Le Gaillon appears in Alastair Sawday's guide and website
Had THE VISIT from the Alastair Sawday (Special Places to Stay) inspector today… Was very nervous – we had previously had to fill in all sorts of forms and questionnaires just to get on to the shortlist for a visit – and now the day has finally come, just in the nick of time a few days before their cut-off deadline for the 2006 edition which comes out in October! The inspection was very thorough, the inspector spent about 2 hours at the house, and asked loads of questions. They don’t have an exact list of criteria they work to, it just depends upon the inspector’s “gut feeling”. Luckily for us, today the weather was glorious, the children were playing in the garden looking like they’d just stepped out of the Boden catalog (I could have kissed them for being so good!), the cows in the next field had obligingly come over to add a certain air of bucolic charm, and David was just finishing off painting the front facade of the house pink so it was looking much smarter than the rather shabby off-grey that it had become in recent months! Now we just need to wait and hope that we will be accepted – they have had over 1000 applications for just 300 entries in the French Holiday Homes guide. Fingers crossed!