I have over the years become conditioned to feel that September, the start of the academic year, is a new beginning. Although now I am a writer not a teacher, I still get a little buzz as Summer segues into Autumn.
This year even more so.
I am starting a whole new writing-related enterprise. We have bought a lovely 1950s house, one road back from the glorious beach here at The Witterings. It’s large and relaxed, and with some adaptation, it will make a superb writers’ retreat.
I believe there is a demand out there for a peaceful place by the sea where you can be spoiled rotten and get on with your writing. A place where you don’t need to worry about meals and laundry and general busy-ness. A place where a refreshing seafront stroll is two minutes away and the loudest thing is the seagull chorus. A place where tea and coffee and cake are always at hand.
And a jolly sight more personal, friendly and cheaper than a hotel.
But I do have a problem.
It doesn’t have a name. Number 34 Marine Drive doesn’t cut it for me. It doesn’t say ‘here is the perfect seaside venue to complete your masterpiece/write your dissertation/compose the best poems ever’. How about you?
So I am offering a two-nights-for-the-price-of-one deal for the person who comes up with the best name – and a 10% discount for everyone who enters a suggestion. We plan to be up and running by Easter 2014 – and the prize/discount will be valid for a poetical year-and-a-day from our official opening.
- DM @lockwoodwriter on twitter – you’ll need to follow me first if you don’t already OR
- visit the K.M.Lockwood page on Facebook and leave a message ( it really needs some friends) OR
- email kmlockwoodAThotmail.co.uk with your suggestions
I am so looking forward to your suggestions – for names or any other comments.
PLEASE NOTE No-one’s email or anything else will be used by anyone other than me.
The competition will close on the 30th September. There may well have to be a vote-off.
Two thoughts come to mind – Write ‘n’ Sea or Seas The Day. Terrible I know, especially the last one. Hetty
Oops put it on your blog by mistake, sorry.
That’s fine – it’s reached me that’s all that matters 🙂
Thanks for your entry.
Discount or no, I am absolutely in line for this! I expect evening folk singing to be thrown in, of course…
Pretty much guaranteed.
What about ” The Whitterings”
I will throw you some more after Ive had a good think.
Take care and book me a room for folk songs and supper.
I shall look forward to that, Wenna – the more, the merrier!
Thank you, Christine. We will run this competition until the end of September – then I will let the winner and all the entrants know.
Looking at the picture, I think it is a “D” word.
Drapper by the Sea
This is fun…could go on and on.
Thank you Dawn. You are now already entitled to 10% off a stay at the House With No Name – and in with a chance of winning.
All the best – Philippa
But you’ve already got the name. The House With No Name.
I am beginning to like that – shades of Edward Thomas – never a bad thing.
House On Sea
Lots of entries doesn’t = lots of 10% OFF OFFERS!
Congratulations by the way.
A Room of One’s Own
Thanks Lynn – you have 10% off any one booking for a whole year. I rather hope I might see you down here.
Thankyou! Such a great idea. Good luck with it. And involving us all in this way makes us feel a part of it too.
lynn -that is exactly what I want – to meet my colleagues’ needs by asking them. Thanks 🙂
Well, since this post is about new beginnings and you mentioned segues, how about using “Segues” somewhere in the name, like “Segues Writer’s Retreat,” “Segues Writer’s House,” “Segues by the Sea” or just “Segues.”
Congrats on your new venture. Best of luck!
Thank you for that, Cacy. Remember, you have already earned yourself a 10% reduction on a stay – and it lasts for a year.
With the exclamation marks.
Yeah – that really screams peaceful place by the sea right in my lugholes.
Whereabouts in Sussex is this venue?
Hi Laura – it’s a 1950s house on Marine Drive, West Wittering. We are buying it to refurbish as a retreat for writers, artists, readers – anyone who needs a calm place to work/recuperate in
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Wittering Heights… I can’t be the first to suggest this!
Coast and Flow
Scriven and Scull
(For some strange reason) Penman’s Coop
(just popped into my mind, don’t know where that came from)
How many are we allowed? I’m enjoying myself and it does seem a lovely place.
Wow- you’re prolific! Certainly earned your 10% discount.
Always liked the name “Pendance” – Always thought it’d be a great name for a writer’s home.
Thank you – please bring yourself & your campervan down when we open in Spring – and claim at least 10% off your booking.
Bit cheesy, but Scribblings keeps on popping into my head! Good luck with the retreat, Philippa. It sounds wonderful!
10% off is already yours!
I like that.
What about Witter’s Retreat?
Thank you Lorraine. Don’t forget you’ve got 10% off any one booking for the year.
Sea and Tranquillity
Sea, Scrolls and Serenity
Big Blue Beginnings (That’s a B, B&B!)
Mermaids and Memoirs
Remember there’s 10% off for you already.