Spring is the time of year when our gites get their most detailed and critical inspection of the year, and an assessment of what needs to be done to maintain them to the high standards our clients demand.
This year Sandboys Dune and The West Wing have come under scrutiny. We decided Dune needed a general freshening up, so we repainted throughout. We also fitted a new TV with a larger screen, capable of receiving French digital HD channels as well as all the UK free-to-air satellite broadcasts. This wasn’t quite as simple as just plugging in the new set, though, since changes to the French terrestrial broadcasting system meant we had to install a new, more sensitive aerial. Lots of climbing up and down ladders!
The West Wing apartment has also undergone a decor facelift, particularly in the bathroom, kitchen and entrance hall. We were always unhappy about the poor WiFi reception reported by some of our guests – many of them had difficulty logging on, and most had to sit by the lounge window to pick up a signal – so this winter we have vastly improved the situation with a more powerful WiFi repeater installed closer to the apartment. This has made it possible to connect with most tablets and smartphones from any part of the living room and now even the bedroom.
We spent a few days and nights living in The West Wing apartment ourselves so as to be totally aware of any problems that might affect our guests’ comfort. As a result a new, better kettle has been installed, and we plan a TV upgrade before the summer. We can certainly endorse the good reports we received from guests about the fabulously comfortable new mattress in the West Wing.