Please note that the only way that we can accommodate our guests is to have all bookings starting and finishing on a Saturday.
Everything that we, still the relatively new owners, have sought to do since our ownership is to create the ideal retreat for 2 people: We purchased the house in March 2014. We know from experience as holiday seekers that 4 years can be a long time on the wear and tear of any holiday home. We have stayed at destinations where the photos were obviously taken several years before the weeks of our holidays.
Since the purchase we have returned each year to holiday and to update various aspects of the cottage in order to provide, hopefully, a sanctuary affording total comfort and tranquility for our future guests.
We are not at or near the cottage during your holiday. We are sure that you will be pleased to know that!
So being ready for you has to be our priority in what we do during our stays as well as having Luciana nearby for any of your immediate needs.
We focus on the gardens and grounds as much as inside the house and try to keep our photos up to date so that what you see is what you get!
OUTSIDE: The Mediterranean styled garden is on three levels and so we have tried to make sure that there are opportunities to relax on each. We have sought to provide plenty of comfy padded recliners and seats on the 3 levels of the riverside garden. We have also provided a plancha on the upper level of the garden for all alfresco dining.
The pool was considered by us to be an important provision for guests and so we decided to build a completely new stone platform and install a brand new pool during our April/May stay in 2017.
Most importantly for us is the fact that we have our own private access to the river and canoe, which we purchased from a local kayaking company, KAYAK VERT, together with the necessary life jackets for the safety of our guests. The metal seat, by the steps to the river, allows views down river whilst the recliners afford you extended periods to relax in the sun with views upriver.
The huge cypress trees on the upper level ensure that there is always shade in which to sit on even the hottest of days.
We believed, from the outset, that all guests would be spending much of their time round by the pool and cooking alfresco on the plancha on the upper level of the garden....and that has proved to be the case!
New for 2018 Season:
Having installed a new pool we have bought a robot cleaner for the new pool to ensure that it is cleaned each day during your holiday without disturbing you. Having a pool means that, by law, we have to have installed an alarm system for that pool. We have updated the alarm and employed a pool man to manage both new systems for us.
We do hope that everybody will be able to take advantage of the cool that the canoe on the river and the new pool offers during those hot days.
We have updated the watering system In May 2018 to ensure that the plants in our garden have a chance, as best we can.
We have also renewed the garden lighting to ensure that sitting outside when it is still very warm and welcoming is desirable even in the dark!
INSIDE UPDATES SINCE BUYING IN 2014.
Inside the house we have, again, done everything we could to provide comfort and warmth within an enviable environment. Each year we have tried to make a major improvement. We have put in a new bathroom ( re-painted May 2018), a new kitchen and totally updated and decorated the guest bedroom. (See photos from September 2017).
Rather than for us try to list all of the changes it would be better for you to see the updated photos and to read the reviews of our guests over the past 5 years.
We have now had our first 5 years of welcome guests, the sixth set are booking their 2019 holidays right now, unfortunately we have no more weeks available for 2018. We should like to thank each and everyone of our past guests for their encouraging words NOT JUST THOSE WHO HAVE WRITTEN LOVELY REVIEWS FOR THE WEB-PAGE, but also all the guests who have left equally appreciated feedback in the VISITORS BOOK and sent texts directly to us. The 2018 Visitor book comments are now being entered on these pages and we are very grateful for them. All comments from the visitors book for 2018 will hopefully be available to you on this site.
They will not be listed under reviews but can be found at the end of the section about the owners!
We have just learned that those return guests who have booked their 2nd, 3rd or more holidays directly with us will no longer be able to send in reviews of their holiday.
Again we are sorry that mis-use of such reviews from a few have affected us all....This year we only have 3 guests who will be allowed to write any reviews since all of our other guests are return guests, who, we are pleased to say, have so enjoyed their holidays that they wish to return and trust us sufficiently to book directly with us. BUT they may still write about their holiday in our VISITORS BOOK left at the cottage. We have always been able to include those reviews on our site so, even though they do not help with our ranking on the site we hope that they may continue to be seen here for the benefit of any future potential guests. The VISITORS BOOK IS LEFT AT THE COTTAGE for you to see the comments if they are excluded from now on or should you need confirmation.
REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU BOOKED THE COTTAGE UP TO NOW:
We should like to thank all guests for the care that they have taken of the property throughout their stays. It was encouraging that so many appreciated the input from Luciana, the housekeeper. We have passed on that appreciation during each of our holidays at the cottage.
THANKS AGAIN TO ALL PAST GUESTS WE HOPE TO WELCOME YOU BACK AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE.