New for 2015 at Maison Lairoux Holiday Homes

Once we said goodbye to our final guests of 2014 we headed off on holiday ourselves. This year we visited various parts of the Dordogne - starting in Perigueux, then moving on to Sarlat, and finally visiting Rocamadour. Each area was very interesting - with visits to cave systems with underground rivers, medieval towns, prehistoric settlements and impressive cathedrals.

When we returned, we put our 'DIY heads' on, and started planning our projects for the winter.
Changes to L'Ecurie for 2015

In October 2014 we started to rip out the existing kitchen so that we could install a brand new one and have a better working space. The water tank that was hanging on the wall by the window has now been moved out of the kitchen and into a newly built storage cupboard in the master bedroom, giving more wall space and a better flow of units.

We have brightened the kitchen up with new light fittings and have painted the dark wooden ceiling white. The floor and walls have been retiled and all of the electrical equipment has been replaced, including a new built in electric oven, gas hob, extractor fan, large fridge/freezer and new stainless steel kettle, toaster and coffee maker.

The old units were put to good use as storage cupboards for all of the jams, chutneys and liqueurs that I make over the summer!

The master bedroom has also been redecorated and new light fitting and curtains added. The water tank that was originally in the kitchen, is now hidden in a large storage cupboard, with extra space for the ironing board, washing basket and cleaning equipment.

Still to finish before Easter:
- Install blackout curtains to the twin bedroom - Finished in March!
- Paint all living room and dining room ceilings white - covering the dark slatted wood - Finished in March!
- Install new lighting into the living room - Finished in April!
New Fitted Kitchen at Ecurie in Lairoux
New fully fitted kitchen in Ecurie
Newly Installed Kitchen at Ecurie in Lairoux
Now that the weather has improved we have started to make huge changes to our vegetable garden - removing all existing planting beds and replacing them with raised beds and proper walkways - making it easier to grow vegetables and walk around in the winter. Here are before and after photos. We’ve
nearly finished all of the work now (mid-April) and will soon be planting to our tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and french beans.

As summer starts to take hold, we have made a new addition to the front of Le Vieux Café - we have added a large metal framed pergola with a pull-across awning to shade guests from the hot sun whilst dining outside.
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Some Holiday Snapshots

Medieval Town of Sarlat in the Dordogne
Cathedral of Perigeuex
Rocamadour
Ornamental Gardens in the Dordogne
The River Dordogne at Beynac

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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