Hoping we get to welcome you to The Control Tower in 2021
Here's to a very happy New Year and that it delivers all that you want from it. We hope this finds you well and safely tucked up. These strange Covid times have continued longer than we ever imagined, but they won't be forever. We are currently closed again but are still looking forward to welcoming you all back as soon as we can. At the moment we don't know the end date of these current restrictions but we are happy to take future bookings. For your piece of mind, if you are ready to book a 2021 getaway - our Covid-19 Cancellation Policy states: If you are unwell or unable to take your stay due to government advice please let us know. Our normal cancellation policy outlines that the full room payment is due if cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice, we are currently wavering this condition and you will not be charged if you need to cancel up to the day the of the booking. We are unable to refund deposits but we will be happy to hold your deposit towards another stay for up to a year from your original booked date.
If you are ready to book a 2021 getaway and in the spirit of the new year we are offering a fantastic January Sale - book a 2 night stay during 2021 in either Stirling or Signals for £250(saving £50 on one stay) - this must be booked from today and by 5pm Sunday 31st January (subject to availability, it cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and excludes Bank Holidays and special stays) ... so get planning and get booking!
While it has been a very peculiar year when deadlines were missed and planning became impossible, for us, it also presented lots of opportunities. We had the gift of time - something we are usually very short of. During the first lockdown we cracked on with lots of things on the very long 'finish the build' list. A major highlight for us was getting to the bottom of the list and after nearly 9 years we completed 'The Build'. The most notable achievement was the utility room - a small room but with the greatest number of functions for the B&B. Having it fully working and decorated makes so many tasks so much easier and nicer. An added bonus that when people come to the back door we are no longer mortally embarrassed!
2020 had been the year we were due to conclude our Time to Remember project - the memorial site should have been completed in spring and the dedication day celebrations in August. Covid restrictions meant that all this got postponed but with Andy Knighton's help we did manage in between lock downs to get the Stirling sculpture 'Home Safe' airborne in September. Thankfully Andy Knighton Sculptures had completed it last year well ahead of schedule so its creation did not get held up. Seeing Home Safe in place just made our year. We plan to complete the site in 2021 and hopefully hold a dedication ceremony in June this year - fingers crossed.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them."
We are often asked why we care so much about having a memorial and why we want RAF North Creake remembered. It is of course inextricably linked to us buying The Control Tower. When we moved in back in October 2011 we had an interest but this soon became a fascination. In our first winter at the tower, a friend had been to the Kew archives and photographed the Operations Record Book for RAF North Creake. In the days running up to Christmas he sent us the record for that day. It was spinetingling sitting in the Control Room (aka our bedroom) and reading what had happened back in 1944. Once we met veterans and others with a connection to its history we were hooked. On Armistice Day we took a stroll out on the airfield and couldn't help being moved by the sun setting on the remains of runway 1 on the former RAF North Creake Airfield and we remembered the 73 men who took off from here but never returned. Nigel is using this time to embark upon writing up the history of the station which is intertwined with our story of the tower... early days but it is starting to take shape. We will keep you informed of progress.
Below in our round up we have some pictures of highlights during 2020. The biggest winners of this year have been the Control Tower Cats who are very much enjoying having us all to themselves and that their room (aka the utility room) is finally finished. The garden too has had much needed love and is looking much the better for it. The addition of a wildlife pond has already enhanced the number of birds we are getting each day in the garden.
We hope we get to warmly welcome you for the first time, or to warmly welcome you back, in 2021 to The Control Tower Bed and Breakfast with a generous helping of History.
Our round up of 2020 Highlights (yes there were some!)
The Control Tower by night... we managed to get this face of the tower rendered before we reopened in August. It looks SO much better now. Only the west side left to be re-rendered now :)
The Roll of Honour was completed and delivered to our garden until the site is ready for it.
Delighted this three piece suite found us... fits in perfectly.
While buying pond plants from The Wildflower Centre in Bayfield we spotted this. A restored Allan Williams Turret.
We managed to finally sort out the large flower border we have been planning for years. It looked wonderful this summer and will only get better as the plants spread and grow.
Not the best photo but we love the lavender border we have put around the patio.. even if it took a lot of concrete breaking to achieve it.
Foxgloves which thankfully grow in abundance here are always a delight.
The wild roses may be gone but their hips are providing some much needed colour this winter... covered in frost they looked sugar coated.
We had a lovely Christmas but it was so sad having to cancel bookings from guests who had looked forward to staying here for almost a year. They have rebooked for next Christmas though.
Walks on Stiffkey Marshes are always good (if you don't fall in!)
Very excited to see the first of our sloes in the native hedge we planted 3 years ago. It will be a few years before we an harvest enough but homemade sloe gin is the direction of travel for these.
Another kind of autumn show.
Bumper harvest this year
Aerial view... well from the roof of CTHQ.
There is a growing trend of people moving to plant based diets - you are more than welcome here at the Control Tower. This is some of our 'starter' offerings before our fully cooked vegan breakfast.
Our fab find from Norfolk Reclaim - Ni worked out how to convert this planter into a water feature. It's bold concrete shape really compliments the tower. You can just about spot one of the Peace Roses we have added to the patio too.
Our newly dug wildlife pond.
The welcome is always warm at The Control Tower
All our worlds have become smaller this year - we have really enjoyed walks across the old airfield. Listening to sky larks and watching the red kites overhead. Always with our thoughts returning to how it would have been 75+ years ago.
New spitfire memorial at Langham Dome is definitely worth a visit.
Stunning autumn colours this year at CTHQ
Fast becoming our favourite Control Tower breakfast - sweet French toast with lots of cinnamon.
Looking forward to welcoming you to
The Control Tower Bed and Breakfast in 2021
Claire & Nigel xx
The Control Tower Bed and Breakfast
Bunkers Hill, Egmere, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6AZ.