Every year or two, the local government offers subsidies for bed and breakfast businesses to help them modernise their properties and offer a better service for their guests. Submitting an application involves a lot of paperwork, but we feel it’s an opportunity we don’t want to miss, and so we eagerly await those grants. We have so many plans for our bed and breakfast, we’ll probably never run out of ideas. And our carpark was one such idea.
Still, it served its purpose while we focused on other, more important investments, for example building the summer kitchen, installing a swimming pool and reinforcing stone walls. But, it was the first thing our guests experienced, and as they say, first impressions count.
Now, we don’t think our guests were necessarily shocked when they arrived, after all, we do live in the country and you can’t expect every road and lane to be asphalted. Still, the time had come to do something about it.
So, we waited for the next grant to come out and presented our designs for the parking area. Lo and behold, the grant was approved (champagne all round!) and at last the carpark and the carport were built.
The problem was solved, but only partially, because the space in front of it was still full of gravel and the whole area looked rather like a half-finished job. And if there’s one thing Paul can’t stand, it’s an unfinished job!
However, before having it surfaced, we wanted to have one final chat with our neighbour Manolo, to see if he would let us access our Finca across his land. It would mean ‘giving us’ a 5m-wide strip at the end of his finca.
Luckily for us, this time he agreed to a deal (you can read about it here), and we now have a super-wide driveway and a shaded carpark to welcome our guests. Now we’re sure that ever-so-important first impression really is the best it can be.