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A magical kindness

25Jun

Wow! The happenings at Domaine Du Sourire!

Last week we noticed strange rings on our lawn, so we set about investigating what it was all about.

Some said aliens, some said some sort of fungi, some said witches, dragons and yet some said fairies dancing has caused it.

Believing it to be a fairy ring we sat one night to watch and see and sure enough it was not long before we saw something. We weren’t sure at first what it was, it was like sparkling in the night around the ring, it looked so magical. Then it seemed to disappear, and we thought perhaps we had imagined it. But suddenly, a buzzing and a beating of wings and a tiny fairy landed on Terry’s knee. She told us her name is Titania and she was so gracious to allow us to interview her for our blog. Read on and see just what the fairies are doing here at Domaine Du Sourire.

Terry: So Titania, that is quite the famous fairy name in our world and a royal one at that, how did you come by your name?

Titania: I am a fairy princess, and my mother is Arabella queen of our fairy nation, we live in Butterfly Springs. We are descendants of the great Titania of whom you speak. So, my name is what you might say “a family name”.

Terry: O you say you are a princess, that’s exciting.

Titania: Yes, and one day I will govern our Fae folk in Butterfly springs or Champagne et Fontaine as you know it in your world. I am in training to be queen which is why I have been allowed to talk with you tonight.

Terry: You don’t say girl, what are you learning?

Titania: I’m learning how to be responsible. Being a fairy queen is a very responsible role, it involves looking after all the fae folk, young, old or in between, sick or well, at peace or war, o yes, it is a very responsible role.

Terry: O I see, and you probably get to make a few laws then do you!. Is there anything you would like to change when you are Queen?

Titania: Definitely, yes indeed I would, there are many things I would change and one of them is to rid this place of cats! My mother says they have a purpose but other than chasing us to eat us I have yet to see that purpose. Then I would encourage all the young fairies and the elves to dream big and work to make those dreams come true – even the silly ones like growing ice lollipops in the garden all summer long.

Terry: Mmmm. Sounds great. I’d dream of a garden of lollipops easy enough. So, is it true then that fairies love sugar?

Titania: Yes, yes yes! We love sugar but its not so good to have too much! (or so I’m told!) So, we eat lots and lots of vegetables and fruits and we love cream and milk too when we can get past those pesky cats to get some!

Terry: Titania, tell me this then, why were the fairies dancing around and making rings in my garden?

Titania: Some things I cannot tell you, but so you know it is good. I am able to speak with you because you have been careful and not broken our circle, and well I’m soo excited… I will just tell you some of our dancing has to do with my getting engaged to my wonderful Aerwyna, he will be Lord of the fae folk and rule with me!

I should say no more!

Terry: Well congratulations girl, glad to hear that and thank you. Can I ask why you chose the garden of Domaine Du Sourire?

Titania: You can ask but I may not answer.

Terry: Oh, okay then. I’ll ask Jackie if there is anything else, she would like to ask you.

Titania: Well I didn’t say I wouldn’t answer! I was just testing you to see if you would be rude and push me for an answer. Many big people are very rude! But you have been patient and gracious to me, and this is the very reason we chose Domaine Du Sourire because of what you do here.

Let me explain, we Fae folk are kind, compassionate, gentle yet noble folk. We love family and community is so important to us. Helping others is what we small but not insignificant people do.

You are like that at Domaine du Sourire. We see your hospitality to all and especially to those who have a disability. We think your wheelchair swing and sensory room are just fantastic. So thoughtful. And kids, they will just have the best time here.

Because you put others first, we chose this place and even though you won’t often see us, we see you, you and your guests and the fun they have on holiday and we have such pleasure here too albeit mostly unseen!

Terry: Thanks me girl for those kind words, you’ve just made my night! And well, that’s good that you have fun, that’s what we want for people when they come here on holiday to relax, enjoy their time and make loads of happy memories to share with family and friends for years to come.  Do you think any of our guests will ever catch a glimpse of you?

Titania: Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps if a little one believes enough, perhaps!

Terry: I think your fiancée is waiting in you. He looks handsome.

Titania: Thank you, he really is, but I must fly now. Perhaps we will meet again, if it is to be so I will leave you a sign. You will know it. Goodbye Terry, Goodbye Jackie. Domaine du Sourire is now a friend of the Fae folk. Be blessed.

We waved her off as she disappeared as quickly and invisibly as she had appeared. How lovely to have met Titania and maybe if you are to come to Domaine du Sourire you might just catch sight of the fairies of Butterfly Springs but be careful to not break a step into their fairy rings.

PS Titania said we were not allowed photos, so we took some from google (free copyright of course) to brighten this article.

Reasons to Book Direct

05Feb

How can you be sure you are getting the best holiday deals? Even in the age of online booking with price comparison sites it can be hard to know what truly the best way is to find that perfect holiday home. From considering location and facilities to budget, there is a lot to think about! Sometimes, to ensure you have the most seamless experience as possible, it is best to go straight to the source and book direct. We have put together a few good reasons why booking direct is best.

#BookDirect cut out the middle man and save

The best reason to book direct is the money you will save! Many online holiday booking sites like Booking.com, AirBnB, Trip Adviser, HomeAway and so on add fees to your booking total. This can amount to a lot of ££££££’s. Imagine what you can do with the money you save – a vineyard tour, extra spends for the market days, a visit to Chateau? The list is endless.

Because of the cost of using the big sites, some of the best holiday homes can’t be found on the major websites. By limiting your search to these websites, you might be missing out on the best accommodation for your family or group.

However, while online travel operators and comparison sites are useful to see what accommodation is available for your chosen destination, when you cut out the middle man, you cut out the commission and fees they charge! Many holiday rentals have a “best price guarantee” for booking direct, so it’s always worth having a look to see if there’s a better deal available and booking direct.

#BookDirect to build that relationship and tap into great local knowledge

Not everything in life, or in holidays, comes down to money. There are a wide range of benefits to booking direct that can’t be summed up on a receipt. A direct exchange between buyer and seller inevitably results in a closer connection and builds that worthwhile relationship.

Owners have intimate knowledge about the destination and accommodation, they know the property and the area better than anyone and can help you plan a better holiday experience, optimising dates and budgets to suit your needs.

They can send you to the best activities, restaurants, and local sights.

When booking a holiday accommodation, peace of mind is vitally important.

Want to know if there is a water-park, a hot-tub, a supermarket close by? Want to know where the best markets are and on what days? Want help to book your excursions?  When you book direct, you can find out many of these important questions and more before you commit to booking.

From events and activities to special rates to onsite services, with direct communication with owners, you get the insider knowledge and the best offers!

#BookDirect – accommodating your special and travel needs

Travellers with special needs and requests can work directly with the owner in a much more personal way to give you assurances before you commit to booking and to help you create a guaranteed amazing holiday experience.

If your trip doesn’t turn out exactly as you planned and you need to change dates or even cancel your accommodation outright, you will often find that holiday rentals are far more accommodating with direct bookers. Booking through a comparison site may leave you at the mercy of their terms and conditions, which are designed to protect their commission. Whereas booking direct can often have far more favourable conditions, especially if you’re a valued loyal customer.

Return guests are truly welcome, owners love to welcome you back again and often reward your loyalty with special discounts and offers.

It’s easy!  #BookDirect gets better results, better value and a better holiday!

Now you are here, look around our website and see what we have to offer. In short, we have 4 gites, 3 are fully accessible as is our pool, soft play room, games room and sensory room and our grounds. We pride ourselves on doing what we can to meet your needs so you have the holiday you deserve. although you can book direct online, we are happy to chat with you by phone or email anytime through the process. We look forward to hearing from you.

The property: what is unique about Domaine du Sourire # 1

06Jun

It’s time to answer that question that you are no doubt asking as you are searching for that perfect place to holiday, “Why Domaine du Sourire?”

What is it that is unique about these gites compared to all the others?

We are in an ideal location, we have magnificent views, Jackie and Terry live on site and are friendly hosts. So far so good but so the same as many others in the region (apart for Jackie and Terry who are unique!)

So, what is different at Domaine du Sourire?

I believe what is unique at Domaine du Sourire is the space Jackie and Terry have created so you can experience the best time of your lives whether you have a disability or not. It is their passion to ensure that the needs of a disabled child or adult are met as well as the needs of other family members.

One of the biggest differences is the accessibility for people with disabilities. Three of the 4 gites are fully wheelchair accessible, fitted with wet-rooms and specialist equipment is available or can be hired.

Even the swimming pool has a ramp which enables wheelchair users to safely and easily enter the water and have as much fun as others.

 

Holidays are fun, busy and noisy and fun, busy and noisy. Sometimes a different environment is much needed. The sensory room provides that often needed space to relax and reduce anxiety and stress in a safe place when it gets all too much.

At Domaine du Sourire Jackie and Terry recognise the world is changing and families or individuals who face disability deserve the same opportunities and they are proud that they provide that opportunity at Domaine du Sourire.

What makes Domaine du Sourire unique? The passion and commitment to ensure you have the best holiday experience whatever your ability. Jackie has said, “You are what makes us unique, each and every guest.”

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