We hope you enjoyed a good look around The Stamford guest house in Southport as it was our turn to feature in this week’s Four in a Bed.
The Channel 4 series revealed Southport at its best as the contestants arrived under beautiful blue skies, with some great shots of landmarks such as Southport Pier, the Marine Lake, Kings Gardens and the Promenade. The footage showed just why Sunny Southport has been a firm favourite for holidaymakers since the 19th century.
We welcomed guests through automated texts directing them to our guest house on Bath Street, situated between historic Lord Street and the beach, Kings Gardens and pier area.
The texts gave our guests the code to check in and details of how to access their rooms.
Since the show has aired, we now have exciting news that we are implementing smartphone access where your phone opens the door without a need for a card.
Fellow contestants included: Mum and daughter Annelies and Claudia from the Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold, North Yorkshire; Carl and best friend Sharon from Driftwood Luxury Lodges, in Dale Abbey in Derbyshire; and Simon and Joe from the Grantham Arms in Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire.
The rooms, especially the comfort of the beds, earned a big seal of approval from Carl, who said: “I slept perfectly! 100%. Those beds were spot on.”
After enjoying their arrival in three stylish but very different rooms, we took them all for a fun game of football combined with golf at Southport Footgolf, next to Southport Pier.
We would like to thank them for opening up especially for us!
The contestants split into teams for a fun afternoon in the sunshine at one of our resort’s newest attractions.
That evening we escorted them around the corner for cocktails at the fabulous Firepit Restaurant and Bar on West Street, which is one of our favourite venues.
While there we talked about how we met, as 11-year-old child sweethearts at school.
Our guests asked us why we were attracted to opening The Stamford, which was awarded runner-up in last year’s B&B / Guest House Of The Year category at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards and is popular with golf fans from all over the world.
For us it was an easy decision.
Southport has got some of the best golf courses in the country here. We are very lucky that we have got guests from all over the world coming to visit us.
The Stamford is situated on England’s ‘Golf Coast’, and is well placed for people who love to play a few rounds on some of the finest courses in Britain. We even have a dedicated golf room, where guests can charge their buggies and store their clubs, which was admired by the other contestants.
Some of the contestants asked us about our way of operating, with the lack of hosts on-site at The Stamford.
For us, it is all about coming to Southport. That is the destination, not me and Rick.
There is a customer for every type of hospitality target. Ours is different from others, and it works very well for us.”
The following morning the other contestants were impressed by a delicious breakfast, with a great choice from the menu at Bistrot Pierre on nearby Lord Street, which is just down the road from where we are.
They made great comments about the food, the venue and the selection on offer.
Annelies said: “If you are a small guest house, then you can’t offer a selection like this. Sometimes you have to leave it to the professionals.
“The breakfast was very good quality, very tasty.”
Visitors who come to stay at The Stamford can bring bread, they can prepare something in our kitchen or in their room if they like, or they can go out and sample what Southport has got to offer. We have lots of top quality restaurants and cafes very close to where we are.
When it came to the marks, The Stamford scored really well for Cleanliness and Facilities.
The two things we were rated in the middle for were Hosting and Breakfasts, the two things which we don’t offer directly on site. Our guests are the opposite, they actually love that.
The Stamford is a place where guests can check in when they like, with no check-in or check-out queues, in a relaxed and modern way.
We are situated in the heart of Southport, surrounded by a huge number of top quality restaurants, cafes and bars, leaving guests spoiled for choice over where to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner.
After all – why not head out and explore the holiday resort you’ve come to visit?
For more details about The Stamford, on Bath Street in Southport town centre, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01704627061