La Petite Perle

Arriving on the day of the Brexit result was not a particularly auspicious arrival for Jeanette and Jez. But with my help, her existing home cleaning service was paired with the Chambre d’Hote she called La Petite Perle. Their experiences with finding this little gem in the French countryside have enabled her to match the gite services and chambre d’hote with property search. Their website attractively presents these three aspects of her business as well as depicting the surrounding countryside and showcasing some of her work as well as guitar making and playing workshops by Jez. Jez is a consumate blues guitarist, returning often to the UK to satisfy his demanding fans.

Their van is attractively decorated in advertising targeted at their cleaning services. Its decor I had to integrate into the slightly different focus we had decided upon for the overall site. The gold background and the pearl motif was difficult to match with the green/grey and fifties cartoonish feel of the van’s decor but it is there and we both agreed does the trick. The web site itself presents the three aspects of their business equally well on all sizes and orientation of device, responding as it does with adjusting the image sizes and the colums shifting from three to single seamlessly depending upon the device being used to view the web site.

The challenge now for Jeanette and Jez to attract business. The web site is a good place to link to airBnB as well as from conventional printed advertising. Word of mouth in this market place is vital and now the web site is there to provide the reassuring extra detail and background that is so important. Whatever happens with Brexit, people will always want to visit rural France, with its incomparable wine, food, history and traditions. Where else can you see the place Richard the Lionheart was killed within a short drive of some of then highest tech amusements in the world (Futurescope near Poitiers).

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