Last week we published our first ever blog article letting you about the renovations we are undertaking here at Sandbank Holidays. Work as been progressing at a rapid pace so here's a little update for how we are getting along.
As you can see from the photos, not only are we in the grip of some rather some rather sombre weather, but the insulation has all but finished being added to the exteriors of the bungalows and apartments. Our first shipment of cladding has also arrived, ready for when the batten is added to the insulation next week. It's exciting for us to see our buildings adopting this contemporary aesthetic and we are certain the park will look great once the Spring is here.
A number of kitchen base units have been assembled in Porthcothan (they are hidden under the dust sheets in the photos!) and new electrics and plumbing have been installed. In a snowstorm of white plaster, the old Artex ceiling has been smoothed out and freshly plastered. Next week we are hoping to install the kitchen providing all goes to plan.
In other news, we have been talking to the guys at Gwithian Academy of Surfing and the Red River Inn. Expect to see articles on both these local businesses in the very near future. We may even have secured some special offers for our guests should a spot of surfing or delicious pub grub take your fancy. More information on all this and more to follow shortly.
Over the last few years we have been gradually renovating some of our apartments at Sandbank Holidays. These are now our Premier apartments and bungalows, boasting striking yet tasteful decor for our guests to enjoy when relaxing between exploring the many delights of St. Ives Bay and the Cornish coast. This year we are stepping it up a notch and making lots of beneficial changes to the park and accommodation.
Cornwall is renowned for unpredictable weather and that's unfortunately outside our control. Trust us, we would love to have sunshine all year round too! However, our new insulation and cladding will ensure our guests will be nice and cosy inside our properties no matter what the Cornish weather decides to do. This is currently being installed on all our buildings and will be ready for your 2020 holidays.
This particular project has involved a lot of scaffolding going up around the park as you can see from the pics below. Thick insulation boards are added to the exterior walls to keep the warmth in and the cold out. To make it look attractive (and to create the necessary cavity!), the insulation will be covered with cladding that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.
Obviously this is the type of work that can only be undertaken during the off season; our stout maintenance team is braving the worse of the winter weather to get this complete in time for April when we reopen. The pictures were taken during an unusually dry (but cold!) day and as I write this the heavens are chucking it down on the lads so hats off to them.
That's not all though. The feedback we received from guests was very positive last season but a few people commented that some of our accommodation needed updating. Always keen to hear constructive feedback, we are now doing just that! Porthcothan is a very popular one bedroom dog friendly apartment and is the first of many apartments to get a fresh makeover before the Spring arrives.
You can see from the pictures that we mean business; the kitchen and bathroom has been completely ripped out to make way for a more modern layout and new units and a bathroom suite. We are very excited to see the finished article and will be keeping you all updated along the way. When complete, we will be moving next door to do the same to Porthcollum.
Well that's all for our very first blog post, we hope you enjoyed it and are keen to see the fruit of our labours when the renovations are complete. We will be adding new posts as work progresses in addition to content about the local area, attractions and places to eat.
You can book your 2020 holiday now on our booking page. Hope to see you soon!
Carl Croot - Office Manager