Dear Trimstone Manor Friend
Happy Easter All! Well, it is almost and we are going to be quite busy and no doubt some last-minute bookings if the weather looks good – hasn’t it been lovely on and off even if a tad chilly sometimes at night!
We’ll have a brand-new swimming pool boiler system installed and ready for the Easter weekend too. The old one decided to give up the ghost. Aaah – the joys of a pool, there goes just a ‘few’ thousand pounds to replace that one and the necessary pipework and flues but we can’t be without it! We have checked alternative heat sources too but really, for all the hype they just wouldn’t work and aren’t cost effective for our existing building and arrangements. Perhaps one day we could install something extra to take the chill off the water and reduce the boiler’s work but for now, the most efficient is simply the best new boiler with better controls and so on.
How have your daffodils and other bulbs been this year? Last year was one of the best in the Country I fancy and this year quite a few gardens , hedgerows and verges seem to have plants that are having a bit of a rest. The primroses are great again and I do love the way they are such a display of ‘spring’ especially as they appear on hedges, rugged stone walls and banks. However, there is always plenty to see at Trimstone and the cherry blossom is just appearing now too. Do come and have a look and see what new things the gardener has installed for guests’ enjoyment already! And of course, don’t forget our livestock! And hey – the swallows have arrived in force too – they seem early and a lovely harbinger of summer!
We are looking for one or two new team members to join us! If you know anyone who might be interested please do ask them to contact us for more details! Our ethos is that we hope staff want to stay with us and become part of our ‘Trimstone Family’ and care for our customers, give attention to the detail and can be trusted to do the best possible job they can and it’s great if we can find those who really want to see how they can develop their role here and indeed the venture itself with our support and it doesn’t really matter what post they have – all are encouraged! This is part of our advertisement:-
Boutique Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel seeks permanent staff to join the small team. These include house-keeping and assistant/manager. Some unsociable hours.
Multi-skilled applicants will be especially favoured to assist all aspects of the organisation, hands-on including housekeeping, front-of-house and food. They will have excellent customer service, time management, IT and administration skills and be adaptable and calm under pressure.
This is a great chance for someone to take control of a role and really develop it and the business – for mutual advantage.
For more details please contact PM with a full CV and salary expectation.
HAVE A HEART
Don’t forget Esme’s event with us on 17 April too – she is holding a Ladies’ Clothes Swap Shop Fundraiser. The idea is simple, bring a minimum of 2 items of clothing and exchange for 2 new items. This is an opportunity to chat, upgrade your wardrobe and find out a little more about heart disease and the BHF. She would love for as many ladies to join her as possible, or if you are unable to attend, she would welcome any clothes that you may be able to donate, which can be dropped off at the event venue at your convenience or Choweree House in Barnstaple. There is no charge but we are suggesting a small voluntary donation and we’ll treat you to a glass of refreshment too.
Please do not donate any damaged clothes, swimwear or underwear, children’s clothes or shoes.
7-9pm. All welcome.
THE FASTEST WIFI IN THE WEST?
We now have the fastest wifi for any form of holiday accommodation in the whole North Devon and Exmoor area! We were persuaded to upgrade our connection to go fully fibre-optic. For many thousands and the same for three years, we believe the investment will bring more trade and better business effectiveness, staff efficiency and responsiveness. No, this is not ‘just’ a wired connection to the nearest roadside box but a super, unique fibre optic link direct to the local Exchange. We also have the latest Ubiquity ‘Enterprise Grade’ equipment.
The Hotel and cottages went from having slower speeds than two-thirds of the Country to having faster speeds than 99% of the UK! We have always believed in free wifi for guests – whether the resident or the caller for a cream tea or a coffee. In fact it makes me angry when we go away to find complicated access processes or extra charges.
These days, people on holiday need the internet and to know it is reliable and speedy. When I am on holiday, I keep in touch and work and many others do too. Indeed, for entertainment – or for their children, it is becoming important and so there won’t be any access restrictions on broadband width for guests either as they will experience everywhere else!
This is not only for holidaying guests but we expect more business guests visiting customers in North Devon. The wifi and mobile signals in other nearby areas are pretty poor and not very reliable so the frustration some must face when they do their work is something they will not experience here. We are also open for conference facilities too so imagine what streaming presentations is like and so on – no interruptions or slow speeds – plus a reliable presentation and all of your delegates having great, free wifi.
Not only will the facility encourage more guests (even out of season so those escaping for work projects can enjoy the surroundings too) but we expect more casual callers for morning coffees and afternoon teas as these guests will also be able to have direct access – and all free.
So why not test it? Come and stay for a night and see what super-dooper wifi speed is about. Average Broadband download speeds as of May 2018 in the UK were 46.2mbps and upload speeds of 6.2mbps. Trimstone’s speed is 300Mbps download and 30mbps upload. Our internet means you can download an Ultra HD film (70gb) in 31 minutes compared to 3.24 hours on the average speed.
Our very best wishes,