Five minutes with… Martin Nicholas, Assistant Manager
Hard working assistant manager Martin is the hotel’s longest serving member of staff, always cheerful and ready to help our guests, or chat about golf. We spoke to him about the highs and lows of life in the hotel industry…and golf.
Martin is 34 and in his words, “100% Cornish”.
Q: Tell us something of your career in the hospitality industry Martin?
A: I’ve been lucky enough to work at some fantastic hotels in Cornwall and beyond. I started out in the industry at a very early age, washing the windows and cleaning the BBQs at the Lakeview Country Club! It didn’t put me off, and over 10 years I moved around the various departments and eventually became the duty manager and licensee. I spread my wings working at the Savill Court Hotel in Windsor and Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, before heading back to Cornwall for a stint as assistant manager at Lanhydrock Golf Club. I’ve been here at The Old Quay House for almost seven years.
Q: What’s the best bit of your job?
A: It has to be the people. Every guest is different and has their own story to tell. It’s fascinating meeting them all.
Q: And the worst bit?
A: Saying goodbye – most guests arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
Q: Which celebrities, living or dead, would you invite to a dream dinner party and why?
A: Elvis, because I think hearing his take on life, music back then and how he changed everything, would be mind-blowing. I’m a bit of a golfer so I’d have to invite Tiger Woods too, and Richard Branson, just to find out how the vision became real. For a bit of glamour I’d invite the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders…yes, all of them!
Q: What three luxuries would you take to a desert island?
A: My golf clubs, my car and pictures of my friends and family, to give me hope that I would see them again.
Q: What’s the most bizarre request you’ve ever had from a guest?
A: Someone did actually ask me if I could phone Newquay Airport and ask them to delay the plane!!
Q: Where did you go on your last holiday?
A: My last trip was a sailing holiday in France, but I’m planning a trip to Nepal soon so if anyone has any tips they would be very welcome!
Q: How do you relax when you’re not at work?
A: I love to stay active – golf, hockey, horse riding, sailing… I also enjoy good food and a couple of pints in the local pub.
Q: Finally…which hotel, anywhere in the world, would you most like to stay at?
A: It hasn’t been built yet but I’d absolutely love to stay in the Nautilus Suite at the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji. Failing that, for the location alone it would have to be the Grace Santorini in Greece.