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Wedding Guests…

Five Ways To Ensure Your Out-Of-Town Wedding Guests Feel At Home In Your City…

Over the years we have loved welcoming out-of-town wedding guests to Plymouth. There is something so exciting about sharing a new city and a new life in one weekend! The smell of perfume and aftershave linger in the lift and the outfits are always on-point, stylish and super chic.

But what happens when your wedding guests don’t just live down the road? How do you welcome them and ensure they have a great time while you’re busy getting wedding ready?

We share 5 of our top tips on how to enable your guests to feel at home…

1) It’s all in the detail…

Your out-of-town guests will go through a lot of effort, and probably expense to share in your momentous occasion. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.  Part of your job though is to welcome them, but that’s easier said than done when you have so much to do before your special day.

To help them get around and ensure they stay entertained during their time in your home town a great tip is to create a wedding itinerary. After sending out your invitations, mail guests an additional clever, elegant or interesting ‘communiquè’ with a complete rundown of the events leading up to and following your walk down the aisle, with tips on what to do in spare time. We love hearing that couples have created a Facebook Wedding Group, or even websites! These are easily referenced one-stop-platforms for guests to check up on everything you have planned. In both cases, include key times, locations, who is hosting, what to wear and how to get there – then get them to tag in any pictures so you don’t miss out on all the fun that the guests have!

2) Welcome Hampers…

We adored the ‘welcome hampers’ left in the apartments for the arrival of a couples out-of-town friends. It was all things Plymouth and really aided their recovery from the long drive down South!

The purpose isn’t to show off or spend loads of money; home made cake or brownies would be perfect. It’s just nice to let guests know you appreciate their effort to join you for your special day.

The hampers that were left with us apparently had phone numbers of the families of the bride and groom, the names of the other guests staying in the apartments with a ‘they said call them when you arrive’ message, nearby hot spots to check out and local maps and transport details.  The tear-jerker for this family travelling down was a penned personal note from the bride; thanking her sister and family for making the journey.

Mid-week weddings at the New Continental Hotel, from just £1500 per package. 

3) Help Them With Their Home-From-Home…

Overnight accommodations, fuel and transport in general isn’t cheap, so doing some of the leg work for your guests, using your local knowledge, will really help them.

Hunt out important details, like train and coach times and prices, hotels and apartments.  Share websites, street addresses, phone numbers, directions and cost information with your guests and even go as far as to take a look around them so you can make personal recommendations.

Look for places to stay near your ceremony and reception sites, if you start calling around six months beforehand to check on  availability for the days surrounding your wedding. Always ask about group rates too.  Some settings will allow you to block rooms and apartments to ensure they are available and close to one another. Always ask.

Keeping an idea of your guests budget too; and always plan for those guests that may want to make a min-vacation out of your special day.

4) Show Off Your City…

Leading up to your big day, you will have lots to do and time will whizz by! But your out-of-town guests may feel a little stranded. To ensure they have plenty of literature and information visit your Tourist Information Centre and ask for a local pack of things to do, places to go and wheres good to eat. When we live in a city we tend not to ‘tourist’ very well. This way you too may find out some handy information, things for you to do once you’re married!

Make your wedding day extra special at the New Continental Hotel, Plymouth.

5) Enjoy Them…

It may sound daft, but enjoy their company. What better reason to see loved ones than them coming to celebrate with you. Soak in their love, their time and their presence. This is your day and they are beaming that they could make the journey to share it with you.

PHOTOS THANKS TO THE NEW CONTINENTAL HOTEL; THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE. MID-WEEK WEDDINGS FROM £1500!

2020 Dates For Your Diary…

Mayflower 400  | 2020 | A Year Of Celebrations

As many of our guests book to return year on year; we thought we would share some exciting news and dates for 2020.

2020, the year of the Mayflower 400 Celebrations, a year set to be an exciting one for Plymouth and all who visit.

Within the hospitality sector, we are unsure of the ‘true’ impact it will have on Plymouth Tourism and the visitors economy, it’s a once in a lifetime celebration so we have nothing to compare it to!

We therefore don’t know how busy  it will be in comparison to other years that you have visited, but what we do know is it will certainly add value to your stay with us here in Plymouth.

Many of our guests have set times of the year that they visit us; but rest assure, no matter when you come in 2020, there WILL be things happening with a Mayflower spin for you to enjoy.

With all this in mind; I thought I would give you a heads up on what we know, and what is planned for the ‘remarkable’ year of history, culture and community!

What is it?

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. One of the most integral journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US and the Netherlands.

Plymouth is using this milestone as a unique opportunity to highlight Plymouth’s exceptional heritage; to promote our visitor offer to friends old and new; and to bring communities together to celebrate our city.

What will be happening?

The ‘Mayflower Programme’ will be a year of prime partnerships, of which Strathmore House Apartments will play a significant role. There will be 400 moments to explore all aspects of the Mayflower Voyage throughout the year of 2020, including: art, music, theatre, exhibitions, immersive storytelling, digital innovation, literature, crafts, sports, festivals, debates, business activities and much more.

Overview…

Major new cultural attractions will open in Plymouth for 2020, including The Box, new heritage trails and the Elizabethan House.

Although still not set in stone, the rough date for these things will be March 2020 for the launch of the trails, April 2020 for the opening of The Box and The Elizabethan House  early in the year.

The Box is a £38m project, the symbol of 2020, a high profile gallery and history centre that will hold all of the Plymouth and Devon archives; it will be a must see for anyone visiting Plymouth.

By January 2020, there will have been a huge investment in the public realm, with new signage, water taxis and literature for the years events. There is said to be almost £200m to be invested in Plymouth by 2020. For those of you that love it as it is, please don’t worry; you will not miss the old – you will simply celebrate the newly transformed Plymouth.

You may have noticed seeing Plymouth advertised in your home towns; this is due to the national and international marketing programme. The city has been working hard celebrating not only our history, but also our future.

Signature Events…

Mayflower Ocean Festival | 4th-10 May 2020

This will celebrate Plymouth’s status as Britain’s Ocean City, aimed to get people on the water (inc events such as Transat, OSTAR & TWOSTAR races and Pirates weekend)

Mayflower Week | 14th-20th September

A week of activities, including;

  • A visit from a replica 15th century tall ship
  • Daily fly-bys
  • International field gun comp
  • The Navy’s Rehabilitation Triathlon
  • PLUS – two headline events yet to be revealed!

Mayflower Ceremony – 16th September

A four nations civic ceremony. This will be a united, city event, with mass participation throughout sectors, communities, schools and all over the city.

Mayflower Muster – 19th – 20th September  

Celebration event of the world’s foremost Navel basis; there will be a host of activities that will be truly breathtaking.

Illuminate will be the book end to the events in November 2019 and November 2020

An there’s more…

Culture…

A production from the Theatre Royal Plymouth from the Wampanoag Tribe; this will be extraordinarily good as they are an amazing producing theatre,  plus Arts Council England are supporting  a series of events  throughout the year.

Culture Fund have also given investment to the city to create provoking experiences throughout the year. Settlement by The Consious Sisters and Cannupa Hanska are creating a large scale ‘radical’ installation in Central Park, it will run for 8 weeks in the summer exploring colonialism, migration and the deep effects of indigenous people.

A local favourite; Street Factory CIC will be bringing the city together with Hip Hop events. Le Navet Bete (a brilliant comedy/clowning theatre company) will be at the Barbican Theatre in August and September for a HILARIOUS production about 4 people trying to flee their past lives. They are BRILLIANT and a real must see!  There will also be three major artist events which will profile people of colour in the art sector.

In May, June and July there will be ‘Mayflower Music’ at historic venues in Plymouth, including St Andrews and The Guildhall.

There will be lots of film and video commissioned in art venues and community spaces and there will of course be Pride 2020 and lots more!

As you can see, the city that we all love will be full of vibrant and rich events and activities, many free to attend and all set to be totally inspiring.

We would love for you to join us in 2020, our apartments are listed on our website to give you time to book and plan your trip, and we will update everyone with as much information on the year as we can.

If you would like to keep in touch with the developments as they happen; follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook!

To a year of celebrations; to seeing you again soon!

Plymouth In 2020…

Britain’s Ocean City | Mayflower 400 

Here at Strathmore House Apartments we pride ourselves on offering a quality experience for both our leisure and business travellers, in a city we love to call home.

As the end of the first month of 2019 draws to an end and we step closer to 2020, we are having more and more conversations with our guests about the Mayflower 400 celebrations, and what it’s all about!

Strathmore House Apartments offers a great home away from home for guests visiting Britain’s Ocean City.  We welcome thousands of guests and enjoy helping them explore our city and our rich history.

We ask Elinor Eaton, our Development Manager, to give us her take on both the planned Mayflower 400 celebrations. To see what she thinks the future holds for Plymouth looking through the lens of ‘Mayflower400’.

She says:

 “I think firstly we must acknowledge Plymouth as a city. We saw a tremendous  influx of repeat leisure and business travellers in 2018. And we continue to see that in our bookings this year and next. We can’t put this purely on them finding our accommodation – as wonderful as it is – it’s as much to do with Plymouth really shining at the moment.  

The work that brilliant organisations such as Visit Plymouth, University of Plymouth, Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Real Ideas Organisation do (to name just a few of course!) is truly remarkable. It’s a privilege to have worked in a city, across all sectors, for the last 20 years and to have experienced first-hand the united sense of pride and passion; as well as the courage and confidence to continually make positive change happen for our city.

By working together as a city, across all sectors, collaborating in the truest of senses, we have passionately and skilfully placed Plymouth on the national and international map for all to see and enjoy. What we are being told by our guests more and more is that Plymouth is a ‘vibrant, inspiring and beautiful destination’.

Strathmore House Apartments offers the space, comfort and overall brilliant experience for our guests, but we are extremely grateful for the dedication of organisations that share our pride for Plymouth. Those who all work so hard to make it shine.

That is ultimately why people want to come to Plymouth to work and play in the first place.”

Here at Strathmore House we are asked on a weekly basis by guests:

‘What is Mayflower 400?’

We are also asked if it’s something they should come back for and if so ‘when’ should they plan to be in Plymouth during 2020.

Elinor explains: 

“Sometimes it’s too easy to forget that people don’t all know about Mayflower 400.

It’s so close to our hearts here in Plymouth.  Many of us are living in and around it daily. Sometimes we forget to stop, share our successes and celebrate with those outside of our everyday circles.

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. It set sail just moments away from Strathmore House Apartments!

We have written a dedicated blog to help guests who are planning on joining us, to plan their diaries. But in brief, 2020 will be a year of amazing events and a programme that will share the values of migration, tolerance, freedom and democracy and tell the story of a ship and its passengers.

These were an incredibly brave group of people that now have more than 30 million US citizens who are their descendants!

There are still dates and events that are being planned that we don’t know about; but what we do know is it will be a spectacular year of celebration.”

A city blessed with hidden gems and wonderfully rich history, it’s easy to see why people want to explore Plymouth, but we ask Elinor:

“What impact do you think the last 400 years will have on the next?”

“Success breeds success. The harder we all work to make tomorrow better than today, the greater the springboard that will connect us to an even stronger social and economic climate.

I think that more and more people are seeing the city transform; both tangibly (with the landscape changing and developing) but also with how we as ‘locals’ see our city.

2020 has given us a moment in time in which as businesses, organisations, individuals and communities we have the ability to unite and make positive change happen.

Change is sometimes a blessing, but it’s often a conquest. 2020 is our magic moment as a city; a moment that will offer visitors an amazing lens to see Plymouth through, and create real advocates for the future. But it’s also a moment that encourages us all to realise our dreams for the future of Plymouth. What will the next 400 years look like and will we be looked back on as the Pilgrims of our time? I hope so.

All we can be certain of is that like Plymouth in the past; Plymouth in the future will be proud to welcome new friends to our city. And when we watch them leave see them  carrying with them fabulous memories of Britain’s Ocean City.”

Home Away From Home This Easter…

Everyone loves a family holiday.

There is no question, if we could all be guaranteed a couple of weeks a year when we can all diarise the time to take off together we would.  Ok, so we would also all diarise non-moody teenagers, tantrum free toddlers and partners with patience – but time at least is something most of us can manage!

Easter is the perfect time to get away; it’s a reward for getting through the first part of the year, and the springboard that connects us to summer being just around the corner!

Staying at the Strathmore House Apartments makes so much sense; it is the perfect home away from home for all the family!

 

New Continental Hotel’s leisure complex; swimming pool

PLUS…Strathmore House Apartment guests get to use Club Continental for FREE!

Meaning parents can have some chill time in the sauna and steam room; and children can have some fun time playing in the heated indoor pool.

 

Steve’s Brasserie is also just a moment away from the apartments and based in our sister hotel; the New Continental. Great for families, as they not only have an amazing pizza oven (see here for offers) they also have a great children’s menu.

Outside Strathmore House Apartments…

Plymouth as a city offers so much to see, do and be part of.  There are lots of free activities as well as theatre fun, the National Marine Aquarium and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

The Theatre Royal Plymouth has these amazing shows coming up this Easter, and it’s just a two minute walk from the apartments:

Pepperland | The Worst Witch | We’re Going on a Bear Hunt | Woodland Tales with Grandad

Saltrum House is an amazing National Trust House & Garden. It was once a home to the Parker family and is now a home to lots of wild animals.

You could easily spend one or two of your days in Plymouth exploring the park, dressing up in the house or finding out all about natures ‘Grand designs’. There is an infamous  Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt too.

Easter Egg Hunt | 24 March – 8 April | 10am to 4pm.£2 per hunt. Normal admission prices into the house and garden apply. There is no admission charge for Under 5s and National Trust members.

Plymouth by Foot & Bike  is an amazing FREE activity. Given our cities history; there have been many famous people walking the Plymouth cobbles. Follow in their footsteps of these infamous explorers, pioneers and artists and walk the Southwest coast path from Royal William Yard to the Barbican.

You will encounter iconic naval buildings, breath-taking views over the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound and the intriguing characteristics of the former towns and villages that make up this original marine city.

Also on route are lots of Cafés, restaurants and bars such as The Mission as well as  Smeaton’s iconic tower, the Mayflower steps and The Hoe Promenade.

Getting Here By Road…

A city that is easily accessible, the road trip here is good too! And if you want some tips on how to survive ‘The Family Road Trip’, staff at the New Continental Hotel have shared some of their own survival tips! They have added some great printable resources too!!

With so much to see and do; check our availability or contact us for more details?

We would love to hear from you.

Relocation Special | New Year, New Home

lady jumping with green trees either side in the sunshine

Moving To Plymouth…

The start of a new year can often bring with it big, bold, brave new decisions…like relocating!

They say that moving is one of the most stressful things; but fuse that with moving to an entirely new city and things can feel terribly overwhelming.

Fear Not!

Here at Strathmore House Apartments we have worked with individuals, businesses and families who are thinking about Plymouth being their new home.

Over the last 10 years, we have grown to understand all too well that it’s a big step to relocate for work or pleasure.  Whether you already have a job offer or are just taking the plunge and moving to look for work in another town or city – it can be really tough.

Yet still, even if you’re relocating for pleasure, to be with family or friends, it still can be hard; to lose the things you are familiar with. Not just friends but also the sense of routine, that scalextric track we all get far too used to driving or walking, the vista, the short cuts, the where to get your hair cut!

Yes, it can be tough, terrifying and totally daunting, but it’s also an extremely exciting time: a time we love to be part of.

Be it that you are striking out on your own, with your family or to start a new career; exploring a new city brings so much opportunity to explore you – as well as a new city!

Meeting new people, experiencing a different place, stumbling on hidden gems; there is so much to look forward to.

 

How Do We Help..?

A place to call home

In the past, we have had people stay for a month or two; to make sure that before any final decisions are made they are certain that Britain’s Ocean City, is the city for them.

As serviced apartments, we have a flexibility that really works for people relocating. We all know that moving house, be you buying or renting is never straightforward. A date can change three or four times easily. With our 2 nights to 2 year or more attitude we are open, willing and able to offer you a home no matter how many times the dates change. So although still annoying, we will be your safe place, where you can close the door and lock yourself away from the frustrations!

We arrived at the Strathmore in November, as the property we were purchasing was still not completed for us to move into! We were met by Ali, who from the first meeting was very welcoming and made our stresses much more bearable! Ali continued to support us even with the uncertainty of when we would actually leave, nothing was too much trouble at all. The housekeeping staff were extremely efficient, so lovely to come home to a beautifully cleaned apartment with an abundance of towels for our needs. The apartment we had was amazing, four good bedrooms with amazing views of the Sound and our new property! Would recommend for this accommodation for any use, business, holidays or simply temporary home, which was our situation. Thank you to all and especially Ali! Julie, Rik and Family

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New Friends

With our friendly, local knowledge you will always be guaranteed a warm family welcome and a happy information centre for all your local knowledge needs! Doctors & Dentists but also places to eat, explore and learn about our beautiful city and its rich history.

Incredible location on the Hoe, very close to the Barbican, it has an express Tesco market next to it. Apartment is spacious and very clean with all necessary equipment. Very good and reasonable prices, spent almost 2 months there. I would recommend it to anyone as a family, friend or business trip stay, short or long. Excellent services and help provided from Ally is a wonderful host, manager and apartment operator. I came from Saudi with my 2 year-old.  Ally made sure everything was available and needed and pops by to see how your doing. She basically makes you feel home away from home (two thumbs up).

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For you to be reading this, Plymouth has probably already captured your heart.  We know how easily our city can do that! Still haven’t made your mind up? Do you need a little taster of what living and working in Plymouth might be like? We can help.  Here are some links and clips that may just help make your mind up.

Plus, if we can help in any other way, we would love to be one of the first to help welcome you to our spectacular city.

Helpful Links 

Great videos with ‘real’ people telling their ‘real’ stories about Plymouth.

Visit Plymouth – useful guides and information.

Family Fun In Plymouth…

baby on playmat with toys

Family Holiday In Plymouth…

Sometimes, all you need is a family holiday. It can work wonders for your family dynamic to just take a few days out and have some down time. Some time to relax and unwind and reconnect with each other again.

Not only as parents do we need to step off the treadmill, but our children need to see us a little more care free from time to time too, at our best and at peace some might say.

Being free from the demands of a hectic schedule, housework and ferrying from club to club; quality time together, it’s a real tonic.

If you are thinking that it’s time in 2019 to reduce stress levels and connect as one again, we have just the solution.

Plymouth is an amazing city to enjoy some downtime in; and Strathmore House Apartments is the perfect location to kick back and relax…together.

With our one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, we are the perfect home from home; just without the everyday stresses and strains!

Cost doesn’t have to be high to have a relaxing getaway, and to safe the stress in the planning; we have done the hard work for you!

Below you will find links to some great family sites and family fun activities in and around Plymouth. With our low prices and so much to do; Britain’s Ocean City makes for the perfect family holiday destination.

Mum and son by the sea laughing

Useful Links:

 

Create A Family Scrapbook…

collection of photos on a bed

Happy New Year to you all!

It’s the dawn of a New Year!

Perhaps your Christmas Tree and it’s needles are now slumped in your garden ready for the next dry weekend to be removed to the tip..?

Maybe you are down to the last crumbs of Christmas Cheese and the chocolates that nobody liked..?

Whatever the post Christmas blues look like; the days are dark and dreary and somehow the air just feels deflated.

FEAR NOT! We have the perfect solution. No. REALLY WE DO!

Thanks to social media, we have memory reminders flashing through our fingers (or thumbs!) throughout the year.  But how about you set yourself a new memory making challenge, ready for the most amazing Family Newsletter ever sent!

Creating a family newsletter can be a fun way to stay in touch with your friends and far-flung family, but also to record moments that could so easily be forgotten.  It’s something you can do as a family, and a way that the magic in the moments that you make throughout the year, can stay for a lifetime, and beyond.

At Strathmore House Apartments, we LOVE being part of peoples memories and so we wanted to help inspire, and perhaps be part of something, that the entire family can roll up their sleeves and be a part of.

Our Challenge/Suggestion!

Keeping a family scrapbook may sound old school; but we figure if Champion and Fila can make a come-back, so too can the good old scrap book surely!

By keeping an active scrapbook that documents memories both big and small, you will have a record of your year that you can keep on a shelf – not just in the clouds!

Photos, maps, receipts, bottle tops, pictures; you name it. It can all go in the scrapbook to cherish. In isolation pretty insignificant, in your family scrapbook  a fantastic time capsule of what your clan’s been up to. Keeping moments alive; but also a great reminder when it comes to writing your family newsletter in the New Year of 2020!

2020 is one heck of a milestone year. The mark of a significant new chapter. How wonderful would it be to have something that boasts about your families whereabouts, adventures and triumphs the year before 2020, the year of 2020 and the year after 2020?

It could be first days at School, College, Uni even. First Car;  First bike (maybe first girlfriend…eek!!).

This amazing book of family wonder will help you keep your memories alive, but also there to share with future generations. Noting what may at the time seem like not much, but in the future will be your family history gems.

An activity for the whole family to help out with; and have fun with; even your pets perhaps!

Make it pretty. Make it fun. Make it all about you!

If the Kardashion’s can – so too can you! Let’s not let January make us grey – let’s put some colour back in our days and start a new, fun, family project!

Make the memories. Share the memories. Keep the memories.  AND if at all possible – let us be part of them too!

Happy 2019 everyone. Here’s to a fabulous year.

Happy scrapbook making. Happy memory making. Happy Holidays!

Away From Home At Christmas…

fireplace with mirror and christmas decorations

Christmas Is Magical…

For many of us though, the thought of doing Christmas away from home feels somewhat underwhelming. After all, for many of us the best part of Christmas is not leaving the house, just being altogether in your family home.

But for others, Christmas away from home makes perfect sense. Whether it’s spending the festive season cosying up in a cottage in the country, or staying with us in our seaside apartments; jetting off to spend Christmas away from the ‘normal routines’ is what can make.

Trudi and Mike and their two children do just that, and we ask them what it is that they love about…

‘Being away For Christmas’

“It’s a well earned break away after a long year. We both have jobs that mean throughout the year we get very little time off altogether. Throughout the year we have to take alternate holidays  to cover child care, so Christmas really is the only ‘real’ time all four of us have as one.

We never go to the ends of the earth, it’s always an hour or two away in the car, but for us it makes all the difference. We aim to be away for a day or two before Christmas Eve and then return home a day or two after Boxing Day.

Once there, we still have a tree, great food, songs and Christmas films; we FaceTime or Skype family scattered around the world on Christmas Day and we explore wherever we are on Christmas Eve. We wander around and look at the Christmas Lights and try and find Carol Services and a Panto.

When you are away from Christmas you are more focused on the people you are with, rather than things. For us it’s just how we like it and our very own, unique tradition.”

Our Tips For Having A Magical Christmas Away From Home…

Stay Connected:

When staying away from home, make sure you remember your chargers!! It may sound basic, but packing for a Christmas Road Trip can make you forget the most basic of things, write a list and check it twice!

Check that wherever you are staying has reliable Wi-Fi. It may be freezing outside; but you want to avoid screen freeze inside on Christmas Day when you are trying to Skype Aunt Mable!

Dec The Halls:

Check that the accommodation are happy with you putting up a tree and decorations. We are, but we have heard that some places prefer you not to decorate. They may suggest that you sign a waiver or give a larger deposit. That would be  in case you caused any tinsel damage!

Local charity shops are great for decoration bargains, that you can then donate back – this saves lots of room in the car, perhaps just take a few items that are sentimental to take. Choosing them, filling up the basket together is great fun, what’s more, you can kit you home away from home up for less than £10!

Being Local:

You can find  a lot out about the city/town you are visiting by following your accommodation provider on social media. Like us, many will share news and events. But also things like where and when local chemists are open over Christmas. Useful, local information.

Father Christmas:

If you have young children, a really nice idea is to send ahead a letter from Santa. The staff can have waiting on the pillow of their bed. It’s a magical way of them knowing straight away that he has the right address.  We love getting involved and helping to make memories and often do these kinds of touches.

You could go one step further and wrap everyone matching pyjamas! It could be a welcome present or Christmas Eve gift. Why not post that ahead too. It could be there waiting  for you when you arrive!

From Us To YOU:

Whatever you do, be you at home or away, we all wish you the most magical of Christmases. And a VERY Happy New Year.

 

 

One of 35 Million Mayflower Descendants…

box of old black and white photos

Our Development Manager, Elinor Eaton, digs up her roots and shares her story…

“Plymouth has unquestionably the finest natural location of any UK city. It’s easy to be connected and to care about our dazzling and enchanting home. The width and breadth of Plymouth’s offer takes a unique shape in comparison to other city destinations in the UK. It has a wealth of history and heritage.  Its cultural heartbeat creates a rhythm that is rich and varied and this coupled with its beautiful waterfront hook…what’s not to fall in love with?

For almost 20 years, my pride and passion for Plymouth has been evident both in my professional career and personally. Having worked for many years as a senior level fundraiser and consultant, my work took me all over the UK. But Plymouth was always home and the one place in which I wanted to make the biggest of differences.

A Big Change…

Three years ago; I had the opportunity of a new challenge in a new sector, with Plymouth very much at its heart.   I knew when entering the world of hospitality that a career here would be characterised by diversity and constant change. But I also knew that the challenge would be an exciting and rewarding one; keeping pace with upcoming industry trends and aligning the New Continental Hotel & Strathmore House Apartments with the changing rhythm of our city with the visions for 2020 and beyond.

I felt fortunate that I could see the sector through a new lens, but also see Plymouth in a new way; loving my city, sharing it with guests and ultimately telling a story about beautiful accommodation, in my favourite place to be.

There are many cities that have become cultural icons; incorporating buildings, landscapes and other features of huge cultural significance. However what Plymouth does so well is keep history alive and intact – a major challenge because it involves integrating conservation of the old in the development of the new.

Throughout my professional career, Mayflower 400 and 2020 has been more than just a date in the dairy for a city celebration. More than the Pilgrims being figures of legend and lore. It represented something of great significance to me and many of the people I worked with.  I just couldn’t pinpoint why!

Mayflower 400…

With 2020 now just a stone’s throw away, I was doing a huge amount of work  researching the historical footprint of both the New Continental Hotel and Strathmore House Apartments; learning and understanding more about the Mayflower and the seeds that were then planted helping make Plymouth what it is today.

I could not have dreamt that my very own Mayflower adventure would then begin!

The discovery of a Francis Eaton, son of John Eaton who married Sarah in 1618 on our Eaton Family Tree stored in Liverpool, shared the same information as the Francis, Sarah and Samuel Eaton who boarded the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620.

Although currently we have yet to prove our ‘Eaton’ lineage. This has started a journey of discovery that may explain so much to our Plymouth loving family! ‘Pilgrim blood’ conversations are now flooding the ‘Eaton’ table talk debates. The genealogy bug has hit the Eaton shores and we are enthralled with every new discovery that we make.

Growing up as a very large family in Plymouth, we have always been told that we must be brave, bold and curious. That we must have pride in place and respect for our past and our family. No greater platform could these morals have grown than from a brave family who took sail in the middle of July 1620 to start a new life, unsure of what may become of them but spellbound by the desire of a better tomorrow and the curiosity of the promise of a New World.

Would I be so brave – I hope so!

The idea that my family history could be so entwined with a history of a city I care so much about, and that I have been so fascinated by for the last 20 years is thrilling. A journey that is so personal and has opened topics of our families past, making us all reflect on our DNA, our culture and beliefs.

Just as Francis and his wife Sarah and “sucking child” Samuel stepped off the Mayflower to the dawn of a new adventure almost 400 years ago, so too are we!”