It has been a busy summer at Raemoir so the welcome letters have been a little more erratic than I would have liked but hopefully this is us back on track again now.
The last few months have seen continual changes at the hotel inside and out. The grounds have been tended wonderfully by Derek and given the weather he has had to cope with even now they look good on the way up the drive. It’s hard to recall that two years ago everything was so overgrown, the front lawn was a field, the drive potholed, no parking or flower beds – the whole place looked so grey and dreary. It really has been a remarkable transformation and almost single handed as well. The trees are now beginning to turn so we can look forward to a final burst of Autumn colour for a couple of weeks before the Winter comes in. I am not sure what the long term forecast is, for the last two years we have had the extremes – 2010 saw up to 3ft of snow and temperatures dipping to -20degC whereas last year we saw +15deg at 10.30pm one February night! What we (hopefully) can say now is that at least the temperature should be warmer now in the hotel than we have known!
When we came to Raemoir in September 2010 the enormity of the task ahead became apparent quite quickly and prioritising jobs became a challenging but tedious, and daily changing, ritual. We were always aware of the heating and that its eventual inadequacies would give us a headache and so it came to pass two weeks ago when the boiler finally failed. The weather was on our side fortunately so it wasn’t an insurmountable problem – the angst of wondering whether all our guests would all be able to use the showers and baths at the same time was the greatest concern but it passed reasonably smoothly and finally the new boilers were fitted. With a great sigh of relief it was fired up and now runs silently (which we are still trying to get used to – previously when entering the boiler room silence meant a problem!) however not without its foibles! As expected, due to the efficiency of new technology, we are now finding leaking radiator stems and header tanks overflowing due to the increased temperature effect on the system water volume. The old boiler didn’t allow us the luxury of temperature control so this is now a novelty for us so please be patient with us while we try to get the balance – we’ve not experienced it cold since the new boiler was fitted but we have had it stiflingly hot!! The biggest issue that we’ve not quite mastered yet is the hot water – it can be very hot so please be careful when running taps!