Summer is on its way

Wow, how did it get to be April already? It feels like yesterday that we were taking down the Christmas decorations and starting to decorate the kitchen, and suddenly here we are open for the 2023 season.

The second half of our quiet season continued much like the first half. We welcomed guests who we were able to accommodate such as the musicians from Maquizart, we made good progress on the house and garden projects, took some holidays, and continued to work on our French language and all the ‘life admin’ in the background.

I’m really pleased with the bookings we have received for this season with around 220 room nights reserved already, and I feel so much more on top of things as we start the busy season.

Weddings in the area continue to be one of the most popular reasons for guests to stay with us. There are several great wedding venues very close to Eymet, and the town is a great hub for these events with the restaurants, bars and accommodation available. Some guests stay for a couple of nights, which is easily done with Bergerac and Bordeaux airports being so well served, others decide to make a holiday of it and stay for a week. We’ve even had some wedding party bookings for 2024 already!

Another big ‘pull’ for visitors to Eymet is the summer season and the events in the Bastide and the surrounding region. July and August look like they will be very busy again with attractions such as live music events, night markets, food and drink markets and festivals like the brilliant Oyster and Wine festival which is on 15th August this year.

The thriving property market in the region is another reason people are staying with us. Eymet has 4 very active estate agents in the town centre and easy access to all the popular nearby towns and villages. One of our very first couples to stay with us last year are now living in their new house 200m along the boulevard!

There are, of course, 101 other reasons that people come to stay in the Dordogne / Lot et Garonne and we’re looking forward to welcoming plenty of new and repeat guests at Le Portanel during 2023.

At the moment, with the last of the night frosts almost behind us and the start of the hot sunny days underway, we are working to get the garden, pool and the outside of the house ready for the summer as well us updating our website and the information we keep in the guest lounge for our customers.

If you are planning a stay in the region, and you think we can help you with anything, please drop us a line or give me a call.