Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Shower Rooms and Bathrooms!

There has been a bit of debate recently amongst other gite and B&B owners/friends on the advisability of having bathroom pictures on rental websites. A bathroom is not what you go on holiday for is it? On the other hand a grimy dingy bathroom with limited facilities for the number of people a property sleeps does have a large negative impact on your precious week or two in the sun! Some owners think only boutique hotel/spa standard bathrooms should be photographed. Other successful rental owners have had high bookings for years with no bathroom photos on their websites, and no complaints either! Perfectly formed "normal" clean bathrooms are so hard to photograph!

We're somewhere in the middle, we have stayed in gites where the photographed rooms have reached or exceeded expectation, only to go upstairs to hideous time warp bedrooms and a dingy bathroom to serve 10. So we are showing you our clean and functional bathrooms, not boutique with mood music or adjustable lighting, but clean and fresh (and not staged) and they do what they say on the tin....

White Shutters is set up to be spacious and accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms (1 downstairs), but for a more economical holiday there is still plenty of space to sleep 12 (6 adults + up to 6 children/babies)....... and those 4 bedrooms are served by 4 bathrooms, so there is no scrum if the house is fully occupied, and 2-3 family groups have use of their own bathroom for privacy and convenience. One bath/shower and one shower room are upstairs and two shower rooms are downstairs.

The bathroom next to the kitchen has been refreshed and is now a very spacious shower room, we call it the pool shower room as it's very convenient for a post swimming sluice down. We have removed the old tiled bath and moved the large shower cubicle. It's all very fresh and clean and functional now. The pool towels are also kept in here (another included extra at White Shutters but please wash and dry them before you leave!) It goes without saying that a fluffy white hand and bath towel per guest is provided each week, and a bath mat per bathroom!

The major part of our bathroom improvements have been to the Poppy Master en suite bathroom. This now has a dedicated shower bath, designed for showering without flooding downstairs, the old bath was a daft shape!. We were also keen to keep 1 bath in the house for dunking small people in at the end of their busy day. We have also re tiled the floor and walls and redecorated. Again, an efficient extractor fan has also been installed.

Thank you to Dave (our builder) for working hard on the Poppy Bathroom over Easter!

...enough bathroom talk!

Friday, 16 April 2010

NEW Angouleme Flights for June 2010 on...

Great news, City Swiss have started flying London Gatwick to Angouleme (Mon, Weds, Fri) from June 2010, and we have just two weeks available in June. Sat 5th to Sat 19th June, we know a delightful B&B near Angouleme/Cognac for your first night (or several nights!) Au Belle Fleur has 4 B&B rooms and a family suite too. We also have available August bank holiday week and mid September on!

Just finishing our 2 weeks improving and freshening and cleaning for the new season, heated pool already open , we're having beautiful weather! Why not drive out for some early precious sun in May....we are open from 1st May, and that pool is heated! Only 4-7 hours from all channel ports, and the second sunniest region of France.

Will blog next week with what's new and improved for 2010 at White Shutters!