The Falcondale has stood for over 150 years, with Chris, Lisa and Derek as the latest custodians having been the proprietors for the last 15 years. This is quite an achievement within the hospitality industry and celebrations with a “15” theme will be running throughout 2015.
Chris and Lisa are a husband and wife team with Derek (Lisa’s father) showing his expertise from his background in civil engineering with the development and on-going maintenance of the building. This has proved a challenge over the years on a grade II listed building that doesn’t have straight lines and layers of history that needs to be unravelled to understand its past.
Chris and Lisa’s background is within retail, specifically clothing, which is also where they met each other. Having worked as buyers within a multi-national company all over the world, and a few years within Mexico, an opportunity arose where they could invest within their own business. But why hotels? Lisa explains:
“Travelling was a big part of our work and we regularly stayed in hotels, where certain aspects were annoying and others very comforting. Chris and I wanted to create a hotel that we would like to stay in ourselves, a comfortable home-from-home”.
Creating this “home-from-home” atmosphere is an on-going concern as Lisa tells us “I always think that after another year we will have finished, but I now realise that it never will and there’s always something new and exciting emerging that we would like to add or change”.
Recent changes have included new carpeting throughout the ground floor lounges and updating of fixtures and fittings within the bathrooms. Future projects offer the inclusion of an on-site treatment room, and re-decorating of some bedrooms.
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