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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

It's not often I openly refer to my business on this blog but occasionally something warrants a bit of publicity and this is one of those times.  In case you haven't noticed (where are you looking??) I run a little holiday rental, vacation apartment, gîte, call it what you will - call it (not me, more on that below) Lou Messugo.  So a couple of months ago I got notified that it had been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014.  Yes, a couple of months ago!  But the actual physical certificate has only just arrived in the mail.  No rush then!  

       TripAdvisor certificate of excellence Lou Messugo gite

This is the first year holiday rentals have been eligible for this award and I am delighted to be part of the first ever recipients.  It's based on consistently high ratings from reviewers and I'm honoured to have received almost 50 five star reviews from past guests.  It's thanks to them that I can now proudly display this award.

            Lou Messugo TripAdvisor review

The only question is, where?  It's quite big (A4 to be exact) and it doesn't really go with the decor of the gîte.  It's the sort of thing I'd normally put in the "downstairs" loo, but the gîte doesn't have a separate loo. Should it go in the bathroom all the same?  What do you think?  Ideas on a postcard please, or alternatively leave a comment!  

       TripAdvisor Winner Lou Messugo

And by the way, for those of you who still address me as "Lou", my name is Phoebe, the house is Lou Messugo but you're still very welcome to book a holiday here!  We offer couples or small families a perfect location from which to explore the Côte d'Azur at any time of year.  But don't just take my word for it, check out all those great reviews on TripAdvisor and get in touch (remember to come back to our website to book, DON'T book through TripAdvisor as you'll be hit with hefty commission charges, just use it to read reviews and check the calendar). 

           TripAdvisor review

Just a little word to say that good TripAdvisor reviews really help us (and other small independent businesses) to get seen by Google and therefore more potential guests/clients so please consider sharing your experiences with the wider world after your holiday/meal etc.  We really appreciate it, thank you!

***UPDATE JANUARY 2016*** We didn't get another certificate in 2015, not because we didn't deserve it, but because TripAdvisor, in all it's wisdom, decided to change the way it functions yet again and after only one year of holiday rentals being eligible, they scrapped the system!  I have no idea why they changed their minds but the upshot is that NO gîtes/vacation rentals/holiday apartments got a certificate in 2015.  I wonder what will happen in 2016?

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.


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    charlotte Saturday, 16 August 2014

    Wow, that's fantastic - well done and congratulations :)

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    Phoebe Saturday, 16 August 2014

    Thanks Charlotte

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    Fiona @ Free Range Chick Sunday, 10 August 2014

    Great work Lou :p Seriously though, absolutely brilliant news for you! I have no suggestions on an innovative location for your well-deserved certificate, but I'm sure you'll think of somewhere creative to place it!

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    Phoebe Saturday, 16 August 2014

    Very funny! :o

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    fashion-mommy Friday, 08 August 2014

    You should be really proud of yourself, that is a super achievement.x


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    Phoebe Saturday, 16 August 2014

    Thanks :)

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    Phoebe Thursday, 07 August 2014

    Thanks Chrissie. It is a rare occasion that I post photos of myself, but I couldn't think what else to put here! It'll be a while before there's another you can be sure!

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    Chrissie Wednesday, 06 August 2014

    Congrats Phoebe! And great to see a photo or two of you as well on the blog!

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    Sally Wednesday, 06 August 2014

    Well done Phoebe. Recognition of all your hard work.

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    Phoebe Wednesday, 06 August 2014

    Thanks Sally!

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    Catherine Tuesday, 05 August 2014

    You should be proud. Put your certificate somewhere in the living room, laminate it and put it above the sink! Well done for achieving it anyhow.

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    Phoebe Wednesday, 06 August 2014

    I like the idea of it above the sink. Thanks Catherine.

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