Pip Posted October 9, 2006 Share Posted October 9, 2006 This is by way of an sos to the Gite owners on the forum. My OH and I have just returned from the only awful Gite holiday we have had. We usually have wonderful times and the Gites have been terrific. However, this time it was horrendous. We had booked a Gite for just two persons and expected it to be small but in this instance 'No room to swing a cat' was more than apt. There was a small kitchen with smaller table and two chairs, a 'sitting room' which was really a short corridor housing just a foam sofa and a small wardrobe with a shower room off (not even a picture on the wall which was less than a couple of feet away !) The 'bedroom' was a dias and the bed was just a few inches off the ground on a wooden plinth (there was about two inches either side of the bed from the walls so we had to crawl up the bed to get in - no mean feat when we are both well over the age of fifty !). To get to the 'bedroom' there was a set of four wooden steps and small platform with no balustrading (in fact the Gite owner warned us to keep the light on at night so that if we needed to go to the shower room there would be no accidents !). There were less than basic crockery and utensils, a battered fridge and an even more battered washing machine (completely useless as there was no provision for drying clothes by way of a washing line or pegs etc.). Also it appeared that the Fosse was leaking and every time we went to the car we had to pass within a couple of feet of it and it stank (you could actually see matter leaking from it). Under normal circumstances we would have just got on with the lack of space etc. but what really bothered us was that the place was so damp. The smell hit us the moment we entered but having noticed that not a window was open we thought that it would die down after 24 hours when it had had a good airing (I couldn't even bring myself to unpack our clothes). Not so. The bedding was damp and although we kept all windows (2) and doors (2) open from the moment we arrived, after heavy rain on the first night (we were met with a great pool of water under the back door the next morning) it went from bad to worse. Even our towels used after a shower didn't dry before the next one ! The Gite was also not well maintained as there were handles missing off most of the kitchen cabinets and two of the electric sockets were hanging off the walls with wiring exposed and the socket for the pull cord light in the kitchen had come away from the ceiling and also exposed wires. (I shudder to think of any child staying in the Gite). There was also a plethora of creepy crawlies to keep us company and I have never seen so many huge centipedes, spiders and beetles anywhere ! We had arranged to be away overnight to visit a department further south on the fourth night (we had informed the Gite owners of this prior to our visit) and when we returned our towels were still damp after two days and everything was clammy. By then OH had had enough and said he couldn't stay another night. While I got our stuff together and cleaned and tidied he went up to dispose of the rubbish and see the owner to tell him that we had to leave. OH informed him of the damp and his answer was that there had been a problem but he thought they had sorted it ! Suffise to say that there were no apologies and no mention of a return of our £70 security deposit ! The wife was not home (obviously the business head of the two) so we left without it.I would like to ask how we stand with this ? We paid £295 for seven days, but were only there for three nights, and the £70 security deposit. Are we being optimistic to expect the security deposit to be refunded ? As it is we have had to pay out more money than we can really afford to find other accommodation and had to cut our holiday short because of the extra cost (and then had to pay £59 to bring our ferry crossing forward). OH is retired and I have worked hard all year to afford this holiday so we can ill afford to lose the £70. I am really depressed and think I need another holiday - fast !!!!! Any advice greatly appreciated ! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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