Well the New Year has arrived and we have already had our first guests! We asked for feedback and were told that we had not supplied an Oyster Knife (!) – not bad if that is the only criticism! We are very excited as lots of bookings are coming in, even someone enquiring for their honeymoon which is … Continue reading The First Season
Well we did it… we survived and finished our project. It dawned on me watching Grand Designs the other evening that we have actually done our very own mini version. Wow, how cool is that? And totally unplanned! Galathée, Saint Martin de Ré is ready to be rented after painstakingly turning it back into what it was; a … Continue reading First Year Anniversary 29 October 2014
I whizzed over to St Martin on Tuesday to stay for a couple of days in the lovely Hotel Jetée. It is modern, clean and great value, I thoroughly recommend it. I arrived on the island at about 5.30pm, over excited with my house keys clutched in my hand. Of course the sun was shining, it … Continue reading Progress!
We did our usual mad 48 hour road trip to St Martin, Ile de Ré last weekend leaving on Valentines Day. My romantic evening was spent in MacDonalds in Les Herbiers packed with french teenage lovers eating Filet-o-Fish followed by two warm glasses of white wine. How lovely! By the end of all our driving we were absolutely … Continue reading My Big Fat Valentine’s Weekend
We have not been back to St Martin since our last visit on 28th December, but that does not mean work has stopped or we have not been busy!! My job is to paint the brown furniture we brought back with gorgeous Annie Sloan paints – I did a course and I am ready to go! We have … Continue reading Things Coming Together (and holiday rental info!)
Well, we had lots of luck and a bit of bad luck – I will explain later… We flew out on Friday morning from Gatwick to Bordeux and then drove down to St. Martin to check on progress. The drive took 2 hours. We were booked in to stay in a gorgeous B&B in Rivedoux called … Continue reading Friday 13th!
The artisans have started work and I am slightly apprehensive because in reality, I have recognised I am bit of a control freak and I am not in control, not in France, not a fluent French speaker… Oh my God how will I cope! We have booked our return flights to check progress on Friday 13th December, … Continue reading Renovations Begin
This is the first blog of a journey which started in July of this year! We went on holiday to St Martin, Ile de Ré, not with the intention of buying a house! It was just the two of us for a romantic break, driving in our vintage Merc from Newhaven to Dieppe, stopping off … Continue reading The Beginning…