Since moving in we have spent much time and effort planning our refurbishment.

Last year we changed all of the beds, we had great fun finding “the right bed”. The only way to test the true quality of a bed is kick your shoes off and jump on and lay as you would at home. We did get some funny looks. In the end we found the ideal bed whilst staying at a hotel, we slept so well, in the morning we looked under the sheets to find out where it had come from. We contacted the company and arranged for them to meet us at Avonlea. They had a vast range and we ended up choosing their stylish deluxe divan base with luxury pocket sprung mattresses. This was the best investment we made in our 1st year as many of our guests say it’s “the best nights sleep they have had in a long time”

We knew after changing the beds there would be a long list of changes still to come and the biggest job was to redecorate the whole house. Fortunately we know Charlie, a local decorator who told us the job would take at least a month. Unfortunately this meant that we had to close in the New Year and have a holiday ourselves, what a shame! (more about our holiday in another post)

So at the beginning of this year we closed for 7 weeks so we could re-decorate and re-carpet throughout the whole house. Charlie lent us his colour chart so we could choose the best colours; I never thought choosing the right shade of cream could be so difficult. (50 shades of cream springs to mind!).Whilst we were away Charlie and his team including a Spaniel called Freddie, set to on the work.  After returning from our time away we were blown away by how light and airy the house looked, all that time choosing the right shade had paid off!

We also used the time whilst we were closed to change all of the flooring throughout. We decided on plush carpets for the bedrooms so that they would feel warm and snuggly under foot. In the hallway we decided on sisal because we love the look of this fantastic natural fibre. We wanted to change the breakfast room to hard wood but when a previous extension had been added it wasn’t put on the same level so this ruled hard wood out. We found a fantastic product called Karndeen that looks just like real wood but is flexible this meant it would go down our slight slope from the conservatory.

All in all we are happy with the new look of the B&B, there was just one more thing that needed doing….curtains. So I asked round some friends and found a lovely lady called Fiona. Fiona came round and helped us choose the curtains for each room, the only thing we told her is that they had to done in be black out material (a must in our opinion). She came up with some fantastic choices and 6 weeks later we had some lovely new curtains. We think this has now finished off all of our hard work, making Avonlea look stylish and comfy yet not detracting from the buildings Victorian heritage.

We are just now waiting for our photographer to return from holiday and we will be able to share with you all how wonderful Avonlea now looks, I did consider taking the pictures myself but I do not think that I would do any of the work justice. So watch this space for a future post with picture of the B&B.


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