Meet The Owner
Hello, it’s nice to meet you…
I’m Chris Robinson
I’m Chris and I moved to Normandy in 2014 to undertake a barn renovation project. My love of watching many property renovations programmes on TV inspired the move. This is a complete lifestyle change having previously lived and worked in London. My background is in marketing and while I use my marketing skills, it’s a very different way of life.
Many years ago, as a student, I worked in France and therefore had a reasonable grasp of the language. My language skills have increased while I’ve been here particularly when project managing the renovation. I welcomed my first guests in March 2016. Since then I have been busy welcoming guests to the gite and sharing this wonderful part of Normandy with them. Hopefully guests will make some holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
Read my story here about why I became a holiday home owner.
Why I Chose To Buy A Property Here
As part of a family holiday in 1982 we stayed with some French friends at their Normandy home. We visited Mont-Saint-Michel and I just fell in love with it and also the region. I still remember being so mesmerised by the island commune as well as the abbey and it remains one of my favourite places for a day trip.
Subsequent holidays allowed me to explore more of the area; the history and heritage are amazing and you really do feel like you’re stepping back in time. The proximity to the spectacular coastline is fantastic. Within 20 minutes you can be enjoying the beaches that are generally quiet and wonderfully relaxing.
What I Do When I’m Here
Normandy is my home and I live just across the courtyard from the gite. That means I’m on hand if guests need any help but their privacy is respected at all times.
Apart from welcoming guests and running the business, life here is fairly laid back with a much slower pace of life. I enjoy sharing my local knowledge, taking photos and writing about the local area. If you’re looking for some tops tips about the best time to visit Mont-Saint-Michel, where to buy the best bread and cakes or which D-Day beach to visit, then I can help.
I have become involved in the local community and made both French and English friends. My Normandy neighbours have been very welcoming and friendly. I take a couple of classes so I can pursue my hobbies and continue to improve my French at the same time.