Thursday 21 January 2010

Time to blow our own trumpets!

The photo is of our B&B (Four Wynds - the website is on the sidebar on the right) with Santa climbing up it!

I've just put together the comments we have received from the guests who stayed with us at our little B&B in 2007 and 2009. (The B&B was not open for business in 2008.) They should be ready to go "live" on our website very soon. There is a man wot does the website for us and we need to give him lots of copy to make up the missing pages. It is definitely a work in progress and we need to fiddle with it further to get it absolutely right.

I just thought that I could use this opportunity to blow our own trumpets and give you a flavour of what our guests think of us (more importantly - Mr.H. as he is the "main man"). So here goes:

I really enjoyed hearing about Hadrian’s Wall story from Nigel.

Thank you for this lovely stay! After the drama of this day’s walk reaching Four Wynds was like a sort of safe haven! I especially appreciated the sandwich and the laundry – it feels so much better to set out clean today. Thanks a lot!

Thank you for a very comfortable stay. A pleasant, clean and tidy B&B, with a most welcome feel. Thank you, Nigel, for making us feel at home and also taking and collecting us from the local pub/restaurant.

Thanks for making us feel so welcome last night and for the hearty and delicious breakfast this morning. Your location is very convenient for the Pennine Way and therefore fine for those of us with wet feet!

Thanks so much for your warm welcome and kindness, particularly driving us to The Wallace Arms (wonderful old pub with great food) and on a miserable, wet morning coming to our rescue with transport to Carlisle. Much appreciated. Yummy breakfast! We will let other walkers know Four Wynds is a great place to stay.

A rare example of the website being true – real welcome, terrific breakfast (esp. toast from homemade bread and perfect poached eggs – that’s not to mention delicious sausages and bacon) – and some really thoughtful help to make the most of our time here – thanks very much, Nigel.

Lovely week here. Excellent accommodation, delicious breakfast. Nigel, you are a mine of information about the local area plus Northumberland and Cumbria in general. Thank you so much. We shall not hesitate to recommend Four Wynds to anyone we know who is visiting this delightful part of the UK.

Nigel, you truly made our visit extra special. The food, the conversations, the advice, the afternoon treats and so much more – those are the things that money cannot buy. We cannot thank you enough.

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We have been spoilt rotten and some of us are considering moving in! Excellent food, great local knowledge and advice and even a taxi service. Nigel, you are a legend. Thank you for everything.

We’ve had a wonderful stay here! Thank you very much for all the guiding and interesting stories! And having our own private chauffeur was far more than we could have dreamed of with our heavy backpacks! Your organic food was delicious! You’ve made our stay complete! Thanks a lot!

Delicious breakfast heerlyhe yoghurt, geweldige jams, the best so far. Nigel, thank you so much for your hospitable welcome, stories of the past and present. Good luck! from

Very nice stay and cracking breakfast. Thank you.

We have guests from all over the UK and so far we've had guests from USA, Mexico, Hawaii, Italy, France, Holland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and many more. We've had archaeologists staying (working at Birdoswald - English Heritage), diggers working at Vindolanda during the summers and people from all walks of life.

We so much enjoy what we are doing and we are very much looking forward to the new 2010 season. It's all kicking off with the "Illumination of the Wall" on Saturday March 13th. Hopefully more on this very shortly.....


Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Lovely comments Hadriana - you are right to feel a sense of pride in them. Let's hope each of those former guests passed the word along to their friends. It all bodes well for 2010. A x

the fly in the web said...

Lovely to read those might know you´re doing a good job, but it is lovely to have it confirmed!

Anonymous said...

What lovely comments - it is nice when people take the trouble to thank you fully like that.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Oh, well done! What superb and WARM comments... you really do deserve them. x

Maggie May said...

Well done!
That looks a very inviting kind of place to stay and the comments are lovely. Good to get some positive feedback.

Nuts in May

French Fancy... said...

Well I'm not a walker - a gentle stroller with two excitable dogs pulling me along, more like it- but I would like to think that one day you will see my name in your guest book as having stayed there.

Glowing reviews - and I would put money on you being one of the best b&b's in the UK

Expat mum said...

I'm so proud of you. (Not that you're my daughter or anything). I know it hasn't always been easy but these comments show how much you've done. And done well. Congrats!

Willow said...

If ever we visit England again, we want to walk or bike Hadrian's Wall. We will certainly stay with you!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Thanks you, SJA!

Fly...the emotion comes out in their handwritten comments. Shame I cannot reproduce it here.

CA - Absolutely!

LWM and MM - It is great to get some positive feedback. I think we all need it at times...don't we?

FF - You are more than welcome to come and stay any time. I hope you know that...we'd love to meet you!

Expatmum - Aw shucks pet! Ta very much :)

Willow - We'd love to meet you too...hopefully we will meet up some time soon..that would be great. :)

Suburbia said...

Your B&B photo in the snow is lovely. So glad it is such a success.

Gill - That British Woman said...

it makes all the hard work worthwhile when you get lovely comments like that.

Good luck for this forthcoming season.

Gill in Canada

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Thank you Suburbia and Gill. does make it all worthwhile. Fingers crossed the warm comments keep flodding into the Guestbook.

On the website you may wonder why we have not put anything in the attractions pages as yet. We have grand plans for those and aim to put in a page for each attraction. So far we are up to 100 and counting!