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New arrivals

15 May 2011 / Animals

Welcome to Myrtle, Mildred & Babs

Myrtle, Mildred & Babs

Three brand new Silkie chicks.


Lots of things to do #projectthorney

14 May 2011 / Planning / Project Thorney

Well we’re certainly in the thick of it now. There are so many Project Thorney things going on at once it’s sometimes hard to think about them all.

We’ve had our site survey, arboricultural report and initial landscape designs done.

We have some new sign designs prepared and our new website is nearly ready.

Our architect is busily measuring up spaces to transfer data into a 3D model.

Our new credit card system is about to arrive. Yay.

The fire alarm and security lighting has all been tested.

The builder will be back to look at our drain system and a new carpet will arrive later this week.

Plus we passed our Cumbria Quality inspection….!

Meanwhile we’ve hoovered, cleaned, cooked breakfasts, changed beds, mowed the lawns and answered phone calls and e-mails.

Thank you to everyone who has been here so far and made it all worthwhile.

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Off to a great start

4 May 2011 / Business / Reviews

Well we could not have asked for better weather to lead us into the Easter holiday period and our first few opening weekends.

With a flurry of bookings we were full with guests enjoying the sunshine and getting out into the Lake District mountains.

We’ve had visitors from all over the globe. A favoured website for international travellers appears to be hostelworld.com. With over 30 bookings through them since we registered with them a couple of weeks ago their stats analysis tell us that we’ve had visitors from:

England, France, Spain, Switzerland , India, Northern Ireland , Scotland, Hong Kong, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Poland, Japan, USA, Australia.

We’ve also received reviews that tell us that:

We have a great location, great staff, good atmosphere, and that the hostel is very comfortable.

The rooms were basic but clean and the staff were very friendly and knowledgable about walks in the surrounding area.

The Breakfast was great value at £5, and a great start for a long walk.

The hostel is ideally placed if you want to be a bit out of the way and able to go directly out into the surrounding countryside.

Guests commented that they really enjoyed their stay and would definately recommend Thorney How to others.

Whilst we are very happy with these reviews we must also acknowledge that there is an inadequate number of showers. We are aware of this and it is at the top of our lists for improvements. We are working on a solution currently.


New website coming soon

30 April 2011 / Business / Website

We’re just putting the finishing touches together for our updated website.

This will include our online booking system, twitter feed and great photos courtesy of Phil Powell and WeMakeMedia.

Hopefully we’ll be live by the end of the week to coincide with the installation of our card payment system – hoorah!

This should all make life so much easier…… and no more silly large cash payments. Meanwhile business has been great, with a full house over the last two weekends and the catering kitchen properly tested out with a flurry of breakfasts ordered.

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General assistant wanted #jobs #lakedistrict

19 April 2011 / Jobs / News

We’ve had a successful first few weeks at Thorney How Independent Hostel in Grasmere with regular bookings and a busy Easter period.

We are now looking for a general assistant to start as soon as possible.

Duties will be varied according to seasonality and bookings performance.

Hours will be flexible and on a rota basis to ensure cover throughout the week and weekends working alongside the Assistant Manager F/T and Chef P/T.

Ideally you will have had some previous experience with cooking, cleaning, service and front of house. However most important is a cheerful and personable nature, being keen to get on with other staff, reliability and honesty along with getting the work done swiftly. Salary is dependent on experience.

Contact carolyn (at) thorneyhow.co.uk or call 015394 35597


Chef Recruitment #jobs

16 April 2011 / Business / Jobs / News

We are looking for a new person to join our team and help make Thorney How a memorable place to stay and visit.

Please share the following information with others.

Chef required, Grasmere. We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Chef at Thorney How Independent Hostel in Grasmere. The Hostel is set in the heart of the Lake District with 10 bedrooms and over 50 beds. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years experience as a Chef working with fresh produce in a demanding environment. Essential requirements: confident in menu planning and pricing, stock taking, stock rotation, food hygiene certificate level 2 and above. Must be computer literate and familiar with standard software such as spreadsheets. Must be prepared to be flexible and undertake other tasks within the hostel as required, able to work under pressure and fit in with a small tight nit team.

Salary £14-16000 initially offered as a pro rata P/T seasonal role with opportunities to extend to a FT permanent contract. Accommodation is not provided.

Enquiries to carolyn (at) thorneyhow.co.uk tel: 01539435597

We are looking for someone to start with us ideally within the next four to six weeks.
We will post a full Job Description and application details here very shortly.

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Welcome to Alasdair

13 April 2011 / Business / Jobs / News

We welcome Alasdair, our new Assistant Manager flying solo with us for the first time today.

Alasdair joins us having previously worked with a number of hostels in the Lakes.

Let’s hope that he does not lock himself out and enjoys his first week :)


Trialling new online booking system

4 April 2011 / Business / News / Website

We’ve just set up a new on-line booking system that we’d like your feedback on. You can try it to the top right of this page. Just select a check in date and the number of nights that you would like to stay, we’ve suggested two nights, then click search. This should then give you the number of bunks available in each room. If all goes well we’ll be adding this to our website as part of it’s upgrade too shortly.

The booking system is supplied by freetobook.com who first contacted us via Twitter. So far it seems to be a straightforward, yet well organised software application. We’ll know more once we’ve tested it for a while.


Accommodation for Coast to Coast walkers

31 March 2011 / News / Walks

One of the great walks to do in the UK is Wainright’s Coast to Coast Walk

Route of the Coast to Coast Walk via Wikipedia

Traditionally starting at St bees on the west coast and ending at Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast the route passes right by Thorney How situated right in the centre of the Lake District National Park on an adjacent track. Several guests that we have booked in are already using the Hostel as a nights stay at Grasmere, one of the potential stopovers in the early stages of the 192 mile journey.

The Sherpa Van offers travellers a convenient regular daily baggage moving service between key Coast to Coast locations such as Grasmere. We are please to announce that we are now one of the accommodation providers listed via The Sherpa Van’s website, although at the time of writing this all of the reviews added to the site were from when Thorney How was managed by the YHA.


Grasmere Fells & Tarns & Gingerbread

13 March 2011 / Events / Walks

If you’re up for a challenge why not try the Grasmere Fells & Tarns & Gingerbread challenge event coming up on the 16th April. Organisaed by the Morecambe Bay & Bowland Long Distance Walkers Association Group you can enter online here.

Money raised will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association & Grasmere First Responders.

You can find out more about the Long Distance Walkers Association, their other events and also find us listed on their website too. http://www.ldwa.org.uk

With over 6000 members and sach Spring Bank Holiday Weekend they have a ‘flagship’ event, which entails walking 100 miles in 48 hours. This year’s 100 mile event will take place in Shropshire.