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TRAVELLING WITH FRIENDS
After couples, one of the most popular touring parties we encounter amongst our guests are two, or sometimes three couples travelling together. Whether they are spending their whole holiday together or just a part of it, our cottages are the best style of accommodation for such groups.
Let's face it, as much as we love our friends we don't always want to spend every minute with them.
In our cottages there is plenty of room to 'spread out' and have some time apart in your own space, but also to get together again and enjoy and evening meal or an apéro and talk about the day's events. And all in a relaxed and happy manner.
With their excellent locations in the centres of hub villages, one lot can go off exploring the nearby region whilst the other can take time out from touring and just mooch about the house, do some cooking, paint, read a book or wander into the village to enjoy the local life.
And then, of an evening, re-unite to chat and laugh about the day's experiences.
It's just so much better than hotels. It's just so much better than anything!
TRAVELLING WITH FAMILY
We're frequently approached by people who are organising a family get-together or reunion, particlarly those with children living in different parts of the world, to ask if we have anything suitable. Our larger villas such as La Mirabeau in the Loire, Le Séjour in the Dordogne and L'Olivier in Provence are ideal for these events.
Not only do they have the requisite multiple bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas but they have other advantages not immediately apparent to these enquirers. One of these, and this is paramount, is their central location in vibrant, living villages. This is rare for large rental accommodations in rural France. Larger rental places are nearly always in the countryside or, at best, on the outskirts of a village. This is not good enough! Why? Because you don't have the same flexibility as when you're right 'within the walls'. You all have to pile into the car to drive to the village or suffer walking long distances that some of the older members of the party, like the lady in the picture above with the walker, may not be able to do. And then if you all go 'into town' for a coffee and croissant and suddenly someone wants to go back early (maybe they feel sick or tired), you're faced with a momentous decision: to all go back, make two trips or what? But with the central locations we offer, this won't be a problem. That person can just wander back home by themselves and let themselves into the house using our code system (no discussions about keys) and have a nap. There are many other advantages too and you will find these discussed at length in our printed brochure. Order your copy here.
TRAVELLING AS A COUPLE OR SOLO
Over 60% of our guests are couples or singles. Some enquirers have an odd idea that our houses are too big for 'just the two of us'. This is not true. They all suit couples, though some of the larger villas mentioned in the section above could be thought of as overkill. (but why not?) Certainly the majority of our properties - both cottages and apartments - are ideal for couples or single travellers. The daily rate doesn't work out much different to staying in hotel rooms or B&Bs but you have the luxury of privacy and space to be together and, on occasion, get away from each other and have some time by yourself. If you get up one day and don't feel like venturing forth into the region on some quest you can stay at home without feeling you've somehow failed to discharge your touristic duties as you would if you stayed in a hotel room all day: holiday guilt. You can just enjoy being 'at home' and trot out into your village as you feel, when you feel like it. Other cottages, which aren't as well equipped, well located or comfortable as ours won't answer this need. With us, it will truly be 'your home in France'.