As a special offer The Portland would like to offer Chamber Members 20% off (Sunday-Thursday) and 15% off (Friday and Saturday) stays for the remainder of 2020. The offer is available for Bed & Breakfast and extends to member’s friends and families. To book or enquire call the team on 01242 906600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote Chamber membership in the subject line. For those members requiring accommodation for staff, contractors or other business guests please contact The Portland regarding special business rates.
Cheltenham based social enterprise The Portland Guesthouse, a part of Gloucestershire charity St Vincent’s & St George’s has been successfully welcoming visitors back to the town following easing of restrictions in early July. The four star guesthouse achieved their commendations including a breakfast and silver award from Visit England just days before the Prime Minister’s announcement in March.
The Portland doors opened for the first time on January 1st 2020, and when the lockdown was announced the guesthouse honoured their key values and offered their seven ensuite bedrooms to key workers for free. Across three months The Portland provided over 300 complimentary bed nights to deserved key workers who otherwise would have been in self isolation.
One guest who benefitted from the offer left these kind words “Due to the current situation with Covid-19 I have had to isolate from my family to continue being able to come to work. I had nowhere to stay when I saw the generous offer of free accommodation to front line staff. I was so exhausted and missing my children when I stepped through the doors and the little touches made the world of difference. The rooms are beautiful, and the bed was so comfortable. One day I will come back as a full paying customer to say thank you so much, my words don’t do justice. In a world where you can be anything, be kind…”.
The Portland provides valuable opportunities for vulnerable adults to gain work skills in a safe and patient environment. Our service users can join the team and as well as learning about the hospitality industry will be educated in the expectations from a work environment. At the conclusion of their time with us, they should have the confidence and skills to find paid employment. As life resumes a balance, the team are working to make the course they work through accredited giving a real boost to the service users CV.
Sam Lucy, manager of The Portland said “Our next goal is to have our existing service users back as soon as is safe to do so and pick up where we left off. We’ve already got our next starters lined up too which is exciting and inspiring for the whole team. With the accredited course, once secured, our trainees can have a physical certificate, which will be the end goal for some. Others will have the listing on their CV and combined with their increased confidence this stands them in a good position for future paid roles”.
With restrictions in place, and guests returning for leisure stays the social enterprise hopes to have a less eventful finish to their first year.