Life on the Inside
Since my last blog, times have changed fast but seemingly in slo-mo. We’re now resigned to the days, dropping like water into a bottomless bucket.
First, a heartfelt thanks to everyone we’ve spoken to who has been supportive, moved existing bookings forward, and even made tentative bookings for later this year. We need you more than ever: this is a people game, after all. Hospitality professionals love being around people, so this lockdown is challenging on that front.
We closed the hotel on Friday 20th March, a tick before we were ordered to close. Almost all of our staff are now on Furlough. While “Team SH” during lockdown resembles a gerbil behind a tiny computer in an attic somewhere, we all stay in social contact with each other and are mutually supportive. We’re going to get through this together and get back to work together as soon as we can. Back at the SH ranch, our master builder Steve is resident both for security and to continue the building works that will bring you the extra delights of the Green Room and our SevenCentral Suite when we re-open.
What will the world of hospitality look like when we do? I’ve been looking for clues in other countries without success; put simply none of us can anticipate the great behavioural unknown that is you. Will you be screaming for social company, even at a two-metre distance? Will you be desperate for someone else to make your bed and clean and cook for you? Will you be avidly anticipating drinks and food you haven’t had for weeks, let alone the sound of other people talking to each other? We’ve got to hope so. And hope, too, that we all have enough cash to treat ourselves and our nearest. Because my hunch is that we will value human contact more than ever before.
At Southernhay House, I think we’re lucky in our size and scale. We’re a house at heart, after all. If we need to, we will restrict entry and times, we will ask people to wash their hands on entering and leaving the building, we can hand out our weapon grade wipes, we can mark out social distancing and we can take staggered bookings so you have your own space. Team SH are all connected, at every level, to our guests, and we look after people as individuals from booking to check out. Plus, we will now have four public rooms and a veranda for people to disperse in. Let’s see what works for you to feel comfortable.
#SoHoEx is still planning to re-open at the end of June and is taking bookings for rooms, drinks, parties and events from 1st July. You can also buy vouchers for a Southernhay House experience with an extended shelf life of two years!
You can view the progress of our Green Room and SevenCentral @southernhayhousehotel and join our VIP mail out list by contacting us with your email address and the subject “VIP Yes!