Hospitality newcomers set ambitious turnover target for newly-refurbished guest house

The owners of a new guesthouse in South Hams Devon have set themselves an ambitious target for turnover in their first year of trading, despite running the new venture with no prior experience of hospitality.

Former creative design company director, Alistair Veness and his partner head chef Scott Browning, purchased and refurbished the eight-room property in Higher Town, Malborough near Salcombe into a stylish guest house with bank funding from NatWest.

Known previously as The Lodge, the building has undergone an extensive three-month refurbishment and has relaunched as Brightham House B&B, with bookings now being taken.

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Partners Alistair and Scott, who left their jobs to start their own B&B business, hope to turnover around £100,000 in their first year of trading and will employ people from within the local community.

Alistair Veness, co-owner of Brightham House, said: “It has been a dream to own and run our own B&B business for some time now and as soon as we saw the site on Higher Town we just knew it had bags of potential.

“Thanks to funding from NatWest we’ve not only been able to purchase the property, but we’ve also been able to totally transform it, turning it from a tired and drab looking B&B into a stylish and welcoming boutique guest house. We can’t wait to welcome guests to Brightham House.”

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