Despite these difficult times, preparations for our new business continue. This week, Damon has been reupholstering chairs for the bar.
We’ve had to abandon our planned opening date of mid-June. It’s clear that this target is now way too ambitious, given the coronavirus lockdown.
However, work is continuing on the property – only much more slowly than before. Instead of six workmen being in there at any one time, there’s just one.
The plasterer is among those to have been in recently. He’s been getting the plasterboard ready – the pink plasterboard is fire-proof, in case you’re wondering why some is pink and some is green.
As for us, we’re fortunate that our workplaces have both agreed to keep us on longer. We had both handed in our notices and were due to leave at the end of April.
Instead we’ve been offered leaving dates of the end of May or end of June. We can choose whichever suits us best.
Currently, we envisage leaving our jobs at the end of May, moving to Belvès in the first week of June and opening the bar in July. The guest rooms are likely to follow a couple of weeks later.
In the meantime, like most of you, we’re locked down at home.
This leaves us doing the best we can prepare for when we can open. Damon has been reupholstering the chairs we’ve bought for the bar and that are currently cluttering up our appartement in Lille.
Of course, we’re nervous about opening a bar and chambres d’hôtes this year. We’re hoping that the people of Dordogne will want to support local businesses and that the travel industry, at least at a national level, will see a boom.
Whatever happens, we’re committed to opening this summer. Now all we have to do is make it happen.