Homes, not holiday houses!
As Lesley indicates in her little story, it’s not enough to have a house - you need a home.
A fully equipped home just like ‘back home’; one with a delightful French ambience; one that feels permanent and not like a stage set; one where everything works as it should; one that feels like it is yours.
The houses should be and are very cosy, attractive, cheery, comfortable and functional. Then you can really settle in happily and just enjoy living in one of the most beautiful places in France.
Having chosen a hub village in each of our regions, we then moved onto the finding, buying, renovating and equipping of a number of cottages - from large to small - in each.
Location (location, location!)
We chose the houses for their locations first: each had to be right in the historic centre, ‘within the walls’ so to speak so you can just stroll to the village centre. But they should also be in quiet and pleasant surroundings too. None of our cottages is on the main square -
that would be far too noisy - but they are very close by. People often say that they want a house ‘on the outskirts’ of a village but we realised
that this does not allow the same quality of experience as being right in the lifeblood of the town. After a good night at a restaurant, with perhaps one wine too many, you don’t want to be groping your way home in the dark to some lonely, peripheral cottage!
Everything you need and then some supplied: no 'hidden extras'
Fully-equipped, beautiful and comfortable cottages where everything you need is supplied. Traditional in style, age and construction, they are nevertheless equipped with all the conveniences you would find in your own home: central heating, full kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, microwave, normal oven and cook top and full cutlery and crockery sets, laundry with washing machine, clothes dryer iron and an ironing board. Everything is at your fingertips with clear instructions in our comprehensive house manual and on each machine.
Private parking is included in all locations where easy, secure parking is not available just outside the cottage.
The living areas have books in English, a radio/CD or MP3 music player with music library supplied, television with a wide range of French and English language International satellite TV (not just CNN), games for children, an unrestricted telephone, free broadband internet and a house computer for surfing the web, checking emails, etc. Most houses have air-conditioning, either entirely or in the main bedrooms.
Easy Arrival: access to the house is by a digital lock with a unique code. This popular feature provides for security and great convenience. Your arrival time is therefore not critical (no appointments to keep) and there are no keys to juggle or lose.
In each house there is a house manual with clear explanations and photographs so you will quickly master all appliances.
There is also a house book with suggested local tours, places to go, recommended restaurants, local medical and dental services where English is spoken, as well as secrets and discoveries made by previous guests. You are encouraged to add your own ideas and findings to this growing resource! Brochures of current events and activities are also Apart from feeling so much at home in this way, there will be one final element that will complete your French Cottages experience: SERVICE!
The Little Things Count!
As our guest we want you to have the very best holiday experience.
I thought it was about time that I got a word in edgewise. (I’m Neville by the way!)
I wanted to say that many first time visitors to France, and even those who reckon they’re veterans like Les and I, often become bamboozled when trying to put together their itineraries. There are so many choices on offer! You might remember Les telling you that I am a retired number-cruncher and IT nerd - and proud of it! - and I cooked up my travel concept of network travel topology. When Les told me that this had
already been dreamed up by Bryan and David I was a bit peeved but I soon realised that these guys knew what they are talking about. And it makes a lot of sense using their network and their expertise instead of dealing with a whole bunch of travel operators: it’s a one-stop shop!
We soon found many other advantages ... but I’m beginning to steal their thunder so I better get back in my box and hand over back to them... (Bon Voyage when you do go!).
Plan your whole Itinerary with French Cottages
As people start to look at all the potential places to visit they quickly become overwhelmed with
an overabundance of information, pouring from the galaxy of websites out there, and before long
it turns into a serious case of information overload. Then it gets messier. Which tours, trips, places etc
to book first? Which to leave till later? Which are really worth seeing? Which could be left out?
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