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How our small business responded during lockdown.

Our re-opening day is almost here, and it’s been a busy couple of weeks since the anticipation of the Government announcement that holiday accommodation could re-open and then the ensuing release of the guidelines.

We've been super busy reading over pages and pages of Government guidelines and industry best practices. We've put together our own Commitment to Hygiene, Risk Assessed all our properties, put increased cleaning measures in place and have made all our new procedures transparent to our guests on our new COVID-Secure page. We’re now ready and excited to re-open to guests from 4th July and we are looking forward to a safe and enjoyable summer season.

It will soon feel like business as usual as the summer season is almost upon us, but we’ve been reflecting on the past 3 months and what we have achieved despite not being able to welcome guests to our self-catering holiday rentals in Brixham. Lockdown has certainly been a very difficult time for many, and we’ve definitely had our ups and downs on the ‘Corona-coaster’, but we have also taken this time to get through some of the jobs that are more challenging to complete when our properties are occupied. We want our guests to feel like they are home from home when they stay at a Saltwater Escapes property, and the lockdown period gave us the opportunity to make sure our homes are fresh and welcoming for the return of our guests.

The Seadog has had a full exterior re-paint and garden tidy up. With it’s setting high above Brixham’s bustling harbour, the frontage is exposed to the elements and the sea air, but this has now been refreshed and guests can enjoy sitting on the bench of the front terrace with views over the harbour and out to sea.

On cooler evenings, sink down in the living room’s window seat and you will be captivated by the ever changing view of the cheerful cottages on the other side of the harbour and the twinkling lights of the town and by night. We’ve often wondered if there is any significance of the female head stone carvings above the front door. If you know anything about these or if they represent anything then we’d love to know! The beach hut at Broadsands beach had a roof update and is also now equipped with cleaning products and hand sanitiser so our guests can still make use of the deck chairs, buckets and spades for a great day out at the beach.

Avocet 2 has had the exterior render washed down and the whole site is looking bright and sparkling again. This fantastic drone shot captures the secluded Fishcombe Cove and the apartments at The Cove above.

It's lovely to see this 2 bedroom peaceful coastal retreat viewed from this birds eye view. Although the breathtaking panoramic sea views across Torbay from the large balcony aren't too bad either.

Drunken Sailor had new carpets fitted throughout the first-floor bedrooms just before lockdown, and the decking has been power washed and oiled. The garden is in full bloom and looking very romantic with climbing roses and colourful blooms. It's a lovely secluded spot to enjoy a summer drink in this centrally located Grade II listed property. The front masonry and old stable door at the cottage, originally known as 'White Cottage' has also been painted, you guessed it - white.

After it’s full refurbishment completed in the latter half of 2019, our newest property High Hopes is still looking fresh but we have also given the stunning terraced garden a spruce up and this secluded spot with breath taking views over the harbour is ready to be enjoyed.

As well as the practical jobs, we’re also really proud of all the work everyone in the team has put in towards getting our beautiful holiday lets in Brixham ready for the safe arrival and stay of our guests. We’re entering a completely new time for tourism, and we’re ready to adapt as we need to and continue responding to changing Government guidelines.

Saltwater Escapes wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

Respect, Protect, Enjoy.

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