The Dower House, which sits is two acres in Rousdon just outside Lyme Regis, was built in 1880 and has served time as a rectory and a public school headmaster’s residence until it was converted to a hotel in the 1970s.
When Neil and Rosemarie Baker bought the hotel two years ago it was, they told us, in a very ‘tired’ state operating in the main summer season only. Since then they have carried out a major refurbishment including completely new plumbing, a new laundry, a biomass boiler and solar energy system – their aim being to run as ‘green’ an operation as possible.
The hotel now offers a very high standard of bed and breakfast accommodation and service in 10 individually designed rooms, plus cream teas, a bar, evening meals by arrangement and a swimming pool. In addition it is becoming a popular venue for celebration parties, meetings and even weddings.
The laundry they inherited from the previous owners consisted of domestic equipment which was on its last legs, Neil told us. “I looked at several companies, and was attracted by the Armstrong website”, he said. “I was impressed by their attitude, which felt more like consultancy than hard sell. When their territory manager had been to see us, he changed the original advice on what we needed, so we felt we had a plan which was totally tailored to our requirements.” The laundry, which consists of a Schulthess 7kg washer and a Huebsch tumble dryer, handles all the towels, table clothes and napkins while the bed linen is sent out. It is operated by the housekeeping team, headed by Rosemarie and is in operation every day.
“Altogether I think Armstrong have been one of our best suppliers”, Neil told us. “They really seem to know what they are talking about and the equipment has been totally trouble free since it was installed.”
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