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Gites de France

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In relation to Gites de France, I have read many comments about the rating sytem ie 2-4 wheat sheaves or not as the case may be and wonder, like some forum members how this works. Renting a gite is a brilliant way of seeing France (where I live), sometimes however, one can make a dud choice as we did for visiting friends. This year, we were asked to recommend a gite in our region (Vienne) which we duly did, noting that this particular one had a 2 sheaves rating and an ingound pool, perfect for our friends. We had not stayed there ourselves and chose this particular gite(being close to where we live) from the Gites de France site. The French owner claimed fluent spoken English in the blurb, but whose favourite phrase was 'I haff not unerstand', Ok so what I hear you ask as language probs can be ironed out. The real issue was that the gite in question was dirty and the owner who lived next door, in addition to being a hoverer, turned into a nasty hoverer on being informed that his gite was not up to scratch. Our friends, who are easy going, left before their week was up. They have rented about 20 gites over a period of 10 years, so are fully cognisent with the ways and wherefores of such rentals. However this was the first time ever that they had struck such problems. I do not want to name names, but I would put a note of caution as on making enquiries in the small hamlet about the gite and its owner, it turns out that he is 'known' for his behaviour and has a fairly unsavoury reputation. The gite in question is still running with the latest disgruntled guests leaving yesterday. So, the lottery of the gites continues.

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