Going slowly in France
So many of our owners that have renovated properties for guests have mastered new crafts, learnt about sustainability, created wonderful gardens and been inventive in their attempts to reduce their impact on their environment. Here’s a little insight into the inspiring efforts of three families from our gorgeous Go Slow France guide…
Special Places, special owners
The subject of ‘what is special’ always comes up when we meet our inspectors. Very often they talk about owners as much as about properties and regale us with tales of their fondest memories.
“Our owners offer so much more than just a bed for the night,” says Alastair
When we choose our Special Places we look for warmth and something extra special. We look for those things in our owners, too.
"Our family-friendly owners will go extra miles for you," says Alastair
Told that children are not welcome, do you sigh with relief? I tend to sigh with sadness, for it strikes me as an eternal truth that people who welcome little ones are more likely to welcome you. They are more easy-going, more at ease with themselves and more likely to go extra miles for you all.
Nancy Mitford’s views on children are thus: ‘I love children, especially when they cry and someone takes them away.' And someone called Leo Rosten memorably wrote: 'Anybody who hates dogs and babies can't be bad.' He would be lynched today.