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We’re one year old!

18 February 2012 / Business / Planning / Website / Project Thorney

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.