It’s been an amazing couple of weeks in which we have had some wonderful accolades. You may remember from a very early blog post that I was trying to get my head around appointing a PR firm. Teachers don’t have PR firms, so it was outside my experience. Part of what they do for you is get journalists to come and stay and write reviews for you. As a novice a couple of things came as a surprise; the length of lead time between staying and copy appearing can be many many months, and that you genuinely have no control at all about what they write. When a travel journalist writes a review it’s their honest opinion and, almost without exception, our reviews have been lovely and the journalists kind to us.
So, this week we have retained our Visit Wales Gold Award 2018 – we are thrilled with this and believe that with a 98% score from them we are their highest scoring hotel in Wales. Staying with the local press we were included in the Daily Post’s round up of the 27 most romantic places to dine; worth bearing in mind with Valentine’s day not far away and a wonderful package available. You could delight your loved one, but you will need to book soon. We also appeared in Cheshire Life’s article on 6 reasons to visit Bala. Reading this should make us all proud that Bala has so much to offer.
On the national stage the subject of romance continued as we made the Telegraph‘s ‘most romantic places to stay in Wales’ list, and we now sit proudly in Harden’s Restaurant Guide with an exceptional 14/15 score (see the Harden’s entry here). The Sunday Times’ ‘How to spend it’ has us in their top 6 British countryside escapes.
On an international stage we received a simply wonderful review from Spear’s and also made one of their top five country resorts and hotels to stay IN THE WORLD. The Spear’s review is a good read and would make a blog post in its own right, describing how Alan and I met, and our very romantic story.
This week we also heard that we have made the Condé Nast Gold List of their top places to stay in the world and in the top 10 in the UK, along with the likes of Claridges, The Connaught and Gravetye Manor. This list reads like a who’s who of great UK hotels and we are feeling pretty humble and awed to be mentioned in such company.
On the home front, this week our team successfully passed a 2-day first aid course with the fantastic ‘Your First Aid Safety’. We also learnt how to use our new defibrillator which will be permanently situated in reception. Some great pictures are here on our Facebook page.
Our darling Guinness has had a tough couple of days. At 18 she is old for a cat, she’s on thyroid tablets and is off her food. She spent a night on a drip to get her fluids up and now has an infection. Cats are so much harder to get tablets into than dogs. This morning I found Alan laying on the floor in his dressing gown with a spoon of cream cheese trying (successfully) to get her to take them. We have tried ham, grated cheese, Parma ham, tuna fish, crab and salmon to tempt her, our work surface a veritable cat buffet. She really isn’t that fussed but is having an occasional nibble. It’s not looking too good, but we will give her every chance to rally. She’s a sweet, gentle old girl who rules the dogs with an iron paw; well, except for Ted of course, who adores her in his boisterous way and ignores all her admonishments. She is lying on the rug in the sun peacefully sleeping at the moment, making the most of the Spring-like sun. Long may both continue!