HOW TO BOOK
one of our gites at Les Vallaies
Our availability is kept up to date, as soon as we take a reservation it is added to our
availability page within a few minutes (during the day), so if you wish you may choose
your cottage and dates and complete the booking form straight away and send it to us
and make your deposit payment. On receipt of your booking form we will contact you
by email (so please make sure these details are entered correctly on the form.) We will
then confirm the reservation  and give you payment instructions if you have not already
paid the deposit of £250.
Ask as many questions as you can think of. We hope this site contains everything you need to make an informed decision. Please
don't hesitate to contact us if you feel there are any points we have left out, or if there are any additional facilities you require. Please
make sure you have read our
PARENT POINTS
A rural gite holiday in France won't suit all families. It is very important to us that all our guests enjoy their time in our cottages, please
therefore express any individual needs or concerns before you decide and ask as many questions as possible to ensure our cottages
are right for you.
Are we close enough to the coast for you ?
If you only want 1 or 2 trips to the coast then the hours journey from our part of France is a pleasure, with lovely clear roads for the most part, even in
summer. However, if you love the beach and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the coast - we might be too far away for you.

Do you have 'wild life' phobias ?
We really are in the countryside, during harvest time, mice have been known to enter the cottages, very few of our guests see them and if you sweep up
your crumbs before going to bed, they will stay away but you have been warned !. Bats are regularly seen at dusk, as are owls which are excellent at
keeping the mice numbers lower ! There are Gliss Gliss, Stone martins and other nocturnal creatures that wander around the outside of the gites and
general area at dusk. Spiders often seek the cool shade of your cottage and are good at catching flies (which no one likes !) Lizards are common. There is
a local cockrel that calls each morning and mosquitoes come out to suck your blood in the sultry evenings..

Internet access ?
Yes we have access to the internet free of charge and wifi in certain areas (only outside gites at La Grange but inside gites at Les Vallaies) however we are
lucky to have it at all as we arn't in or near a big city so don't expect to be able to download movies or conduct business conference calls or skype as the
connection just isn't fast enough. It is perfectly adequate though to check emails and browse the net.

Do you want to be able to walk to bars, shops and restaurants ? If so we are not for you. The nearest restaurants, supermarkets etc are in St
Jean d'Angely 6 miles away. St Jean d'Angely is not a huge town either, go on a Monday and it will appear like a ghost town. Even when all the shops are
open it is still quiet by UK standards
Why do some guests book again and again ?
Mostly for the reasons given above ! they want to escape the hustle of the coastal resorts,
they love the real France rural surroundings of our  gites, enjoy bat watching and star gazing
as they enjoy a bottle of wine with their neighbours. They enjoy exploring the small towns
and villages and chatting to locals and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of French country
life. Lazy days by the pool watching the children make new friends and a stroll through the
country lanes before lighting up the bbq for dinner.
1,Read the web site fully to get a feel for the property, area and choose a gite.
2,Phone or email us to confirm availability and to reserve your gite or complete the reservation form and send to us by
email and await confirmation of your reservation before organising your travel.
3,The deposit of £250 must be paid within 5 working days of making a reservation otherwise it will be cancelled.
Payment may be made by bank transfer to our uk bank account or by  paying a cheque or cash into our uk bank details
of which will be given to you on booking; or by posting a uk cheque payable to '
Chris and Wendy Blakeman' the
address will be given to you on request, we can take payment in euros but only by bank transfer to our french account,
we cannot accept euro cheques., we can also take payment by paypal but there is a 3.4% charge for this.
4,On receiving your form and deposit  we will send you a confirmation of your booking .
Until you receive this, the booking is not firm.
5,Twelve weeks before your arrival date we will send you a reminder. Full payment is due 10 weeks before your rental
period begins. A security deposit of £200 may also be required at this time.
6,On receiving your full balance we will send directions and a receipt of payment confirmation.
7,If at anytime you have any questions, or wish to request any further optional extra services
please don't hesitate to call / email.

I WOULD LIKE TO read the
booking conditions and  
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BOOKING FORM
Do you want a country cottage in France or a modern 'Florida' style villa ?
The gites at  Les Vallaies are not modern houses with, crystal glasses and trendy soft furnishings. We are not offering a luxury property, we are offering a
traditional gite, with a few extra home comforts like a dishwasher. They are fully equipped for the number of people they can accomodate. There are
exposed stone walls and beams, the floors are wooden floorboards or tiles not plush carpets. We want our families to be able to relax and enjoy
themselves. Please make sure you read all the information provided concerning the cottage and property, we fully describe what each is equipped with.
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions - we will be honest.

Family friendly - We aim to provide welcoming accommodation suitable for families with young children, where parents can enjoying playing with their
children, socialising with other parents and relax a little whilst their little ones make new friends. We are NOT offering an environment where parents can
completely forget their responsibilities with regards to supervision.  Children are not allowed in the pool area alone even if they can swim. Children should
be kept an eye on when in the garden too. We don't have a kids club.

Contact Chris and Wendy Blakeman on oo 33 546330902 or
email us at
wendy@childfriendlygites.com
The Les Vallaies gites  and villa are designed for 1 family ie 2 adults plus children as they each have just one master bedroom and
one bathroom.(Baleine has a bathroom and shower room). Groups with more than 2 adults should consider that our Baleine cottage at
Les Vallaies or Peche cottage at La grange du Moulin may be more suitable.
Alternatively, Cassiopee and Cygne gites could be let together.
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