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Vacation France is for people with a sense of adventure who prefer to travel independently and experience France, its people and their hospitality first hand. Staying in privately owned self-catering homes or at a family run chambres d'hôtes bed and breakfast or at a country auberge or small hotel with owners who know and love the area, is often the best way to begin.

Self-catering accommodation ranges from simple to sumptuous. Most are well equipped with modern comforts combined with original character and charm. Many have either private or occasionally shared pools. Read the details in the advertisement first, which covers most things you would want to know and contact the owners direct to enquire about and book the dates you would like, taking the opportunity to ask the owners any questions about finer details, if necessary.

Booking well in advance is advisable. Send a booking enquiry directly to the owner to check availability by using the email at the end of each advertisement, or telephone. A response to their reply, even if it is only to say that you have a change of plan, is always appreciated.

Families with children usually take their main holiday during the July and August school holidays, which is also when people in France traditionally take their annual holidays, so booking early is wise. For those who are free to travel outside of these months, booking is easier and accommodation is often cheaper. April, May and June are often as warm as July and are possibly some of the most beautiful times of the year. Summer can stretch well into September and October. These months are a good chance to discover essential France and a popular time for couples to take a week's break and for golfers and anglers, riders, sailors or ramblers to take an opportunity to enjoy their sport. Winter breaks are a favourite time for house hunting, working on a project, spending Christmas and New Year with family or friends or for simply taking a breather. February is the high season for skiers.

Self-catering accommodation is usually on a weekly basis, Saturday to Saturday arriving at 4pm, departing on the last day by 10am to allow time to prepare for the next guests. Chambres d'Hotes Bed and Breakfasts are usually priced on a double room per night basis with breakfast included. If your time of arrival changes or you are delayed for any reason, please let the owners know.

The booking terms are universally accepted standard practice. A small deposit is usually requested on booking, which acts as confirmation of your booking. The remainder is normally paid 6 to 8 weeks before arrival, together with a returnable damage deposit to cover any breakages or mishaps. Many Bed and Breakfast owners also ask for a small booking deposit as an insurance against guests not arriving and the loss incurred from turning away other bookings. The deposit is non-refundable.

Your local bank can arrange payment in the currency requested. Most private owners do not have credit card facilities, so payment is usually made by cheque.

Whatever kind of holiday accommodation you choose, bear in mind that you are a guest in someone's house where the usual courtesies apply. Leaving self-catering accommodation in a clean and tidy state on departure is commonly expected. Remember that a Chambres d'Hotes Bed and Breakfast is a private home, not a hotel. Each one is unique and your hosts will do all they can to make you feel comfortable and welcome, but they do not have staff or provide hotel facilities (though some come close).
 
 
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