and also Living Coasts, a small coastal zoo in Torquay housing seals, penguins and other various sea birds.
For more information visit http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/ and http://www.paingtonzoo.org.uk/
Category: General
Posted by: nicky
Our labrador/springer spaniel cross puppy is now 5 months old and growing fast. He seems to need longer and longer walks so today I trekked over to Cockington Court, its really only a mile away down the seafront and then along the water meadows to the beautiful thatched village of Cockington. The village can trace its history back to William the Conqueror who bequeathed the land to one of his faithful Barons William of Falaise, later to become William de Cockington. Now owned in trust by Torbay Borough council the Court houses function rooms, art galleries, blacksmith and glassblowing with 15 new workshops in the process of being built for skilled arts and craft workers.

The grounds are truly beautiful and since having Murphy we have explored many of the walks through the wooded areas beyond the main gardens themselves. From Cockington the keen ramblers amongst you can walk to Totnes, a 10 mile hike but worth it, we did it last year but must admit had to get the bus back!

For those of you looking for things to do whilst visiting Torquay spending a morning or afternoon here is well worth a visit and a cream tea in the thatched village a must.....

And of course its only a mile from our guest house, so we hope to see you soon!