Soar Mill Cove Hotel Crowdfunder

by Keith Makepeace in Malborough, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th June 2020 we successfully raised £22,430 with 135 supporters in 32 days

To help us ensure Soar Mill Cove survives during difficult times we are forward-selling a selection of exclusive experiences and rewards.

by Keith Makepeace in Malborough, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The word 'unprecedented' does not come close to describing the difficult times, businesses and people all over the globe find ourselves in, and we have to look for innovative ways to get through. Not just to keep our family-run hotel open but to protect the livelihoods of our 22 staff - our extended family! The money raised will be used to boost our coffers until we get back to the new 'normal' and can trade properly again, ensuring that Soar Mill Cove remains the popular boutique destination that is loved by so many, for many, many years to come.

Help us make more memories for you…

Hard to believe that it’s been over 40 years with three generations of the Makepeace family being custodians of this magical place we affectionately call ‘The Cove’. Discovered by my mum and dad and now, all these years later, looked after by the very capable talents of Jenny, my daughter Becky, the indispensable Matt and myself, of course!

Here we are, in 2020, facing our own share of the global crisis that has wrought its way across the world, to our haven in glorious South Devon. A place that we have always felt untouched, and an ‘escape’ from the hustle and stresses of the everyday. A place where so many have come to find their own joys, and make special memories to share with their families and pass on to future generations. 

And, in this StayAtHome time we are firmly resolved to StayPut! To stay positive and keep The Cove exactly what it was when we found it and made it into the beautiful boutique hotel you know - magical, and everything that makes a Great British Holiday ‘great’. 

So if, like us, you love the Cove too, that is what we need to hear. As we are calling on everyone who has ever stayed, to help us survive. And, not just for us but also for the extended family that is our team - a truly amazing bunch of dedicated people whose livelihoods are reliant on the hotel and work to make it the experience you enjoy.

The Cove needs you…

To get through this tricky time we have set up this fund-raising campaign to forward-sell a selection of carefully curated, exclusive Soar Mill experiences, that will provide vital cash boost at a time when it is needed most, confident that with your support, the future of The Cove will be secured.

I hope that you find enough temptation within this enticing range of incentives, and look forward to welcoming you again after this is all over, and the doors open, once more, onto that view that can’t be forgotten.

Keith Makepeace

What can you enjoy?

Vouchers for Spa Days, Delicious Dinners, Lobster Lunches and the hire of the Hotel for your Special Occasion. In fact everything we do, we will gift with on average 20% off during the lockdown.

All of these can be used up to 18 months ahead, so it’s a great way to save a little whilst helping to save this special place, with a positive experience for you, or your friends to enjoy.

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£650 or more

1 of 5 claimed

The Snow Ball

A table of 10 at our annual Cancer Research Snow Ball. A fantastic evening of entertainment - with Michael Bublé Tribute, canapés and champagne on arrival, 3 Course Gourmet Dinner created by Head Chef Ian MacDonald. The legend that is BBC’s David Fitzgerald hosting our charity auction with the “Beaujolais Bangers”. Book through our Crowdfunder page to get 2 bottle of Champagne per table Free of Charge! An event not to be missed…

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Even £10 will help The Cove you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£35 or more

22 of 23 claimed

Cream Tea and Pamper

A back, neck & shoulder massage or mini facial, with use of the Indoor saltwater heated pool and Sauna, followed by a Cove cream tea (or coffee). A little indulgence that is definitely good for you! (Gluten Free cream tea choices available on request). PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£39 or more

11 of 12 claimed

Jenny’s Gin

Collect a 70cl Bottle of Jenny’s Gin at this special price and enjoy a nice walk to the beach with a Free Days Parking Ticket We are brewing a fresh batch of Jenny’s Gin in June ready for you to collect from the hotel from the 4th of July onwards, when we anticipate opening. Please note we cannot post Gin with this offer, however Gift Packs will soon be available

£50 or more

8 of 9 claimed

Dip & Dine

A 2 course fabulous lunch, created by Head Chef Ian MacDonald, use of our heated indoor salt water pool and sauna for 2 guests to enjoy. Simply sublime…

£50 or more

12 of 13 claimed

Local Lobster Lunch + Trimmings (Can be shared)

A delicious locally caught lobster lunch, served as a fresh salad, Thermidor or with hot garlic butter. These gorgeous gastronomic treat can be split for two to share, with a bowl of hand cut chips or minted new potatoes and a salad. Can also be served as takeaway…

£50 or more

4 of 9 claimed

Ultimate Girly Treat

One for the ladies who love the Cove! Luxury Afternoon Tea, with homemade cakes, scones, and finger sandwiches. Beautifully presented with a glass of Champagne and a fabulous OPI Gel Manicure… the perfect post lockdown luxury.

£65 or more

0 of 5 claimed

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner

Well, this year we are going to be thoroughly ready for a proper party! Start the night with Canapés and feast on a delicious dinner of Soar Mill’s finest food, followed by - just for fun - Roulette and Blackjack. Dance into the New Year with our Big Event Disco and Champagne to toast in Big Ben with some Auld Lang Syne. Black Tie Event.

£799 or more

Christmas Party & Luxury Overnight Stay

Get in the festive mood… a treat for 10 guests enjoying a welcome Prosecco on arrival, 2 beers or half a bottle of wine per guest. A fabulous 3 course dinner that celebrates the finest local produce. 5 Double or Twin Rooms. Breakfast for 10. Available during December 2020 up to and inc 22/12/20 (excluding 5/12/20 - Our Snow Ball).

£899 or more

0 of 5 claimed

New Year 2 Night Gala Break

2 Nights of Perfect Pampering… 30th and 31st December, culminating with a Black Tie Gala Evening. Enjoy a cream tea each afternoon in our lovely sun lounge, or the privacy of your comfy suite. Dinner included each evening. Full entertainment package with guided walk, gala Black Tie New Year's Eve, Fun Blackjack & Roulette and Disco… Champagne Toasts and Auld Lang Syne. New Year's Day Brunch included! Upgrade to a Sea View Room for only £70.

£999 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Exclusive Limited Family Offer, just 5 Rewards!

Huge saving 4 night midweek Family Holiday for up to 2 adults and 2 children in a Garden View Family Room Arrive Sunday or Monday and Stay until Friday morning. With a cream tea to welcome you, Breakfast included throughout the stay and children’s high tea each evening. With Dinner For everyone on the 1st night. Valid all year excluding Christmas & New Year, maximum of 1 room per booking, cannot be combined with other offers & extra guests

£18 or more

32 of 32 claimed

Crab Sandwich and a Glass of Prosecco

What a perfect treat, after a nice walk along the coast path. Pitch up with a comfy chair on our Sun Deck and enjoy a yummy sandwich made from the finest Crab caught by Salcombe’s fleet, washed down with a chilled glass of Prosecco.

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Annual Beach Parking Ticket

One Year's Parking Permit, starting from the day you have it first endorsed at the hotel. Simply bring it along to start the validity. The car park is normally £4 a day, so a great saving for you.

£25 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Donate to Train our Lockdown Team

We offer you the chance to donate an online course to our fantastic staff These courses from the Academy of Food & Wine Service ensure front-line employees get the essential knowledge they need, and work to the highest standards. Hospitality service introduction Casual dining Banqueting Fine dining Wine service Coffee service. Open to all of our team with laptops available to borrow A great way of showing how much you care for our team

£70 or more

18 of 18 claimed

Dinner for Two with a glass of Prosecco

Pledge £70 today and we'll reward you with... A 2 course delightful dinner for 2, with 2 glasses of Prosecco. Enjoy the best of local seasonal produce, while taking in the glorious views to the sea… (Normally £90) Saves £20. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER up to 18 months

£149 or more

14 of 14 claimed

1 Night for 2 at The Cove

Pledge £149 today and we'll reward you with... 1 night of total luxury for 2. Cream tea on arrival, English breakfast included in one of our most popular rooms. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER Valid Sunday through Thursdays, excluding Christmas & New Year.

£200 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Full days Pampering for just you &/or your friends

Relax and revitalise with 6 hours worth of Spa treatments (to be taken over 8 hours), exclusive use of our swimming pool and sauna, for just yourself or to be shared with up to 4 of your best friends!

£399 or more

23 of 23 claimed

Cove escape for 2

2 nights for 2 guests, valid any day of the week… With a cream tea to welcome you, Breakfast included throughout the stay and a fabulous 3 course dinner on the 1st night. Take advantage of this great saving rate (excluding Christmas & New Year, maximum of 2 rooms per booking, cannot be combined with other offers).

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