Back in May 2021 in the first week out of lockdown we set off to film Four in a bed, which took 2 weeks to film 15 hour days. This was quite mentally draining.
We travelled to Northumberland and stayed at the Trap Inn, then back to Blackpool, then on-wards to Portsonachan Hotel & Lodges in the beautiful Argyll & Bute. From which we then caught the ferry over to the picturesque Isle of Arran to the Lamlash Bay Hotel.
Back in May 2021 in the first week out of lockdown we set off to film Four in a bed, which took 2 weeks to film. You travel to an independent hotel then travel to a location where you’re staying the next day.
Our first visit took us to Northumberland to the village of Broomhill where we stayed at the Trap Inn with hosts Nyoami and Joe. We were wowed by the room size but it lacked the cosy home feeling of a country pub.
The activity of the day was a boat trip to the Farne Islands which was out of this world as we left Port we were greeted by a couple of dolphins. As we approached the islands they were covered in matting pairs of guillemots, puffins and further along grey seals. If you get up this way come visit these islands in the springtime.
In the evening we had drinks in the bar before having to do pre-order breakfast, which we wasn’t keen on as who knows what they want for breakfast night before.
Then it was time for bedding down where they film you going to bed and turning the lights off. It took about 6 takes to do, and the camera man had to go outside to film the light going off for the advert break lol.
Next morning we were woken about 7.30am to film wake ups then down for breakfast that took 2 hours to film. I wonder if they will cut the scene of Damian saying 'Oooo i do love a nice sausage' that our friend Max dared us to say hehehe. Finally it was packing bags and departing to drive back to Newholme about 2.30 in afternoon.
So the second visit was our turn to host after being shut for 5 months. So after the refurbishment in lockdown and 2 weeks of deep cleaning of rooms and new bedding throughout we where ready for it.
Our activity not by choice was the Illuminations lightworks factory. We got to see how all put together and a dream come true for Nigel and I to Today is our turn to host after being shut for 5 months. So after the refurbishment in lockdown and 2 weeks of deep cleaning our rooms and new bedding fitted throughout we are ready for the challenge .
The activity we host is the magnificent Blackpool Illuminations Lightworks Factory. We all got to see how they put it together and it was a dream come true for Nigel and I to 'switch on' on the Blackpool Illuminations. Everyone really enjoyed it!
But by the end of the days filming with director doing his best to cause tension between us plus food we where served cold and burnt would have even served it to my dog...enough was enough he go it both barrels and we threatened to pull plug on filming before evening drinks as did Liz and Tracey.
So our second week into filming took us to Scotland where we stayed at the beautiful Portsonachan Hotel & Lodges where we stayed on one of their Lochside self catering accommodation.
When we where doing room inspections there was dust on top of kitchen units yes but who in there right mines would check up there when staying somewhere not us but director insisted we checked it.
While we where being filmed doing inspections and they asked us to come up the stairs of the property they never pointed out the downstairs shower room which we found after they left and had us making out how small the bath was upstairs especially for Damian who is 6'6"
The activities for they day was supposed to be fishing on the Loch but due to weather we where forced to change this last minute. So Liz organised for us to visit the Inveraray Castle a must see if you come stay here.
We enjoy our stay that much we return 4 weeks later for a break before the season started and for Christmas 2022.
From Portsonachan Hotel & Lodges we travelled to the Isle of Arran where we stayed at the Lamlash Bay Hotel
Views where outstanding looking over to Holly Isle.
The activity was gin tasting Arran Botanical Drinks right up our street. Shame Damian couldn't enjoy himself as he was bad with his leg ucler and most of production company couldn't have cared less! But they found him a chair in the end. As for evening drinks we had cocktails around camp fire where we where half eaten to death by the Scottish Midges.
Come breakfast time the was a bad mood with the production company, Liz & Tracy having been left stranded the night before, then reluctantly been given a lift by the crew back to the hotel, no taxi for Tracey in the morning and the damage done at their property which was dismissed by the producer they decided to leave, we where also asked if we wanted to continue. So when you see the breakfast service it was around 11am. After breakfast and said our goodbyes we went off and did 2hour master interview which would become part of payment day footage. For there we had to rush to ferry terminal with 15mins to spare to catch ferry to Ayr ready for payment day next day.
So finally we get to get answers to the unwelcome surprise in the loo, the slimy serving at breakfast and the hair in a band new bed.
Shame Liz and Tracey couldn't make it to the end but we thank you for your comments and your £15 over payment which would have made all the difference on payment day! Taking us from 3rd place to 1st place, Oh well it wasn't meant to be in the end.
Congratulations to Meg and Yvonne at the Lamlash Bay Hotel.
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