Friday 23 August 2013

Rock Your World Friday

I've rocked on over from Virginias Blog to share with you

Well this week it has been a real challenge to think of some good things.. we've had some upsetting private family news that rocked our world..not in a good way.

Then my extended family seem to have got hold of the wrong end of the stick and thought I was interfering when I really wasn't! I am, however, grateful for the support my immediate family have given me so, Mwah, Mwah! to them.

Then I am so busy at work that I'm not sure what way is up.. but that can be a blessing too so that doesn't really count does it?

The most exciting and momentous thing that has happened this week is that I have decided to open up my house as Bed and Breakfast accommodation... and I am going to have to leave my job, so for that I'm grateful. (Some of you know I had a stress related stroke last year and that will take the pressure off) 

We're currently redecorating the rooms we will use and my dear husband has everything under control.. so for that I'm also grateful.. it'll cost quite a lot to set it up though.. so that's not so good! You have no idea how expensive Public Liability is? but on the whole it's exciting.. and for that I'm grateful.

I am shopping for all sorts of exciting new goodies, crockery, bed linen, BEDS!, pictures etc so that's exciting.. and I'm VERY grateful for delivery drivers! lol

I am also grateful for the area I live in as we are surrounded by National Trust and Historic properties - here is a selection-

This is Chartwell in Westerham.. home of Winston Churchill for 40 years

This is Knole House in Sevenoaks - the home of Vita Sackville West and home to the last remaining medieval herd of Red Deer in Kent

This is the beautiful Penshurst Pace, that has amazing gardens and is right on my doorstep to the south
 and this is Chiddingstone Castle which is literally within a 30 minute walk from my front door... it is so beautiful and they have some fascinating exhibitions there.

These amazing properties (and many more locally) are a magnet for weekenders and people looking for a rural retreat.. so hopefully my business will take off... so if anyone wants an idyllic country cottage weekend away.. I'm your girl! 

That's about it for this week.. but its all fairly momentous so I think that'll keep me going for now. Here's my cottage if you're interested...maybe internal pictures will follow next week if we get on well enough.

Have a good week everyone. 


  1. Elaine I hope your first piece of news isnt too devastating for you. Close family is a wonderful thing but sometimes yes extended families - well what can I say have a hug from me

    Wow on your B & B news, I have always wanted a B & B by the sea but things have just never worked out that way. I wish you the best of luck with your prparations and will be watching your blog for progress. Some lovely NT Properties on your doorstep. Maybe one of these days I will roll up to take advantage of your hospitality

    Have a great weekend

    Suzy xx

  2. Wow that is exciting news, hope it all goes really well and have fun with the shopping.

  3. Sounds like you are all set for some pretty exciting changes.

    How lovely to live in an area with so much 'history' - we often forget just what there is on our own doorsteps.

    Have a fab week.

    Toni xx

  4. Wow that's amazing news, your cottage looks gorgeous and all that wealth of history on your doorstep is bound to attract loads of visitors!

    Sorry that some of your week has been hard work but immediate family support is fab and making a monumental decision to change things is also amazing.

    Have a great week ahead


  5. Your house so looks lovely and welcoming and there is so much of interest around for visitors. I really hope the project takes off for you. have a great week getting it all organised. Kate x

  6. momentous news! good luck - you are living my dream by opening up a b+b! jenx

  7. That is momentous indeed, and a great thing to do..wish you nothing but luck and enjoyment and lovely visitors!

  8. That is a HUGE positive :) I've often thought about running that sort of business - or, like where we just had a holiday in self contained little lodges. Your area is so gorgeous - if it's anything like where we stayed (up in Scotland) we noticed that, being in an area with so much to see, the B&B's are always fully booked when we go up in the August/September months so I hope you get the same.

    Your part of Kent is gorgeous - we usually have to travel a bit in our part (Sheppey) to see views like that. Although Leeds Castle is quite near and makes a nice day out.

    Hope the challenging side of things eases off for you - have a good rest of week (I know I'm late *g*)

    Carmen x

  9. Good for you, I hope it all works out fantastically for you I really do & oh my goodness your house is gorgeous.
    C xx