HIRONDELLE FARM

The Ultimate in French Holiday Homes

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on "Contact Us" at the top of this page, scroll down the page until you find a button labelled "Click here to email us", click in that box. Send us an email with the dates you require and we will respond as soon as we can.

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Having established availability just email and say "Yes please!".

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UK cheque is fine, sent to our address in France. Don't forget the European stamp!

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Yes, you can via a bank transfer, or if you have a PayPal account you can pay through PayPal. They will also accept payment by bank or credit card, but in that case 3.5% is added by PayPal to cover their costs.

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We usually ask for a deposit of 25%, the balance being due 6 weeks prior to arrival. When guests book within 6 weeks of arrival we ask for the total amount as soon as possible.

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Yes, The Stable is rented Saturday to Saturday.

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You may arrive anytime after 1.00pm. We always ask our guests to inform us of their expected arrival time so's we can make sure that we are here to welcome them.

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The rental of the property, all bed linen: crisp cotton sheets, fluffy hand and bath towels, kitchen and tea towels. Gas for cooking and domestic water. Electricity is charged at the rate of 20 cents per unit.

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We could just add on say €15 or €20 a week to the rental costs, but it's a safety thing really. What if someone left the oven on all night? We wouldn't want to pay for their mistake.

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When we receive a deposit cheque we email the sender to advise of its safe arrival and include a confirmation, along with driving directions etc. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Again, when we receive a balance cheque, we email the sender to advise of it's safe arrival. This is all explained in an email to our potential guests once we have established availability.

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We ask that you leave by 10.00am please.

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Yes, we have a 4 metre round, above ground, timber surround pool, for your exclusive use

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We ask for a cash deposit of €200 or £150 on arrival. This will be returned to you at checkout on your departure day minus any necessary deductions we agree

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If you have an accident we would rather you told us sooner than later - trust me, we will find it! Trying to get into town on a Saturday morning to find a replacement loo seat then get it back here and fitted during a three hour changeover is somewhat of a challenge! We are very reasonable about such things, we don't mind the odd broken wine glass - almost everyone breaks one - we wouldn't charge you for that. We have put a great deal of blood, sweat and tears into these holiday homes and expect our guests to treat them with the respect they deserve. So, if the children jump on the beds so much that they break the slats, sticking it together with sellotape, hoping that we won't notice, is just not cricket! It's YOUR conscience

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No, we make sure the property is properly equipped and spotlessly clean when you arrive. We trust you to leave it in a similar condition.

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Yes! We are delighted to be able to offer 20% off Brittany Ferry prices. Ask us for details.

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We are nearer to St Malo, about 2 and three-quarter hour's drive, but it's a long crossing best done overnight. However, the cost of a cabin can bump up the price quite a bit. We find that Portsmouth to Caen is a good middle of the road crossing. Short enough to be cheaper but not too long a drive afterwards - about 3 and a half hours. There are no toll roads on this route. On the other hand, my husband is not a good sailor and prefers the tunnel. (We can do from here to our family in Bournemouth - door to door in under 10 hours using the tunnel) Don't forget that the ferries only run a few times a day, the trains go through the tunnel every 20 minutes and you can usually get on the first one available if you arrive early - saves all that hanging about. The drive from Calais is about 6 hours, but it's all on good roads. There are tolls on this route between Calais and Caen.

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There are regular British Airways flights from Gatwick to Nantes, prices vary and are cheaper the earlier booked. You can fly from Eastleigh (Southampton) to Rennes with www.flybe.com for about €100 Euros return. In both cases it's about an hour's flight.

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Yes, I hired a Ford Fiesta for a week, (from the local supermarket) drove about 500 kilometers and it cost a total of €199, about £170.

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Yes, we live in Swallow Barn, part of the farm. We are always available to recommend a restaurant or to direct you to the best shops, but we respect your privacy at all times.

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Yes, we have 11 neighbours in the hamlet. They are all friendly!

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No, I'm sorry, the Stable is not specially designed for the disabled.

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Yes, there is a private patio with a table and chairs, parasol and barbeque. There are some sun loungers too.

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Yes, the Stable has room for badminton or volleyball. And a large area of grass for the children to run around.

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Travel Insurance is not compulsory, but we would advise you to take out a policy.

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No. The Stable has a mixture of French and UK sockets

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Yes, we have recently installed satelite TV. There is also radio/CD players. Plus a selection of music CDs.

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No, I'm sorry we don't.

Yes, one. Some one complained that all the electrical sockets in the Stable were British and he had brought "all my appliances with French plugs". So we made him up a multipoint which plugged into a UK socket and had several French sockets for him to use.

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