New for 2014 at Maison Lairoux Holiday Homes

At the end of September we managed to take a well-earned holiday and spent 2 weeks driving around various parts of France, taking in the scenery in Carcassonne, the Tarn Gorge, Avignon and the Auvergne. As soon as we returned, we started to cut back many of the large and overgrown trees at the bottom and sides of our lower garden. This has now opened up the views across the valley, and we have a wide panoramic view of the Marais and over to Curzon on the other side. This took several weeks of hard work and we now have lots of wood for the log burners for next winter!!
View from the Garden at Maison Lairoux Holiday Homes
We started the winter by changing all of the shutters to Le Vieux Café and our house - removing all of the old white ones, and replacing them with new red cedar shutters, which we later stained to match the window frames. They look much better! We have also added a shutter to the main bedroom of L'Ecurie.

Once the shutters were complete, we also changed the front door to Le Vieux Café, as we could hear the wind whistling through the old door!
In December, we started to renovate the first floor bathroom in Le Vieux Café. We stripped everything back to bare walls and floor, and then put in a new double shower unit, hand basin with built in cupboard, re-tiled the whole room and WC next door and put new soft lino down. A great improvement, and it looks really good. (We still have a small plastic bath for younger children.)
Our main project for early Spring was to empty our swimming pool, and replace the liner. The original liner was 14 years old and was beginning to show its age, so we pulled out the old one, put in a thick underlay and then rolled out the new liner. The pool took nearly 4 days to fill and now looks perfect for the summer!
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The New Terrace at L
Changes to L'Ecurie for 2014.
This year we have completely changed the outside seating area for this holiday home. We have removed the wooden decking that was starting to sag a little, and have replaced it with a larger cobbled terrace, complete with a wooden pergola. The table and chairs are also new - and more comfortable, and the views from this area are great - looking over towards the wetlands below. The terrace is surrounded with flower borders, and the pampas grass in the centre of the lawn has grown quite large now, so gives a lot more privacy for your dining area.

Inside, we have added a new wood burner in the lounge for the winter months and a king sized bed in the master bedroom.

Annette & Jason Khan
Maison Lairoux Holiday Homes, 3 Rue de la Motte, 85400 Lairoux, France

Tel: 00 33 251 284 398
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