Clearly a much fuller investigation was needed but we had pretty much nose-to-tail bookings through until late October when we were able to block out some weeks for whatever work was needed. We really didn't want to cancel anyone - that's the worst nightmare for us. In a further brief 2-day gap our builder did a more substantial patching job and with fingers crossed we got through to the following five weeks to the break.
The new setup was tested by the next guests, a lovely couple from Australia, and with their feedback we made a few tweaks to the shower curtain, and that has now been properly adapted by a local seamstress. Now all is good and Gorge View Cottage is back to perfect operation.
If you are reading this then just mabe you'll get a chance to try it this coming year.