Preparing for 2014
During the winter of 2012/13 we completely re-decorated Le Grebe
and La Colombe. As part of our desire to keep our gites as fully
up-to-date as possible iPod/iPhone docking stations were introduced
in all 3 gites and Senseo coffee makers added to the kitchen equipment.
New all-season duvets and pillows were replaced in all the bedrooms,
including 4.5 tog, lightweight, duvets specifically for the summer.
Also during 2013 large modern parasols and barbecues were added
to the external equipment in Le Grebe and Le Pluvier. These proved
to be extremely successful and well received by guests in 2013 so for
2014 the same will be added to the garden of La Colombe.
The children's play equipment installed in 2013 was very well used.
All these changes are reflected in the new photos which appear in
We are pleased to announce that for 2014 we are able to offer our
guests the facility to obtain a 20% discount on their crossings to
France. Please contact us for more details on this superb offer.
Le Nouveau Bulletin
Many of our guests have asked to be kept up-to-date with
developments at Les Petites Cigognes, so we publish
letter Le Nouveau Bulletin annually. As part of our website
development we now include the 2013 edition of Le Nouveau
Bulletin as well as previous editions on this page.
A major long-term project for has been to develop the gardens
and area behind the gites. Planting in the gite gardens is quickly
maturing and the shrubs and hedging planted around the pool have
now firmly established themselves.
Altogether we have now planted 250 trees in 'The Triangle' field
in the last few years. This has included hazel for coppicing, as
well as blackthorn, acer and hornbeam. Despite the severe winters,
droughts and torrential rain, most of these saplings have survived.
The woodland is at last beginning to look a bit more than a few
sticks in the ground!
Private Vineyard Visits and Local Wine Tastings
In partnership with the wine
shop Le Dit-Vin in Descartes, we
can now offer guests private
vineyard visits. Wine tastings have
always been very popular at Le Dit-Vin. No matter whether you
prefer white, red, rosé or sparkling,
we can arrange a visit of
to suit your taste or a tasting at the shop.
These are by appointment only.
information, please contact Sandra and Ian via e-mail or
by phoning +33 (0) 2 47 59 54 99.