Prospect House as it was originally named, was built in the early 1850's as a detached residence for a local smack (trawler) owner. In the early 1900's the house was split into two by the then owners, but retained ownership of both houses.
This is how it remained until we bought “them” (Prospect House and No 1 Prospect Steps) in July 2011.
We purchased the house(s) off the Bully family, who had owned them since 1926 when they bought them for the princely sum of £826! During their tenure, the house doubled up as a dairy which occupied the outbuilding down the side of the house. Milk produce was delivered to families all over Brixham, alternatively customer’s queued up down Prospect Steps to buy their daily pint. It’s understood that horses, which at one time pulled the milk carts, used to graze on the land adjacent to the house, now the car park and garden.
Amanda grew up in Marlow on Thames, Buckinghamshire and attended Pipers Corner School, Great Missenden then went to South Devon Technical College where she studied Hotel & Catering Management. She moved to Marlborough in 1990 and worked for Wiltshire Council for over 17 years as a Sports Development Officer. She has four sons Chris, Tom, Ben and Fred.
I (Nigel) was born and grew up in Oldham, Greater Manchester and attended Oldham Hulme Grammar school. I moved to Marlborough in the mid 1990’s further to securing a position in Vodafone (Newbury) heading up their retail development programme. I’ve got two boys Nick and Alex.
25th February 2011 was the day we visited Brixham and day one of our journey to acquire Prospect House and ultimately to realise Amanda's dream to run a b&b, Nigels’ dream to live by the sea, Henry's (our springer) dream to swim with the seals...and now we have an addition to the family, Lenny who’s dreaming of just being a cheeky, naughty but loveable springer!
Once we acquired Prospect House and No1 Prospect Steps the first objective was to convert the two houses back to their original detached entity. So started over 8 months of working 16 hours a day, seven days a week, with Amanda continuing to work for Wiltshire Council and commuting down to Brixham every weekend... oh and did I mention living in a 14ft 6” long caravan parked on the drive for 9 months?
Completing the project on time to such a high standard would not have been possible without commited local tradesman to whom we we will always be grateful. Every wall and ceiling was re-plastered, skimmed or rendered, every square inch was decorated, all the original floor boards were taken up, relaid, sanded down and treated. New plumbing and heating system was fitted, a total re-wire, a new roof, two new chimneys and much much more.
Our objective was to retain and enhance as much of the heritage and character of the house as we could but at the same time introduce modern amenities and facilities for our guests. One week later than planned, on the 1st June 2012 we opened Beacon House Bed & Breakfast to our first paying guests, the rest as they say, is our future!
...go pack your bags and sample for yourself, I could wax lyrical all day, you really won’t regret it!
Nigel on our arrival gave us the tour of the guest areas of the house then showed us to our room, WOW, it really did START with the VIEW, breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you we will be back
Very relaxing weekend. Thanks to Nigel & Amanda for making a very frazzled person into a relaxed person in one weekend! Lovely b&b, great breakfast, great views, just a lovely atmosphere throughout. Thanks very much
Second to none. FANTASTIC - amazing hosts, friendly, caring, thoughtful and helpful. Superb breakfast, clean and stylish room and en suite. Wonderful views, lovely outside sitting area, thoughtful extras, best b&b ever.
The best b&b I have stayed in for some time, lovely rooms and building. Superb service and breakfast. Good views. Very clean and tip top. Beds are ever so comfy. Could not ask for a better b&b. Enjoy your stay.