Hotelier has high hopes for 2023

Martin Barlow

The Budock Vean has strengthened its team in anticipation of a good year ahead.

The hotel, located on the Helford River, near Falmouth, has reopened this week with several new starters, and a number of promotions.

Despite several challenges since the pandemic, owner and MD, Martin Barlow, believes Budock Vean is in good shape for a busy year ahead.

“We’ve had a very interesting few years – especially post pandemic when we found ourselves really struggling to find staff,” he said.

“I’m pleased to say that we are feeling confident about the way 2023 is going to pan out, and as a result we have re-opened this week after a short refurb period, with several new positions, new staff, and some familiar faces promoted to more senior roles.”

The hotel has recruited a new head gardener. Danny Konik will take care of the diverse range of woodland, parkland, foreshore, and sub-tropical valley garden on the 65-acre estate.

Bronwyn Maddocks has been promoted to natural health spa manager, and Sarah Ferrie moves from her role in events at the hotel to the new position of head of marketing.

Two further positions have been created – marketing assistant and food & beverage manager. Chloe Walton and Ryan Bray (respectively) start their new roles this week.

Barlow added: “Our new starters complement a fantastic, loyal team – some of whom have been with us for over 30 years. Of course, we move forward with caution but it’s great to have the confidence to recruit before the season gets going.”