Who are we...
Alex & Alison
We've been married over 25 years (how time flies when you're having fun). We moved to the area in 2003, after redundancy, in search of an "adventure" and to escape the City rat race. We've never looked back. We live here permanently, absolutely love the life and the area. So much so, that all our family now live in France within 25 minutes of us. None of us would even contemplate going back to the UK, it's great to visit, but for us, this is home. We went from being bankers to builders, creating the gites, to running our own business and love every day.
We also love our free time during the winter, to go on holiday, whether it's cruising or diving or both. Or the odd building project for the family. Life is never dull and there's never enough time.
Why we chose this location
It is a beautiful location set in stunning rolling countryside. It's incredibly peaceful, yet just minutes away from all the most popular tourist attractions. It's also within easy reach of the major towns - the regional capital Perigueux, Sarlat and Bergerac, very handy for the airport. Cendrieux is a working village, with lots happening throughout the year. We even have night markets in summer.
We wanted a challenge to renovate a property and that's what we got when we started work on our first property at Le Mongeat where we live.
It was a steep learning curve, but great fun and now we really enjoy seeing the pleasure on every one's face as they walk through the gate. An estate agent rang to see if we're interested in selling - I said "nobody could offer us enough money, we feel like we've won the lottery" especially after the hot tub arrived.
What’s unique about both places..
Peace, tranquility, yet amazing facilities. We don't know anyone else who offers the same range for the same price; Fully equipped kitchens (we challenge you to find anything we have forgotten), heated and covered pool, hot tub/jacuzzi,plenty of bathrooms and very comfortable beds! We provide a very personal service, if you want it. Recommending restaurants (and booking them), places to visit - how to make the most of your stay. Many of our guests are repeat visitors, some of whom booked 12 months ahead, before they'd even left. That says a massive amount about the holiday we offer. We promise you won't be disappointed.
In 2010 ...I (Alison) said I ‘wanted a small project” - I’m not sure that “Red Shutters” was quite what I had in mind - but it kept us busy for 14 months (2011/12).
What are we doing now..
We're now busy looking after our guests during the summer, with repairs & ongoing improvements during the winter, helping family & friends, not forgetting the odd holiday or two.
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