We have just said goodbye to our last group for 2018, as we take a break over the “silly season”.
We have been thrilled with the support we have received from all of our groups that have enjoyed their stay with us this year. Many have re-booked to revisit us again in 2019 – some groups are even returning to us twice!
Never did we anticipate such support from such wonderful people and we thank each and every guest for staying with us here at The Old Hospital.
When we opened our doors for business in December 2017, we had hoped to gather about 2 or 3 bookings a month to support our “semi- retirement” phase we thought we were in. Little did we expect that we would have bookings right through the chilly Gippsland winter months (we did have visions of holidaying in our retro caravan up north for 3 months…).
November was our busiest month, with 8 bookings, both mid week and weekends. At times, we had a turn around time of 36 hours, which doesn’t sound too bad, but considering just the two of us had to do the cleaning, bed stripping and making and then the return 1.5hr “linen run” to Wonthaggi and back, we only surfaced to breathe and eat at times.
Although we are now closed for a few weeks, the work here does not stop. Our maintenance list consists of continuing to paint the outside of the house, installing a more energy efficient gas boiler for our central heating system and the perpetual task of gardening – a job that constantly beckons our attention. Naturally, we can’t do these things when we have guests in residence, but we have been able to install our lovely new charcoal grey shade awnings in the large lounge area, which not only provide much needed sun protection for both guests and furniture, but also allow our guests to look through them to enjoy the views of the beautiful hills that surround us.
Then there is some much needed family time for us to enjoy over the Christmas and new year period.
When we re-open mid January, we will pick up an even faster pace, as every weekend until the end of August (and several mid week bookings) will see guests enjoying themselves here at The Old Hospital.
So our little retro caravan will go into the shed next winter – although we may sneak a few days away during some quieter weeks to our favourite secret camping spot…