Zzzzzzzzz . . .

Ah, blessed sleep! Apropos of my post yesterday, I am now a new person. Maddi went to sleep around midnight, and I never heard a peep from her the whole night long. More than that, she did NOT wet her bed. What a gift!

The medicine that the vet prescribed yesterday must have taken effect almost right away. At least I hope it was not a fluke last night and that I will be back to interrupted sleep tonight and wet doggy bedding tomorrow! Whatever it is, one must be grateful for little mercies. I have never felt so pleased as to be awakened by my alarm clock rather than Maddi’s clip clops.

The subject of sleep puts me in mind of a lovely couple who left us this morning after a three-night stay. Mrs Kennedy told me twice that it is the first time she has ever been to a bed and breakfast and enjoyed a good night’s sleep. Both she and her husband commended us on the bed they had. Of course, when one spends lots of money on a decent mattress, one is pleased to hear that one’s guests have found it comfortable and conducive to a good night’s rest.

A four-poster room with large antique 4-poster bed and views of Lake Windermere

The Langdale has a William IV kingsize 4-poster bed with fabulous panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the hills beyond as you can see in the background through the windows. Great for a relaxing romantic break!

We only buy good quality mattresses for our guest house. Most of them have come from And So To Bed, an upmarket bed shop with stores in various parts of the UK. All are handmade, and some have had to be crafted to size as we have one 1830s four-poster bed with curved corners and a 1890s single bed that is 3’6″ wide and 6’6″ long, both of which are most unlike the usual shapes and sizes of regular mattresses that one can buy off a shop floor.

Both Hubby and I like good quality furniture, and I particularly enjoy browsing through antique shops and centres, much to Hubby’s chagrin. Antique carved furniture, whether plain or simple, seem to call to me, although I have to admit that I do not like over-the-top furniture designs. Sometimes, less is more. There are three other things I like about antique furniture pieces: the solidity of well crafted wood and the smoothness of centuries old wood and its patination.

Mr and Mrs Kennedy had booked into The Langdale room, one of the rooms in which we have some truly lovely antique furniture pieces. The centrepiece is a large four-poster bed with posts dating from 1834. I chose the raw silk swathes to make up the canopy and drapes and had them hand-sewn by a seamstress for a very painful sum of money. Hubby still does not know how much I spent to this day.

Comfortable chairs in The Langdale room overlook miles of Lake Windermere with its backdrop of fells and mountains. We have put our own antique wardrobe, chest of drawers and side table in this room as their shapes and sizes work well together. (These pieces were given to us by Hubby’s parents so there is sentimental value attached to them.) I also found a couple of pretty antique bedside tables and a marble-topped side table to complete the look of the room.

The bed is the important thing though. I think that when one goes away on holiday, the least one should be able to do is to catch up on lost sleep in our busy lives. As with The Langdale room, all our bedrooms have comfortable beds and we have had some lovely comments about them. So, next time you are looking for a break in the Lakes for a little bit of relaxation and refreshment, do think about a stay at Blenheim Lodge where we are known for our peace and quiet and good comfy beds.

Zzzzzzzzz . . . .

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