Changes are afoot at the Isles of Scilly Country Guesthouse and Kaffeehaus, and next year my summer home is set to look a little different!
Sabine has just had plans approved to convert the old “wing” of the guesthouse into four luxury and easily-accessible self-catering units: one three-bed unit, incorporating the current Kaffeehaus and garden, one two-bed unit, and two one-bed units – all with lush south-facing gardens. The two-bed and three-bed units will have the option to inter-connect making it possible for larger parties to come and enjoy a holiday together.
Fear not for your Apfel strudel
At the other end of the building, the five recently refurbished Country Guesthouse rooms will remain. A brand new conservatory will be built adjoining the current sitting room, pushing out via two sets of double doors to a beautifully manicured south- and west-facing gardens. This will be the new, more comfortable, Kaffeehaus – the perfect suntrap for lazy dogs, and happy walkers and guests seeking breakfasts, and delicious sustenance throughout the day.
The new layout will also allow for a bigger and better kitchen to cope with the increase in demand for Sabine’s delicious German treats, all the better for preparing scrummy strudels and succulent sauerkraut. Importantly, there will be better access to the accommodation and Kaffeehaus for those with reduced mobility, and more space for everyone inside and out, depending on the weather. I just hope a few guests remember to treat me to the odd leftover sausage!
Another chapter for Sage House
The new look Country Guesthouse, accommodation and Kaffeehaus for 2017 will be yet another re-incarnation for the property formerly known as Sage House. Back in 1978, the building was used as a dive centre before being converted first into a retirement home and then into nursing home. Having arrived on the islands from London, Sabine ran the nursing home for 10 years from 1997 to 2007. At this time it was considered better for elderly residents to be cared for in the community so she converted it into what we know and love today.
“I first opened the Kaffeehaus in 1998, with a tea trolley parked in the garden,” Sabine reminisces. “The existing conservatory was built in 2003 but we’ve now outgrown that. I am really excited about this new phase of development,” she adds. “I love everything about my guesthouse and the hospitality business – but my first love is the Kaffeehaus. I can’t wait to be able to offer visitors better and more varied accommodation, and offer something extra special when the new Kaffeehaus is built. But more of that in another blog!”