Not being able to sleep can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’ve paid to stay in a luxurious B&B. It’s even more frustrating when it’s not your fault you can’t sleep; it’s down to a draughty sash window!
That’s exactly what happened in the recent episode of ‘Four in a Bed’. Aired on More4, the programme sees four B&B owners take it in turns to stay a night at each other’s establishments and mark them out of ten. In series 2, episode 14 we meet Annette, proud owner of Hazelwood Farm, a beautiful B&B of the upmost quality and luxury bar one minor detail – those troublesome sash windows. And it’s for this reason she loses the competition!
When fellow B&B owners, Peter and Sharon, enter their room at Hazelwood Farm, Peter is most putout to find that the seemingly charming sash window is too stiff to open or shut freely. He complains “the windows are dangerous in this room”, with his wife nodding in agreement asserting “they are a fire hazard”.
But the drama didn’t end there. After being interviewed the next morning on how they slept, the response from Peter was “my night was completely and absolutely ruined”. The reason for his disturbed night is anything but romantic. Peter continues to explain how the wind “howled” through the gaps of the sash window. The couple agree to award Hazelwood farm a disappointing score out of 10 for their nights rest, and one that mirrors the number of hours sleep they managed to get that night: a mere 3.
If Annette had tackled this issue earlier, it wouldn’t have made her guests stay so uncomfortable.
A simple renovation and upgrade is all the window needs to resolve the issue, a service sash window experts Ventrolla specialise in. The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System tackles draughts and rattles by sealing all gaps around the sashes whilst still allowing for smooth operation.
With over 25 years experience, Ventrolla’s portfolio of work includes a variety of B&B’s that have received the restoration treatment from the experts, including Jerichos at the Waverley in Windermere (pictured right) and Tosson Tower Farm in Rothbury, Northumberland. Both projects included the renovation of timber sash windows to improve their general state and the comfort of the guests.
Chris Blaydes, Proprietor and Head Chef for Jerichos said: “Although the sash windows were in good condition, the gap around the frame caused draughts and rattles. It is not acceptable to have guests staying in rooms with noisy windows.
I am very happy with the completed work. The sash windows no longer rattle and I can’t wait to see the difference the newly sealed windows have made in reducing heat loss when the winter comes.
The work was carried out while guests were staying in the bed and breakfast, but Ventrolla completed the restoration project with limited disruption.”
In addition, John Foggin of Tosson Tower Farm said: “Having our timber windows renovated by Ventrolla has made such a difference. We can now open all the top and bottom windows in the guest bedrooms. My wife, Ann, has noticed such a difference as she can fully open the windows as she cleans the rooms and they get plenty of fresh air between guest bookings.”
So, following Annette’s missed window of opportunity to clinch the ‘Four in a Bed’ title, Ventrolla is encouraging all B&B owners to learn from her experience and take on those sash windows!
Read more about the Ventrolla sash and casement window renovation service - http://www.ventrolla.co.uk/
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See Annette’s episode of “Four in a Bed” on Channel 4 – http://www.channel4.com/programmes/four-in-a-bed/4od#3278914