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What’s on this April 2014

Windsor Wheel on The River Thames

Windsor Wheel on The River Thames

There is lots to do during April in and around Windsor.  Get your diary ready and see our list below of events taking place.  Click on the link for more information.  If you are planning to stay locally please get in touch to see how we can help with your accommodation requirements.
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Come and Join our Busy & Expanding Team

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Accommodation Windsor Limited is recruiting an Administrator / Receptionist to join our fun and friendly team in Windsor town centre.  Please see here for full job spec - what we are really looking for is a positive, confident and creative individual to help support our busy Sales and Accounts Teams.  The ideal candidate will be keen to learn and develop new skills in a fast-paced and successful company.  The business has been established for almost 10 years and has grown year on year to become Windsor & Eton’s largest provider of quality short term accommodation offering great properties and fantastic customer service.  If you think you’ve got what it takes, send your CV with covering letter to Noeleen@almahouse.co.uk… we look forward to hearing from you!

National Puppy Day…!

Poor old Ruby Tuesday, New boy Rads is driving her potty!

Poor old Ruby Tuesday, New boy Rads is driving her potty!

This Friday 21st March is National Puppy Day… as if we need a special day to celebrate our pampered pooches!  Boo Radley is the latest member of our team having been recently recruited to assist Ruby Tuesday with Security Detail (mainly snoozing in the corner of the office…)  Radley is driving his big sister a little bit potty by chasing her tail and stealing all her favourite toys but we’re sure she’ll have him whipped into shape in no time at all.

New boy Radley

New boy Radley

Radley is a Dasher (Miniature Schnauzer and Dachshund cross.)  Now 3 months old, Radley has had his jabs and is all signed up ready to start puppy training classes.  He is super cute and can’t wait to start in his new role at Accommodation Windsor Limited (probably) :)

What makes Windsor so special…?

signsWith Windsor Castle as a backdrop and within 20 miles of London it ticks a lot of boxes location wise.  Add in the history, charm, Royal connections, fabulous shopping, tourist attractions, rail and road links, high employment, low-crime, great schools (both state and private) and you start to build up a picture of what draws people to this unique area.

Windsor has a thriving social scene with bars, restaurants and clubs for all age groups.  It’s big on families too so really easy to make new friends and settle the kids in.  There are lots of local attractions including a Leisure Centre with swimming pool, fabulous National Trust properties, Royal Parks, its own Theatre, International Racing and Legoland theme park and all just a hop and a skip from London with all of its shopping, activity and employment opportunities.

The town centre is delightful, nestling on the River Thames with stunning swans, summer boating, kayaking, river trips and a Duck Tour - it’s fun to live in a tourist town and never have to leave.  The pavements can get a little congested in the peak season, but equally there is a vibrancy and excitement to living in Windsor; and knowing people travel from all over the world to visit your town.

15CC-sofa-englandLots of clients use Accommodation Windsor as a stop gap, whether relocating from overseas or closer to home, its a chance to settle in and have a look around the area before taking the plunge and buying or renting something longer term.  With prices from just £595 pw for a 2-bed town centre apartment, properties are available to let from a minimum of one week for as long as you want to stay. 

Our stylish and well-located Properties are fully furnished right down to the garlic press and prices are inclusive of all utilities meaning that you can move on when you’re ready to do so.

Our helpful and knowledgeable team can also advise on schools, doctors’ surgeries and all the essential local amenities that you need to know about to make life a little simpler.  Windsor is a relatively small town and a hugely welcoming community and you will find lots of networks and support groups to help you and your family settle in.

Let us know what you think makes Windsor so special…

Last Minute Availability

Check out these incredible last minute deals on one of our most popular apartments. 

1EC-STYLISHThis great two bedroom apartment has had a complete makeover by an interior designer, with new solid oak flooring and funky new furniture including this great trunk that doubles up as a coffee table. Put your feet up and relax in comfort and enjoy the first signs of spring in the delightful patio garden.  This property also benefits from off street parking yet is superbly located just minutes walk from Windsor town centre.

1EC-DESKThis stunning property is suitable for both executives and small families and is offered at GBP595 per week during March (was GBP700) including all bills and council tax.  (Minimum one week stay, Terms & Conditions apply).

If you would like to book this or any of our other properties please call Lisa in Lettings on + 44 (0)1753 833747 or email lisa@almahouse.co.uk

Pancake Day Recipe

pancakesCan’t believe it is Pancake Day again already, or is that just because we love pancakes so much we eat them all year round?  Even the kids can flip with confidence…. :)

Nigel’s favourite Dairy and Gluten-free recipe below:-

  • 125g Plain Gluten-free flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 275ml Dairy free Milk (we use Koko milk)
  • Dash of salt

Sieve together the flour and salt.  Make a well in the flour and add the eggs, stir well.  Gradually add half the milk, beat thoroughly for 4 mins.  Stir in remaining milk and beat lightly.  You don’t need to leave batter to stand, but if you do, beat again before using.  Heat up a small frying pan until really hot and add a knob of goat’s butter.  Pour mixture into pan and tip to cover surface.  Cook until underside is golden brown and top covered in bubbles.  Flip the pan to cook pancake on the other side.  Slide pancake onto a plate and serve with your favourite filling – go classic with a twist; sugar, lemon and add raspberries and strawberries and a small spoonful of ice-cream for a delicious dessert.

Why book Short Term Accommodation?

Click Here – Lisa Fisher explains the benefits of Short Term Letting

Lisa Fisher

Lisa Fisher

Our Lettings Manager, Lisa Fisher, talks about the benefits of short term accommodation in this quick and interesting video.  Space, facilities and price are just a few of the advantages to choosing a short term property over hotel accommodation.  If you are located away from home for a period of time there are lots of advantages to booking with Accommodation Windsor Limited.  Let us take all the stress out of your move / relocation or short break.  Superbly located with fabulous facilities our properties are stylish with all the convenience of your own home.  Prices include utilities, WiFi and parking.

You just need to pack a suitcase and we’ll take care of the rest…

Working in Windsor

David BurianBack in July 2013, I came to Windsor for a job interview.  Coming from Hungary and having lived only in London, I hadn’t heard of Windsor before so I did some internet research about the town prior to the big day.  I read about the attractions, the restaurants, the social life, the transport and from every angle Windsor seemed a great place to live.  However, back then I was more worried about getting the job and not so much about the town.  So when I got off the train at Central Station on the day of the interview, my thoughts were focussed around the upcoming questions and I wasn’t thinking about the town too much.  And yet as I stepped off the train I was amazed.

“How can a train station be so charming? And if the train station is so lovely what should I expect from the town?”

As I left the station I was impressed by Windsor Castle, the charming cobbled streets and shops, by the happy, relaxed people all around me. I loved every little detail: the River Thames, the Windsor Bridge, Peascod Street, the narrow alleyways and Alexandra Gardens. I had a feeling that I had found the perfect place to live! I was so surprised I couldn’t read the map properly (most unlike me) so I had to ask for help to find the way to my interview at Alma House.

Luckily for me it went really well and I was offered the job and asked to move in on the same day.  Since then I have learnt more about the town and I still think Windsor is the greatest place to live.

It was love at first sight!

My role at at the company is very varied; I do a fair bit of cleaning of really fantastic apartments as well as maintenance jobs and looking after guests if they need anything out of office hours. This means I work closely with all of my colleagues from Housekeeping, Maintenance and in the Office too, not just from one Department.  The most exciting parts of my job are that I always can improve my English, learn something new and meet new people every day.  I love to chat with guests about their travelling, impressions of Windsor or our Bed & Breakfast.  A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful and it’s great to share stories and places to visit in this wonderful town.

National Trust Days Out

Cliveden Parterre

 Following the mantra that there is no such thing as bad weather… only inappropriate clothing, some of our best days out with the kids have been to National Trust properties. With beautiful gardens, wonderful cafes (often serving home-grown produce) and play trails / adventure areas for the kids, it’s a great opportunity to get the whole family outdoors. Educational too, with fantastic historical properties, although the kids usually groan when we suggest going inside the houses they always find something interesting to look at from Tudor bedrooms slept in by Kings and Queens  to Victorian kitchens (…and a promise to swing by the sweet counter at the NT shop usually helps.)

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Sometimes we’ll meet up with a crowd; it’s fun for the kids to dress up and do the mazes and trails with their friends or cousins. On these occasions we tend to take picnics as a big crowd with kids can be overpowering for other diners as well as frazzling for parents, but often if it’s just the four of us, we’ll grab something to eat in the delightful cafes and restaurants. Whenever we travel in the UK, we’ll find a National Trust place to stop and recharge our batteries at a half way point. The properties are everywhere and much nicer than stopping at a motorway cafe (sorry Heston!) After a couple of hours in the car, a stroll around stunning gardens letting the kids run off pent-up energy is just what we need and as we visit regularly, the Family Membership is excellent value for money at under £100 per year (see link for special new member deals).

Throughout the year there are a host of additional activities and especially during the summer months, there is outdoor theatre, live music, guided DSC_3846walks and afternoon teas – booking essential. We’re spoilt with Cliveden in Burnham Beeches, Basildon Park near Pangbourne and the Vyne in Basingstoke all on Windsor’s doorstep, but if you’re travelling further afield there are hundreds of place to visit.

Summer Highlights – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeastevents


BASILDON PARK - Berkshire – 0118 984 3040

Nature Walks 2013

Every Friday 11am-12 noon

Free Guided walks with a ranger or wildlife volunteer

Climb a Tree on Father’s Day

Sun 16 Jun 10am-5pm

With ropes, harness and karabiners, see www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk

From £6

Finding Mr Darcy tour and tea

Sun 7 Jul 1pm-3.30pm

Hear about films that have been shot on location here followed by cream tea

Adut £25

CLIVEDEN HOUSE – Buckinghamshire – 01628 605069

Family Camping, Moths and Moonlight

Sat & Sun 13, 14 & 20, 21 July 2pm-11.30pm

With bat watching, moth trapping, bug hunts, camp fires and storytelling.  Breakfast provided

Adult £27 Child £17

Wild Wednesdays

Every Weds from 31 Jul – 4 Sep

Drop in sessions for children (must be supervised by an adult)

Child £2

Outdoor Theatre – Babe the Sheep Pig

Tues 6 Aug 2.30-4.30pm & 6.30-8.30pm & Weds 7 Aug6.30-8.30pm

Bring a picnic and some friends to enjoy this tale in the Water Garden

Adult £13 Child £10

THE VYNE – Hampshire – 01256 883858

Outdoor Theatre – Alice, an Extraordinary Adventure

Fri 28 Jun 6.30-9.30pm

Bring a picnic and join the fun

Adult £12 Child 7 Family £30

Summer Holiday fun at the Vyne

Wide range of school holiday activities.  See website for more details.