In exceptionally high winds, outdoor furniture can be flying missiles so our team head to all properties and secure the furniture down or bring indoors (if possible) to ensure they don’t fly away and cause any harm!
When there are stormy gales, it’s really important not to give any opportunity for windows to be wrenched open and the roofs to be ripped off so we ensure that these are all securely fastened shut. Another casualty of stormy winds and seas in St Ives is the windows get covered in sea salt and so become slightly ‘crusty’. We know guests book to stay at our holiday cottages in St Ives with a sea view because it’s something very special and so, to be looking out through frosty glass is less than ideal. We arm window cleaners with orders to get these windows cleaned as soon as it is safe to do so!
Depending on the direction of the wind, and because we know our holiday properties so well, we know which ones may experience some water ingress if there is torrential rain accompanying the gale winds (joy!). It would have been raised in past storms and trades men would have consulted the owners to say it is sadly an inevitable result of a particularly rare day when the wind blows in from a certain direction together with hideous rain. We will let guests know to expect anything that we know about from past experience so it doesn’t come as a nasty shock.
Most of our holiday homes don’t have large trees in gardens as they are so close to the sea and in St Ives town. If a storm is forecast, we will do a sight-check of any trees in gardens and if we feel they are in any way looking ‘fragile’ we contact guests to discuss alternative plans.
Wheelie bins, given the fact they have wheels and the strength of the storms we experience down here, they can be found one street away unless neatly stored away! Our team makes sure this happens so guests still have access to the bin outside their holiday property.
It’s a sad fact that when a storm rips through the UK or a certain region, there are some sort of road and/ or rail disruptions due to high winds and fallen trees. This leads to delays and most likely frayed nerves! We appreciate this and most definitely sympathise. Where possible, when planning a journey during a storm, we will always try to accommodate earlier check-ins or at the very least the potential to use the parking space while you wait for your holiday property to be ready for you so we ask guests to request if this is possible at the time and we can do our very best to make it happen. If we are aware of any road closures before, we let our guests know in order to plan an alternative route.