Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hmmm - 9 to 5 or freelance writing? You decide.

Do you know what I enjoy about this freelance writing lark? The fact that you never know what opportunities may suddenly 'pop' into your inbox when you least expect it.

Take last night as an example. I was just about to switch off my computer when the editor of Country & Border Life (who I do the monthly walking features for) emailed.

The luxury hotel, Llangoed Hall, nestling on the banks of the River Wye in Wales is establishing a series of activity breaks, one of which is walking. The magazine has been offered a free place on one of these walking breaks, so the editor was asking if I'd be interested in going. Hmmm, now let me think about this....

Let's look at the facts:

1 - Each room is individually decorated with antique furniture, fabrics from Elanbach, Sir Bernard's textile printing company based in the grounds, and work by artists such as Whistler, Sickert and Augustus John.

2 - Guest designers such as Tom Parr, have also added their own individual style to the bedrooms. Similarly, seventeenth century antique mirrors, Roberts radios and cast iron baths are just some of the features that make each room both welcoming and luxurious.

3 - Winner of no less than three rosettes, Head Chef, Sean Ballington, is a firm believer in fresh, local produce. From Welsh lamb and local Salmon to Black Beef, his signature dishes are often described as classic with a twist.

4 - Most guests tend to relax at Llangoed Hall. Reading the papers by the fire, playing snooker in the library or, weather permitting, enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace.

However, for those who want to explore more than our wine list, we can offer everything from fishing, rock climbing and clay pigeon shooting to 4x4 driving, orienteering and white water rafting. Team building events can easily be arranged with qualified experts. All we ask is that you make any requests in advance.

Of course, my biggest challenge will be the best way to arrive at the venue.

Based in the heart of Wales and resting on the site of the former Welsh Parliament, Llangoed Hall commands spectacular, uninterrupted views of the Black Mountains.
Surrounded by meadowland and woods, it is an idyll of peace and quiet, with only your fellow guests and the local sheep for company. Just one hour from Newport by car or 45 minutes from London by helicopter, any form of transport can be arranged on request, from taxis and limousines to helicopter or private jet.

Picture the scene .... guests arriving from London in their private jets and helicopters and then there'll be me turning up in my little Vauxhall Astra!

I just hope the weather works out because there's over 10 miles of walking to do across the Brecon Beacons whilst I'm there (hence the need for a full Welsh Breakfast every morning!)

So, which you think sounds better? Working from 9 till 5 for a local council, or this freelance writing lark?