A break in my blog, back in SeptemberTracy Ibberson
As you know last year I became a part time founder,owner and Senior manager of my school so that I could fulfill my ambition to develop Rustic Escapes. We find and restore interesting historic properties in distinctive rural locations, in or near small villages yet well communicated ,by public transport to a larger town and an airport, so that guests enjoy the peace and tranquility of a Rustic Escape, offering a full Concierge service, letting us take care of the details and share with them their beautiful surroundings and the local natural and cultural heritage. I began to take time off work at school to develop my first properties and , to date, I have four to offer my guests. We share with guests our love of nature and they all have flower or kitchen gardens. Our guests enjoy fresh local produce either delivered to their door or picked from their own garden. I spend a great deal of time with my hands digging around in the soil, caring for our tomatoes and courgettes, artichokes and green beans. I am loving it! Another important aspect of Rustic Escapes is our interest in the agricultural process and in food production. We are able to offer our guests expert local concierges who share with them their knowledge about traditional farming and food production. We have a number of local experts and concierges who now work with us, both in Sussex and Valencia. In my school I have always excelled at team building and always wanted Rustic escapes to become a joint project, encouraging others to join us, either as guests, local experts , concierges, fellow property owners or contributors. Team Rustic is growing day by day! Both Spring Cottage and Partida de la Mar are almost fully booked this summer. Encouraged by my team I started my blog and I hope you have found the little entries I have made interesting and insightful as to our aims and mission.I shall be continuing with my twice weekly input as from September, once school begins again. We´ll be really busy in the meantime with all the guests visiting us this summer. While I am happy to be able to report that our new Rustic Escapes in Alicante, La Casa de la Campana ,is beautiful and ready to welcome our first guests and our local representatives and Concierges, Ella, Emma, Nic, Julia, Silvia and Juani are looking forward to welcoming you all, I have to announce the sad passing of our dearest local representative, Steve. Steve was my beloved brother; a kind, humorous and lovely man. He helped me prepare and run my first Rustic Escape, Spring Cottage, and shared my passion for the countryside and farming. We were brought up in Ibiza and both enjoyed the rustic charm of the agricultural history of Spain and I spent many a day enjoying what we called ´magic tours´, driving with Steve, through the countryside in both countries; finding hidden cottages down lovely country lanes and spotting birds and all sorts of wildlife; happy in each others company and at one with nature . My last entry, last March, as Covid took over our lives and changed all of our futures for ever, included some photographs he had sent me and I must confess to having writer´s block since his sad death soon after. So please forgive me if I leave you with my sunny smiling face reminding you all to share with us in this great project and to join me again in September when I shall launch myself ,refreshed, into print, once the school year is again underway. To share with you all of our news and keep you up to date with our exciting project.