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The C words – for English speakers

The C Words at Le Clos du Verger: Country cottages, Careful decisions, COVID – 19,  and Cancellations The current emergency has made us all stop and think, and we totally understand why some of our Customers might need to Cancel their booking.  Others are still expecting to come for their holiday here, and we will welcome you most warmly (but without physical contact!). We even have some new direct reservations, although I am delaying their payments until we know they can go ahead. So, as your holiday time approaches, keep in touch with us so that between us we can share information and monitor what is happening. As I write this, on the morning of the 26th March, our huge region, which is called Nouvelle Aquitaine, is still comparatively healthy compared to much heavier concentrations of infection across France. The country is now in its second week lock down and we ourselves are expecting to stay closed to the end of April and into May.  We have had to cancel our planned holidays to the UK.  To find out more about the up to date situation in France check out this web site  www.santepubliquefrance.fr Travelling here on holiday within the next month is not a good idea, and what a shame because the spring here is beautiful. Thereafter the peak should be behind us and we will have to see what happens. If you do need to Cancel because of documented Coronavirus restrictions, we will be as kind to you as we can! See the section below on cancellation. Note that France has just introduced new regulations that allow...
Activity Holiday? Things to do during your stay.

Activity Holiday? Things to do during your stay.

A holiday at Le Clos du Verger can be multi-faceted. There is plenty to do if you want an active holiday. Here in this blog we concentrate on some of the physical activities on offer locally, all tried and tested and recommended by previous customers.   An absolute favourite for our visitors is the country park less than 10 minutes drive away, the Parc de Pombonne. Here there are walks, running routes, a zip wire, animals in the meadows, a bird watching hide over the wildlife lake, and in the summer a beach and swimming lake supervised by a life guard. There is even a guinguette – a cheerful outdoor café with good food, a bar and evening concerts.           Have we worn you out yet? No? Well, what about geocaching? There is a geocaching puzzle set in the next village. All you need to take part is your smart phone, your brains, and a bit of time to follow the clues. If you enjoy running there are regular local running races you can sign up for – ask us for details. And we nearly forgot to mention the two excellent riding stables near here, one just 5 minutes away on the road to Ginestet. Or if you want more genteel exercise, visit a beautiful garden, of which this parc and garden at Marqueyssac is a fine example. And there you will find another activity – rock climbing along the cliff face below the garden....
Appels and apples

Appels and apples

It is ten and a half years ago since Martin and I changed our lives to leave our lovely part of the UK for a long term adventure in France. Three years later, once the worst of the rebuilding work was behind us, we dug out some less tatty clothes than our normal attire and we married here in the Mairie in the village. President Hollande’s slightly crinkled photo looked down off the wall at us and the kind elderly mayor stumbled over our names. Over his 40 plus years as mayor we may have been the first British couple he had joined into matrimony. Christian nudged Martin, whose French was minimal at that point, whenever he was required to give a response, and I tried not to giggle as Philippe’s phone played out a tinny version of the Wedding March. We celebrated with a jolly crowd of our new neighbours and friends in our very unfinished house decorated with bamboo branches to hide the electric cables hanging loosely down the unplastered walls. And so I entered the Appel family and took on this surname to use for my life in France. However there is an unexpected problem. There is a French word ‘appel’ and using it as a surname is very uncommon in this part of France. There are several families around us who have surnames like “attic’ or “from the tomb”, and our baker’s surname is Rat. All these are considered perfectly normal round here, yet Appel, pronounced APP-PELL whether in the UK or France, is a show stopper. I have to repeat it, spell it out,...