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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.

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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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What we've been waiting for...

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What we've been waiting for...

We are almost at the end of March and we currently have our third guests staying at the Beach House. There has been hours of sleep lost worrying that we had forgotten something or that something would go wrong or our guests would be disappointed but we are VERY happy that we can say 'so far so good'.

Our first guests sent us a message as they arrived and their first word was 'AMAZING' - Yes I shed a couple of tears (of joy).  Of course we cannot take all the credit for this, we need to thank Di who is doing a fabulous job of preparing the bungalow during the changeovers! We have great confidence that there will be 'no cushion left unturned' when it comes to getting the place set up for each of our guests.

We obviously have a long way to go before we can begin relying on the reviews from our wonderful guests to encourage others to book with us, but we are so grateful for those who have already stayed with us for taking the time to write us a review for the world to see!

Of course we wouldn't leave without telling you what they said....here they are...
 

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Fingers crossed for lots more wonderful reviews!

 

 

 

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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 Busy Week

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A Busy Week

T Minus 4 weeks until we have our first guests stay!

So it has been all hands on deck to get the inside and outside finished off. Within a week the team have managed to build new steps down to the front door, lay a patio, replace the paving slabs in front of the Sunroom and build some steps up to the driveway! These guys amaze me every single week! Come rain or shine they are there, helping us every step of the way...

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The garden had always been well looked after by John but the paths and steps were just a little unsafe so we knew they needed an update. With new steps and a freshly painted doorway we think the place looks much better!

The inside of the house has been having a few more details added...A handmade coffee table in the living room. It's amazing what I can do with a few scaffold boards and some hairpin legs!

A beautiful handmade vanity unit with free standing sink...
This was something we saw months ago, right at the beginning of the journey, we searched high and low to find something similar ready-made but we really struggled. 
We decided to speak to a family friend who often makes bespoke commissions, after a little too long being indecisive we finally made our final decisions on wood, beading, tiles and feet....and here we have our final piece...

They are only little touches but they make a real difference to the rooms they are in and we just love that they have been made especially for the Beach House.

This weekend will be the first in a while that neither of us will be travelling down to the Beach House, I am on a hen weekend and Dale has to work. Next week will be the final weekend we see it before we welcome our first guests. 

From now until then we will be working on our marketing and advertising to get our wonderful little beach house full up for 2017!

 

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Sneak Peek - Interiors Alert!

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Sneak Peek - Interiors Alert!

The fun has begun!
Interiors have been unleashed! After another busy week for the team and a huge helping hand from Di (Dale's mum) the bungalow was ready to have some furniture put in place.

When we left the beach house last week the van had been unloaded but that was basically it. This weekend it was time to start organising. Although it feels like we haven't stopped buying furniture and interiors for quite some time there is still lots of little details that need adding to make the place complete!

There are some major pieces missing like the dining table and bench, bathroom unit and coffee table. These are all being made bespoke and due to Dale and I being rather particular (fussy in the minds of the makers) they have taken slightly longer than expected. We are certain they will be more than worth the wait though!

We are going to give you a first look of inside the Beach House but please remember....It is not yet finished and this is not even half of it....

So you can see where we started, here is a little recap...

AND now.......

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Although we are biased we definitely think we have a beautiful little place here. That said, we would love to hear what you think of the new layout, design and style! Please leave us a comment or drop us a message or email! All feedback is welcomed.......except that we need some curtains...we know that! They are in the making!

 

 

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A Final View Before The Furniture

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A Final View Before The Furniture

I keep saying it but....we are nearly there!!
We arrived at the Beach House on Saturday morning with so much excitement to see where we were up to and we were not disappointed!

SS has gone above and beyond with the team to have this place ready for Dale and I coming back to see it. Their endless hours of work have created something really beautiful and we will be forever grateful!

The team have excelled themselves! Every room looks amazing, each feature has been completed with TLC and the bungalow looks more amazing than we could have ever imagined. If you saw it yourself you may think "well it's just a bungalow that's been re-decorated" but we know exactly what it has taken to get to this stage and it is so much more than a lick of paint.

We were staying in Saltburn for a few more days so we could help with anything that still needed doing and get the furniture inside. Dale had lots of meetings for the Beach House and property business and I rolled up my sleeves and spent lots of my time at Burnsyde, tidying and cleaning. Dales mum was there to help me and my mum was busy adjusting our new curtains, Grandad Clive and SS were building a new wall and steps at the front door , Andy was busy tidying up lots of little loose ends and Trevor was finishing up with the glossing - we had help from all angles.
It really feels that time just disappears when we walk into the bungalow, I don't know whether it's because I spend so much time admiring it that I don't notice time passing or because small jobs take much longer than you think! Either way the days were flying by and by Tuesday we still had lots to do before unloading our van of furniture!

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Between the work I managed to spend some time with my bezzie and our poochies on the beach, no matter what is going on a walk along the beautiful shore makes me smile!

So enough of the chatting....here are some sneak peek pics of how Burnsyde is looking now - These pictures really don't do it justice and I don't want to give too much away so this is your lot!

Next stop - Furniture!

 

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One Month To Go

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One Month To Go

So here we are....February 1st 2017! One month away from opening our doors to guests. Exxcciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiting! 

We celebrated Dales birthday on Friday and we were talking about where we might be and what we might be doing when his birthday comes around next year! We never expected to have Burnsyde a year ago and look at us now......a few weeks from doors opening!

So over the past couple of weeks the renovations have been coming to an end. There have still been a number of things to look at and complete but the place is definitely getting there! SS is continuing to keep the team in order and hit the deadlines - if you are ever looking for a project manager, SS is your man!

The flooring is almost finished throughout, the sunroom has been re-boarded and is getting plastered this weekend then it will be ready for a lick of paint! The flooring in the dining area is finished and the radiator is back up and running, ready to pump some heat into the place! We were so worried about the beach house being chilly in the winter months but after all the new insulation, re-boarding and plastering it keeps the heat in just wonderfully!

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Our handyman has been in this week making and fitting new door frames and hanging the new doors. We have chosen a four panel oak....just need a door nob now! 

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Dale and I have not been back to Saltburn for a few weeks, Saturday we will be there to see the place (almost) complete and ready for for furniture! We will be driving down in a big white van, or Dale will - I will be in the car with little Derek! We are spending 5 days in Saltburn to help the team finish up on the little jobs that are left and get the place looking a little more livable! We are so excited that we are at this point in the journey! Our first guests will be there in no time!

We have an engagement party on Saturday for our wonderful friends Rob and Nicky then the rest of the time will be spent in Burnsyde or in meetings about Burnsyde and catching up with family and friends. 
The past few months have been so busy each time we have been back we feel like we don't spend any time with the people we love, half the time Dale and I barely see each other!

This week there has been a development with our own life too....It has been Derek's first day at doggy nursery! It was an emotional morning for me, I am not sure it's the exact same feeling as the first day you drop your child off at nursery but it was certainly a weird one! He was away from us for 11 hours (his longest time away from us) and I have never seen him as excited as he was when I collected him. He is such a wonderful little dog with tonnes of character! We love him so, so much! 

Here he is looking all dapper for Dale's birthday card photo-shoot! Great modelling potential....

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If all goes to plan in the next few days we will have interior images to share with you on our next blog post! Fingers crossed!

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Open for Business

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Open for Business

**Exciting Announcement**

BURNSYDE BEACH HOUSE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HIRE FROM MARCH 1ST 2017!

So this week we finally got round to updating our website and releasing our rates and exclusive offers. We have had lots of people emailing to find out more about the property; how many people can stay, will there be parking, how many nights can people stay, are dogs welcome....the list goes on!
We love hearing from people that have been following our journey through the re-development and all these questions are helping us to build on the information we are already sharing.

So you can now see on our rates page how much a little getaway to Burnsyde will cost, and for the month of March we are doing an introductory offer of £120 a night! A total steal if you are coming as a group!

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You can also find out answers to a number of questions on the rates page, but I thought we would answer a few of the questions you have sent in right here....

Is there a minimum stay?
Yes, we ask that there is a minimum of two nights stay with each booking.

Are dogs allowed and is there a charge?
Well behaved dogs are more than welcome (maximum two per booking), we just ask that they do not go upstairs in the property and they are kept off the furniture as much as possible.
There is a charge of £40 per booking if you are bringing your pups along.

How many bedrooms are there and what’s their occupancy?
We have three bedrooms in the property, there is one double and one twin bedroom on the ground floor and one double bedroom with en-suite upstairs in the loft bedroom. Each bedroom sleeps a maximum of two people.

When can we see pictures of the property finished?
In terms of the actual renovations the property is due to be complete by the 31st January , we will then be working on the interiors, furniture, soft furnishings etc. If all goes to plan we hope to share images of inside the property by the 10th February. We will of course keep you updated on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

I am from the local area and would love to look round, is that possible without booking a stay?
We will be holding an open house day towards the end of February which is when we will invite people to come along and take a look round the property. The invite will be on our Facebook page so make sure you follow us on there so you don’t miss it!

How do I book a stay?
For the moment we are taking bookings via email info@burnsydebeachhouse.com
Once we confirm your dates we will take a deposit of £100 and the remaining balance should be paid 4 weeks in advance of your reservation date. If your booking is less than 4 weeks away we ask that you pay the full cost at the time of booking. 
In the coming weeks will be adding a booking system to our website and that way you can book directly through the website. We will also be featured on Airbnb and Booking.com.

Bit of a boring one for you today but hopefully all helpful information!

 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to one and all!! We wish you all lots of love, luck and happiness for the year ahead.

This new year was a little different to usual, I fell asleep at 9:30pm, woke up for the bells, wished my family and friends a happy new year, gave Dale and Derek a kiss and back to sleep I went!  Rock and Roll or what!! I think life has got the better of me this week, with lots of travelling and trying to fit everyone in whilst we were back in Saltburn, having a house full at my parents with all the family staying, plodding on with Burnsyde and trying to keep an 11 week old puppy in tow - tough!

Anyway, the new year has begun and this is the year we will be opening Burnsyde! WOW! This time last year I was making new year's resolutions to stop eating crisps or stop moaning about irrelevant things, this year I'm writing goals for our new business! Rather different!

We headed back north between Christmas and new year as Dale had to work, I took some time off to spend with Derek and relax after the festivities. It was a peaceful few days with lots of time spent looking back at the initial inspiration boards and our interior styling ideas.
I love going interior shopping so I spent rather a few hours doing this too. We will soon be at the point where I can begin filling the rooms with their furniture and soft furnishings, a couple of weeks away of course but still....very soon!

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I found myself thinking about the previous interiors that John had in the bungalow and what he would think of what we were going to put in there. I know that we can't please everyone but it would be nice if he genuinely did like what we had done to the place. After so long as his holiday home I imagine it's a hard thing to see it taken apart and put back together in a completely different way.

On Monday after a little walk on the beach with Derek I spent the day in Burnsyde while Dale was at the boro match, it was just me and the radio and it was lovely. I was just getting a few jobs done, tidying the place up, covering the new radiators to save them from the dust and washing down the windows. It was amazing to be in there and see how many people noticed the sign in the window or had a peek in as they wandered past - this was me in years gone by.  The promenade and beach were packed with visitors and locals and as I watched dogs run on the beach and the queue get bigger and bigger for the fish and chip shop I felt so lucky that I could be this close to it all whenever I liked and that the bungalow people were intrigued by would soon be available for any one of them to stay.

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I really hope 2017 goes to plan and our little Beach House becomes a hit!