G T COULTON
Our London-based family are terrible at deciding where to go on holiday. A few years back we were fortunate to be in the position to buy a place in France, which I hoped would solve the indecision.
But the idea of buying a tiny cottage grew into buying a beautiful but derelict house which then involved a long and very expensive renovation.
We decided to equip it with all the features that our family would have liked on our holidays including a large swimming pool with a family-friendly shallow end.
Trouble is - we let it out in the summer months so that it pays it way. We still have to agree where to go on holiday ourselves!