Anyway they were "pleasantly surprised", it has walls and floors!! I think they thought they were going to be staying in the barn. However even though it has walls and floors it is still freezing and when they called they urged us to get the woodburning stove ASAP. So that is my next project.
When I chatted with them this evening they seemed to be enjoying themselves, but did say they had been looking for a bar/restaurant where the patrons were more varied than "four old French guys". I wish them the best of luck with that search!!
They are full of plans and busy car hunting at the moment as well so they can take back the expensive rental car and spend that money more wisely elsewhere. Things are looking up, and I am getting excited at the real prospect of making some progress. Our Dutch friends (our saviours) have arranged for an electrician to go over tomorrow to give an initial devis for the work to get the wiring safe and upgrade it to take the initial improvements of some kind of cooking apparatus and a hot water tank. Stay tuned.