Spy Drone over Weymouth Harbour – 16th/17th July 2019

Survey Drone overflies the Devonshire Buildings in Weymouth

Some people imagined it was Amazon delivering a “cloak of invisibility”. A few thought Putin was spying on us, or Facebook, or Google or any number of possibilities. In fact, it was a survey drone sent to image the buildings. The inspectors were looking at facias and roof structures for possible existing damage. Alternatively, they could assess risk of damage which might occur during Harbour Wall repairs later this year.

As “spy drones” go, this was a somewhat noisy affair. One could imagine Taliban fighters (etc) spotting the machine and shooting it out of skies within a few seconds of deployment. Onlookers noted a level of “dissatisfaction” among the populations of rooftop gulls, rooks and crows, during its flight pattern. We do not know whether militarised spy drones are quieter, but we hope so. It was difficult to determine the drone manufacturer nor make of camera carried, but the latter appeared similar to Canon-style video devices in common use. Flight times were about an hour each, in several sessions. Today, 17th, the Pavilion Theatre is under survey. This was a distinctly unusual instance of “sights in Weymouth Harbour“.

As for the Harbour Wall repairs, these start 30th September and last for several weeks, until early December. Preparatory works will lead onto reverberatory pile driving, followed by percussive piledriving, finishing and making good works. It is expected most of the nearby guesthouses, including ourselves, will close during these works, for reasons of noise, access and safety. We hope our respective guests will bear with us and come back afterwards, to enjoy our hospitality, perhaps in the Christmas Season or New Year.

Tall Ships Irene, Prolific and Royalist visiting Weymouth Harbour, April 2019

Tall Ship Irene

Tall Ship Irene 16.05.19

Tall Ship Irene 16.05.19 Classic Sailing

It was a very misty day when Tall Ship Irene first came into Weymouth Harbour. One could almost imagine a scene from Stephen King’s film, “The Mist”, with ghostly pirates shuffling along the decks in the fog. Irene was a cargo sailing ship, launched from Bridgwater in Somerset in 1907. She was designed as a Ketch with beaching abilities, so cargo could be more easily handled on river banks inland. without the need of a Harbour Pier. She had a long career hauling cargo, before a period of abandonment and neglect, before being restored as a houseboat. Later, she featured in a number of films and adverts, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and depicted as “The Flying Dutchman” in the Tony Palmer film “Wagner”. (Extracts from https://classic-sailing.co.uk/article/irene-1907-history-ship). While in Weymouth, Irene was acting as a Sea Cadet training ship on a 2-day stopover.

TS Irene from the stern in fog

TS Irene from the stern in fog

We were kindly sent a few more photographs by a Tall Ships fan. We reproduce those here by kind permission and we ask, could the donor please contact us again so we can credit these images properly..

TS Irene leaving port in fog - donated image

TS Irene leaving port in fog – Photography by Tim Harris

Classic Sailing Tall Ship Irene turning in Weymouth Harbour

Classic Sailing Tall Ship Irene turning in Weymouth Harbour – Photography by Tim Harris. Thank you for this highly atmospheric scene

TS Royalist

In the previous week, Tall Ship Royalist also moored in Weymouth Harbour, also right behind Aaran Guesthouse. She has been a frequent visitor to Weymouth, often “popping” in for a night or two en route to other Sea Cadet ports around the UK. At nighttime, she is illuminated by uplighters on her masts, which makes for a very pretty sight when strolling around the Harbour.

TS Royalist in Weymouth April 2019

TS Royalist in Weymouth April 2019

Jigging in the Rigging TS Royalist

Jigging in the Rigging TS Royalist sea cadets furling the mainsails

TS Prolific

TS Prolific moored up right behind Aaran Guesthouse last night, leaving around 9:00 am this morning (19th April 2019). Another training ship, she has also been a prolific visitor to Weymouth Harbour and makes a very welcome sight among the fishing vessels and pleasure yachts. She is operated by the Ocean Youth Trust, built in 2005 in the style of traditional herring fishing boats.

TS Prolific viewed from Aaran House guest lounge just 15 yards away

TS Prolific viewed from Aaran House guest lounge just 15 yards away

Updated room and new bathroom – February 13th 2019

New double room where the old twin room used to be

New double room where the old twin room used to be

Updated Room

At Aaran House, we constantly improve, redecorate and try to innovate. We decided over Winter to switch our former twin room on the top floor with the former double room alongside. We purchased brand new beds, mattresses, bedding, fitted new curtains – in short we replaced nearly everything in both updated rooms. In particular, we put in a brand new bathroom in the new double, our updated room 5. It cost us a lot but we think it was worth it

Brand new bathroom in room 5 - first guests arrived 24th February.

Brand new bathroom in room 5 – first guests arrived 24th February.

We also upgraded the corner bath with new surrounds, taps, shower, shower curtain, resealed all round and upgraded water supply and outflows.

We also upgraded the corner bath with new surrounds, taps, shower, shower curtain, resealed all round and upgraded water supply and outflows.

Five Star Reviews

Our first guests loved the updated room 5 – see their review –

The very first guests in our new room 5 loved it

The very first guests in our new room 5 loved it

Our 2nd guests in the new updated room also loved their stay

New room 5 - first guests on 24th February - their lovely review

New room 5 – first guests on 24th February – their lovely review

Google and Trip Advisor cheerfully published libel

The fourth guests in this room wrote the 10/10 review below. They were followed, two days after, by a rather unpleasant guest (Aayesha Mohommad). She wrote a scurrilous and potentially libellous review on google and trip advisor, because we did not serve her breakfast in bed! Her first 3 attempts were taken down by google on legal grounds. So she posted more reviews under the name cameron stichbury. She claimed the brand new bathroom was mouldy – REALLY! Trolls have no imagination.

Trip Advisor repeatedly refused to take down the Stichbury review but, suddenly after some weeks it disappeared. We reviewed TripAdvisor and they immediately contravened all their own policies. They bullied Trust Pilot to take down our genuine review, demanding to know our identity. Famously, TripAdvisor guarantees reviewer anonymity (Hah!)  You just cannot please some people!  Ironically, removal of that troll review boosted our ranking and we won a Certificate of Excellence Award for 2019 – and here it is –

Certificate of Excellence for 2019

Certificate of Excellence for 2019 from Trip Advisor

At least our 4th guests loved the updated room, 2 days later-

Another lovely review for our new room 5, 2 days after the unpleasant Aayesha left

Another lovely review for our new room 5, 2 days after the unpleasant Aayesha left

Update

We just received a Yelp review for the same updated room, dating from a few days before booking.com allowed us to change the name of the room online on 13th February – and it’s another 5/5 fabulous score –

Yet another great review for room 5

Yet another great review for room 5. This time on Yelp

-Following implied threats, false accusations and abuse from several major internet companies and SEO “Gurus”, we have stopped trying to report fake reviews. Basically, the internet is determined to protect its income, however it may be derived.

On a different theme, just yesterday, (16th July 2019), we were surveyed by drone, externally, following internal detailed surveys. Hopefully, the detailed reports will add further weight to our theme of developing Room 5 to the best potential.

Covid-19 Update – 24th April 2020

We have been in lock down and self-isolating since 22nd March 2020, 1 day before UK Government made it official. We are still here and hope to welcome all our old friends and new guests as soon as the crisis is over.

Aaran Guesthouse You Tube playlist

YouTubePlaylist

You Tube Playlist

Here, you can view a few videos of Harbour and Beach events in Weymouth, mostly filmed on our doorstep. See other videos in our YouTube Channel, including Christmas Day Harbour Swim, Raft Race, RNLI Historic Boat Parade, Beach Volleyball, Santa Fun Run (Chase the Pudding), Iron Man events, Beach Kite Festival, Motor Boat Racing, Weymouth fishing fleet , Ice skating and much more. The cover image from the You Tube Playlist shows the old Condor Ferry, as it returned to Weymouth following a gap in operations. This is our most popular video. Other videos show Beach Motocross, Harley Davidson Parades, Waterfest and Seafood Festival.

Beach Motocross, Weymouth, Sunday 28th October 2018

Beach Motocross – Weymouth – 28th October 2018

Lions Club Beach Motocross

Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight

Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight

Riders passing the Sandworld display area

Riders sculpting sand their won way

Riders sculpting sand their won way

Junior riders nearing lap completion

Junior motocross riders nearing lap completion

Junior motocross riders nearing lap completion

The view from our rooms –

Weymouth Lions Club organised the annual Beach Motocross race on 28th October this year. The weather was a little colder and windier than the Beach Volleyball a couple of months earlier, so we elected to view the race from our guest room 1, above the crowds lining the Esplanade. (See our YouTube Channel for previous images and videos).   Soon, we shall see the annual Chase the Pudding event, where 100’s of Santas, Elves and Fairies line up to catch the Pudding for Charity.

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Several thousand spectators braved the chill to watch a record 364 competitors take part in races for Seniors, Experts, Intermediate and Junior riders. There were countless thrills and spills. Many fallen riders jumped back on thier machines only to fall of at the next jump. It was mayhem but out of the chaos great skills emerged and some well-deserved winners thrilled the watching crowds. (For results and more detailed information – see http://www.amca.uk.com/motocross/motocross-reports-results/2428-2018-amca-weymouth-beach-moto-cross?mylaps=type,run,runid,5160932 .

The event raised £1800 for Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and an estimated 20,000 visitors watched the races – FREE ! We would also like to add our congratulations to regular Weymouth commentator, Paul Hardy, on his well-deserved retirement.

(For previous years, check out our earlier post – https://www.aaranhouse.co.uk/beach-motocross/

Donkey rides on Weymouth Beach – Westhill Donkeys

Donkey rides on Weymouth Beach

We are now nearing the end of the Summer Season, so it seemed appropriate to mention the Donkey Rides. The rides have been delighting children (and Parents) for many, many years. The donkeys come from Westhill Farm, under new stewardship since 2011. The tradition has continued since the 19th century. The rides take place near the "Boat" beach cafe, at the Southern end of Weymouth Beach and just 100 yards from Aaran Guesthouse. The course takes riders 100 yards along the sands and back again. We think parents enjoy  watching just as much as their kids enjoy the riding the donkeys.

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TS Royalist in Weymouth Harbour – 27th August 2018 – 4:30pm

TS Royalist

TS Royalist is a Tall Ship, built in 2015 by Astilleros Gondan, designed by Acubens as a brig and is now the Flagship of the Sea Cadets, Named by the Princess Royal, she boards up to 24 Cadets ans 10 staff, typically on 6-day "missions". She is currently bound for Plymouth. Her identification details are : IMO = 9717369, MMSI = 235107983, length = 32m, beam = 8m, draught = 3m, Call Sign = 2HZW6

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Aaran House – right on the sea front

View from Aaran House front door

Sea front flower bed 5 yards from Aaran House

Sea front flower bed 5 yards from Aaran House

Sea front guesthouses viewed 10 yards from Aaran House

Sea front guesthouses viewed 10 yards from Aaran House

The sea front in Weymouth stretches right along The Esplanade and right past Aaran House. When you step out of our front door, 5 paces brings you to the flower beds. From there, you can see all around, as in the short video above. In front, there is the 2.5 mile beach, the sea and the Bay, sweeping round to white cliffs. Left, there is the town frontage, consisting mainly of Georgian buildings, like Aaran House.

If you walk the 20 yards to the beach, you can turn round and see Aaran House and the other Georgian guesthouses. We all offer spectacular views and a warm welcome. Behind us is the historical and picturesque Harbour, always busy with fishing boats, yachts and tall ships.