Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Plastering's well underway in our second Gite

Spoke to Bob the builder last night who has been putting in a new upstairs bathroom and replacing the downstairs ceiling to our second Brittany Holiday Home.

Apparently the weather's been quite wet and windy in France and some of the rivers have burst their banks (though fortunately the one near us is OK). As a result he's been concentrating on doing the inside work.

When I was last over the upstairs bathroom was just a plasterboard shell which Bob has now finished plastering and so now wants to know what colour wall and floor tiles we've decided on - we haven't yet so will have to get thinking. The downstairs ceiling has all been taken down, plasterboarded and Bob's most of the way through replastering it; and the electrician has completed most of the rewiring and putting in new sockets and lights.

Altogether it sounds like he's making good progress and on balance I'm glad that we're paying Bob to do it as there's been two of them working on the house for the last 4 weeks. Although I could have done the work myself it would have taken a year to do it with only being able to get a week's vacation from work at a time.

It does make me keen to go over and see for myself how its progressing - wonder if I can wangle a long weekend break?

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  • Hi,

    I stumbled across your blog and was interested in fellow "escapees" from
    the UK. We haven't quite managed to escape yet, but have bought a barn in Bergerac and are "doing it up". We are planning on running a gite or some thing similar soon (once we have paid for the renovations). It would be great to hear your views! You can check out our renovation progress on

    By Blogger Graham, at December 21, 2006  

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