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  1. I think the rental market in France has taken a bit of a beating over

    the last year or so but so have many other tourist areas and countries.

    The advent of cheap flights and the current trend for exotic holidays

    could be to blame but it may be we are just in a state of

    transition.  I seem to think at present that there is alot of

    'holiday snobbery' around. Tradional holiday destinations are being

    shunned in favour of more 'glamourous holidays.'

    For example I was talking to someone recently who was bragging about

    their holiday in Jamaica and how wondeful it was. They actually stayed

    at an all inclusive hotel and never left it throughout the two weeks !

    The attraction of France, the friendly people, uncrowded villages and

    roads, the variety of climates and landscapes, the ease of access will

    always ensure France is a popular destination.


  2. Hi

    Does anyone know of / or can recommend builders / roofers in Cotes d'armor  Brittany ?


  3. Forgot to mention on my last posting but if you wish to register domain

    names use freeparking.co.uk. They are inexpensive and there are no

    hidden extras unlike many other companies. Aviod UK2.net like the


  4. Hi

    Setting up a website need not be expensive although many companies may

    tell you otherwise. I work as a web designer and I am also a french

    property owner.

    The price you pay depends on how easily you require the website to be

    updatable and what features you require. Our own website

    (http://www.abrittanycottage.co.uk) is  95% HTML  and so

    would be relativley inexpensive to create. If a database is required

    then you will pay more.

    Remember though the website MUST be correctly written or you will be

    wasting your time so ensure you select a good web designer. Also do not

    employ anyone who charges for updates to the website...its a con. There

    is no reason why you cant make website easily updatable but many web

    designer either seem to be able to do this or just wish to charge

    riduclous amounts for simple text updates.

  5. I read these comments with interest as we have a property that we are about to rent out just to cover the running costs really. What do people think about having a 'name and shame' list for guest from hell ?

    I have a couple of websites , one for our own property and another listing all types of french accommodation. As I work as a database web designer I am using this accommodation website as a bit of a testbed but also to advertise our own property.

    I quite like the idea of putting a 'name and shame' list on the website although I dont think you could really name people other than

    The Jo_____ family from Brighton"... etc.

    If anyone got an enquiry from someone with the name "Jo____ from Brighton", you could contact the person who posted the ad and find out if they are the same people....hope that makes sense

    what do people think of doing this ?



  6. Alexis

    You may be right ..it could be polish. Can you recommend any polishes to try ?

  7. Hi all

    I forgot to add this in my last post so here goes.

    We have a lovely wooden floor in our property which the colour/varnish has worn off in places. I dont really want to sand the floor down completely and redo it as I think it will look 'too perfect' and I am not sure what varnish was originally used on the floor.

    Anyone got any ideas and how to deal with this ?

  8. Hi all

    Just wondering if anyone can recommend anyone who does external rendering in the Dinan area , Brittanny ?

    Also I would be interested to find out how easy it is to do yourself. Our property has an orange coloured render on the walls and we have been told that this is created by using a coloured sand in the render.

    Has anyone any experience of doing there own rendering and how difficult is it ?

    Thanks in advance
  9. Hi All

    can anyone recommend good builders/roofers in the Dinan area, Brittany ?

  10. Hi all

    I have a website on which you can freely advertise your French accommodation.


    You can register and enter all details about your accommodation. Using the login details you can then log back in and change these details whenever you want. If you dont have a website you can use the page as a simple website and even point your own domain name at it. Below is a link to an example of a page you can create


    If you use the site all I ask in return is a link back.

    The website is being developed in my spare time (I works as a web database designer) so it isnt complete yet but I am adding new sections all the time


  11. Hi all

    We have a longere in Brittany near Dinan. This will be mainly used as a holiday home and hopefully somewhere to spend more time in in the future.

    We are however going to rent the house out next year mainly just to cover running costs and perhaps pay for a few improvements.

    Is there anyone on here who would be interested in managing the house for us ? I am really looking for 'that personal touch' if you know what I mean rather than have some company who manage dozen of gites.

    please feel free to contact me to discuss this or if you need more info

    thanks in advance
  12. Mike

    The website is currently being extended to cover all regions of France. At present we have Brittany, Normandy and currently working on Aquitaine. Owners of accommodation in other areas can register and add their details which will be on the website when the relevant region in released.

    If anyone has interesting information on a particular region/department/town/village then please let us know and we can included it


  13. Hi all

    just to add to the debate. I work as an Internet designer and my advice to anyone is never to pay for any updates. Websites that are database driven are easy to update and there is absolutely no reason (other than to make more money) why a company should not provide a facility for you to update the text on your own webpage/website.

    I would never dream of charging anyone for updates to a site. Also dont let website designers use 'you cannot make updates to your site as it may mess up my design' as a reason for not allowing you to update your own website. Its a load of rubbish !

    It is easy to produce a basic website that can be updated simply by the owner. Take a look at http://www.bretagne-gites.co.uk. This website is fully updatable by its owner and is simply a case of filling in a form on the screen. There is no way the owner can mess up the design or stop the website working.

  14. Hi liz

    Yes that would be a good idea

    Plans have changed slightly..we are looking for a small gite for around the middle of May in Brittany near the South Coast.

    We are also looking for a gite/B&B/apartment in Var or Provence. Preferably within 100 miles of the coast. Dates for this are 16th August - 23rd August for 2 people.


  15. Thought I would post another topic on here as I got no response from my last one.

    We are visiting the south of France in August. Flying to Nice, spending a few days on the coast and then moving inland to have a look round and look at property.

    Can anyone recommend any B&B's within say 1-2 hours of Nice ?


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