What equipment is in the kitchen?
The kitchens have a microwave, fridge and either a cooker with an oven or a gas hob and oven. There is also a kettle, toaster and coffee machine as well as enough cutlery, crockery, pans and tools.
What bbq’s are there?
There is a communal bbq area
Is there a washing machine?
Yes there is a washing machine available at a cost of €5 per load
Is there a television?
No there is not a television in the accommodation, but for major sporting events we get the television out into the courtyard or the barn and make an evening of it.
When is the swimming pool open?
The pool is open from early in the morning to late at night. We do not impose time restrictions like many places. If you have been out all day the last thing you want is to return to find the pool has closed and you can’t have a swim, so we keep it open to suit you. If the pool has the cleaner in it we ask you to find us so we can remove it so you can swim safely. At night if you are last out we would be very happy if you put the cover on to keep the heat in, but if Rob and Tish are staying that is their job!!!.
Does the pool conform to French pool safety legislation?
Yes. From May 2004 all swimming pools in France that were used by gite guests had to comply with specific regulations. We have an alarm that detects slow or quick emersion and if it is not de-activated before you get in sounds a very loud alarm. If no motion is detected it re-activates itself after about two minutes.
Is there heating in the winter and cooling in the summer?
The Laurier and Pine Cottages have gas fired central heating. Pine Cottage has a wood burner in the sitting room for which logs are available. The Willow has gas central heating and wood burners in the dining area of the kitchen and in the sitting room. The apartments and B&B have convector heaters and the Pommier and Poirier also have storage radiators. There is a small charge for gas, electric and wood for heating. In the summer there is an electric fan in every bedroom in case it gets too hot.
Can you advise where to find cheap travel?
On the Travel page of the website there are links to various websites for ferries and planes etc. We check on various sites all the time to find the cheapest options so if you ask us we can help advise you on the easiest and cheapest crossings to use
Are long term lets available?
Yes. We have had several long term lets and are happy to give you a favourable price if you want to stay for a while.
What is meant by wheelchair access?
The Pommier and Cerise apartments have been designed to make their use by people in wheel chairs possible. The doorways are wider than normal, the beds can be raised if required, light switches and electric plugs are at waist level, and the showers are walk-in showers.
Can you cater for large groups of people?
Yes. With accommodation available for up to 28 people we often have groups of people coming to stay. We have a large enclosed barn that is ideal for parties and celebrations. We have done meals for 30 people celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and even a wedding reception. For our own 25th wedding anniversary we also had several tents in the garden for extra accommodation making use of the exterior shower and toilet.
Do you allow pets?
Yes we do allow pets likes cats and dogs but draw the line at elephants as they are too big to fit through the doors and crocodiles as they tend to put swimmers off from using the pool. We ask that pets are kept under control at all times (dogs to be kept on a lead) and the property is kept clean.
When do the weeks run from and do you do other days?
The weeks normally run from Saturday to Saturday and in July and August we have to stick to this. Outside of those two months we can often be more flexible on start and end dates. On the prices page there are prices for short stays as well as week long stays.
Is wireless internet connection available?
Broadband finally reached Parcay-les-Pins in August 2006 and we have been able to offer wireless internet connection since then. We have a router that reaches most of the properties but sometimes you may need to be near a door or window to get better access