Our blog site has now been integrated.
Welcome to our new website design
We hope that you like what we’ve done and don’t get too lost. Please let us know if you experience any problems.
We’ve now integrated all our old blog posts and made the booking / offers functionality more visible.
More content areas and new photographs will be coming soon.
Our old blog site will remain visible for the time being at www.thorneyhow.org.uk
We moved as a family to Thorney How, Grasmere from Old Forge Cottage, Kentmere exactly one year ago today, so we’re feeling in a celebratory mood.
There’s so much that has happened in a year. Both of us have been made redundant from our former roles and thankfully Thorney How has had a successful first 12 months.
Taking on an old building and all the cast off hostel fittings from the YHA has been no easy journey. Opening for business after just 8 weeks was also a major undertaking, but this enabled us to complete a first season, listen to our customers and get to know the building thoroughly.
Three staff joined us during the year. Al and Julia have both moved on to other things, our Chef Robin remains with us and we have now begun recruiting for the 2012 season.
#ProjectThorney continues with many areas now redecorated and two key areas the Dining Room and our outside drainage works almost complete. As a nice bonus the family will also have its own shower room completed imminently.
Planning has proven to be our Achilles heel this year, taking a lot longer to submit than anticipated and we are now ‘in dialogue’ with the planning board over our proposals. Which means that the plans have not been rejected outright, but that there are areas of concern that we need to now reach a compromise over. However this now means more time and energy being spent on this rather than other things. But we’re confident that it will be worth it in the end.
Thorney How blog will be moving soon to join an upgraded version of our existing website at www.thorneyhow.co.uk allowing us to integrate our news and progress updates with our main general information content, offers, diary of events and booking system.
We’re very happy that our new hosting service is supplied by Green WebHost.
Sustainability is key:
(Not only being “Carbon Neutral”)
We were the UK’s first ISP to take this issue seriously.
If you’ve had any difficulties in contacting us via e-mail in the last few days we apologise. This should all now be fully resolved.
Grab an August midweek family or small group break in the Lakes whilst they are still available.
Book now via our online booking system
15% off any 2 plus midweek nights booked as a whole room (applicable to 4, 5 and 6 bunk rooms) during the whole of August.
All bookings must be confirmed and deposit paid before 1st August.
Valid check-in days include Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Stay up to 5 days from your check in day (availability depends on dates).
This offer does not apply for any check-ins at weekends.
This offer is also only available if you book through our website booking enquiry service, or telephone us direct.
We’ve finally got our new website launched and have our new phone system and credit card payment system installed.
Why not try out our online booking system and get yourself a free night. Only available direct through our booking system get 3 nights for two on any of our 4 or 6 bunk rooms when booked midweek. Saving at least £78!
Breakfast is £5 per person extra with free parking, free wifi and a relaxing place to stay.
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.
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.
In preparation for launching our new business and opening Thorney How at Easter 2011 we are very pleased to announce the first phase launch of our new website.
We are now ready to accept bookings for all dates from Friday 8th April 2011.
A full booking system is not yet available, but will be coming soon.
Web site development by WeMakeMedia