Arrival and departure
On arrival you will need to lodge €200 with me against breakages. Changeover day in July and August is Saturday.
Arrival: The gîtes are usually cleaned and ready from around 3pm. If this is inconvenient you can arrive earlier and relax by the pool until the preparations are finished. If you are going to be very late I will stay up but please let me know or I will be imagining traffic accidents!
Departure: On the day of departure I need the bedclothes, mats and towels as soon as possible (8 am but keep a couple of bath towels for last minute showers) and for the gîte to be cleaned and ready for inspection by 10am at the latest. It is actually best to own up to any breakages as they occur so that they can be replaced during your holiday, rather than on the final inspection, when I have to guess at replacement costs.
How much will it cost?
Prices per gîte per week are:
- July and August £500
- The rest of the year £400
Minimum stay is 3 nights; prices for shorter stays are:
- 3 nights, £200
- 4 nights, £250
- 5 nights, £300
- 6 nights, £350
If a week straddles 2 price ranges then I charge somewhere in between (e.g. 29 June - 5 July would be £469).
Stays of 2 weeks or more earn Gâtinelles, the local currency, which can be spent in over 100 different ways in the local area during your stay. For example a 2 week booking earns you 50 Gâtinelles, equivalent to €50!
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Owner: Fran Ashworth
UK telephone: 00 44 (0) 1258 817857
France telephone: 00 33 5 49 70 09 71
Mobile: 00 33 6 02 39 80 04
Property address: 2 La Chandurière, 79240, St Paul en Gatine, France
The gîtes are in a rural position with no immediate transport network. To get out and about you need to have a car.
Lots of choice of ferries depending where you live. The shortest drive through France is from St Malo (3.5 hours) but it is the longest ferry trip. The shorter crossings are obviously much cheaper (LD lines often has some very low cost deals) but then you have a much longer drive.
- www.condorferries.co.uk Operates from Poole or Weymouth to St Malo, calling at one or more of the Channel Islands. This means that its duty-free shop really IS duty free so the prices are very low. The high speed ferry takes 5.25 hours.
- www.ldlines.co.uk Operates from Portsmouth to Le Havre, Newhaven to Dieppe
- www.brittany-ferries.co.uk Operates from Portsmouth to St Malo, Cherbourg or Caen, Poole to Cherbourg, Plymouth to Roscoff. St Malo ferry takes 12 hours which is too long for the dog.
- www.poferries.com Operates from Dover to Calais
- www.norfolkline.com Operates from Dover to Dunkirk
- And then of course there is www.eurotunnel.com with its 35 minute crossing from Folkestone to Calais.
- www.flybe.com goes to la Rochelle (not in Winter) or Nantes from a variety of British airports. The drive from either place is around 1.5 hours
- www.ryanair.com goes to Poitiers from Stanstead or Edinburgh. Once you have collected your hire car it is around an hour's drive. Or you could fly to Nantes from East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Dublin or Shannon. After that it is a 1.5 hour drive.
- www.tgv.com Use their service to book both the ticket and the hire car. They work with Avis. Or use their Auto-Train service where your car is shipped along as well!
- www.raileurope.co.uk You can book your Eurostar ticket from London to Paris and then your ticket from Paris to Poitiers or Niort on the TGV or an intercity train. You would need to hire a car at the destination. Poitiers is about an hour's drive and Niort is 40 minutes.
- www.rhinocarhire.com – offers competitive rates for car hire in France at all the airports and main railway stations, as well as downtown locations.
We have negotiated a discount on rates, please contact us for more details.
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