Frequently asked questions .........
What is a "gîte"?
How safe is the garden for our children?
Will the gîte be properly equipped?
Are there any extra charges?
Will the gîte be clean?
What do we need to bring with us?
How do I know if a gîte is available?
How to phone us from Britain for 1p per minute
How far is it to the nearest shop and market?
How far is the closest bathing beach?
Where is the closest golf course?
Where is the closest restaurant?
How far away is the closest doctor?
How far away is the hospital?
How far is it to go on a family walk?
How far is it to go on a family cycle ride?
Can we hire bikes locally?
What's the climate like?
What's the best way of obtaining Euros?
How do I get a discount on Brittany Ferries fares?
If I cancel my holiday will I get my deposit or payment back?
What will happen if my car breaks down?
Can I use my mobile phone in France?
What numbers do I dial in an emergency in France?
Can we bring our dog?
Can we arrive late at night?
We don't speak French, how will we manage everyday tasks?

What is a gîte?
A gîte is a French holiday cottage available for rent, usually by the week. Rural gites like ours are usually converted farm cottages or buildings. Standards vary, we consider ours to be of the highest, but we do not aim or price for the luxury market

How safe is the garden for our children?
We do not have a swimming pool and our half acre garden is mesh-fenced 1.2 metres high with dense hedges. La Maison de Marguerite has a walled and gated terrace so that tiny tots can be kept close by.

Will the gîte be properly equipped?
We clean each gite before new guests arrive and pride ourselves on our cleanliness, one of the reasons that so many of our guests return. The beds will be made up too and when you arrive you will be able to unload your car near the door, hang up your clothes, and get on with enjoying your holiday!

Will the gite be clean?
A ggîte is a French holiday cottage available for rent, usually by the week. Rural gites like ours are usually converted farm cottages or buildings. Standards vary, we consider ours to be of the highest, but we do not aim or price for the luxury market

Are there any extra charges?
The only conventional extra charge is for logs as required during the winter, everything else is included. Any serious breakages are charged against our guest's deposit and are agreed amicably with guests before their departure. We don't charge for everyday wear and tear like odd broken glasses or plates. The gites are let on a "leave it as you found it" basis, and we reserve the right to charge for extra cleaning against their deposit if guests make no effort to clean the gite before departure.

What do we need to bring with us?
In addition to the obvious: bedlinen for the cot if you will be using it. It can be difficult to find sugar and salt free baby food in France, you may wish to pack some. Personal linen: face flannels and towels. Small quantity of automatic washing powder. French-Uk electric plug adaptor.

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How do I know if a gîte is available and how do I book?
Please click the link to check gite-availability on our homepage, then e-mail or phone us to book. We then require a one third deposit to confirm your booking, and the balance and refundable breakages deposit is due eight weeks before your holiday begins. All instructions for payment are in our e-mails.

How to phone us from Britain for 1p per minute
Via Telediscount - Dial 0844 861 78 78- an automated message says you're connected to Tele Discount and you then dial our number 0033297414311 and press the hash # key. If you phone other parts of the world regularly you may find www.telediscount.co.uk can help you save money. Sometimes the country access codes change so if you have difficulty please check out the latest number on their website.

How far is it to the nearest shop?
There is a baker and a small general store in both Noyal Muzillac and Le Guerno, each 1.5 miles away. There are modern supermarkets at Muzillac and Questembert, each under ten minutes drive. Markets also at Muzillac (Fridays) and one of the best in Brittany at Questembert (Mondays)

How far is the closest bathing beach?
Penn Lann is a cove with a small beach about ten minutes drive from the gites. Damgan is a proper but uncommercialised resort 15 minutes drive from the gites. We and most locals prefer the eastern end called Kervoyal, where there are sand, rockpools, gaily painted boats and a wonderful view of the bay. Bathing is best at each side of high tide. Further afield there's a huge choice of beaches and coastal attractions.

Where is the closest golf course?
Under 20 minutes to Caden (9 hole), under half an hour to Chateau La Bretesche at Missilac, 45 minutes to Golf de Rhuys on the oceanside http://www.planetgolf.fr/planetgolf/golf-Golf_de_Rhuys-Kerver.108.html

Where is the closest restaurant?
Noyal Musillac and Le Guerno have brasseries and creperies, each 1.5 miles away. Huge choice to suit all tastes and pockets at Muzillac or Questembert (under 10 minutes), or La Roche Bernard (20 minutes).

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Where is the nearest doctor?
There are two GP surgeries in Noyal Muzillac 1.5 miles, and a pharmacy. Our guests should bring an up to date EHIC (European health care entitlement) card and be prepared to pay the doctor and pharmacy. They can reclaim this later.

Where is the nearest hospital?
Centre Hopital Chaubert is at Vannes, directions are in the gites. (Under 30 minutes)

How far is it to go on a family walk?
You can walk on the fairly level lanes around the gites, there is a circuit of under 3 miles via pretty Le Guerno. The coastal path (that is not atop high cliffs)is about ten minutes drive at its closest. The Nantes-Brest Canal has level waterside walking and is 20 minutes drive at its closest.

How far is it to go on a family cycle ride?
Lovely cycling on the Nantes-Brest canal, also the voie vert (green route) along an old railway track from Bel Aire, a suberb of Questembert, under ten minutes drive.

Can we hire bikes locally?
You can hire bikes in Muzillac under ten minutes away.

What's the climate like?
Better than 2000 hours of sunshine per year (Bournemouth 1725 hours). Average summer temperature is a comfortable 25 degrees.

What's the best way of obtaining Euros?
If you have one a Nationwide debit card is the undisputed best way to withdraw euros from cash dispensers in France. There are no fees or exchange rate loading. Next is by using a Barclays debit card (Connect) at a branch of BNP Paribas (in larger towns) to withdraw euros at the very competitive Visa/Mastercard rate with no added charge that you will incur at other banks or with other bank cards. For cash before you come it's best to google "holiday cash" to see what the banks, travel agents, and Post Office are offering. Don't forget that fees can be hidden in poor exchange rates.

How much does food cost in France?
General fresh produce costs about the same as in the UK depending on the pound-euro exchange rate, but regardless of this some foods will be cheaper, some dearer. Eating out, particularly at lunchtimes is very reasonable, the principal difference between France and the UK is that most meals are freshly cooked rather than reheated.

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How do I get a discount on Brittany Ferries fares?
We advertise with Holiday France Direct, a Brittany ferries company, and this entitles our guests to 20% discount on the standard crossing fare (not on-board accommodation). We give you a unique code to enter on the online booking form or to give to the booking clerk when you make your ferry reservation.

If I cancel my holiday will I get my deposit or payment back?
For cancellations more than eight weeks before the start of a rental period we refund all payments without question. For cancellations within the eight weeks from the start of a holiday rental period we refund all rentals that we are able to obtain by reletting the property, less the cost of any special advertising required to do so. Guests are very strongly advised to take out a holiday insurance policy that covers the cost of cancellation.

What will happen if my car breaks down?
Many manufacturers such as Volkswagen include a lifetime breakdown cover if the car was last serviced by them within the service schedule, and a courtesy car whilst it is being repaired. The AA, Brittany Ferries, and Cheznous travel service among others offer breakdown cover. There are dealerships ten minutes away for French cars, Fiats and Volkswagens, and 30 minutes away for other makes. We will be beside you every step of the way if needed, and we won't allow your holiday to be ruined.

Can I use my mobile phone in France?
Check you phone providers terms, you may have hjave to tell them before you go. Put plenty of credit on PAYG phones. Charges are generally horrendous.

What numbers do I dial in an emergency in France?
The European emergency number is 112.

Can we bring our dog?
We accept well behaved small and medium sized dogs by advance arrangement outside UK school holiday periods in two of our gites.

Can we arrive late at night?
Yes, we'll wait up for you or make arrangements for your arrival as long as you keep us informed. We certainly don't want our guests to rush on the first day of their holiday.

We don't speak French, how will we manage everyday tasks?
Shopping in supermarkets can be virtually wordless save a thank you as you leave the cashier. Goods are well displayed in bakers for example and you can simply point and pay. Many French people have a little English and will help if they can.

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