The Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa – On the Spring Equinox
The beautiful Downshire village of Clerembeax St Giles was situated to the west of Abbeyvale located between Grace Hill and Bushy Down and on the outskirts was the Clerembeax Palace Hotel and Spa.
It was once the home the Clerembeax’s, who arrived in Downshire following the Norman conquests and stayed for a thousand years before the name died out following the death of the reclusive Marcus Clerembeax at the age of 96.
The current owner was Yvonne Labuschagne, who decided to open it as a Hotel and Spa.
The Spa was a good attraction, but it was crucial for them to maintain a high occupancy rate, however things were tough in the Hotel trade with the success of Travelodge, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn Express and so places like the Palace needed to offer something extra to attract the guests, apart from the Spa.
So, they put on novelty weekends, such as “Murder Mysteries” and in addition, they had a sizable Ballroom which was used for special occasions, high days and holidays, which boosted occupancy and Spa numbers at the same time, Christmas being a prime example, when there was great demand and grand Christmas function took place.
However, things had got tough in the Hotel trade with the success of Travelodge, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn Express and so places like the Claremont needed to offer something extra to attract the guests, but often guests made their own entertainment.
Guests like Mike Saunders, who woke up with the sun streaming in through the gap in the curtain which illuminated the naked body of Jay Powell on the bed beside him.
She had her back to him and was lying on her side and the sun highlighted the curve of her hip, he leant over and kissed her shoulder, then he slipped out of bed and went to the bathroom.
When he returned he went back to bed and cuddled up behind her and spooned her.
“Mmmm” she murmured as he nuzzled her neck and slid his hand on to her belly.
“Oh no you don’t” she said as his hand moved upwards
“I’m hungry, I want breakfast”
“We can eat later” he said and kissed
“But I’m famished” she protested
“Wouldn’t you prefer to be ravished?” he asked as he nibbled her ear lobe.
“Breakfast first” she said and wriggled free of his embrace and got out of bed.
“You can’t go yet,” he said as she put on her shoes.
“Yes, I can” she said adamantly as she put her hand on the door knob
“You really can’t”
“Why not?” she asked as she opened the door
“I am my own woman”
“You’re also naked” he pointed out
“You have no clothes on” he said
“What?” she responded and then caught sight of her own reflection in the mirror and screamed
“I told you so” he said as she slammed the door and ran into the bathroom
“You could have told me” she protested as she wrapped herself in towels
“I didn’t think it was a problem until you tried to leave” he told her
She emerged from the bathroom and began picking up the remnants of the previous night’s outfit
“And you are gorgeous” he said
“Flatterer” she retorted and then added with a giggle
“But get your pants on because I still want breakfast first”