Its February where did January Go? Yes exactly, I have been so busy with marketing School House Cottage and getting Church View Cottage at Gisburn ready for the holiday rental market time has just flown by.
I have been looking at different ways to market School House Cottage to walkers, cyclists and foodies and trying to work out what has been working well and what has not – marketing is a real mine field I have come to the conclusion.
The Ribble Valley and Clitheroe has had a real boost this month with an article in the Guardian Newspaper as it talks about Clitheroe having a Castle and the Ribble Valley having 5 of the top 50 Gastropubs in the UK. This is brilliant for me as both my cottages are in the Ribble Valley so for any of you foodies out there just think you could stay at one of my luxury cottages and eat 5 nights in one of the top gastro pubs – not bad me thinks. Why not check out the full article in the Guardian.
The Parkers Arms which is only a hop skip and a jump from School House Cottage moved from 48 to 13 in one year in the top 50 Gastropubs – which is an amazing achievement for Stosie, Kath and AJ – check out their website for opening hours http://www.parkersarms.co.uk
So what has been happening at School House Cottage – well we have been painting and making sure everything is tip top for 2017. We are thinking of getting some more artwork from a local photographer which I think is a good idea as it will also show case local artists. I have added some more services for our guests to order for their arrival such as chilli etc and once again they are sourced locally from Bashall Barn – if anyone has any thoughts on other services we can offer please get in touch.
Well Church View in Gisburn is coming together now – we have painted every wall, ceiling and all the woodwork and it is looking really fresh and clean. I have been to Boundary Mill which is just up the Road from Gisburn and purchased all the Sheridan Bedding and luxury towels – why not check out Boundary Mill website they have amazing stuff http://boundarymill.co.uk/store/colne/ and as I said only a short distance from Gisburn and to be honest only a short distance from School House Cottage as well.
So now it is dressing the cottage in our own individual style and have purchased a bespoke chair from Shackletons Lifestyle & Garden Centre – check it out
Here is a photo of the main bedroom – I have not finished as still to get the curtains, mirror and touches but I still think it is looking good – what are your thoughts?
More photos will be added as we go along – it is really weird as I like to personalise little touches of the cottages with Church View not needing full renovation it is proving harder to do as I do not have the luxury of time to source – but hey ho that will not stop me, ha ha