STAY JUST A LITTLE LONGER
WARMER MONTHS MEAN FRIENDS COMING TO VISIT, SO GIVE YOUR SPARE ROOM THE FIVE-STAR TREATMENT
If your home is anything like ours, these beautiful warmer months and our idyllic location attract an influx of friends and relatives from north and south. Entertaining visitors for multiple days in a row can be stressful, however, I personally find it rewarding offering our special guests a relaxing and comfortable place to call their home away from home. There are ways to create a five-star hotel experience for your guests without breaking the bank. Small, inexpensive touches can provide luxury comfort, look fantastic and make your guests feel loved. First things first – fresh, clean linen and towels and a comfortable mattress. A 30-year-old, soggy, saggy mattress and faded, pilling sheets are certainly not ideal. Apart from fresh, unstained linen, indulge your guests with a feather top protector, extra pillows, blankets and soft throws. Tip: Freshly ironed linen, in particular pillow cases, demonstrates you’ve gone the extra mile and is considerably more visually appealing. Bedside tables serve both function and aesthetics, bringing together the style of your room while providing the daily essentials for your visitors. Style your bedsides with a lamp for reading, a stack of interesting books, a selection of small decor and bathroom products for guest comfort. Mini toiletry items from hotels are perfect, or perhaps decant your own in small, clear containers. Tip: To prevent a cluttered appearance, ground toiletry items using a small tray or basket with a beautifully scented room freshener. Your guests will appreciate adequate space to hang, fold and store their belongings while keeping the room itself reasonably clear. Resist the temptation to utilise the “spare” cupboard for your personal possessions as it’s always nice to put things away when you’re visiting. Tip: Always have at least 10 spare hangers in the cupboard. If the room is large enough, a beautiful accent chair in a corner could be home to a suitcase, excess linen, or your guest’s coat and handbag. Also, some people feel more comfortable when they’re sitting on a chair than perhaps on the bed. Privacy is a priority – quality window treatments will ensure your guests feel safe, as well as allowing them to maintain their preference of light throughout the room. If you’re really out to impress, fresh blooms, bottled water and rolled towels for both the bathroom and the pool are all lovely finishing touches to create a five-star feel at home.