When we bought the Maison des Vins, we fully intended developing two of the existing buildings, namely, the old stables and the old wine press. We received planning permission for the changes to the stables with the intention of commencing the work at the end of the 2011 season, that is, at the start of October.
To confirm our decision, we asked all of our 2011 clients about their feelings on the changes and what impact the second and third cottage would have had on their decision to book with us. The very large majority said that they would not have booked as they wanted privacy and in particular, a private pool.
This input led to our decision to suspend all plans to develop the two cottages and instead to search for another cottage which we could develop as a holiday let. We found the perfect cottage and work started in September 2011, turning it into the second of our Anjou Cottages for the 2013 season.
Phil & Janet