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Newsletter Covid 19 - Clos Mirabel - Ju­ran­çon, Pau, Pyrenées Atlantiques
by Heather
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Mother and two children walking on gravel path through trees.Relaxing walk through the park at Clos Mirabel

Greetings from Clos Mirabel

In these extraordinary times we write to wish you all well and to encourage you to stay safe. Thank you to those who have contacted us directly asking for news of family, friends and staff. This has meant a lot to us all, especially during this very difficult time for everyone worldwide.

Our priority is of course safety and well-being and we will be following the advice of the French government and all other authorities overseas as to when we are able to operate normally again.

Do stay connected with us on social media and continue to send us suggestions or simply your thoughts.

We wish you well and look forward to welcoming you to Clos Mirabel whenever circumstances permit.

The Clos Mirabel Team

Business update
Swimming pool and chateau.

We are happy to say that we are all well and although The Manor House B&B is not currently open to individual guests we do have families staying in Self Catering Accommodation whilst maintaining social distancing.
(Update as of 3/6/2020 – B&B is now open for minimum 2 night stays – we are following all french government guidelines).

We are very lucky
Terrace, table and chairs with view of the pic d ossau mountain.

We feel extremely fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and especially at this time. One recent guest has written ‘Nature is always our best ally, but in times like these we really appreciate the protection and joy it brings’.

Keeping busy
Two children doing gardening with grandfather at clos mirabel.

Work continues on our kitchen and herb garden following the principles of Permaculture. Children enjoy collecting eggs from our chickens. Maintaining the extensive grounds at Clos Mirabel also keeps us very busy especially the work we are currently doing to remove the trees we lost during the last storm. On the bright side we will have lots of wood this winter for guests wanting an open fire.

Planning for the future
Fig tarte homemade, apples and grapes on table behind.

Since food is one of our great passions we look forward later in the season to using our own produce and providing dinner for our guests. We are currently working on short breaks on the theme of Wine and Gastronomy. This will include visits to local Jurançon vineyards, choice restaurants in Pau and dining at Clos Mirabel with locally sourced and freshly prepared food.

Painting Holidays and Masterclasses
Three women sitting at white tables painting.

For the time being our own Art Holidays and Masterclasses are still scheduled for the autumn and programming for 2021-2022 continues.

Family update
Ann kenny of clos mirabel sitting next two bronze sculpture of a bull.

Ann is currently in Italy, a country she lived and worked in many years ago. She went for a short visit to see friends but her departure coincided with the lockdown. She is currently staying near Viterbo, north of Rome. She has deep admiration for those in the front line and the Italian people. There is a sense of leadership, solidarity and optimism. Italians seem to be bringing to the fore their remarkable cultural heritage with museums, opera and concerts online.

Send us your photos
Outdoor tap, vines and grapes.

We have recently received some lovely photos from guests relating to their stays at Clos Mirabel. If you too are going through your albums please share some of your photos with us and we will put them online or you can post them

Books to warm the heart
Painting of woman with long blond hair looking up.

We have also received many suggestions for books to warm the heart at this time:
The Summer Book by Tove Johnson, Love and War in the Appenines by Eric Newby, The Wild Girl by Michele Roberts, more suggestions can be found on our facebook page .

Connecting with the arts
Three men kneeling on floor holding a treasure chest

We are fortunate to live in a connected world where it is possible to continue to communicate virtually. We would like to share with you some of the sites promoting the arts since this too sustains and unites us through a universal language.
National Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe | London
Cirque du Soleil | CirqueConnect
21 Chump Street
Northern Ballet

Looking to the future
Five adults standing and sitting looking at mountain view from clos mirabel.

We hope the meeting and seminar space here at Clos Mirabel will attract small groups working on the changes that will come when this crisis is over, particularly relating to the circular economy, health & wellbeing and the environment…subjects that affect us all.

Making more memories together
Man in waistcoat and shirt and women in wedding dress looking at mountain view from clos mirabel.

We also hope to be able to celebrate many more weddings and baptisms, family reunions and holidays; making memories together at Clos Mirabel.

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