We took a little winter break to recover from a very busy Summer, and well, to wrap our heads around Covid. But we are back in business : the Emerald gite is now open for bookings!
What a year eh… I still remember watching the first of many speeches the French president did a year ago, announcing that schools would be closing on the 16th March 2020. It felt so surreal!
As for so many other businesses, Covid has had a big impact on our little gites. After the first lockdown lifted, we reopened for the summer and we had an incredible amount of bookings! We decided to close them again for winter as we weren’t sure what Covid had in stock for us all.
We have now decided to reopen our gite. Jade remains rented out for the moment by a family househunting in the area. So for the time being, it is mainly Emerald that is available for stays.
A few Additions…
The gites may have been closed these past few months, but we have busy working towards improving them for our guests. We have therefore made a few changes to Emerald.
Up until now, we have enjoyed having an internet free rental, encouraging our guests to switch off and enjoy our beautiful region. However, if lockdowns have taught us anything, is that the internet is indeed a wonderful invention. We are therefore pleased to confirm that Emerald now has its own wifi available to our guests.
Improved Outdoor Seating Area
Keep an eye on Barry’s Instagram for the new improved outdoor seating area updates. A dry stone wall had been the initial plan, but we’ve come up with something different and we can’t wait to finalise it in the next week or so!
Emerald now benefits from its own outdoor seating area, with table and benches, and a parasol. As it faces the open fields, it is the ideal spot to soak up the afternoon sunshine, and try and spot deer, birds of prey and even the odd boar!
Safe Check In
We have systems in place for contact free, Covid safe check-ins.
Still to Come
We have also started work on the Potager, our allotment to be. We can’t wait to share fresh, organically grown veg with our guests, as well as fresh, cut flowers if I manage to grow any successfully!
Barry and I have been busy clearing the land, and Barry has built a great compost heap, so we can compost all of our food waste too.
The Last Thing We Need
There is just one last thing we need : you! Guests bring our little gites to life. I have really missed hosting.
It can be stressful at times, wanting to make sure that every thing is perfect for our guests, hoping they sleep well, that they are comfortable… But on the whole, we have met such incredible people through their stays with us. There is something amazing in sharing a glass of wine with our guests in the evening, sat outside, whilst the kids run around the meadow and climb the cherry tree, sharing our life stories as the night closes in on us.
As you may have noticed from the contents of this blog, exchanging journeys with other people is one of my favourite things, and I feel so lucky we get to meet so many lovely people in our little corner of France.
So here is to another gite season, and as always, thank you to all of you who have and continue to support us.