Fantastic French Self-Catering Holiday Tips
One of the fastest growing means of holiday accommodation is self-catering. During your stay at the destination country you rent a holiday home for the entire duration of your stay. The property can take the form of a flat in the city center or a super sophisticated villa overlooking the sea.
Its name comes from the level of spec that each property comes with which often includes onsite kitchen, inclusive utility bills, linen, bedclothes, towels etc. Some holiday French villas even include a private pool. Basically you get everything you might need on holiday in which you can care for yourself and for your party be your own boss, free to come and go at will. If such vacation seems to spark an interest, here are some fanatic tips to bear in mind.
Finding A Property – There are two means to find a suitable holiday home. You can visit local forums and holiday boards in which property owners offer their home directly to you. Alternatively you can use a middleman in the form of a travel agent that finds the most suitable holiday villas and negotiates the price on your behalf.
Leaving A Deposit – Booking is often done many months ahead so as you may imagine for securing your place over other holidaymakers, a deposit is required. The level of deposit varies however expect to pay around 30% as an initial deposit while the reminder is normally due just before commencing on your holiday. Here is where the difference in booking privately or by means of a travel agent becomes important. If booking privately you can secure your deposit to some degree by paying via a credit card and trying to reduce the required level of deposit as much as possible. If however you have decided to book from a travel agent consider one that is ABTA / ATOL protected. Such protection which is government backed will help secure your deposit should the travel agent experience monetary difficulties. Better safe than sorry I say!
Learn Some Local Language – Many France villas are often situated in areas that include a higher ratio of local population over tourist. You will find it useful to learn basic phrases in the local tongue. Here are some basic English phrases in French.
|How are you?||Comment ça va|
|I don’t understand||Je ne comprends pas|
|I’m lost||J’ai perdu mon sac|
|How much is this?||Combien ça coûte|
|Take me to…. please (e.g. in a taxi)||Déposez-moi à ……., s’il vous plait|
You may find it useful to learn more phrases, as it will help make your stay more relaxed. Self-catering is really as about relaxing the escaping the rat race of life.
Check In / Check Out Times – It is essential to check in and out at the agreed times. As you may imagine, during the busy period self-catering homes are booked solid. The only time property owners have to clean and generally maintain a property is between visitors. Therefore ensure to arrive at the agreed time and leave when told so. In France the acceptable time to check in starts from 5pm and before 7pm. Check out time is traditionally at 09:30am or before.
Enjoy your France holiday.
Self-catering holiday tips by Ryan from Affair Travel. UK travel agent offering over 200 holiday properties across parts of Europe from Corsica to France and Croatia. ABTA and ATOL protected.