This guide is thought to have been commissioned by John Geary, the proprietor of the Falcon’s Nest, who was aiming for the hotel to be more ‘up market’ than the hotels in Douglas, which largely attracted the working class.
Written to attract the middle class family holiday makers, particularly from Lancashire, this story is full of lengthy descriptions and flowery prose… it certainly promotes the hotel’s tap room throughout!
These are the kinds of things highlighted to attract the Victorian visitor;
- Sea views from the terrace of the Falcon’s Nest Hotel
- Views of the Mountains of Mourne, Ireland
- Views of the fishing cottages on the beach
- Picturesque village of Port Erin
- Close to ‘remarkable’ coastal scenery
- Manx tales and legends
- Friendly locals
- Manx ale
“The hotel, called ” The Falcon’s Nest,” looks right out to sea from the head of the bay… There is a green terrace in front of the hotel at the head of the slope, where I have many a time sat and looked about me with delight…
It is very pleasant to saunter about that green terrace on a fine summer’s day – or on any other day, to one who loves nature in all her moods.”
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