From Strangford to the French Alps - a Co Down couple are making a huge lifestyle change.
Peter and Caroline McErlean are taking the Alpine leap to the resort of Morzine in France after around 30 years at their small, family run hotel in Strangford.
Having built up a strong reputation at The Cuan Hotel, the couple decided to sell up and "lead a different life at a slightly slower pace," Caroline said.
However, contrary to what many of their friends thought, Peter and Caroline were not ready to retire just yet.
When an offer came along from family friend, Gillian Campbell, who owns the Riverwood Lodge chalet, the couple, who are in their mid-50s, jumped at the chance.
"We got the opportunity to do what we absolutely love to do in a completely new and fun environment," Caroline said.
Alongside running the hospitality side of the chalet, the couple are looking forward to exploring the Alps, with them being keen skiers themselves.
"We have committed to run it for this upcoming season and if it floats our boats, and we enjoy it, it may become part of what we do for the foreseeable future," Caroline explained.
The luxury chalet, which is just over an hour away from Geneva, can house up to 16 guests in five family en-suite rooms.
With a price tag from £7,697 a week on a fully catered basis, the couple are promising to offer a warm welcome. Caroline will head up the front of house side of the business, as she did for many years in Strangford. Meanwhile, her husband, Peter, will lead the restaurant, as he did in Strangford, making The Cuan a culinary destination on the map.
"The good old soda bread will be made out there. Homemade potato bread and our wheaten bread too," Peter said.
Peter has home baking in his blood, with his father, Des McErlean running the well-known Belfast bakery, McErlean's Bakeries. Ex-US President Bill Clinton famously bought bread from the Falls Road branch of the chain in a visit to Belfast in 1995.
"There will be a very strong Irish influence as well as embracing some of the wonderful French cuisine," Peter said, with a pride for his family background in the trade.
Along with the food on offer, guests will be minutes away from some of the best ski slopes in the Alps near the French, Swiss, Italian border.
Their move to the continent certainly presents itself with difficulties, especially given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"We will be very careful as to how we conduct ourselves at the chalet and ensure our guests are comfortable with the level of cleanliness," Peter acknowledged, accepting it will be a "challenging" first season.
The couple are relying on a strong UK trade at the resort and are expecting that many guests will drive down through France to avoid boarding any flights amidst fears of Covid-19.
And the couple are confident that The Cuan will be left in safe hands, with the new owners taking over the hotel last March with plans to reopen before Christmas.
"The Cuan is such an anchor in the whole locality. We hope those existing customers will return to it," Caroline said.
They are planning to move at at the beginning of December for the start of the upcoming season.