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Hello, from Nigel

Hello, from Nigel
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Hello, from Nigel

Firstly, may I thank you all for your continued support for us all at the Luttrell Arms and the Porlock Weir Hotel and for taking time to read this.

I have been asking myself “What am I going to do with myself now that nearly all the leaves have blown off the trees  in the garden and I will soon have no leaves to sweep up …? “  The answer of course is ‘plenty’.  I have enjoyed much of the latest lockdown which necessitated being at home, gardening - mainly weeding actually and if the garden doesn’t look ‘ship shape’ now it never will do I assume!  A highlight has been planting bulbs accompanied by Georgia, my youngest granddaughter.  We can already see green tips emerging from the soil and promising a new colourful time ahead …which is more than we can say about the ongoing Corona virus pandemic, although thankfully the vaccines on the horizon are now heralding a new season of hope for the world.

 Enough about me … I am sure everyone is more interested about the hotels…

 It’s strange how those involved in the building trade and plumbers, electricians  etc. don’t seem to be viewed by the government as being so likely to be in danger of catching Covid as the rest of us other mortals -  for this we are extremely thankful!  We are capitalizing on this enthusiastically  at the Luttrell Arms  and getting on rapidly with some jobs that couldn’t possibly  be contemplated whilst the hotel was open to guests.

Hurrah! A new system for hot water and heating!  
Remedial work to the fire escape which will smarten up the Stable Courtyard.
Investigating fully and sorting out a damp patch in the middle of the floor in the main bar!! (we know we haven’t struck oil but we don’t know why it won’t go away!!).
New flooring in the kitchen …… all rather tedious and expensive things that some think ‘people don’t appreciate’, that is according to the females in my family!

In addition, we are investing in the more glamourous aspects by creating a new vaulted ceiling Garden Room which will lead directly to the ‘Champagne Terrace’ where the new pods will be open.   We are also busy decorating several bedrooms and corridors, laying new carpets in some bedrooms, in the Residents Lounge and part of the Dining room.  Thank goodness the tradesmen are all fit and healthy and keeping to a very tight deadline for us!

We hope all this will be ready Christmas! Anne and Becca Way are also using this time as an opportunity to titivate the bedrooms individually and to swap furniture around whist we have no guests to disturb.  
 
Meanwhile at Porlock, Miguel has used his legendary multi-tasking talents to diversify from being Manager and Head Chef and is honing his skills as a landscape gardener. He is labouring away out in the garden at Porlock so by the time you return in spring the garden should be completed!! Hopefully complete with steps accessing the new residents Car park and also the orchard with water feature as well as lawns and flower borders beginning to become established. A couple of fire pits and benches to enjoy and contemplate the view will create a great backdrop for small events, afternoon teas and alfresco dining, and at last, we will be able to also make use of our dining pods !!!

In conclusion, whilst we have no money coming in we have plenty going out!! My wife and daughter keep quoting that one needs to ‘speculate to accumulate’ but having said  that we are proud to have kept all our staff on Furlough and made only a few redundancies in spite of the difficulties economically. We and our skeleton staff are working on promotions, new menus and ideas and preparing to welcome people back to two even greater hotels very soon.

  ‘Getting ready’  for who knows what …I will say a little ray of light is that you can purchase some cracking Christmas gifts from the hotel and The Mews beauty salon from our website! 

Unfortunately I have been made to withdraw what I think would have been the best seller – Nigel’s Homemade Spicy Pickled Onions as ‘they’ tell me there would have been issues with postage!!

Latest news, just heard from Boris - We will in fact reopen now on the 2nd December at the Luttrell Arms and a week later at Porlock Weir (we can get the new carpets done then!).

Meanwhile I can see the high winds have brought down the last of the leaves and I have some more sweeping up to do …..

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Nigel

What our guests say...

"A Fantastic Find" - Lorraine via Booking.com

Stylish make-over, good staff, excellent food - breakfast was superb. We stumbled across the hotel by accident, a fantastic accident! Lovely little harbour with amazing views. The hotel was freshly made over, the staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Wood fired pizzas freshly made on the patio. Would highly recommend. ...

"Dog Friendly Birthday Break" - Ardel R via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Lovely hotel with wonderful views over Porlock Weir, food was great and staff lovely, friendly and dog fans too. So a perfect break all round. We stayed in October and had a room with views out over the sea. We took our golden retriever with us and the place is very dog friendly with towels to clean their muddy feet if needed....

"Wonderful Two Nights Stay" - HolidaychicLondon via Tripadvisor.co.uk

We had room 4 looking out to the harbour. The room was spacious and attractively decorated. The breakfast were very nice, a very long wait the first morning though but not the second one - so all good. We had dinner there one evening which was delicious and great service and everything about the hotel is Covid friendly. The staff and guests all wear masks when moving around the hotel, there’...

"A Peaceful Relaxing Place to Chill Out" - Joanna via Booking.com

Stunning, peaceful setting alongside a quaint little harbour and pebble beach. The secluded hamlet down country lanes offered a couple of shops and a good pub next door. The small hotel did not disappoint! Undergoing extensive refurbishment, the overall ambiance was stylish but relaxed with a modern twist on traditional. The completed bedrooms were relaxing and comfortable and our bed provided a ...

"Exceptional in Every Way!" - MJM48 via Tripadvisor.co.uk

From the moment we walked in we knew we had made the right choice - such a warm, friendly welcome. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and with the lovely open fires made us feel festive. Our room overlooking the harbour was absolutely lovely, spacious and spotlessly clean. The bed was very comfortable, shower excellent. We had dinner both nights of our stay, good quality ingredients...

"Lovely Staycation Find" - Rob A via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"Hotel Top Of It's Game" - Nocky-1975 - via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Just spent 3 nights here in these difficult times we now live in. Faultless is the word I would use to describe Porlock Weir Hotel from the time you book until the time you leave they can’t do enough to accommodate you. Under the leadership of Michell and Miquel the hotel is run impeccably from front of house to housekeeping nothing less than 10/10 and that’s before you get to dine where...

"Just Like Home" - Justhadtosay via Tripadvisor.co.uk

Fabulous hotel which is hard to fault. As someone there said, you feel like the first person to use the room. Beautiful rooms and bathrooms and we had a view of the sea and bay which was just what we needed.We had a long walk one day which was such a tonic after working at home for so long. In our arrival back it was like getting home with a log fire, friendly welcome and home made cream tea.The staff...

"Wonderfully Spoiling, Relaxing Break" - Penny V via Tripadvisor.co.uk

We have been coming to this hotel for many years and have seen it through many reincarnations. We are so happy that the current management has taken this much-loved treasure over and given it such a wonderful new lease of life. We stayed for 3 days with our dog. The staff were absolutely delightful and went out of their way to ensure that we were all safe in a way that was so unobtrusive that we almost...
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