Covid-19 Update 14th May

Dear customers,

Things are now moving more quickly. Lockdown has ended, and life is beginning to feel à little more ‘normal’. La Manche is still à ‘green’ zone, and so there are few limitations on what we can do. We expect the beaches to be open again by this weekend, and the latest government announcement is that restaurants should re-open from 2nd June. Whether that is for indoor service, or terrace dining only remains to be seen.

The news regarding the opening of the international borders seems to be à little less certain. News from Germany differs from news from France, but we’re hoping that by mid- to -end of june, travel within the Schengen zone will once again be possible and our guests can safely make it to Normandy.

So we’re planning to be open and receiving guests in July, which is very exciting. We’ve been putting à lot of time and effort into figuring out how to minimise risks for guests, although of course, staying in à holiday cottage is à lot less risky than staying in à hotel for à start due to the fact that you’re not sharing living and dining areas.

We hope to see you this summer at La Bourdonnerie!

Kind regards,

Dave, Jene, Oscar & Elliot

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Covid 19 Update May 2020

Dear friends old and new,

À month later and things are becoming clearer. We’re still in lockdown in France, but that ends on May 11th for most regions. The french government issues à daily updated map which colour codes the various french departments according to where they are with their infection rates. Those which are ‘green’ will have the most freedoms, those which are red the most restrictions. La Manche has been green ever since they began issuing the maps, so we’re hopeful that we will remain that way once the lockdown ends. We will be able to travel up to 100km from our homes, but sadly the beaches remain closed for the time being, as do restaurants 🙁

Children also start returning to school from the 18th May, but it has been suggested that those whose parents do not need to return to work, and those whose children are coping with study from home, should continue to do so, as there are still restrictions on the maximum class sizes, especially in primary school. For that reason we’re keeping Elliot at home until ‘la rentrée’ in September. Oscar is due to return to school around the 25th May, and we’ve yet to decide what to do with him as he’s really missing his friends and the structure which school classes provide.

Not everything is allowed after the 11th May, however the current ‘interdiction’ to open holiday homes ends then, which would be great news, if only our customers were able to get to us! The border currently remains closed between France and Germany, but declarations from both France and Germany seem to indicate that travel within the Schengen area may resume some time in June. With that in mind, we’ve arranged for all bookings up to the beginning of July to be rearranged at à later date, but we’re still hopeful that from July onwards we will be able to resume accepting guests.

We’ll keep you posted with any information as and when it comes through but don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions. Once again, thank you to all our customers for their patience, understanding, kindness and generosity in their dealings with us.

Kind regards,

Dave, Jene, Oscar & Elliot.

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Covid-19 update

Dear friends old and new,

As the confinement is extended by 15 days in France, I’m writing to let you all know what’s happening here at La Bourdonnerie. As with everyone else, Covid-19 is having à big impact on us as à family. The schools have closed and we’re doing our best to help the boys with their studies and keep them entertained, rain or shine. We’re all playing our part, and staying home, which I believe it’s the same in most European countries right now. We’re lucky to have space, and we count our blessings for that every day. We’re all healthy, and cases of coronavirus in Normandy remain low compared to other regions of France for the time being.

Business-wise, I am sad to say we are cancelling all bookings for April already. We don’t yet know what the situation will be in May, June & July. We’re crossing our fingers that at some point soon, things will return to normal and we can once again welcome you back on the farm. Our first guests of 2020 were meant to be arriving yesterday and it was quite dispiriting: as our regulars will know, we spend à lot of time and money each winter improving different elements of La Bourdonnerie, and it is heartbreaking to see the cottages sat empty.

Like almost everyone else, Covid-19 is having a big financial impact on us, but we hope, with careful management we will pull through. The holiday cottages are our main source of income, but fortunately I do some other digital work as well and that revenue stream is thankfully unaffected.

For guests who cannot make it here due to the travel restrictions, we’re trying to manage things in à way in which everyone has à reasonable outcome. À good proportion of guests followed our advice at time of booking and took out travel cancellation insurance, which means nobody is out of pocket. If you need any documentation for your insurance company, please let me know and I can provide it promptly.

For others, we’re offering to postpone their holidays either to later in the year or to 2021. I’m currently working on putting in place à voucher system on the website which will àllow guests to rebook and apply their voucher for the amount they have already paid. Please bear in mind that by delaying your holiday in this way, we’re still making à 100% loss on your booking which would have otherwise happened this year.

Finally, I would like to thank those guests who we’ve been dealing with so far. Some of the emails we’ve received, and gestures you have made, have touched us deeply, and confirmed our faith in humanity. We’re all in this together, and we’re trying hard to ‘pass it on’ in our own dealings with 3rd party suppliers during these difficult times.

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