Hints for owners of Gites and second homes in Gite Owners Forum Posted March 3, 2007 [quote user="cooperlola"]I once worked in the hotel business and a very wise man once said to me that owners should sleep one night in every one of their rooms each year, to find out what it's really like to stay in them - how noisy it is, how comfortable the bed etc etc. Not a bad plan and something that can easily be done in the "off" season.[/quote]I certainly agree with this. We have done this - and try to repeat it every year for a night or two - and it has proved worthwhile. It's also worth trying to spend a week using the kitchens to cook your meals, which is a very good way of finding out if there are any essential items missing or discovering blunt knives !