I feel like a bereft “Mother Hen” who is losing some of her precious chicks. After almost 5 years with us, Chris, our General Manager is “flying the coup” and is relocating to Devon. To be fair, when we promoted Chris just over a year ago into the GM’s position, when Suzi, our then GM of 6 year’s standing, moved into a part time role, Chris did tell us that he would not be able to fulfil the role long term, as it was his intention to move his young family back to Devon and the family farm and holiday cottage business, where Chris himself had lived as a child…. However the year has flown by far too quickly and now it is with sadness that we have to say “Goodbye” to him.
Chris came to us as an eager, but inexperienced assistant manager and we have watched him grow both professionally and personally. He has become a father twice over in the time he has been with us and taken on the responsibilities of both fatherhood and general management of the hotel with great aplomb, despite the fact that there are few parallels between the two. Put simply, we will miss him greatly, as will so many of our regularly returning guests who always remark on what a lovely chap he is and indeed he is and so much more.
We wish Chris, Robyn and their two adorable little girls, Eva and Lily much success and happiness in Devon and look forward to regular updates from him……… at the same time, the “nest” is emptying further with one of our other fantastic protegées, Lydia, Chris’s deputy, leaving us to join her partner in London and take up a new and exciting position in bustling Covent Garden. Lydia has been with us for over two years and has become a much appreciated and loved member of the team. We will miss her calm and caring nature, her unflappability and her warm personality. To lose them both almost simultaneously is certainly not ideal, but one of the attributes of a hotelier is the ability to deal with the many curved balls that get thrown at you on a regular basis, be it from the staff or the guests and we have a contingency plan in place and high hopes for the new managers who will help Gerard and I to continue to take TerraVina forward with the same ethos of warmth, friendliness and professionalism that we have always strived for.
We are very fortunate that so many of our team stay with us for lengthy numbers of years, but that makes it doubly difficult to let them go and fly the nest as we become very fond of them and think of them as our extended TerraVina family- that said, we have done so many times before in the twenty odd years that we have been hotel owners and so I suppose we are better practised at it now and thinking positively, it is always rewarding to watch them spread their wings and go onto still greater achievements in their careers- we watch them with great pride and follow their careers with great interest.
Thank you Chris and Lydia for all your hard work and enthusiasm over the past years. You will both be greatly missed, but we feel very proud to have watched you both grow and to see the personal confidence and experience you have gained whilst with us and that will stand you in great stead for your next career adventures, which we will be proudly following closely.
For those of you who are keen to meet the new GM and deputy, then please do take advantage of our great mid week offer for both October and November and don’t miss our Early Bird offer for mid week stays in November. We look forward to welcoming you to TerraVina soon and for you to have the opportunity to meet the new faces in the team
‘Till next week