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Friday, 20 March 2020

The Corona Virus and Alma House


Alma House remains open for business.  It is essential, however, that we follow government guidelines and keep our staff, guests and suppliers safe.  We are regularly monitoring government advice and amending our procedures on a daily basis.  We wanted to let you know that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep everybody safe:-

  • First and foremost all staff are following stringent health & hygiene procedures both personally and in our rooms / offices / vehicles and we are sanitising all keys / safes and laundry baskets.
  • All staff are aware of the symptoms of Coronavirus and understand they should stay at home at the first sign of any symptoms.  We ask that all guests and suppliers follow the same procedures – see below for more details.
  • As well as cleaning Alma House to it’s usual high standard of cleanliness we are completing additional sanitising including all communal areas.
  • We are asking all suppliers to deliver to the bottom of the front steps to minimise their contact with the house and staff.
  • Our office staff are now working from home where possible but are available to answer any guest queries and enquiries.  Please call rather than coming to Alma House to avoid social contact.
  • We are able to offer self-check in for arrivals so that you do not need to come into contact with our staff.
  • Current guidelines suggest that it is safe to go outside so long as you maintain a distance of 2m from others.  There are lots of parks and areas open for people to walk in and this is good for physical and mental well being.  You should however avoid pubs and restaurants.

These are troubling times but together we’ll get through it and if we all follow government instructions, it will pass all the quicker.  Please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and remember that whilst you might not be at personal risk from coronavirus we all have a responsibility to the elderly and more vulnerable in society.  Thank you so much for supporting us during this incredibly difficult period. 
Please keep up to date with all the latest information on BBC news, NHS, WHO and Government websites.

COVID 19 Information for Visitors and Employees

For people who have travelled to or from a highly affected area, in the last 14 days, or who have come into contact with those that have done the same, we ask that you responsibly declare this to our staff prior to arrival.

To protect yourself and others we ask you to follow current World Health Organisation guidelines on hygiene and protection measures including:-
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water to kill viruses that may be on your hands.  If you are unable to wash your hands use anti-bacterial gel to protect yourself and others from germs.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to avoid the virus entering your body.

  • Social distancing of 2 metres is recommended and you should avoid handshaking and hugs.

  • Follow good respiratory hygiene if you sneeze or cough.  This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a disposable tissue.  Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands.

  • Stay informed with up to date information and follow advice recommended on government, NHS or World Health Organisation websites.

*If you display symptoms of Coronavirus – high temperature, persistent cough and usual signs of flu such as headaches and aching limbs you should self-isolate for 7 days.  If you are in a household, everybody in the household needs to self-isolate for 14 days.  Do not go to the Doctors or A&E.  If you require medical assistance you should call NHS 111 and if you experience extreme symptoms such as breathing difficulties you should contact emergency services.


*This advice has been developed for educational purposes and is correct at the time of publication.  It is not a substitute for professional medical advice.  Should you have any questions or concerns please consult a medical profession by calling NHS 111.

Friday, 6 March 2020

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Friday, 24 May 2019

Picnic Spots for the Bank Holiday Weekend!



With a bank holiday weekend comes my tradition of updating the office about the weather every half hour.  Locally, it looks like we are blessed with good weather (or at least warm and dry) for much of the weekend, unfortunately other parts of the UK won’t be so lucky.  If you plan on getting outside, look no further than these fab spots in and around Windsor.

Alexandra Gardens:
This scenic park situated on the edge of the River Thames is a great family friendly park to visit with the kids.  The gardens are situated close to the town centre so there should be plenty of parking even at the peak of the bank holiday.  The park is host to Edward’s Amusements, a small collection of fairground rides, rock climbing and a mini golf course to keep the little ones entertained.  Just across the road the river stretches for miles in either direction offering wonderful walks.


Snow Hill:
Snow Hill may sound unfamiliar to many; however it is instantly recognisable and much photographed.  Snow hill is the opposite end of the Long Walk, the iconic viewpoint for Windsor Castle.  Located 2.64 miles from the Castle, it is also the home of the Copper Statue of King George III atop his mount.  Viewers of Harry and Meghan’s Wedding will recognise the spot as the backdrop of the BBC Broadcast, as well as the location of the Wedding procession.

Savill Gardens:
By its own admission “Britain’s Finest Ornamental Garden” Savill Gardens is one of Windsor Great Park’s grandest features.  The Savill building serves as a great hub for many of the first-class attractions.  From the Cumberland Obelisk to the Totem Pole or even the manicured lawns of Guards Polo Club, the grounds have plenty of attraction for any sunny day.  If you have the time, take a walk through the Ornamental Garden which features seasonal highlights to ensure it is looking lush all year round.  If you don’t fancy bringing in your own picnic, the Savill building has its own selection of food including Wood Fired Pizzas and my personal favourite, the fish finger sandwich.


By Alex Spiteri

Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timo_w2s/

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019

We hope you celebrated in style and saw the last of 2018 out with friends, family and loved ones - the way it should be!  This new year is a great time to visit Windsor which is now firmly on the global map since we've had not one but TWO Royal Weddings to keep us glued to our TV sets and waving our flags and banners!  Whether you love them or hate them, the royal family certainly attract a lot of media and public interest and this has led to an increased footfall in town centre shops and restaurants and as a consequence Windsor has a real buzzy feeling.

There are many things to do in and around Windsor - here are a few ideas:

Visit Windsor Castle - obviously the main attraction - book tickets online to avoid the queues.
Take the kids to Legoland - visiting out of season (avoiding peak summer months) means you have a better experience as you are able to spend more quality time at each ride.
Visit Savill Gardens - Windsor Great Park's main attraction - lots of fabulous plants, lovely walks and a great restaurant to boot!
Windsor Duck Tour - a fun-filled road and river ride seeing all the sights.



Plus there's Windsor Theatre, loads of great restaurants and obviously a lovely boutique B&B to come home to!

We look forward to accommodating you in 2019!

Nigel, Georgia and the team at
Alma House B&B
56 Alma Road Windsor SL4 3HA
Tel: 01753 862983

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

This coming weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, Windsor Racecourse hosts the annual Contemporary Art Fair.  This is a fabulous event that gives art lovers the opportunity to buy from local artists and galleries in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Buying art made easy

The event takes place:

from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 10th November and
from 10am until 5pm on Sunday 11th November

to see who's exhibiting visit : www.contemporaryartfairs.co.uk


Amongst many other great artists is Laura
who paints many famous faces from the entertainment industry
contemporary artwork, windsor uk, windsor art fair

LAURAMYTHOMPSON

EXHIBITING AT WINDSOR
Unusually choosing to work with emulsions Laura explores the qualities and playfulness of paint, layering bold brush strokes, splatters and drips with flimsy linear marking, contrasted with focused pen work to add structure to the form.

Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor SL4 5JJ
FREE PARKING
Ticket Prices: Adult £10.00  Concession £8.00
Under 16 free

Advance Tickets valid all weekend:  Adult £8.00  Concession £6.00


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Windsor Host to Another Royal Wedding 2018

Windsor Castle

Windsor is excited to be hosting its second Royal Wedding of 2018 in St George's Chapel for the marriage of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.  Although not as high profile an event as Harry and Meghan's bash earlier this year, it is rumoured to be a very starry event with Robbie Williams' daughter as flower girl and the Clooney's back in town.

In fact, Windsor will be welcoming a whole host of A-listers and top royals for the service which takes place Friday 12th October at 11am.  1200 people from around the country have been invited into the castle grounds to share the experience and members of the public will be able to wish the couple well on a short carriage procession through the town and back into the castle via the Cambridge Gate.  They will not be journeying along the Long Walk so the best place to stand will be on Windsor High Street or Park Street.

Eugenie is the Queen's grandaughter and 9th in line to the throne.  She is the youngest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.  She completed a degree in English and History of Art at Newcastle and now works in a London Art Gallery.  She is 
Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust and Patron to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital having undergone a back operation there as a child for Scoliosis. Her partner is currently the UK brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila which is co-owned by George Clooney.  

The couple have been together for seven years and met whilst skiing in Verbier.  He proposed to her in Nicaragua against a backdrop of a volcano.  Very romantic...!  Both sides of the family are in approval and will be very involved in the event tomorrow.  

The bride has confirmed she will be wearing a British designer but no clues beyond that, so will be lovely to see her dress and what all the glamorous guests will be wearing and of course it's always wonderful to see your hometown on the telly!  

Stunning St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle



Saturday, 6 October 2018

Things we Like about Autumn


What's going on this Autumn?

The leaves are falling from the trees and carpeting the ground in gold.  'Tis the season of the rake, trains have a hard time and gutters get blocked up but it all looks so beautiful and it's the perfect time to explore Windsor.

The air is fresh and crisp Autumn mornings and blue skies are a welcome respite from the heat of the summer, especially this year that topped some of the hottest temperatures on record.  Wrap up warm and get outside to enjoy our wonderful town, parks and riverside location.  The Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, Virgina Water Lake and riverside locations are all stunning at this time of year.  The long shadows at this time of year make for some stunning photography.

We can almost smell the Mulled Wine and Hallowe'en is just around the corner.  Windsor loves to celebrate in spooky style and you will see lots of skeletons and witches trick n' treating in the local roads.  (Good manner dictates that you should only knock on doors where the householder is displaying a lit pumpkin to let you know that they are taking part in the celebrations.)

As we start to slow down from a crazy busy summer at Alma House, we are putting the final touches to our garden makeover and our offers for the winter season.  Look out for special deals available soon.
Autumn hues