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Mouse



Joined: 20 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: It's the little things..... Reply with quote

that make me happy.....I went round to top up the pool today and noticed that our present guests have used their initiative and put a bath mat down for the children to walk over so they dry their feet off before going into the villa. Smile

Mouse (who is in the middle of an ongoing dispute over the charges I had to deduct from the last guests Rolling Eyes )
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's so lovely, isn't it when you feel guests are appreciative Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a phone call this evening from guests staying at the villa wanting to extend their holiday for 2 more nights! As it happens we don't have a booking in the villa next week and maintenance work was scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) morning..i.e. some outdoor painting at the rear of the villa....but they were still happy to go ahead with their extended stay.

It's guests like these that make it all worthwhile!
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Big Sis..



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Location: Torrevieja and Norfolk

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mouse

That was good Its funny what cheers us up. Very Happy

They sound like caring renters,
But also as I see it caring parents as wet feet, Tiled Floors & running children are not a good [or safe] combination.

Maybe the 2 go hand in hand. Razz
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Mouse



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point Ros!

They are very good parents. I must admit to being worried as I took the booking...it was 4 adults and 4 children.
When they arrived last saturday the children were 18mths, 2, 6, & 7. After the previous weeks shinanigins with the 'friends' of our guests kids,plus their teenagers my heart dropped. However - I have seen the light! They were wonderful. The kids had their parents attention all the time - so no screaming - and were put to bed promptly unless they went into the village to eat. And.....although they arrived with 2 large boxes of crayons Sad everywhere was perfect when I cleaned on weds.

I am now about to wave them goodbye and then do my last changeaover this year!!!!!!!!!!! Very Happy Very Happy

Mouse (tripping out with a lightness of step and a smile!)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mouse

Thats a nice picture "a mouse tripping with lightness of step". Very Happy

When you say its your last changeover, does that mean that you dont take bookings after a certain time of the year,or it just that the bookings have dried up?
Do you take winter lets[Ros being nosey] Question
[Theyre ought to ne a nosey emotion this will have to do]

Make sure you dont trip up Exclamation
- Cue Music offstage.

"A mouse lived in a Windmill in old Amsterdam. A Windmill with a mouse in......... A little mouse with clogs on - well I declare! Going trip, tripadee ,trip on the stair. Oh Yeah!!!!"

With apologies to all music[and mouse] lovers everywhere. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ros

the villa we rent out is our home. It also has an apartment (or casita if you want to be grand!) which we move into when its rented. So we only rent out the house to get enough income to pay a lump sum off the mortgage and make the payments for another year.

Having said that - the rental season is quite short here (June - mid-October) and very much runs inline with the budget flights. Once they stop, the demand drops off. However the amount you can charge for a weeks rental in a villa makes Ibiza a good place to earn a very good income.

Also this year I found a flight on the 17/9 for £5 for my in-laws (they then found a £10 return flight!) so they arrive for 5 wks the day after our last guests leave!
It was the perfect excuse not to rent past mid sept.
As we have already got a booking for October 07, next year will be a long one rentalwise as its pointless moving back into the house and then out of it again. But perhaps I won't start renting until mid June - then it gives us a chance to enjoy the pool!

BTW - the villa is spotless! God bless those people! My cleaners are in raptures as they have a particularly busy day today.

Mouse
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mouse

See it pays to be nosey... .I didnt even have to get the thumbscrews out.
Enjoy your Rest !!!

By the way have you got stairs[and clogs]
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

six flights of stairs!!!! No clogs but I have some snazzy scholls with little strawberries on them!?

Mouse (who wished she lived in a one storey house at times!)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mouse
SIX count them, 6 are you serious . Question Exclamation


You must be as thin as a rake & have thighs to die for Twisted Evil


I still like you though Very Happy

ps .Dont the strawberries drop of your Scholls everytime you run upstairs Question

pps .reading an earlier entry. Arent Mice supposed to run away from Cats[not the other way around!!!!]
Glad hes back safely Laughing

Ah well ,enough of this banter I better get dressed.!
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Vally



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a joy the thought of the end of the season it , we only run the hotel May -September ...very busy this weekend ( Royal Braemar Gathering) and then its Bye bye hoardes of people until next year...have got bookings in September but easy peasy ones ....Cottages still available and booked but they are no trouble
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean about the end of season. I am enjoying my first ever changeover day without actually doing any cleaning. outr babysitter has moved away, so we got extra help with the cleaning and I am on childcare duty -which involves sitting round the pool in the morning, a couple of hours of cooking, and then more sitting around the pool! I could get used to this. Very Happy

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la vache!



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we've just had our last big changeover (all the gites, full to capacity) and although we have bookings to the end of October, the gites won't be full so there won't be all the laundry to do either! The weather forecast is looking a lot brighter too, at last! I do enjoy September.
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enid



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Location: Labretonie France

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just had one gite to prepare for today - the other is booked from Tuesday for 8 days (outside of July and August we accept different start/finish days). Then number 1 is finished and number 2 has 2 more weeks in Sept and then just the first week of Oct - then the laundry pile will decrease enormously!! It's my birthday today so Kevin did the gite change and I had breakfast in bed and then a long bath - how lovely is that?!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many Happy Returns Enid!!

What a lovely start to your day..hope the rest of today is great too!
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