After another successful summer at Casa Sola we do what we’ve done each year and assess how the business is running for us and our guests.
The plus points for us have very much been all the lovely people we have met that have stayed with us, and with excellent reviews from our guests we feel we have continued to impress our guests with what we offer a Casa Sola.
It would be very easy to rest on our laurels at this point and just continue to do do the same as we have been doing but that’s not within our nature; we like to see where we can do things differently, not change for change sake but change that will give our guests a better experience.
At the moment we are focusing on our lovely one bedroomed apartment. We want to extend the booking season for this as it provides a fairly unique, in this area, rental property. It has its own pool for the summer months, a large south-facing private terrace as well as the terrace around the pool and like the rest of the property enjoys amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
We often feel that we mention the views too often but, without exception, that is the first thing that any and every visitor mentions when they come to Casa Sola. From delivery people to tradespeople to friends, family and guests. The first sight of the view ALWAYS elicits a ‘WOW’.
There are always are improvements to be made as well as just basic maintenance on any property and Casa Sola is no different. We are in the throes of getting quotes to repaint the exterior of the property and that in itself has been a huge task just going through the administrative hoops that France has in place to protect the culture of the towns and villages. Despite wanting to repaint in the same colour we have to apply for permission from the Mairie; our Mairie then told us that as we are within a designated zone permission has to be gained from Batiments de France. Nothing is ever simple but we are happy to follow the process as we know how important these things are to the community plus it gives us time to scrutinise the quotes we receive for the work as we have to wait 2 months for permission to be given, or not. Fingers crossed we get the permission.
In addition to that we need repairs to one of the old dry stone walls near the in ground pool. Our excellent dry stone waller has visited and quoted for the work, we are now just waiting for him to fit this work into his very busy schedule. This will be the third time we have used him at Casa Sola, he has built two walls for us, one in front of the solar panels and the other behind the house. As Casa Sola is built into the mountainside having good dry stone walls allows the water to flow down the mountainside without getting blocked behind solid walls and, potentially causing them to burst. We have learnt that working with the natural environment is the best way and you cannot impose structures that impede nature. A lot of fast learning has taken place during our time living here.
Aside from the necessary improvements, to ensure we continue to attract guests we need to keep getting 5* reviews as well as looking at how and where we market Casa Sola. Airbnb has been a wonderful resource for us, and as a booking facility for guests it obviously meets peoples needs well. We would love guests to book direct with us and we’ve installed a secure payment system on our website to facilitate ease of payment for guests as well as peace of mind, we know how important this is for people and why reluctance to book direct is often due to lack of secure booking systems, so we know we have done the right thing in investing in providing this.
That then leaves social media and we try to cover all those bases with regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sharing latest photos and snippets of news. Why not follow us there to keep updated too?
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