It's Barney, Proprietor of The Hideaway @ Baxby Manor. Last week I shared with you what Halloween means to The Hideaway, and how things SHOULD be winding down, but of course I'm also keeping busy progressing The Hideaway’s luxury treehouse-Rufus’s Roost.
I said I would share with you what I (expect to) get up to over the winter, and so here goes, plus a really exciting photo of Rufus’s Roost that I hope you like.
WINTER AT THE HIDEAWAY (WHAT IT'S REALLY LIKE TO RUN A CAMPSITE!)
This weekend I've closed the site for the winter, and after closing I do a deep clean of the facilities which takes a few days and then I strip out the Pods and Hobbit houses so there is nothing in there that will get mouldy and damp. I also empty the shop and turn fridges, freezers, lights and the pellet boiler off.
Our Hobbit Houses.... emptying them is one of my first tasks
That’s pretty much it!
I then rarely visit the site until after Christmas, even though I live just a field away!
I sometimes walk down with the dog and my boys and sometimes I have a friend who stays on site in his motorhome, although he is self sufficient and doesn’t need anything or the facilities so really the site goes into a deep hibernation for a couple of months.
After Christmas and the New Year I start thinking about my “Winter Jobs” which stack up over the summer. These vary from replacing the pitch numbers to pressure washing the decking and re-staining the pods. But let's not think about those jobs just yet….. !
Stunning signs - will need a winter inspection
I hope you had a Happy Halloween and Bonfire night, and have a great Christmas, and New Year!!!
Have a great Xmas, and see you in 2019!
PS - here's the photo I mentioned of Rufus’s Roost. Just the inside to finish now (just...!)