Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | A Visit From Me

Steph has been given the amazing opportunity to be a Jack Wills Seasonnaire for the summer.

Living, sleeping, dreaming and partying all things Jack Wills.

During her time in Salcombe, Steph is regularly updating us with the amazing experiences she is having.

  1. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | The Interviews
  2. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Arriving in Salcombe
  3. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | First Week in Salcombe
  4. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Somersault Festival
  5. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | What a Busy Week
  6. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Ocean Valour

On Friday lunchtime I got a phone call from Charlie saying that she was lost… she was at the beach and needed directions to town. In Salcombe there are so many different beaches it was absolutely impossible to know where she was, but sooner or later thanks to the trusty Devon road signs (there’s no signal for satnavs down here) Charlie’s mini pulled into Whitestrand car park… she had arrived! We immediately said our long awaited hellos and then, in true Parrott style, headed to the Harbour House Hotel for afternoon tea.

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Despite it being a bit chilly, it was a beautifully clear day and so the views that we had while overlooking the estuary from the hotel terrace were beautiful. It was soon time to head back to the house as that evening Ewan and I were presenting a Jack Wills prize at the yact club, something we needed to look smart for… This was easier said than done when we were both houseless, with all of our belongings crammed into the back of the landy. Luckily, however, we have nice enough friends who volunteered to have us to stay, so we could temporarily use their house and we got ready for our big presentation. At the yacht club, everyone was so lovely and knew all about the Jack Wills race and so had reserved us seats at the front so that when the time came we could jump up and hand out our prize. Before that though, we had drinks outside on the yacht club terrace with all the commodores and chairmen of the club, we felt so important! The actual presentation itself was very sweet with families and young children winning all sorts of prizes and soon the Jack Wills prize was announced and we jumped up to hand out our gift. As it was Ewan’s birthday, after we’d done our bit, we headed down to the Bar and Grill for some drinks, dinner and lots of deserts.

On Saturday, thankfully, the weather was absolutely beautiful and so after a quick breakfast at home and completing the errands that needed to be sorted, we headed down to the beach on the water taxi for a very needed relax and sunbathe under the bright blue sky. We managed to spend basically all day at the beach until finally it was time to move into our new house and so we got our belongings and our new house keys and moved into our last house of the summer. The evening was filled with yummy pesto pasta and a film for Charlie and I.

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On Sunday Grandma and Grandpa were arriving into Salcombe and so we got up, went into town for a quick brunch at the wardroom and then headed over to the Thurlstone hotel to see them. The hotel was absolutely stunning with a quaint rooftop terrace where we met for morning coffee before having a little explore of the hotel and town and then heading into the hotel restaurant for a delicious Sunday roast, something I’ve been missing so much since I got here. The weather was once again perfect and so after lunch we napped on the lawns comfy arm chairs and then went over to the pool for a swim and a sunbathe. When the afternoon arrived and it was time to go back to Salcombe, we had a phone call from the Rock Seasonnaires, to say that they’d arrived in Salcombe and so we met them for dinner and drinks at the Bar and Grill before calling it a night and turning in for a very needed sleep.

On Monday the weather was absolutely stunning and annoyingly we had a lot to do, so we got up extra early, drove around town like headless chickens sorting out the arrangements for our ‘fabulously british evening’ that we had planned that night, such as sorting out the table and chair rental, pre paying for 25 portions of fish and chips, etc, then soon it was time to head out into the sunshine. Our friend Dan had his boat out on the water and so we spent the rest of the day bobbing about in the ocean, relaxing on the water and even having a little picnic. Then it was time for our extravagant evening that we had planned. We got dressed up and headed down to South Milton beach, where our newly rented tables and chairs were waiting for us. We set up a banquet style table on the long beach, with table clothes, cutlery, champagne flutes, pimms jugs and even special party gifts on each seat. Soon everyone had arrived, all dressed in shirts and dresses and ready to mingle, chat, enjoy the sunset and play some fabulously British games, such as croquet and boules. When the fish and chips arrived everyone was absolutely starving and so we all sat down at the banquet table to eat as the sunset. After dinner we attempted letting off lanterns as we thought it would be a cute way to end the night however about 9 of the ten lanterns we had went up in flames, it was absolutely hilarious and as the sunset finally one lantern flew off into the sky.

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After brunch with Charlie and the grandparents on Tuesday morning, it was time to say goodbye. It was such a lovely few days and I just wish she could have stayed longer!

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Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | What A Busy Week

Steph has been given the amazing opportunity to be a Jack Will Seasonnaire for the summer.

Living, sleeping, dreaming and partying all things Jack Wills.

During her time in Salcombe, Steph is regularly updating us with the amazing experiences she is having.

  1. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | The Interviews
  2. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Arriving in Salcombe
  3. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | First Week in Salcombe
  4. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Somersault Festival

So after a fabulously muddy weekend at Somersault, by Sunday evening it was time to pack in the glamping and the wellies and exchange them for flip flops and beds back in Salcombe.It was too far for the Abersoch two to travel all the way home and so they piled into the landrover too and came back to the south coast with us. It was so nice to finally be driven, as I happily handed over the landy keys to Will and basked in my one journey being chauffeured.

Back in Salcombe we all arrived in plenty of time for hot showers and an evening at the Bar and Grill, before heading back to get a good nights sleep and say our goodbyes over brunch the next morning.

The next few days we were given a lot of leeway with the ‘content’ that we provided head office, as it was definitely time to push our opening party for the last few days, finalise arrangements, order props and accessories online and plan the even to the final T as well as getting on with our lives, seeing friends and arranging spontaneous evenings.

One of those evenings actually occurred on Monday night! The whole point of our job is to act like ambassadors for the Jack Wills brand and life an aspirational lifestyle, and to show it off. Ewan absolutely loves putting movies together and so Caitlin and I thought we could make a ‘Seasonnaire Dinner’ for aspirational pink and blue photos (and also so that we could have a cute sunset dinner with yummy food).

We stocked up in Tesco on all the food we thought would look aesthetically pleasing in photos, as well as getting pink and blue flowers, candles, table clothes and other little props. When we were back at the house the filming starting, with food prep footage, setting the table footage, getting ready footage and finally eating footage! (As well as filming, this part actually meant we got to eat the delicious food and it was so yummy!)

Tuesday meant more party prep as well as spending the evening at our friends house to celebrate his birthday with a well deserved BIG Chinese take away and a few drinks around a firepit… (such a Salcombe lifestyle!)

As Wednesday was our last full day to push the party, we got all the props organized and spent the morning prepping and promoting, as well as sorting out the business side of things and sending over invoices and party plans to head office. The evening was a perfect time to relax and get a good night’s sleep so Caitlin and I put on a film and snoozed before having the earliest night.

Opening party day was finally here and it was time to head to the beaches for one last hand out of the invites, but every person that we gave them to already knew and was planning on coming already! So we then headed to the Bar and Grill to set up for our party! They’d sectioned off a part of the terrace for the beginning of the night and we set up the comfy seats with Jack Wills bunting and banners all over the bar. There were two huge crates painted white that we spray-painted a huge J and W on them, a big beer pong table and then it was time to fill the ceiling with balloons! It took absolutely ages as every time we pinned a section of the net up and filled it with balloons, another section popped off and fell and all the balloons would drop to the floor! It was so frustrating! Eventually we found a thinner lighter net and it worked a treat, (after all that stress) and the balloons were finally held in the sky. When it was time for the party I was actually quite stressed… what if no one showed up or what if it was a bit of a flop like the pervious year’s parties had been!? I just wasn’t sure. At first lots of families arrived, obviously after the free stash and so it felt a bit like we were hosting a kids party, giving them cool Jack Wills photos and letting them have their photos taken infront of the big banner. But thankfully, eventually they soon cleared out as the night got later, and the party filled up, and the DJ started. Everyone was dancing, getting drinks, playing beer pong, there was about 200 people and when the night came to an end at midnight, no one wanted it to stop! Such a success and we were so happy and utterly exhausted.

On Friday it was moving day and so we had to be up and out of the house by 10am, despite our big night the night before, luckily our house was super tidy and packing was fairly easy… we packing up our stuff was, packing the landrover will all the things we’d accumulated was harder than we thought however eventually we were moved out and homeless, sitting in the bar and grill to use their wifi for work. The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging and relaxing on the beach, our friend has a boat and so drove us all out to Sunny Cove, a beautiful little beach only accessible by boat and we lay there until the tide came up so far that there was no more room. It was then time to move into our new house!

At first our house seemed quite bizarre… it seemed as if it was literally in the middle of no where, as it was quite a dive up the steepest of roads to Lower Batson to find it! When we arrived, we found that the house was literally the only one in the area that high up and after collecting the key from the garage, we entered into a dark house filled with creepy looking portraits and creaking windows. We kept seeing new portraits through different windows and screaming because we thought they were people and we were horrified and obviously freaked ourselves out completely! Safe to say it took me a long time to get to sleep that night, but soon enough it was morning and we discovered the absolutely stunning views that we had at our windows! As the house is so high up, the fields outside the windows stretch for miles winding down to the bright blue sky filled with boats. It’s stunning and we definitely feel a lot better about the house now… we’ve even named the portraits!

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Twitter: @steph_parrott

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Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | Arriving in Salcombe

Steph has been given the amazing opportunity to be a Jack Will Seasonnaire for the summer.

Living, sleeping, dreaming and partying all things Jack Wills.

During her time in Salcombe, Steph is regularly updating us with the amazing experiences she is having.

    1. Story Of A Jack Wills Seasonnaire | The Interviews

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So here it is.

#jwsseasonnaires | Arriving In Salcombe

All in one morning I landed back to England after an 8 hour flight from Miami, I changed and got the train to the Jack Wills head office in London, we packed up the landrover (much harder than it sounds when you have to fit a bike, a huge fatboy beanbag, two parasols, 8 boxes of stash, 2 suitcases, Jack Wills cups, bunting and banners and our own bags into one boot), had a quick meeting with the marketing team and then I drove the 5 hour drive all the way to Salcombe and… finally we were in our location!

The manager of the Salcombe Jack Wills store, Rosie met us by the store in town and took us to our new house, a little upside down cottage right in the middle of town… ideal! Then we went for dinner at ‘The Island Bar and Grill’ to meet the rest of the Jack Wills team and also the place where we would be spending a lot of our time!

The dinner was great as it meant we got to meet lots of new people as well as enjoying our first night in company rather than being alone. Afterwards, we went back to the house for a very necessary night’s sleep.
On Saturday when I woke up it was such a bizarre feeling, we went for an explore of the town and its beaches but being in a place that we know nothing about and we don’t actually know anyone in it…
The day could only get better though as we took the water taxi (such a fun experience) across to the vast stretch of beaches, had a walk in the sand, getting loads of cool photos to send back to head office, and then went to the Island Bar and Grill to start planning our opening party!

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One of the girls from the Store had invited us to a bbq at hers that evening and so thats where we headed for the night. It was so nice to spend time with such a close group and because of this it stopped feeling like such a new and strange place. The bbq was so lovely and I spent the time getting to know the girls and I feel like they are going to be good friends to me this summer… so happy! The bbq acted as pres for a night out and soon, after a few drinks, we were on our way to the Kingswood fair! It was so much fun, going on the rides with new friends and then a pub for some more drinks before making our way to the club. Coast is an absolutely hilarious night out and so perfect for our first one in Salcombe, everyone and anyone were there and it meant we had the chance to meet so many new people from the town.

Sunday was absolutely beautiful weather and with our hangovers in tow, we spent the day the only way we could… on the beach with our new friends relaxing in the sun!! After the most wonderfully chilled day, we went back to one of the houses for some take away pizza and a movie… and just like that my first weekend in Salcombe was complete! It was a weird one, it’s so strange arriving in a town already complete with a tight knit community and trying to find your place but I know that soon enough i’ll feel at home and for now I just need to keep super busy!

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Follow Steph on all of her adventures:

Instagram: @steph_parrott

Twitter: @steph_parrott

Blog: www.parrottone.com

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