1996

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We had 2 weeks in the Jadini Beach Hotel, Mombasa in January. We had a lovely room- after changing! - and used to walk along the beach to its sister hotel- this gave a change of scene and pool. Were advised not to wear any jewelry on the beach, and at night, to eat in an adjacent restaurant, had to use a shuttle bus to get there!. Hired a car one day and drove south to Malindi.

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We finally managed to sell Chadlington in the summer of 1996. We then bought Corisande Manor in Newquay, Cornwall: it was already a hotel but at the bottom end of the market. There was a 2 months gap between the 2 transactions, so we put all our furniture into store and spent several weeks in France, then Ireland. We went, via the Gunns, to Montpardiac, in the Dordogne, visited Lourdes, called in at the Batemans, then back to Beaujolais. I was left in Caen so I could attend a summer school for the French degree I was doing with the Open University. David drove back to Dover, then up to Stranraer, over to Larne and spent a week with his parents before driving down to Cork, where he picked me up from the Deauville-Cork ferry . We then stayed at Ardnavaha Country club

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We took possession of Corisande on about the 15th of September, and ran it for 3 weeks before closing about October 8th. The clientele were paying about £27 per night DBB. They were into the restaurant at 7.00 prompt and out again by 7.30!. I was so busy that David had to do all the shopping. Sally, Geoff & Laura came to stay as soon as we shut, Sally describing the lounge as 'a sitting room in an old people's home'.

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After closing we decorated solidly for about 10 weeks, then opened for the Christmas & New Year period . During the dlosed time we took possession of our furniture: the 7 container loads were delivered in 2 weekly intervals . We disposed of nearly all the Painter furniture and seven of the 11 bedrooms in the main house received the furniture and curtains from the Chadlington rooms. We transformed the lounge( which had looked like the sitting room of an old people's home-Sally!). the hall and dining room, but had to leave the existing carpets and the tatty wallpaper in the bedrooms for the next year

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Neighbouring trees were pruned at dusk to enhance our views! - see right below

 

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View of the hotel with its original, delapidated balcony

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Chris Life