I’m often asked what happened to all the people who starred in The Hotel (see here). Well, with one exception* they are all still with me, three years after the filming, which is good going considering the high turnover of staff which some hotels experience. Wayne is still wooing the customers as the Damson Dene’s manager – the Tripadvisor ratings speak for themselves**. Amos, who was portrayed on TV as the bumbling Romanian new boy, now speaks perfect English, and has been joined by his lovely fiancee, Florina, who also works in the restaurant. Paul and Lavinia have been promoted to joint deputy managers and Lavinia took a short time off to have a baby, the lovely Paula. Yvonne and Jean are still frantically handling multiple calls on the Damson Dene reception desk, and George in the kitchen has got engaged to Ada in the restaurant.
And there is the unexpected announcement of another engagement – Marta is to marry her boyfriend Rafal. He proposed on Christmas Day morning, just before she came on duty for the breakfast shift. Marta is now the deputy manager at the Riverside, after accepting the move from the Damson Dene in a tearful denouement in the last episode of the series. It’s lovely to see her so happy and with such a beaming smile.
* The Head Chef’s days were numbered as soon as the series was broadcast.
** The Damson Dene has received more five star reviews from Tripadvisor than any other hotel in the Lake District over the Christmas period – and Wayne is name-checked in nearly all of them.
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About Slow Life
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.