Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland – sometime in the 1980’s – a ’20 somthing’ Irish mother settles down with her husband and two young children to watch a weekly TV show called “Hotel” starring James Brolin and Connie Sellecca.  The hotel is “St. Gregory Hotel” and every week through the doors of the St. Gregory come 5 or 6 people who are warmly welcomed by Manager, Peter McDermott and his Assistant, Christine Francis.  Over the course of the hour viewers watch Christine and Peter as they get to know these guests, their immediate problems or dilemmas and become good friends with them…

By the end of the show the guests leave the St. Gregory happier than when they arrived and most often than not their dilemma has been sorted (thanks to the ingenuity and guidance of Peter and Christine).  Little did the Irish mother think then that as a result of watching this TV show that one day she would have her own Egyptian version of the St. Gregory and take the place of Christine welcoming her guests!!

And that, my friends is just one example of what happens when you focus on ANYTHING!  That Irish mother was me and I never, ever had the slightest desire, idea or intention of owning or running a hotel anywhere in the world let alone Egypt!  The process is called Law of Attraction – a Universal Law which states that whatever you focus on, think about, talk about, appreciate or dream about will, without a doubt at some time in your life become a reality.  So all it took was for me to watch a tv show every week and enjoy every minute of it for it to come into being.

Like Christine & Peter I love getting to know my guests, their interests and their stories.  I especially like it when they leave Mara House with information they did not bargain on getting when they choose us and … sometimes, just sometimes I know that in sharing my own stories of Egypt I have helped broaden their horizons and maybe even re-introduce them to a little of the magic they believed in as children!   For I do believe in Magic too!

So folks……what tv shows are you watching???


Hi, I'm from Ireland and I built Mara House, a small, family run, unique boutique hotel in Luxor in 2003.....My promise is to deliver quality service, traditional food, comfort, enjoyable experiences, up-front pricing, no hidden extras.....PLUS I answer all your emails personally..... I provide professional, qualified tour guides who do NOT divert you to shops, restaurants etc. for commission.....We are best suited to people who like to be taken care of from airport entry to airport departure, people who want to avoid hassle, scams and tourist traps.....You deal directly with me... Hope you find my travel info helpful -//.. Mara

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