The Summer Intern

Internships in WindsorAs a student on summer break from university, it can be hard to find employment that is rewarding, has a strong focus on training and development and is flexible enough to allow time with friends and family. The Internship at Accommodation Windsor gave me all these benefits and more. The office is based just off Windsor High Street and the properties are all based in Windsor & Eton. It is this focus on the local area that allows the company to really specialize and help to train me with a hands-on approach. With the majority of properties a short walk away from the office this is a huge benefit to me as I’m not yet driving.

Coming into this internship I had hoped to gain skills in dealing with administrative functions and getting some practical experience in an office, as well as get first-hand insight into how property companies operate. I haven’t had to make one cup of tea yet and instead have been given jobs to assign keys, help manage arrivals and perform a variety of daily tasks that require me to use a range of skills. The jobs are challenging without being impossible, structured without being monotonous and most of all I genuinely feel a part of the team after just my first few shifts.

I’ve been able to visit a few properties that the company manages as well as Alma House Guest House that the company also owns and understand the set-up of a small business. The company believes in all staff understanding the whole process and for this reason I travelled with the Housekeeping team to clean a property in Eton which took me back to my days at primary school where we used to visit the college and its facilities. These nostalgic thoughts did help me tremendously in passing the time between cleaning the toilet bowl and hoovering the floor. Don’t tell my mum though, or she might make me start cleaning more regularly at home!
I have also been tasked with researching products for use in all of Accommodation Windsor’s 60 properties – from coffee machines to clock radio alarms. I have presented my finding to the team and I’m actively involved in giving feedback on usage (especially the coffee machine!) The company is also looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly and I’m currently working on finding UK suppliers who provide eco-friendly products. My university skills are invaluable in finding, sorting through and presenting information to the Management team who have so far been really impressed with my input.

Internships can simply be a gateway to future employment, but here I have enjoyed the internship in its own right. The team are good fun but I am also learning when it is the right time to stop joking and get my head down with any work that comes my way – an invaluable skill for business.

Overall I would highly recommend the internship programme here at Accommodation Windsor Limited. An enjoyable and very useful internship in its own right, with a set up that is very organised, it has been an excellent peek behind the curtain into the post-university world for me and what the world of office work would be like.
The only problem I have now is trying to remember not to answer my mobile “Good afternoon, Accommodation Windsor. How can I help?”

Executive Lettings Windsor

 

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Accommodation Windsor Ltd specialise in executive rentals in Windsor & Eton.  If you are in need of an alternative to hotel accommodation for a short term stay of a few weeks then take a look at some of our excellent properties that are business-travel ready.  With Sky TV and unlimited Wi-Fi this two bedroom apartment in the popular Pavilions block has private parking for one car and is walking distance to Windsor town centre.

There are two bathrooms and a separate guest WC.  Cook in the fully fitted kitchen or grab a meal out at one of Windsors many fine restaurants.  Book direct for the best rates on 01753 833747 or email lisa@accwindsor.co.uk

 

Windsor City Sightseeing Bus Tour – Emily Hobbs

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Having lived in Windsor all my life this is something that I hadn’t done before and felt that this would really help to refresh my knowledge of Windsor. My colleague, Lou, and I took the bus trip on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and really enjoyed the experience.

We started the tour at the first stop on Castle Hill directly outside Windsor Castle. As you get on the bus you are given a set of headphones that you plug in for the duration of the tour, this is a multi-lingual guided tour so is suitable for different nationalities.

We decided to sit on the top deck as it was a nice day and thought this would be best way to take in the sites – just watch out for some of the higher trees as you go through Datchet as they do hang over the side of the bus. There is so much to see in Windsor and the surrounding areas and this is a great way to see everything without wearing out your feet!

There are 11 Bus stops that you can Hop-On or Hop-Off as you please, as the buses come every 30 minutes giving you plenty of time to get off and have a look around or stop for lunch, knowing another bus is just around the corner.

The bus tour is great value for money at just £13 per adult or £30 for a family ticket, 2 adults 2 children (2017 prices) as it is both informative and enjoyable for anyone looking to explore and learn the history of Windsor. As it is a short trip of around 45 minutes it is suitable for individuals, couples or families of all ages.Windsor Open top Bus Tour

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As part of my on-the-job training it’s important for me to know all about Windsor and understand what attracts over 6 million visitors to the town each year. With this in mind, and not knowing much about Windsor’s amazing history, I was excited to take a 40-minute boat trip up the River Thames with French Brothers.

Lou-Boat-Trip2The commentary was interesting and informative… and perfectly timed – we were sailing past the exact view as it was mentioned on the tape.  As we passed the Eton College playing fields we learnt that the school was founded in 1440 by Henry VI… who knew?  I would recommend sitting further back if you want to chat as the front of the boat was quite loud.

You get a great view of Windsor Racecourse on the way up to Boveney Lock & Weir where the boat turns around.  Very pretty, and wonderful to watch the world – and the swans – go by from the comfort of your seat.  On the way back, there are stunning views of Windsor Castle.  Camera’s at the ready…

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My colleague, who lives in Windsor, found the trip very informative and she has learnt some new things about her home town.  This trip is suitable for all ages and is equally interesting if you are new to the town or have lived in Windsor your whole life.

Free Horse Show Tickets

Accommodation Windsor are giving away 2 free tickets to this year’s exciting Royal Windsor Horse Show!

All you need to do to win is like and share our Facebook page and tag 2 friends!

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The show is held in the grounds of Windsor Castle and is on one of the UK’s premier Showing events.
Highlights on Friday include:
Friday 12th May – Daytime – 5* Showjumping, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games
Friday 12th May – Evening – 4* International Freestyle Dressage, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
The Show Jumping will be the highlight of the five-day event which takes place from 10 – 14 May and features top-class equestrian action in four equestrian disciplines and more than 120 showing classes.
One person will be picked out at random on Friday 28th April and notified via Facebook.

Don’t forget you must like and share our Facebook page and tag two friends who might like free tickets!
Good luck!

What’s on April / May 2017

The weather is warming up and there is no better time to visit Windsor.  With a huge choice of restaurants, bars and cafes and masses of local events taking place beat the crowds by booking to stay in our beautiful town this Spring.  You can choose to stay in top 5 star hotels, executive serviced accommodation or boutique B&B’s.

Windsor is beautiful in Spring and here’s what’s on if you are planning a visit in the new few weeks…

  • Cliveden is running an Easter Egg trail between Saturday 14th and Monday 17th April from 10am to 3.30pm.  Free entry for NT members
  • The Carnival of Colour at Savill Gardens on Wick Lane between 1st-17th April from 10-5pm each day with a Rainbow Trail and chance to win a celebratory Rhododendron
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  • Theatre Royal Windsor is showing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from 4-8th April and Fame the Musical from 11-15th April
  • Enjoy Windsor’s very own Royal Free Singers in concert at Eton College on 8th April from 7.30 – 10pm
  • Treat yourselves to a Gourmet Spring Dinner hosted at the Cumberland Lodge on 19th April from 7-9.30pm
  • Help the Queen celebrate her 91st birthday with a 21-gun salute taking place on the Long Walk (Brook Street entrance) from midday on 21st April
  • Monday Evening races start at Windsor Racecourse on 24th April and then 8th, 15th and 22nd May – gates open 2.45pm
  • The Great British Dog Walk departs from Savill Gardens for a wonderful 4km or 9km stomp through Windsor Great Park on 29th April from 10.30am in aid of hearing dogs
  • The stylish Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival takes place at Windsor Castle on 5th and 6th May
  • Windsor Horse Show will once again be wowing the crowds from 10-14th May in Home Park
  • Ascot May Racing Weekend takes place 12-13th MayChris_Dean_s_Syd
  • The Syd Lawrence Orchestra will be performing at Theatre Royal on Tuesday 16th May
  • Windsor Half Marathon and 10k River Trail will be on 21st May this year – still time to get training
  • The Adele Songbook performed by Katie Markham (hand-picked by Adele herself) will take place on 23rd May at Theatre Royal
  • Windsor Independent Market will be on Peascod Street this Easter weekend 15th and 16th April and also 29th and 30th April

What’s coming up… keep dates free and get tickets quick for these forthcoming events

  • Sunset Cinema will be appearing at Cliveden House Hotel from 21st June to 11th July – enjoy a classic movie with food by Rick Stein and ice-creams by Hand & Flowers in a wonderful setting
  • Windsor Championship Dog Show from 29th June to 2nd July in Home Park
  • Tickets for Royal Ascot are on sale now with the Windsor Enclosure already sold out – book early to avoid disappointment
  • Live & Unwind Festival at Oakley Court from 29-30th July

 

 

Reasons to Visit Windsor in February 2017

February is a great month to visit Windsor.  Sure it’s Valentines Day on Tuesday 14th, but there’s nothing to stop you being romantic any other day!  With a whole host of events, the Castle, River Thames, Changing of the Guard and surrounded by stunning parks – it’s the perfect time to visit.

kiss of death windsor showBook a show.  From musicals to whodunnits, there are SIX different shows on at the historic and charming Theatre during February.  Situated opposite Windsor Castle, see what’s on here http://www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/

pastries windsorWindsor’s wonderful Farmers’ Market takes place on the first Saturday of the Month on St Leonards Road from midday.

Wrap up warm and stroll along the river to feed the swans holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes.

horse drawn carriage Virgina Water LakeVisit Virgina Water Lake and Savill Gardens and you can even book a horse drawn carriage.  Snuggle up under a cosy lap rug and enjoy the sights of the Great Park you can even book champagne – now that is romantic! Always book in advance http://www.ascotcarriages.co.uk/

 

Visit Windsor Castle https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/page/1  for a kick of history, with wonderful events planned throughout the month and enjoy the Changing of the Guard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during February.

Eat out – fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars for special nights out with your loved one.  Book to avoid disappointment https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186419-Windsor_Windsor_and_Maidenhead_Berkshire_England.html

Apartments in Windsor UKWindsor has lots of fabulous places to stay.  There are many Hotels, B&B and apartments available for rental during your stay – book direct for the best deals.  We recommend www.almahouse.co.uk for short stays in a boutique-style B&B just minutes walk from the town centre or for longer stays of 3 nights or more book one of our stylish apartments – see here www.accommodation-windsor.com.

Great properties in superb locations, lots of space, you can even bring the kids too!

Serviced Apartments Windsor

Staying away from home for an extended period of time can be a little unsettling.  Finding suitable serviced accommodation in an area that you don’t know very well or at all is daunting to say the least.  As a company we understand the requirements of those in need of short term accommodation and Windsor is our speciality.  Having been the home of the founders of Accommodation Windsor since the early 1990′s, we know the area well and are well placed to help you to find the most suitable property to suit your requirements.

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If you are staying away from home for a few weeks or months then a holiday home just won’t do.  You need the reliability of a cleaning and linen service, free unlimited WiFi internet and a choice of TV channels to suit your entertainment needs.  All with free parking and within walking distance of local shops, cafes, takeaways and restaurants.  Plus of course the train station for an easy commute to work.  Well we have all of this and more.  Why not book one of our serviced apartments in Windsor and tell us how we did.  We think you’ll be impressed with our personal check-in service and stylish apartments.  Go on – give us a call – we aim to please!  01753 833747

 

MOTHERING SUNDAY

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With Mother’s Day (Sunday 15th March) just around the corner there is a variety of events and great choice of restaurants to treat your Mum.  There is lots on offer in Windsor.

r_browns___restaurant_and_barBrown’s Bar and Brasserie, nestling at the foot of Windsor Castle with lovely views of the River Thames. This wonderful location has real wow factor and Browns are offering exclusive deals for this Mothering Sunday.  For more information please check out their website.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Alternatively, if you fancy getting out and about and enjoying the Spring sunshine, Savill Gardens situated just outside of Windsor, is well worth a visit.  This attraction is a delight for keen gardeners.  Free admission for Mothers on 15th March.  The café is serving delicious three course meals starting from just £15.95.

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Allium Globemaster at Savill Gardens

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A special treat for the little ones (and big kids too…!) Squire’s Garden Centre are hosting a Create & Grow event for Mother’s Day this year.  Pick three lovely flowers to plant in your basket and take home as a gift for just £5, there are fun competitions to enter into too.  There is also a café serving lovely cream teas and appetising lunches.  For more information visit their website to help you plan your special day.

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Wherever you plan to take your beloved Mothers and Grandmothers this year, we hope you have a fabulous time here in Windsor.  If you are considering an extended stay, please let us know how we can help with your accommodation in Windsor and Eton.

www.accommodationwindsor.com

 

 

What’s on this Christmas

Highlights of What’s On this December in Windsor & Eton:-

WINDSOR & ETON LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

This event will take place every day between Dec 1-24th.  Each day at 6.15pm a 15-minute live performance will take place at a venue as detailed below; could be music, dance, drama or historical reading – all with a Xmas theme.  In true advent style, the details of the performance will remain a secret until the day.

Please refer to www.windsorobserver.co.uk/livingadvent for the latest information.

Monday 1 December: King & Castle, Thames Street
Tuesday 2 December: The Gallery at Ice, High Street
Wednesday 3 December: tbc
Thursday 4 December: Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street
Friday 5 December: Windsor On Ice, Alexandra Gardens
Saturday 6 December: Talents of Windsor, Guildhall Island
Sunday 7 December: Sir Christoper Wren, Thames Street
Monday 8 December: Wagamama, Thames Street/Windsor Royal Shopping
Tuesday 9 December: Luxe Flowers, Eton High Street
Wednesday 10 December: Royal Borough Museum, Guildhall, High Street
Thursday 11 December: Hotter Shoes, Peascod Street
Friday 12 December: Eton Town Centre
Saturday 13 December: Windsor Castle
Sunday 14 December: French Brothers, Promenade
Monday 15 December: Richer Sounds, Eton High Street
Tuesday 16 December: Castle Hotel, High Street
Wednesday 17 December: Natural History Museum, Eton College
Thursday 18 December: JAM Eton, Eton High Street
Friday 19 December: Bel and the Dragon, Datchet Road/Thames Street
Saturday 20 December: Bang & Olufsen, High Street
Sunday 21 December: Harte & Garter, Thames Street
Monday 22 December: Macdonald Hotel, High Street
Tuesday 23 December: Waterstones, Peascod Street
Wednesday 24 December: Windsor Parish Church, High Street

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BEAUTY & THE BEAST starring Three Degrees soul star Sheila Ferguson, X-factor singer Rhydian and firm favourites Kevin Cruise along with Basil Brush and Postman Pat.  Tickets are available now, shows from Dec 3-11, tickets £31.50 theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

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WINDSOR REINDEER PARADE

Starts atWindsor Castle, Santa will be visiting Windsor Town Centre together with his sleigh and reindeer.  He will visit the High Street and travel down Peascod Street and King Edward Court.  Between 2-4pm on Saturday 6th December.

LAPLAND UK

No need to book flights, Lapland is now conveniently located on the Windsor Estate in Whitmoor Forest.  Visit the Elves’ toy factory, magical forest and Mother Christmas’ kitchen to bake gingerbread and listen to a story.  From now until December 24th.  Tickets are available from £49.50-75 Laplanduk.co.uk.

Whatever you have planned this holiday season, Accommodation Windsor Limited would like to wish you a very merry Xmas and if you are planning to stay in Windsor during December, please contact our lovely Lettings team for info on the best accommodation deals enquiries@windsor.gb.com.

MERRY XMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!