If you have stayed in the past at Mandalay, you will know that the bedroom nearest the sea has always been a cosy place to stay, and the sound of the waves can lull you to sleep, or gently rouse you in the mornings. We felt that the fabric needed some tidying up, and so in January, we earmarked the whole month for the work.
Which was just as well, as a combination of illness and skiing meant that it took all of that time to complete.
The original wall cladding was a curious mixture of felt and straw, which has always been a friendly yellow, but we felt that a change to tongue and groove panelling required a fresh approach, so all the original was removed from three walls. Removal of the wall cladding also gave us an opportunity to check the condition of the main structural timbers, which were in remarkably good state after 78 years of all weathers, but where necessary, sections were replaced or re-inforced. The original patchy rockwool insulation in the walls was removed and replaced with a combination of fibreglass wrap, and new technology aluminium clad bubblewrap.
The new tongue and groove cladding sheets had been pre-treated against moisture, and needed umpteen coats of primer and the same of topcoat to make them white, but now the room has a fresh new look, whilst the new lighting and wiring have tidied up the appearance. We hope that everyone will be as pleased with the new room as we are; it certainly should be a warmer and more comfortable place to sleep, and still with wonderful views of the beach and sea, and the breaking of dawn over the sea.