I’ve been in St. Martin, Île de Ré for almost two months now and life is wonderful. I’m always telling friends back home that they should visit Île de Ré, and this is why… I extremely fortunate to live in the centre of St Martin, as each morning I wake to the sound of church … Continue reading Why everybody should visit Île de Ré
I am living and working on Île de Ré until the end of May. So far, I have been amazingly lucky with the weather as the sun seems to shine most days and I wake up to the sound of church bells. I’m making new friends and seeing old ones. I take one photo a … Continue reading Springtime in Saint Martin de Ré
It’s been a while since I metaphorically put pen to paper to write a blog about Galathée, and today we are on the brink of leaving the EU without a deal in place. Parliament is in chaos. Who knows what is going to happen next? I try to understand the many configurations of the deal/no … Continue reading Is Brexit Stopping You Travelling?
I am sitting here listening to the church bells just as I did last Sunday, but today I am at home in Sussex, not in St Martin. I will listen to the Archers later on just as I did last Sunday, but I will not eat croissant and hot chocolate for breakfast – instead, just simple toast … Continue reading Au Revoir, Galathée!
This is a guest post by my daughter, Bella There’s a wonderful feeling you get on holiday that is impossible to experience at any other time. It’s a feeling that can only be matched at Christmas, when schedules and routine are thrown to the wind and the only marker of time is food. Breakfast of … Continue reading Holidays
Sometimes a blog screams at you to be written and this is one of those times….! We stayed in Galathee for two weeks loving the house, the weather for the first week and dealing with the rain for the second! A new roof is the order of the day and obviously rather an expensive one, but hopefully … Continue reading Our Journey Back
How exciting this was to read that Galathée has been nominated as one of the top 4 places to stay in Ile de Ré! My previous blog was about being half way through the season and how fantastic all our clients are and that we did not think we would make the renovation come true! But, here we are in … Continue reading Galathée in the Saturday Telegraph
I cannot believe that we are half way through our first season at Galathée. It seems that we have the combination right of old and new, because so far all our guests seem to geniunely love Galathée. Last April I almost threw the towel in fighting with (extremely) difficult decorators and carpenters. I fell out of love … Continue reading Halfway Through The Season
Last week I did a quick trip over to Galathée with my friend Karen to check up on the house, do some work and have fun! Unfortunately, to kick things off we had a horrid flight from Southampton. We were scheduled to land at La Rochelle but were diverted to Nantes because of bad weather. … Continue reading A lovely break to Galathée!
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