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    May 2018 The Birks - question

    Posted by Dell on October 2, 2017, 7:08 pm

    I'm finishing off doing hut bookings for next year. I was wondering whether to book The Birks in the Duddon Valley for May. For those who've not been before it's a big hut, owned by a school as their residential centre, in a fabulous location.

    Unfortunately they've changed their booking system to a flat fee, rather than pppn. They will be charging 499 for a weekend so that if I booked 15 places it would be 16.50 pppn. Obviously if more people went, being May, it would be cheaper, but if fewer went it's a big commitment for the club.
    Any thoughts?

      Re: May 2018 The Birks - question

      Posted by Robert on October 3, 2017, 8:07 am, in reply to "May 2018 The Birks - question"

      Personally I thik that's too much of a commitment. We would be better off doing the usual thing of booking 8-12 places at some other hut.

        Re: May 2018 The Birks - question

        Posted by Derek on October 3, 2017, 9:28 am, in reply to "Re: May 2018 The Birks - question"

        I'm with Robert on that, stay with our normal approach

        Re: May 2018 The Birks - question

        Posted by Wendy on October 4, 2017, 8:36 pm, in reply to "May 2018 The Birks - question"

        That,s more costly than High Moss,and that has better facilities. When I booked it, it was a bit of a birthday party,so knew I was bringing extra non- club members.

          Re: May 2018 The Birks - question

          Posted by Dell on October 5, 2017, 9:23 pm, in reply to "May 2018 The Birks - question"

          Thanks for the feedback. I was reluctant, hence asking the question but as some huts are getting towards 12-15 nowadays I just wondered whether 16.50 might not have been too outrageous. It's the commitment if it's not well attended that was the issue, really. Anyway I've abandoned it and booked Irish Row for next May instead!

          I did email The Birks booking sec, Heidi, and discussed the fees issue with her. She sent a very apologetic reply but said that the system has been changed after they got fed up with clubs not admitting how many people were staying. Apparently the worst example was when with one club 4 were signed in but it seems 22 stayed. As she said, it's the dishonesty of a few that have caused the change in arrangement.

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