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“Windsor as a Destination” Video Competition

CASTLE1Accommodation Windsor Limited is proud to announce Sam Taylor as the winner of our “Windsor as a Destination” video competition.  The competition was launched back in September to the BTEC media students at East Berkshire College to provide a 90 second video representing Windsor and everything it has to offer.   We launched the project in partnership with the College in the hope of finding some raw talent to showcase Accommodation Windsor Ltd, our Executive short-let Properties and Windsor to its best advantage on film.  The idea was initially thought up by Managing Director Nigel Holder, recognising the benefits of video footage on various social media, he thought it would be great to invite  local cinematographers to enter our competition; a great experience for the students and what fantastic results!  The videos were judged by a team at AWL who were blown away by the level of talent on their doorstep.

After vigorous viewing of all the submissions, it quickly became apparent that Sam’s video was the clear favourite, but the standard of entries was so high that we ended up creating two runners’ up prizes for Cory Thompson and Jack Smith to recognise their efforts.

Sam wins £250 together with a contract worth £2000 with Accommodation Windsor Limited to produce further videos of our short-let apartments and houses.  This week Sam has completed filming the first video “Meet the Team” and a photoshoot for our Xmas Charity E-card.  The video in itself has been a great team-building exercise and we are all really excited to see the results… more details to follow.

Sam shared his thoughts about winning first prize, ”Nigel from Accommodation Windsor approached my college to produce a ninety second video entitled “Windsor as a Destination”.  It was a fantastic opportunity for me and my peers as aspiring videographers to enter this competition and extremely beneficial to be given a chance at a corporate brief from a real client.

I was extremely nervous on the day Nigel came to announce the winner.  I wanted to win so badly as the possibility of working on similar professional briefs was just too great a prize to miss out on.  When Nigel announced that I had won I could barely speak!  It was such a mixture of emotions; I was happy, excited, nervous and relieved all at the same time.   I’m so excited about working with Accommodation Windsor in the future and really thankful for the opportunity that they have given me.”

We have been delighted with the feedback from Sam’s prize-winning video “Windsor as a Destination”, it really does show Windsor at its finest and amazingly was completed in just three days!  Sam is 18 years old and has already won a Young Bafta Award, he hopes to attend University when he finishes his course in Windsor and we think that he has a very bright future ahead.

awl-logoVisit our Website to view Sam’s video “Windsor as a Destination” http://www.accommodation-windsor.co.uk/Windsor-Berkshire-Destination-Video.htm and let us know your thoughts.

My First Week at Accommodation Windsor Limited

With the end of my degree looming and the promise of final year exams soon to be over I decided it was probably a good time to start thinking about life after university; or as we like to call it “the real world”.  Luckily I stumbled across a job advert on Facebook of all places.  This advert stated that Accommodation Windsor Limited was looking for an Office Junior to help with administration, marketing, accounts, sales and much more besides.  I thought what a great opportunity that would be to try my hand at a bit of everything.  So I responded with my CV attached and waited patiently, but not altogether optimistically!

Alma House, Windsor Berkshire UKI didn’t have to wait very long, the next day I received a call asking if I would be interested in having a phone interview for the position, which of course I was. Fifteen minutes later, the friendly woman on the other end of the phone told me that she thought it had gone really well and I would hear shortly about having an interview in person.  A week later I was in the office of Accommodation Windsor for an interview, which was (to my relief!) very relaxed and informal and 2 weeks later I began working as an Office Junior.

When people ask me what I’m doing now I’ve finished my degree they usually expect me to say either one of 2 things, looking for a job or doing something related to the environment, my degree being a BSc in Geography.  They are always surprised therefore when I tell them that I am working full time for an accommodation company.  When they ask why I was interested in the job I tell them that I wanted to gain experience of working in a busy office environment where I could learn as much about the different aspects of running a company as I can.   And I definitely picked the right job for that!

My first week at Accommodation Windsor was a blur of new information and new faces.  I was shown how to check people into the Bed and Breakfast, how to work the databases, how to create, pay and file invoices, how to check the keys back in everyday and so much more that I’m still trying to remember!  Now I have a long list of daily tasks, my favourite of which is checking people into Alma House B&B because I get to chat to so many different people from all over the world.

 Windsor Castle benchesEach day I walk into the town centre during my lunch hour and see that it is always buzzing with people either shopping or sight-seeing.  As far as places to sit and eat your lunch on a sunny (or even rainy!) afternoon you’d be hard pressed to beat the benches outside Windsor Castle.  I am curious how long it will take before I stop feeling amazed at how beautiful a place Windsor is!

I am still getting to grips with some aspects of the job and learning new things everyday and of course I still make some mistakes now and then but I always go home at the end of a long day feeling satisfied and happy that I was lucky enough to get such a lovely job in such a lovely place.

Top Ten reasons to visit Windsor

Windsor is a delightful town in the Royal County of Berkshire.  Nestling on the River Thames with oodles of history, easy to get to by road or train there are so many reasons to visit, here’s our Top Ten:-

1. Windsor Castle

 

The largest inhabited Castle in the world and Queen Elizabeth’s favourite residence.  See St George’s Chapel, the State Apartments and the Changing of the Guard.  This year the Round Tower opens to the public for the first time in 40 years.   Lots of holiday activities for children plus don’t miss Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, the Castle provides a stunning back drop for photos too.

2. Theatre Royal Windsor

Built in 1793, Windsor’s beautiful Theatre produces a wide variety of performances from classics to pantomime.  Fantastically located along the High Street in the shadows of the Castle, walking distance to restaurants and bars.

3. Restaurants

Windsor boasts a huge variety of places to eat.  From cafes to fine dining, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.  There are great bars too and for those with the energy a thriving club scene.

4. River Thames

Windsor sits on the River Thames about 20 miles west of London.  Jump on a French Brothers tour all the way up to Hampton Court, or for the brave at heart hire your own motor boat.  Alternatively, and less energetically, head over to the Brocas and kick back with your picnic blanket.  Enjoy the best views of the Castle and watch the boats go by.  Don’t forget to take some bread for the swans.
 
5. Parks
 
Windsor is surrounded by acres of Crown land.  Fantastic for walkers and picnickers alike!  Check out Savill Gardens with it’s stunning new Rose Garden, Windsor Great Park and Virginia Waters or head down to Alexandra Gardens just next to the river.  With multiple activities all year round from mini-golf to bungee trampolining, Alexandra Gardens hosts an ice-rink in the winter months and the Windsor Wheel throughout the summer.
 
6. Shopping
 
A great selection of individual and High Street shops and two stylish department stores make Windsor a fantastic choice for shoppers.  From monthly farmers’ markets to craft fayres and the latest in High Street fashion, there’s plenty to keep the shopaholics happy.
 
7. Horse Racing
 
Not only is Windsor located just a hop and a skip from world-renowned Ascot racecourse, but it also has a fabulous and unique figure of eight flatcourse all of it’s own.   Voted best small racecourse in the South East of England, this is a great day out for all the family.
 
8. Events
 
With it’s proximity to London and convenient plane, train and automobile links, Windsor is superbly located to host regular calendar events throughout the year.  Events include the Windsor Horse Show with the Royal Tattoo in May and Royal Ascot in June.
 
9. Art Centre
 
Windsor has a thriving local art scene going on at the Firestation, with comedy, music and cinema.   There are numerous galleries in Windsor and Eton plus the Contemporary Art Fair which takes place in November each year.
 
10. Eton High Street
 
With it’s charming unchanged High Street and imposing College, there is plenty to do and see in Eton, located just a short stroll across the pedestrian bridge from Windsor.  Lots of cafes, bistros, art galleries and individually owned shops for an unusual and interesting meander through this historic town.
 
 
 If you are planning a weekend trip to Windsor or relocating permanently, please get in touch to see how we can help with your accommodation needs  www.accommodation-windsor.co.uk.
 
 
 

Before & After at the Courtyard, Windsor

Looking for a new property to add to our portfolio back in 2007, we were excited about viewing the Penthouse apartment at The Courtyard.  Set back from the High Street in a charming and secluded courtyard, yet just moments from the bustling shops, restaurants and Castle, it couldn’t be better located. 

Big too, with two bathrooms AND allocated parking.  There was only one problem… the hideous decor.

The apartment had been a bolt hole for the owners who lived in Dubai, and on viewing the property we surmised that the last time it had seen a paintbrush was circa 1988.  However, it was spacious, light and superbly located – with parking.  We never met the vendors, dealing solely with the agent; and the only sticking point was their insistence that all contents were included in the price, so our first job was to hire a man with a van… and it was out with the chintz.

Money was short and time precious, so we painted, replaced as much furniture as we could afford and rented it out  within a couple of weeks of completion.

  Our first tenant was a dream – he booked initially for a few weeks but ended up staying for over a year. 

Our tenant travelled regularly and was relaxed about us having access to the property whilst he was away.  During each of his extended trips, we nipped in and blitzed another room.  His only concern was raised when we told him about  plans to knock through from the lounge to the kitchen to create a breakfast bar.  He was worried that with the new open plan layout he would be disturbed by noise from the washing machine / tumble dryer when he was relaxing or working in the lounge.  Good point!  So with the help of our builders, Titan Construction, we sourced and installed a Miele super silent model. 

The photos featured below show the process from 80′s disaster zone to  stylish flagship property. 

We started with the main bathroom; clean but old-fashioned, It had to go.   With stylish new tiles and a funky white suite, it’s now a haven for relaxation.

 

  

 

We knocked through from the lounge to the kitchen opening up the space and creating a new breakfast bar.  The lounge was dreary and dated with dark grey carpets and lots of swags and tails at the windows.  We laid solid wood floor throughout the lounge and hallway and soft, neutral carpets in the hallway and bedrooms.  We ripped out the melamine units making the lounge appear instantly bigger.

 

Out with the old and in with the new fitted kitchen.  We fitted an  integrated silent washing machine / tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.  Granite worktops and black ceramic floor tiles add drama.

Peach walls, velour headboard and white melamine furniture.  It must have been stylish at some point.  We re-decorated, recarpeted, replaced the furniture and put in a new en-suite – that’s better!

 

This apartment has been awarded 4 GOLD stars in 2009 and 2010 by Enjoy England.  Modern and stylish but with a homely feel, the property is spacious with lots of natural light, and delightful views to both Bachelors Acre and Windsor Castle; just about as close to town as you can get.  We’ve installed flatscreen TVs and top spec SKY+ package, ensuring high occupancy and lots of happy tenants.  To find out more about pricing and availability at the Penthouse apartment please contact us on 01753 833747 or enquiries@almahouse.co.uk.

 

Accommodation Windsor – a small company with big ideas…

 

There are a number of accommodation providers in Windsor; from Guesthouses and Hotels to private Landlords and Agents, offering properties to rent on short or long-term agreements. 

 So why choose Accommodation Windsor Limited?

 

We are unique in this area providing a fantastic variety of properties available for short-term lets from a minimum of one week and we will always be open and honest in our dealings with you.

  

We focus on Windsor and Eton – we love this area and think it has a lot to offer to both visitors and those relocating to the area.  We have a wealth of experience and knowledge of Windsor and have an office superbly located in the town centre.  Easy to find and best placed to provide you with all the advice you need on your property’s location from schools to supermarkets.  Check out our article on What Makes Windsor Special.

We know our properties – a handful we own, but the majority of the fifty or so properties in our portfolio we manage on behalf of our Landlords and we know each and every one. 

We know how the heating works and how to turn on the TV.  

We regularly visit our properties and strive to improve the standard on an ongoing basis.  We also provide a comprehensive information pack which contains everything you need from local maps to appliance user guides.

We know about accommodation – having been in the town since we bought Alma House Bed & Breakfast in 1998.  Whatever your accommodation needs we can help; from providing one night accommodation in our B&B to short listing properties for rental or purchase.  We have previously bought and sold property in Windsor for ourselves and clients. 

We regularly introduce buyers and sellers and are often approached for advice on buying property in Windsor, whether as an investment or a home.  

We’re here to help – with a friendly and innovative team.  Our office is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Fridays and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.  Outside of these hours we have an emergency mobile and call-out staff for those situations that simply won’t wait until the morning.

We’re flexible in our approach – we tried to standardise things but you are all so individual!  For this reason we have learnt to adapt to your needs.  Whether it’s an awkward flight time or you want some flowers and champagne on arrival – we’ll do our best to find a solution that makes your stay with us as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We have great relationships with our Landlords – many of whom have become personal friends. 

We love to work with positive and professional Landlords who are keen to maintain and improve their properties recognising that this is beneficial not only to you, the client, but also to their investment.

 We employ a full-time Property Manager and Handyman – to ensure that any unfortunate problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently.  If we can’t fix it, we have a long list of people who can.  We work hard to anticipate problems in advance and seek to replace or renew before you’re  inconvenienced.

We employ a full-time housekeeping team – in order to maintain a consistently high standard of property cleanliness and presentation.  Our cleaning team works directly for us ensuring excellent communication.  The team takes responsibility for cleaning, laundering, basic maintenance and weekly servicing where requested.

We’re friendly – having built up great relationships with other agents and short-term providers in the town, if we can’t help you, we’ll find someone who can.  Many of our clients use short term accommodation as a stop gap to purchasing or renting a home longer term and we are well placed to find an agent who can help find the right property for you.

We provide a personal service – by being local and available.  We’re not a faceless online entity that you’ll never get to meet; our team is friendly and approachable and the office is centrally located near all our properties so you can call in if you need to.

 We give you peace of mind – by ensuring that our properties are compliant with health and safety regulations.  We know the rules and check all properties have working smoke alarms, compliant lighting, annual gas safety checks and regular boiler servicing.  That way we all get a good night’s sleep!

We listen to our customers – if you’re not happy nor are we. 

It might be that the property failed to meet your expectations or maybe you loved the curtains; either way we want to know.  We provide feedback forms for each customer in every property and if you are kind enough to let us know what you think, we’ll listen and learn – good or bad. 

We have lots of happy customers –but that won’t stop us from looking to further improve the services and property that we provide to you.   Please see our Testimonials page for some of our customers’ comments.

 Accommodation Windsor Limited for all your accommodation needs contact www.accommodationwindsor.co.uk