Favreau France, South West & The Dordogne

Set on the edge of the Dordogne, Favreau feels like the archetypal French holiday home, approached along a tree-lined drive, ivy-clad and flanked by two pretty dovecotes. There’s a vineyard, shutters on the windows and a host of original features to add to the character, so it’s perhaps no surprise that this charming house has a list of regular guests going back almost 30 years.

The house is set in 25 acres of private grounds and overlooks vineyards and orchards. The secluded gardens are attractively landscaped around the large pool, which can be heated on request. Children can amuse themselves in play barn with table tennis, and there’s also a badminton net set up in the gardens. But what the little ones really seem to love is the five-bedded attic room tucked away under the eaves, complete with an old-fashioned rocking horse. The heart of the house is the big country-style kitchen/dining room, but if your idea of a holiday doesn’t include cooking, why not sample one of the local restaurants.

Favreau is located in the Gironde and close to both the Lot-et-Garonne and the Dordogne, making it ideal for discovering all three areas. Nearby Duras is typical of the region, a historic bastide town with shops, a weekly market and restaurants to enjoy along with its celebrated château, which hosts concerts and medieval-themed events in the summer months. Even closer is delightful Montségur, well-known for its jazz festival in July. There are many similarly lovely towns along the banks of the river Dropt and you can easily rent bikes or even canoes to explore downstream. And of course, no visit to this region is complete without a visit to at least one vineyard with Favreau virtually on the doorstep to the prestigious St-Emilion.

 

Accommodation:
  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 10 maximum)
  • Changeover day – Sunday
Ground floor:
  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with fireplace, opens onto garden
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC
  • 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC
First floor:
  • Converted attic with double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Separate WC
  • Children’s room with spacious play area and 5 single children’s beds
General:
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • 3 cots (linen supplied) and 2 highchairs
  • Telephone and fax
  • 2 satellite TVs (British Sky), video, DVD and CD players
  • Piano
  • Central heating (£100 per week)
  • Fireplace (wood supplied at cost)
  • Fans
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis, badminton, swingball
  • Private swimming pool 11m x 6m (depth 1m – 2.2m), security alarm, corner steps, pool can be heated to 25°C weather permitting (£100/week), open mid-May to mid-October
  • Security deposit £500
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
Services:
  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning €15/hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change
Access times:
  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

This property is located in the Gironde and close to both the Lot-et-Garonne and the Dordogne, making it ideal for discovering all three areas. The Gironde is the largest département in France, straddling the Gironde estuary formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. It is the heart of Bordeaux wine country, producing 57 varieties of AOC vintages, including the perennial favourites St-Emilion, Médoc, Pauillac, Sauternes, and of course Bordeaux. Visitors from all over come to take tours of the vineyards, leaving with the boot full of bottles. Bordeaux, a busy port since Roman times, is a lively city of museums, theatres, and restaurants, especially in the 18th-century city centre with its elegant shops and cafés. The vast Cathedral St-André and the stylish English public gardens are a must see.

Shops and Services

  • Villages
    • Monségur (5km) – post office, chemist, patisserie, supermarket
    • St-Ferme (6km) – bakery
    • Duras (9km) – all shops, restaurants, supermarket
  • Towns
    • Marmande (28km)
    • Eymet (30km)
    • Bergerac (48km)

Market Days

  • Monségur (5km) – Thursdays and Fridays
  • Monségur (5km) – Fridays and fresh fish stall on Thursday mornings (Eymet Market)
  • Duras (9km) – Mondays
  • Sauveterre de Guyenne (19km) – Tuesdays
  • La Réole (20km) – Saturdays
  • Ste-Foy-la-Grande (22km) – Saturdays
  • Bergerac (48km) – Wednesdays and Saturdays

Recommended Restaurants

  • Monségur (5km) – Café Les Tilleuls
  • Duras (9km) – Hostellerie des Ducs and La Terrasse
  • Villeneuve-de-Duras (19km) – Le Jardin
  • La Réole (20km) – La Fontaine
  • Monteton (20km) – Clochers X111
  • Ste-Foy-la-Grande (22km) – Au Fil de l’Eau
  • Bordeaux (67km) – La Tupina
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.
 

Places to See

  • Duras (9km) – famous for its castle and good wines
  • Miramont-de-Guyenne (27km) – lovely main square and church
  • Marmande (29km) – to the south with a weekly market
  • Eymet (30km) – a beautiful 13th-century medieval fortified town to the east with a weekly market

Local Events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • First weekend in July is the massive Jazz festival in Monsegur
  • There is a medieval festival that travels around the area in July and August, fun for all the family, hog roast and medieval entertainment for children and adults
  • There is always a Fête du Vin somewhere in the region – Duras, Monsegur, Eymet

Regional Food and Wine

  • Food
    • The area is famous for its foie gras, duck and truffles
    • Chocolaterie and Pruneaux d'Agen factory with shop, Guinget at Duras
  • Wine
    • The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas
    • Visit a local famiy-run château at Dieulivol, Château Faurie
    • Maison du Vin at Duras
    • Maison du Vin at Monségur

Activities

  • Tennis court at Monségur (5km)
  • Bicycle hire at Duras (9km) or the caretakers can offer delivery and collection of bikes, numerous cycling tracks including a disused railway line running between Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (17km) and Bordeaux (76km)
  • Horse riding at Monségur (5km) and Duras (9km)
  • 18-hole golf courses at Monestier (24km), St-Pardon-de-Conques (32km)
  • Motorbike and quad bikes at Saint-Sernin-de-Duras (16km)
  • Hot air ballooning at Saint-Jean-de-Duras (22km)
  • Canoeing and kayaking on the River Dropt at Sauvetat-de-Dropt (24km)

Getting There

  • Airports
    • Bergerac 49km
    • Bordeaux 93km
    • Brive-la-Gaillarde 169km
  • Ferry ports
    • St-Malo 622km
    • Caen-Ouistreham 708km
    • Le Havre 776km
    • Cherbourg 783km
    • Calais 932km
  • TGV stations
    • Libourne 51km
    • Bordeaux 91km
    • Agen 101km
 

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights too for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bergerac 49km/50min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 4 Jun - 24 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday All season
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet 2 Saturday 23 May - 25 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Exeter Flybe Saturday 28 May - 17 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 28 May - 10 Sep (Sat)
3 Jul - 4 Sep (Sun)
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun 27 Mar - 25 Sep (Sat)
27 Mar - 25 Sep (Sun)
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 28 May - 10 Sep

 

Bordeaux 93km/1hr5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun 2 Apr - 29 Oct (Sat)
3 Jul - 25 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun 2 Apr - 29 Oct
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 28 May - 24 Sep
Belfast easyJet Saturday 21 May - 3 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Sat/Sun 19 May - 29 Oct (Sat)
3 Jul - 28 Aug (Sun)
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 28 May - 10 Sep (Sat)
7 Aug - 28 Aug (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 27 May - 29 Oct
Cardiff Flybe Saturday 11 Jun

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 169km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 2 Apr - 29 Oct

 

 

  3 April 10 April 17 April 24 April
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29 May
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  5 June 12 June 19 June 26 June
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31 July
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 August 14 August 21 August 28 August
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  4 September 11 September 18 September 25 September
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 October 9 October 16 October 23 October 30 October
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD 1,550 3,070 1,550 3,070 1,550 SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Electricity
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
 
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Money
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
 
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
 
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
 
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
 
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
 
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
 
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
 
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
 
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
 
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Telephone 
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.
 
  30 April
Favreau 7 14
Accommodation only   1,700 3,420
  7 May 14 May 21 May 28 May
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,720 3,440 1,720 3,440 1,720 3,970 2,250 4,500
  4 June 11 June 18 June 25 June
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,250 4,500 2,250 5,350 3,100 6,200 3,100 6,300
  2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 July
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,200 6,450 3,250 6,830 3,580 7,160 3,580 7,160 3,580 7,160
  6 August 13 August 20 August 27 August
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,580 7,160 3,580 6,080 2,500 4,650 2,150 4,250
  3 September 10 September 17 September 24 September
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,100 4,020 1,920 3,840 1,920 3,470 1,550 3,100
  1 October 8 October 15 October 22 October
Favreau 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   1,550 3,100 1,550 3,100 1,550 3,100 1,550 SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Electricity
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
 
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Money
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
 
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
 
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
 
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
 
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
 
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
 
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
 
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
 
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
 
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Telephone 
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.