Have you ever found some lost or forgotten photos and then become engrossed looking at them as they bring all those memories back to the fore? Well, I found some recently of our B&B, Blenheim Lodge. Looking at these reminded me of the stories behind them.
In the beginning . . .
We were so green when we first arrived at Blenheim Lodge. We had never run a B&B before, and had thought that it would be a nice lifestyle occupation, where we could easily take care of our young sons whilst also working from home. How wrong were we!
Running a Bed and Breakfast is a full time job. Seriously. We were – variously – cleaners, front of house staff, secretaries, book keepers, cooks, servers, handyman, gardener, stocktakers, decorators, shoppers, bellhops, interior designers . . . you name it, and we were they! On top of that, we had our two young boys to look after: homework assignments; attending sports events; waking them up and readying them for school; putting them to bed; ensuring their well being in general, and trying to find time to be with them despite all the calls of the Bed and Breakfast. Time was literally a commodity we could not afford to waste.
Oh yes! And not forgetting the dog as well! He needed his daily peregrinations and exercise.
Exploring the Lakes . . .
We live in one of Britain’s most beautiful areas, but the trouble was finding time to get out. Doing the laundry might mean staying up till 3 am to complete the process. There was always so much to wash: the kids’ rugby gear; our family’s clothes and bedding; items used by our guests, etc.
The one great thing about our location is that Blenheim Lodge is located right on Brant Fell, a beautiful area of organic fields and woodlands with a rural outlook at the back of our house. We could get right onto the the fell side footpath within a half-minute of leaving our front door. We could walk to the closest viewpoint with its panorama of Lake Windermere and its backdrop of yet more fells within a mere 10 minutes. A further 10-minute walk from there would take us up to the summit with its 360-degree views.
There was even more to explore if we were to continue walking along the various footpaths on Brant Fell. We could trek The Dales Way route and visit other fells close by, such as Grandsire and School Knott. However, our kids weren’t that interested. They preferred to play golf instead, even though that involved lots of walking too! Thankfully, there was a local club within a mile of us and the council golf course as well, so it was handy for the kids.
As the years went by
Things changed as the years passed. Our kids grew up and went to university. They even spent some time in boarding school before that, with one winning a golfing scholarship. Their new found independence meant that their parents could sometimes go on those walks and visit those places they might have eschewed in favour of their friends’ company.
However, our rescue dogs loved the extra outings and walks! And my husband and I even got the chance to go away one year with Zack, our beloved Great Pyrenees and another with Horatio, our gentle Great Dane – without the human boys. Having said all that, I do miss having the boys around all the time. One continues to live with us because he has a business near by, but the other is 1-2 hours away, depending on who’s driving the car!
Now . . .
So, here we are! An empty nest and, thankfully, free also from paying school fees and all the extras that come with bringing up kids. We still help them as needed of course, but they do do their best to stand on their own feet.
In a nutshell, our move to Blenheim Lodge has also been part of our journey through parenthood. We moved here to run a guest house because we needed to be at home for the kids. Now, we need not worry about their education and after-school care. Nonetheless, we are always concerned about them. Isn’t that the lot of every loving parent though?
Finally . . .
This is the time of the coronavirus, and I just want to say to our guests both past and in the future to “Take care.” On our website is our Covid-19 Precautions document which will help you to understand what we are doing at Blenheim Lodge in order to help keep our guests and ourselves safe.
We would be so delighted to welcome guests to Blenheim Lodge again once it is safe for us to re-open after the current England-wide lockdown has run its course. Please feel free to contact us using the contact details below or on our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/BlenheimLodgeGuestHouse – should you have any questions about booking a stay with us.
We are currently taking bookings far ahead into 2021, and guests who book directly with us by visiting our website will get the best rates. For direct bookings, please click on the BOOK NOW button on any of the pages of our website, or here on our BLOG. We also have a very generous booking policy for DIRECT bookers, which will make it easy for you to transfer your dates if necessary. Third party booking sites such as Expedia do not offer the same flexibility.
Finally, I would like to wish all who have read this post well. Keep safe, and we hope to meet and welcome you to our home and your home away from home when you can make it here!
Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’
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