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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.

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