Last night I prayed for inspiration and have today decided to tidy up our special offers for bed and breakfast at our Windermere guesthouse. I have spent much of today emailing my webmaster to ask him to amend some offers and delete some of them on our website. Hopefully he will get it done tomorrow.
So what have I done? Well, for starters I decided to delete the £10-£20 midweek discount offer. The Monty’s Club offer is now available for guests to purchase when they are at Blenheim Lodge. I also deleted our Late Availability offer and amalgamated it with the following NEWoffer:
Stay 2 Nights, Get 3rd Night at Half-Price
From now until 19 July 2012, we are offering our largest discount to celebrate our 10th Anniversary at Blenheim Lodge.
Book 2 nights B&B at our regular seasonal rates, and receive 50% discount off our higher standard rate for the 3rd night. For example, book The Poppies lake-view double room at £44.50 PPPN B&B for the first 2 nights, and pay only £26.50 PPPN B&B for the 3rd night.
Offer excludes public holiday weekends/dates. Cannot be combined with other discount offers.
We have never made an offer like this before in the 10 years we have been at Blenheim Lodge, so this is a first for us. It is also our biggest offer to date to help people beat the recession and still enjoy a nice Lakeland holiday in a lovely room with Lake or woodland views.
The other offer I updated was our weekly offer. It now reads:
Stay at Least 7 Nights, and Save up to 29% Off Our Nightly Rates Year Round
Enjoy a week’s holiday from only £265-£375 per person per week including breakfast. Standard rates are £44-£75 per person per night for B&B, so our 7-night weekly rates represent great value.
Think: no cleaning, no wasted time food-shopping, no washing up, and breakfast cooked for you!
Weekly rates do not apply during public holiday weekends and dates, but can be applied pro rata for dates outside these periods within the 7 or more nights booked. Cannot be combined with other discount offers.
I hope that these offers attract new visitors to stay at our B&B in Bowness on Windermere and provide them a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful part of England. This weekend we met a couple who came to stay with us who had never been to the Lakes before. They were astounded by the beauty of the Lakes as they feasted their eyes upon the landscape from their bedroom windows and toured the area.
On quite another subject. Did you watch Crufts 2012 on Channel 4? (www.channel4.com/programmes/crufts) Being a little doggy-mad, I naturally made time to watch the show. I noted that Crufts (www.crufts.co.uk) had become very vigilant in terms of ensuring that an independent vet first checked potential winners before allowing them to be awarded a ribbon. I was pleased to see that, as Crufts is now being proactive in driving home the message of health before looks in dogs.
Wasn’t it wonderful that the RAF dog won the Friends for Life medal? I felt very touched by what the dog had achieved in the fight against terrorism. Human soldiers make informed choices to enter the armed forces because they understand what they are signing on for. However, dogs do not. They are chosen by humans for what they can do to help, but never have a choice of whether they wish to enter the fray or not.
Dogs in battle are placed there by humans and remain to serve because of their dependency on and loyalty to their handlers. It was therefore such a joy to see humans voting for Buster, which had served so valiantly at risk to his own life in Afghanistan. Even better was the news that he was entering into a well-deserved retirement in sunny Cyprus!
I think that there is a great generosity of spirit in the self-denial that dogs like Buster display which is greatly to be admired. It reminded me of the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi:
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- Where there is injury, pardon.
- Where there is doubt, faith.
- Where there is despair, hope.
- Where there is darkness, light.
- Where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive.
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.