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One Year On...

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One Year On...

So here we are, March 2018, 1 year on from when Burnsyde Beach House was open to our first guests. It seems like just yesterday when we think about our nerves and our excitement, but seems a lifetime ago when we think about all the wonderful guests we have had stay with us, the amount of reviews we have collected and generally the amazing reaction we have had to the bungalow on the bank.

It was March 10th 2017 when we welcomed our first guests, a bunch of creative guys from Germany working in Darlington on a filming project. Since then we've had couples and families from all over the UK and welcomed guests from Canada, USA, South Africa, Argentina and Australia. Our little Beach House has been helping to put Saltburn by-the-sea on the map and we couldn't be happier that people from all over the world are enjoying their stay and our little town. 

With 114 bookings, 473 guests and 74 dogs so far we've had relaxing family getaways, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, girls weekends and school friends catching up after quite some time, with each of them comes a review that we can be proud of.
With memories such as baby's first crawl and a proposal the beach house can be part of peoples memories for a lifetime.

Images courtesy of lettersfrommarionx.blogspot.co.uk

This year is looking good for Burnsyde with both new and returning guests, Summer is full with just a few gaps in for Autumn and Winter so if you are wanting to squeeze in then take a look at our availability calendar here.  

We really hope that our guests continue to share their love for the Beach House with their families and friends and we can continue to welcome people from all over the world. 

Thank you to every single person that has stayed with us, posted a review, told a friend about us, shared our Facebook posts, entered our competitions and generally supported us, we appreciate it all and wouldn't be sharing this post if it wasn't for each of you.

The Beach House Team x

 

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A Truly Wonderful Summer...

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A Truly Wonderful Summer...

Today we thought we would reflect!
Reflect on the past year (almost a year) of which we have had the keys to Burnsyde, that wonderful little piece of perfectness on the bank!

Our first 8 months of business has passed, we have had people from all over the UK and beyond stay with us and we have had a truly wonderful Summer as hosts.

The view...

When we began this project there was always the ‘what if people don’t book’, what if people don’t like the interiors’ and ‘what if they don’t love the view as much as we do’, thankfully we didn’t have to worry about any of these things and we have had some really lovely feedback about all aspects of the Beach House and all it has to offer.

Our guests have shared their Burnsyde moments with us and we could burst with happiness when people tell us; their baby crawled for the first time in the beach house or their boyfriend proposed in the sunroom. 
Burnsyde suddenly becomes more than just that place they stayed, that time they visited Saltburn-by-the-sea, it becomes much more of a special memory and a place we hope people remember for a long time.

A couple of our favourite guest pics...

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We wanted to write this post, not only because we haven’t written for a while, but because we wanted to say Thankyou!

Thankyou to every single person that has shown an interest in the Beach House, stayed at the Beach House, written a review for us, shared their memories of their stay with us or even just followed our journey through Facebook. We have had the best time bringing this wonderful little property back to life and sharing it with the wider world but without each of you this would never have been possible!

Thankyou for a wonderful Summer, it will never be forgotten!

Here’s to the next chapter...

Dale & Rachel

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All the Befores and All the Afters!

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All the Befores and All the Afters!

IT'S TIME!!!!!

Tomorrow our first guests arrive! For one whole week they will get to stay in the bungalow on the bank and enjoy what we have been working on for four months!

We wanted to remind everyone just where it started so here goes, the before, during and after images of each room....

The Hallway..
The hallway looked quite dark when we began, although there were features we loved about the space we had to strip everything out to start again. The result, a bright white welcoming space!

The Living Room
We found this space a bit of a challenge due to its shape and not wanting to make one end of the room feel separate to another. The staircase was moved into this room from one of the bedrooms and we managed to arrange our new furniture to keep the room 'as one'.

The Kitchen
A transformation indeed. From the blue and green pattern with glass details to an open plan room with an archway allowing bundles of light in!
This is one of our favourite parts of the property!

The Bathroom
From fitted bath to roll top and radiator to towel rail! This room was a shell just a number of weeks ago! After a long walk on the beach relax with a glass of wine in this calming space. 

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The Bedrooms
All that was left were floor boards and bare brick! Now - natural coloured spaces with simple furniture. Suitable for adults and little ones alike.

The Loft Space
We have opened this space right up and added a little en-suite into the mix.
Now you can shut the door and enjoy some peace and quiet while the sun shines in!

The Sunroom
The perfect place to watch the world go by and get lost in the waves crashing against the cliff!
Sit back and relax with your morning coffee, with a view like no other!

And Voila!!! That's it! 

The blue bungalow is no longer blue...We really hope you like what we have done to the place!

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A little bit of everything

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A little bit of everything

The month of opening!

Since the beginning of February we thought it would be closer to the end of March that we would be welcoming our first guests but since we uploaded the pictures of inside the Beach House our calendar is filling up and guests are booking in earlier and earlier.

I can’t explain the excitement when we receive a new message from someone requesting information on the beach house or the town. I guess it brings a mix of emotions really…Happiness because what we have created what has been so well received and relief because it gives us hope that this little beach house by the sea might just work.

For the past week we have been busy trying to get lots of little things signed off with different agents and meeting various regulations for health and safety etc. We have also been working on our advertising and marketing! Our competition has brought more attention to our Facebook page and website than we could ever have imagined, the blog has seen some great traffic and now we just need to spread the word of Burnsyde far and wide.

Head over to our Facebook page to enter our competition if you haven't already!

This weekend we are heading down to the beach house to finish off the interiors in the sunroom. This is the last room to be finished and hopefully by Saturday we will ready for the doors to open. This Saturday is our definite deadline, we are having a little thank you get together with the team who have helped us get to where we are and although they have seen inside it more than we have we want them to be in our company in its final state so that we can all celebrate together!

I will leave the big speech until the weekend (and next week’s blog post) but without the team Burnsyde would not be what it is. The knowledge, expertise and overall support from each and every one of our team has been insane. We are so, so grateful! To remind you of just how much they have done....take a look at this before and after pic...

Anyway, next week I will be back with more interior pics and I may even let you in on who our amazing team actually are!

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A bit of TLC for the Fireplace

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A bit of TLC for the Fireplace

So we are heading towards the end of January and in 1 month the beach House should (WILL) be 100% complete - interiors and everything- Ready to hire!

We have had lots of interest in the Beach House since the last post went live showing our rates and answering a few questions. We had worried people wouldn't want to enquire until they could see lots of images inside the property but we were obviously worrying a little too much, we have had some really great feedback about the property already and look forward to welcoming all our guests!

The flooring is finished in the living room, hallway, downstairs bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite and dining area! It has really brought a lovely flow to the property and in  a week or so the remainder will be complete and we will be able to start thinking about getting the van packed up and delivering the furniture.

Something exciting (for me) this week was the update of the fireplace. When we purchased the property the fireplace surround was left behind, the previous owners were split on their opinion of it. John asked us one day "you won't be keeping that thing in will you"? He was very surprised to hear the answer was yes - I just Love it!
It needed a bit of TLC but I could definitely see it's potential!

SS managed to fill in lots of the cracks for us, sand it down and ensure the shape was back to how it should be!

We made the decision that we would paint the fireplace the same colour as the wall, not sure everyone had confidence in how this would look but we are very happy with the outcome...

Fireplace

These two images look like completely different rooms with the colours in these pics - they are definitely the same room and the wall is definitely grey (not blue).

The hearth that the fireplace was sitting on has also seen a bit of TLC. It has been re-tiled and painted to bring it up to date, and for it to fit in with our colour scheme a little better. This room is really coming together now!

I have lots of bits and pieces planned to go on top of the fireplace, I can't wait to get in there and start making the place feel all homely and lovely!
Not long to go!

37 Days and the Beach House will be open for guests! eeeeeekkkkkk...

 

 

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Back to Work

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Back to Work

Friday night and after a short week back at work to ease me in after the holidays I am ready to SLEEP! Work may have been quiet this week but I feel like I am sleepy all the time, and the bags under my eyes are gross too! Must be my recent diet of 'all you can eat' including copious amounts of chocolate.

So this week saw lots of activity in the bungalow. The Kitchen was developed a little further with the island being fitted and the tiling has begun. My sister mentioned to me that she didn’t even realise the tiling was missing from the kitchen, I kind of feel the same, but maybe that’s because I would have been more than happy to have a non-tiled kitchen – totally impractical I know.

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Kitchen Island

The staircase was being completed this week with the spindles and hand rail being fitted. We had chosen a stain for the wood and the guys made a start on it for us....we then saw a picture and began to wonder if we had chosen the wrong colour - total staircase drama! We will wait to see it in the flesh in a couple of weeks before we make any further decisions in this department! 

Staircase

Next up for us are blinds, beds and all that in between. We won't be heading back to the bungalow until the 14th January, by this time the place will be just a couple of weeks from completion (all being well) so interiors need to be at the front of my mind from here on in (as if I haven't thought about them enough already).

A MUST for me on the 14th is visiting the new Lillian Daph Store in Saltburn, I need to take a look at all of their artisan goodies! The store opened a few months ago and I have popped in a couple of times, always such a warm welcome and the place smells delightful which is always a bonus! And if not something for Burnsyde, maybe my own home!

Next up for the bungalow is a whole load of bathroom tiling and time to get the sun room in tip top shape!

Week 12 - bring it on!

 

 

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A New Addition

A New Addition

So today is Monday, it is 7:25am and I am on the kitchen floor with a cup of tea. Not my usual positioning at this time of day (or any) but today we wake up with a little puppy in our care. I have taken the day off work to spend some time with him and get him settled.

We collected Derek from his breeder mummy yesterday and brought him back to Glasgow to show him his new home. The journey was a lot smoother than we expected, Derek slept for the majority of the journey and when Dale and I needed a toilet break Derek just lay in the foot-well like a little angel puppy. 

Derek the Dog
Derek the Dog

It was a bit of a rushed day yesterday, we were at Burnsyde looking at the developments from the past couple of weeks. The whole place was looking great! There was so much ‘less mess’ which helped to keep us focused on what we were there to see. It was the first time I had seen the new colours on the outside

We worked round the property room by room. The kitchen and dining area were looking great, the wooden framework from between the kitchen and sunroom had been removed a couple of weeks ago and we were creating an arch in its place, as the rest of the room was a blank canvas this really stood out. We had been used to seeing it with ladders, tool bags and rubbish strewn all over the place. The view from here looked particularly beautiful today! The hallway was completely bare and we had changed the layout of a couple of doorways so it was nice to see the hallway in the format our guest would see it when they arrived at Burnsyde.

Next up was the bathroom, there were a number of questions that needed answering to move forward in here. We managed to decide on a final layout for the whole room (this was something that had been causing major headaches) finalised lighting and fan positions and measured up one more time so we could order the bathroom suite, we did already order a bath but it arrived and looked like it was from an episode of the borrowers.

The living room was boarded out and the plasterers were due to start in here next. We had made all the decisions we could for this room previously. We are waiting to have the building regulations signed off so we can move the staircase into this room, until this point it is difficult to move forward at any kind of speed, we just have a big hole in the ceiling waiting to be filled.

Plastering

The third bedroom of the bungalow is upstairs. As the other two bedrooms were already well on their way with plastering we were happy to just take a peek at these and move on. Upstairs is a lovely space with one window looking out across the pier and one out to Huntcliff.

The view from the loft

We have re-arranged this room so we can fit an en-suite bathroom up here. This wasn't always the plan but once we had cleared the bungalow of all furniture and rubbish, stripped back the walls and planned to move the staircase there was so much more space so it felt like the most logical thing to do (and much more practical for guests).

We spent some time discussing the bathroom layout, additional storage space, types of wall coverings and possible door types. There was an electrician and two joiners up here, the noise levels were getting higher and higher and we were getting closer to our pick up time for the pup. I genuinely felt like it was one of theose days where there were not enough hours in it.

The next time we visit Burnsyde will be in three weeks when we are home for Christmas...I actually cannot wait!!

 

 

 

Surprises and Celebrations

Surprises and Celebrations

Turns out our journey on Sunday wasn’t going to be direct to Saltburn....

There was a surprise for me on the way, and a very lovely surprise it was too. Dale had organised an evening at Rockliffe Hotel & Spa in Darlington for us both! After a busy weekend of entertaining and celebrating I couldn’t actually think of anything I would rather do than have time for just Dale and I. Quality time together is something we definitely don’t get enough of!

Rockliffe Hall Darlington

Dale had booked an evening at the restaurant at Rockliffe but as we arrived a little later than planned we headed to our room and ordered room service instead. As it was my birthday the hotel had popped a couple of bottles of Prosecco for us in our room, so with this and a club sandwich in bed I was set for the night. I had such a good nights sleep, part slight hangover from the last three days drinking, part exhaustion from life and part because the beds at this place are delightful.

Prosecco and Relaxation

The morning (today was my actual birthday) consisted of a delicious breakfast in their Oangery and heading down to the spa for a few hours of relaxation. The spa was just lovely! We didn't manage to book in time for a treatment but the pool, outside hot tube, sauna, ice room and relaxation pools were more than enough for us to just completely chill out before the week ahead. 

As we packed up to leave I found myself thinking about how lucky I was to have such great people in my life. My work friends had already made a real fuss of me for my 30th, the girls and guys had taken the trip from London to celebrate with me and Dale had planned Rockliffe without me knowing anything about it. Little did I know my day was about to be even more special...Dale had two more things planned!

Next Stop - Guisborough. To see Derek, one final time before his collection date.
So Derek is our little Sproodle and we had only met him once - the day we chose him. Dale had organised for us to see him one more time before we would be taking him home as our very own little puppy - this was something I just didn't think we had time to do with everything else going on in the next few weeks....there were tears of joy! He was adorable and fluffy and a total dream! It made me even more excited for December 3rd!

Derek the Dog

We then headed to our final destination - Saltburn! First stop was my parents.
There was Balloons, cards and presents all laid out for my arrival, again I was spoilt! It's always a lovely feeling being back at my parents house, the place I grew up, a place full of memories!

Now was time for the final plan - surprise birthday celebrations with my family, Dales family and some very close friends. It's not often we get both families together so I was more than grateful for Dales mum to be hosting in her home.

The evening was full of prosecco, delicious food and lots of laughter, it really was just perfect. I had been dreading turning thirty for weeks but between Dale, our families and our wonderful friends I had the most amazing birthday and could not be more thankful for the people I have in my life and the love they show me.

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Work & Life

Work & Life

This week has been an exciting one, a frustrating one and a tiring one allll rolled into one. Exciting because we knew we had a great team hard at work in the bungalow and we had daily updates of the developments. Frustrating because we weren’t there to help ourselves and tiring because each evening after work (we both work full time in Scotland) we had been staying up later than normal making plans, building websites and setting up social profiles for Burnsyde.

Burnsyde Social

We know we need to organise all these things now rather than later and although we may prefer to be at the bungalow every day to watch things develop for ourselves and be much more hands on, we know that (unfortunately) this isn’t possible so we do what we can from a distance.

When we left the place on Sunday I felt like there was little to do before we could get to work with the real plans of moving the staircase, knocking walls through, bricking up doorways and all the things that would really make a difference to the overall look and layout of the place – How I was wrong.

The daily updates were notes of how remaining walls had been stripped, coving had been removed and radiators were off the wall…..all of these things I didn’t even notice were still to be done during the weekend we were there. The excitement of getting the job started had obviously blinded me to how much was left to do!

Property Refurbishment

Dale and I finished our working week and headed home to greet our guests for the weekend. My Uni girls and their other halves were staying with us to celebrate my 30th Birthday! It was time to pop the prosecco and enjoy some laughter with some of our favourite people.

The weekend was so much fun, we climbed Conic Hill in Stirling, saw Jack Garrett at the 02, danced the night away in Glasgow and ate some of the most delicious food I have ever tasted at one of my favourite places - Hotel Du Vin.

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As always the Sunday arrived too fast and as our friends left we packed the car up to hit the road ourselves! This time we were heading back to Saltburn for a whole week – this was the first time we would spend so long here since we moved to Scotland together in October 2013 – We were very excited!!

The plan for the next week - Spend time with our families & friends and get to work on Burnsyde!

Off we go!

A Day of Mixed Emotions

A Day of Mixed Emotions

Saturday morning - 7:30am and the alarm is buzzing.

As Dale and I live in Glasgow we told ourselves we would need to spend as many hours as we possibly could at Burnsyde during our weekends at home. We are both from Saltburn but we moved to Bonnie Scotland three years ago and travel back and forth as often as we can. Some may call us crazy for taking on such a mighty project when we live 200 miles away but we are not people that shy away from a challenge……and we have an amazing project manager running things in our absence.

Throughout the day we had family and friends pop by to say “Hi” and to have a nosey around. It is the most amazing feeling to have support from our loved ones and we are super, super lucky that many of them were willing to roll up their sleeves and help this weekend.

Burnsyde Development

The wallpaper stripping continued throughout the house which revealed a dozen different colours, lots of patterned wallpaper and a whole load of mess. Although we had only been in there for a matter of hours we really felt like we were getting somewhere.

Work begins

The afternoon came round pretty fast, the garden was full of furniture (we were deciding what to keep and what to donate), the sun was shining and the house was looking ‘naked’. We had a visitor arrive, not just any old visitor though, it was John, the lovely gentleman we had just purchased the bungalow from.

As he wandered around each room with us he could clearly see we had been busy, he seemed surprised at how much we had managed to do in such a short space of time. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, although I knew that what we were doing was the right thing and in our opinion it was for the better, I wondered if it was difficult for John to see the place he had called his Holiday Home for 24 years in a completely different state and effectively, in a bit of a mess?

He seemed a little relieved to be handing the keys over to us and as he walked away he wished us “the best of luck with everything”. I watched him walking over the bridge back to his car and wondered what he was thinking. Did he believe me and Dale would manage to turn this lovely little property into a place that people would travel far and wide to stay in? I would never know but I really hoped so.

Saltburn by the sea

Day 2 – Done!