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…

Eric & Little Ern and Bel & The Dragon

Early March sees the Theatre Royal Windsor welcome two household legends to the stage, in a theatre production of ‘Eric and Little Ern’ – a homage to the one of Britain’s favourite comedy double acts. The show affectionately re-enacts some of Morecambe and Wise’s most famous skits, as well as showcasing some archived material and featuring some new sketches written by the performers. The show includes Eric’s take on Shakespeare as well as the original Grieg Piano Concerto sketch, bringing the joy and hilarity of a bygone era to the modern stage.

The show, which has already received rave reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 as well as being featured on the BBC News at Ten, will be on stage from March 13th – 15th. Performance times are Thurs – Sat 8pm, Thurs 2:30pm, Sat 4:45pm.

The show is performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, who have been described as having ‘the duo’s mannerisms down pat’ by the Daily Telegraph, and ‘like Morecambe and Wise themselves’ by The Herald.

Bel and The Dragon Windsor

Before a night at the theatre, why not visit the Bel & The Dragon – one of Windsor’s most historic restaurants. The restaurant and tea room has been serving the Windsor community since the 11th century, and offers the best local produce used in traditional British cuisine. The interior showcases a number of original features, and the outside terrace boasts a stunning view of the castle. The restaurant is open Mon – Thurs 10am – 12am, Fri – Sat 10am – 1am, Sun 10am – 11pm.

Changing the Guard and The Fat Duck

Windsor is best known as one of Her Majesty’s official residences, with Windsor Castle inspiring the town and local residents. There is no better way to truly capture the resplendence and spectacle of royal life than to witness the Changing of the Guard, as they march up Windsor High Street and into the Castle – a duty that has been carried out since 1660. The stately ceremony begins outside the Guardroom, situated in the Lower Ward of the Castle, and takes only 10 minutes. Usually the guards are joined by an official band, to increase the grandeur, but this is dependent on weather conditions.

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If you want to witness the ceremony, you must be positioned on the High Street at 10:50am to avoid disappointment. The Guard March is a year-round occurrence, taking place on alternate days between August and March, and daily (excluding Sundays) between April and July.

You can also witness the Changing of the Guard inside the castle; this ceremony usually takes around 30 minutes. The old guards then return to the barracks at approximately 11:25am.

fatduckAfter a morning of witnessing this regal procedure, why not dine in style at one of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s finest eateries – Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck. Situated in Bray, Berkshire, The Fat Duck is only a stone’s throw away from Windsor town centre. Run by one of the UK’s most famous chefs, The Fat Duck offers a tantalising menu full of sensory experimentation. At £195 a head, it is a pricey dinner, however the 3.5 hour menu of 14 courses is an experience to remember.

The Fat Duck is open Tuesday – Saturday, with lunch served from 12 noon – last orders at 2pm, and dinner served from 7pm – last orders at 9pm.