We have owned Hampton Terrace for fifteen years, and not a year goes by when we don't inplement a major project, or orchestrate a series of property upgrades. This Spring is no exception.
Now that we have returned, I can share that Susan and I spent a couple of weeks away from the inn - celebrating our 35th anniversary at a beach, and visiting our kids and grandkids in Texas. While we were gone, we had most of the main house floors completely refinished. This is the kind of project that is best done behind one's back, although we had a really busy several days putting things back in order upon our return. We chose to have the original, natural oak tone highlighted, and we are very pleased with the result.
Also taking advantage of our absence was Bob, our loyal painter. We have been wanting to repaint our dining room for a while, and now it is done. Further, I left him several cans of white semi-gloss and instructed him to freshen every trim and door he desired. As a result, he pretty much hit everything: the front door and all floor, ceiling and door trims, plus inside windows and closets. I love people who self-motivate, and he even repainted our creamy yellow front hall and second-floor landing. Then as he always does, he walked me around the property upon our return and showed off everything he did....like a proud Papa. And left me a bill that always seems too low. Bob is like a member of our family.
Other improvements: new carpets in Carriage House rooms 1 and 2 and in several of our suites. And a new furnace and hot water heater.
For those who have not been here in the past year....ALL new HD TVs, and a vastly upgraded WiFi system. Both sorely needed and DONE.
We've also been asked to consider extra shelf space in some of our bathrooms and Susan and plan to spend the month of April working on that.
Everyone who stays at Hampton Terrace is asked, in a follow-up e-mail, to suggest improvements. We take that feedback VERY seriously, and plan to address as many upgrades as possible over the next several months.