New for 2013 at Maison Lairoux Holiday Homes
Our first job was to move the gate posts to the courtyard, as several guests last year had commented that they felt too close to the car parking area when they were sitting outside to eat at Le Vieux Café. We knocked down 4 metres of wall, fencing and hedges and moved the opening to the courtyard to a more central location. This enabled us to re-build a short wall where the gates originally were located and then surround it with flower beds and large plant pots to give more privacy and an extra seating area for guests staying at Le Vieux Café.
We have changed the outside teak dining table and chairs for a more modern metal and glass table with comfortable chairs - large enough to comfortably seat 8 guests. The new seating area next to the al fresco dining area has two stylist sun loungers for relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet.
Inside Le Vieux Café we have also redecorated the master bedroom and hallway and have sanded and re-varnished all of the bedroom and hall floors.
In December 2012, the Mayor's Office decided that our little road was in need of repairing, so the road surface has been re-tarmac'd and we have been given lots of space to plant flowers and shrubs along the border.
We also have two new seating areas for all guests to use. One is under the covered veranda outside of the games room. We have bought some comfortable wicker furniture where you can sit in the shade if the sun gets too hot! We have also put a table and four chairs within our Potager (vegetable garden) - which overlooks the large lawned garden - a great place for spotting the barn owls at dusk or sipping a glass of local wine as the sun goes down!
In our two bedroom holiday home - L'Ecurie - we have replaced the old bathroom with its crazy green tiles. We ripped out the bath, sink, bidet and WC and started again from scratch this time adding a large (160cm) modern shower cubicle, nice wooden sink unit and new WC. For guests with young children who would still like to use a bath, we have a child-sized plastic bath that can be used in the shower cubicle. Here are photos of before and after the work!
This winter seems to have lasted a very long time, and has been very wet. (Not much snow though!) The local Marais (Wetlands) is still flooded and the cows and horses have not yet been allowed back on the grasslands of the Marais as the ground is too wet! The weather now seems to have improved for the end of April, and the local wildlife is starting to come back - we have heard our first cooks and Hoopoes of the year and the butterflies are springing to life in the vegetable plot.
We look forward to meeting all of our guests this year - making new friends and catching up with those that have visited before.