Sometimes you need to be naughty to get somewhere. This time I invited Chef de Cuisine Brice BUFFET of Les Échevins to come to the water mill. I’ve written about the restaurant earlier since it’s by far the best place to go for dinner around Tourteron. But to be honest: I didn’t make that initial call. It was my dear French friend Corinne who has absolute joy in helping me out in French. As you might guess Fr <> Fr works twice as fast.
The chef came with his wife and son to talk about catering at Supergîtes. We showed the family around and talked about the project and what we are looking for. Brice was very enthusiastic. Without hesitation he told us to be honored to serve his Haute Cuisine at the mill. We were astonished. To say the least.
We asked him to send a sous-chef or some young intern cook to prepare the food. Continue reading
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At our sweet 5,700m2 terrain we’ve worked hard to create this little Garden of Eden as we think that a Supergîte should not only be a great indoor experience but provide a great outdoor experience as well.
No pools or tennis court but a great garden to wonder and be wondered by the combination of rare flowers and ordinary herbs. All delicately chosen by Hendrik Dekker, our landscape architect and flower connoisseur.
This weekend we came back for our first check up. After two weeks of renting you need to walk by and see if everything is still there in good shape. At the house it was all OK apart from a smashed light and two broken cups. Disregarded the fact that all our beer was gone without a note by whom, everything was fine.
The big surprise came in the garden where a sweet fairy visitor came by and seeded an extra bed of sunflowers … hehehe – SUPER! They must have felt so at home! 🙂
Le début des locataires .. finally .. Judgement day was there. The first renters have finished the first holiday in the very first Supergites. Now we’re left with so many questions. What did they do? How do they think about the mill? Where did they go shopping? Did they sleep well?
I’ve send the registered renter a small questionnaire to gather some information. He replied the same day with some minor comments we agree upon immediately. They LOVED the mill and made some great work. OMG .. we cannot explain how relieved we are. To thank us they’ve send us some small sketches of the mill and Tourteron 🙂
In the final week of working hard to get things right (or just done), at a certain point you just have to make decisions. Nasty ones. You have to choose between the must-have and nice-to-have. And that’s not an easy job. One says he really thinks curtains are essential, the other claims to die without TV. Do we really need that door between the two basements? or do we put our energy in finding the right furniture? It’s constantly putting pressure on the working relationship because you’re just so tired you really don’t care what the other says or even about the arguments. All space evaporated. But what to do … you have to go on. Continue reading
After 11 months of hard work, miles of traveling to and from France, laboring the garden and sanding the wood it was finally the moment that the beds arrived. We worked double shifts in the last weeks to get everything ready to install the beds immediately at their final place. The beds are huge and heavy, 100% natural material and fairtrade produced .. besides that they are gorgeous looking …
We had to wait all this time not because of the production but because of our own delay. The whole renovation took more time than estimated due to several reasons. You can read about them in the blog.
But this was THE day .. the day followed by the first night in our own Supergite, sleeping in our brand new beds. Continue reading
“Zimmer Frei?”…not anymore! We’ve just reached our first milestone with the Water Mill of Tourteron: Both summer months, July and August, are almost fully booked! There’s only one week left available in July. We’re super happy to see the first reservations coming in so quickly. All people who’ll fill the mill with joy and happiness. We so much looking forward to hear their stories and that they’ll really feel at home.
If you’re still doubting .. make a choice @supergites: it’s now or 2011 🙂
Time to Relax at a Supergite