Escape to the Lodges

 

Welcome to my first blog post of Escape to the Lodges, tales and tribulations of life at Crashpad Lodges. 

My name is Lynsey and along with Josh we own Yr Helfa, a remote, self-sustained mountain lodge on the slopes of Mount Snowdon, North Wales from which we run our business Crashpad Lodges.

 I won’t spend too much time here introducing myself as it’s all in our about page but I will start with why I have decided to start a blog and hopefully why you will enjoy reading it. Josh will of course have input to this blog but as he spends a fair amount of time up mountains and isn’t really an “indoors computer person” most of the writing will be done by myself.

 Crashpad Lodges has been running (at time of writing) for just over 4 years.  The main aim of this blog is to help share our experience of starting a business from nothing (actually minus nothing as we had to fix things before we could even start, 2 steps forwards, 5 back in our case)

 Starting a business of any kind is a process of putting your heart and soul (and money) into something that you believe other people will want or need.  We have handmade, hand-painted, hand-sourced, lived, breathed and poured our heart and soul into the lodges in the hope that Crashpad Lodges becomes a magical place were friends and families make memories. 

 So far on our journey we have had massive highs, increased bookings year on year, met some absolutely amazing people and groups and managed somehow to completely transform a damp dark lodge into a beautiful warm, self-sustaining lodge.  On the other hand, massive lows, burst pipes, generator issues, the list trickles on.

 I have set up this blog to share our experience of starting and running our business which will hopefully be a mixture of story-telling and some hard facts about the nitty gritty of side of running a business.  It will hopefully be of use to readers who need business encouragement, those that love the outdoor lifestyle (the remote outdoor lifestyle!) and anyone who just wants to escape, even for 5 minutes.

 Welcome to Escape to the Lodges.

Where I spend most of my time, with Captain Chunk and my laptop on the sofa working on Crashpad. My happy place.

Where I spend most of my time, with Captain Chunk and my laptop on the sofa working on Crashpad. My happy place.

Josh’s happy place, as high as he can possibly be on a mountain.

Josh’s happy place, as high as he can possibly be on a mountain.