Well here we are in the middle of October already. Can’t believe how quickly the Summer 2013 months came and went. So shall we have a look back and review what a great year it was.? The Winter just did not want to end, it seemed to go one forever, if it wasn’t snow and extreme cold (-15C is cold….) it was just cold and wet all the time. But then Spring did eventually arrive. But to be honest it wasn’t the weather that told us it was Spring, it was the constant growing of the grass and weeds more-so…. Then the wonderful time where the cherry blossom blessed us with its wonderful displays.cherry blossom

Quickly followed by the apple blossom, Spring was still a wet and chilly time, it was more like a British Spring then that of S France. But eventually the weather broke and the real Summer kicked in around the middle of June. July and August was just stunning, day after day after day we had deep blue skies, temperatures constantly in the mid to high 30’s. On many day it went above 40. And sat by the pool where we have a natural sun-trap we had over 50C. Good that we have plenty of places to go in the shade then, and the pool which sat at a very comfortable 34C was more a necessity than a luxury.

The guests arrived, had a wonderful time and left, ready for the next ones to arrive. Before we knew it our main season was over. Here are a few snippets of the comments that many of them left.

“Had a glorious week here, it is so relaxing, the grounds and pool are heavenly. Also lots to see in the area. Janine and Tony were excellent hosts”.  

“We have had a brilliant holiday, had fun exploring the area and relaxing in the house and by the pool”

“When asked if he was having fun, one of the offspring said ” what’s not to like!”..exactly.”

“We had an amazing holiday, lovely house, pool, garden. Great hosts”

“Helpful and considerate hosts, well-equipped and comfortably furnished accommodation. Superb pool and gardens, great location. Highly recommended.”

We have already taken bookings for next year from some of this years guests, which is wonderful for us.

As for us we are now permanently living in the open plan barn. We have a new doggie, he was an abandoned puppy at just 4 weeks old when we got him from the local vets, is growing very quickly and big… Benjy is now 5 months old and running Junior ragged, bless him. They are fighting Janine for the warmest spot in front of the wood-burner, Think they are happy the fire is now workingwhich has now finally been installed and is working a treat. So hopefully our winter will be nice and warm and toasty. 

Our plans now turn to the jobs we need to be doing over the winter months and getting everything ready for a bumper year in 2014. Lets just hope the winter weather is not as severe as it was in 2012/13.



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