There are some questions we often get asked by guests so I thought I’d use the blog to answer one or two of them.
The most frequent question is:
Why did you move here? (There is a long and a slightly shorter version so I’ll stick with the latter)
I’ve always loved France, I cannot explain it but the moment I arrive on French soil I feel at home. So it was always an ambition to move here when my daughters had finished their university courses and had settled into their work. Luckily for me my husband soon fell in love with France once we’d visited a couple of times, the only stipulation was that it had to be an area that was warmer than the UK.
OK that ruled out Northern France so we started a quest, via the internet and combined with visits, began to narrow the area down. Languedoc-Roussillon gradually became a favourite and we were drawn to the Carcassonne area, however being adventurous little devils we’d often drive further afield and on the two occasions we headed into the Pyrenees Orientale area, the sun shone, the weather was warmer and our spirits lifted higher and higher. We then concentrated our search in this area and saw a very diverse selection of properties (trust me whatever your criteria, agents persist in showing you properties that are not what you’re looking for). A visit to Casa Sola sealed the deal, once we stepped out onto the balcony and saw this view we were sold
It’s a view that entices us, as well as visitors and guests, every single day. Even on those rare cloudy or wet days there’s still something beautiful to admire.
So that is the story of finding and falling in love with Casa Sola.
What is there to do locally?
Apart from the very unhelpful answer of lots, we do recommend a variety of places to visit, things to do and recommended restaurants. Of course we only recommend places or things we actually have experienced ourselves but we also hope guests share their experiences in the guest book too.
Casa Sola has a wicker basket full of publicity leaflets and business cards but we always point out our favourites, many of which we’ve blogged about as well.
Finally and this is the question most family and friends ask.
What do you do all day?
This question has an obvious fascination with many who perhaps wonder if early retirement just means sitting in the sun all day, drinking the wonderful local wine and swimming in the pools. Well of course all of those things happen, and why not? Life is a balance and enjoying our lovely home and surroundings is important. However it’s a lot of property we have and it has to be maintained so DIY, gardening, and keeping on top of the business are all top priority tasks that are crucial to ensuring Casa Sola retains the four star status it has and continue to attract guests to enjoy our slice of heaven.
So there you have it a bit more about us and life here.
If any of that whetted your appetite please do check out our website and contact us if you want more information about staying at Casa Sola, we’d love to meet you.