renting a country house in france

Old Jan 11th, 2007, 12:04 AM
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StuDudley ... you have the life I dream of! Good on you!
I too have saved a copy of your information for (hopefully!) future reference.
Thank you.
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Old Jan 11th, 2007, 12:26 AM
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May I gently ask that you try and understand that people on this board spend a tremendous amount of time helping complete and utter strangers, by very freely sharing information. They do this hoping that they can help another traveler and that the board will be here when they themselves need advice or direction.

So, I think it's quite understandable that people may feel their generosity is being taken advantage of when a poster isn't upfront about why they're seeking information and what they're doing with it. Free-lance writers frequently end up at Flyertalk.com, but they always state that they are working on a story and they'd like to interview some mileage runners and hear their experiences, etc. Feel free to do the same here and I'm sure you will get many responses. To do anything less is a bit patronizing, don't you think?
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Old Jan 11th, 2007, 03:06 AM
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Understood. Believe me, I have learned my lesson!
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Old Jan 13th, 2007, 07:16 PM
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Wow, this thread makes me a bit reluctant to post...some of you folks are just a bit impatient. Don't invest so much of your precious time if you are at all suspicious of someone's question. I'm new to this forum and I can see where it would take a huge amount of time to read through hundreds of posts just to see if my particular question had in some way been addressed previously. Take a breath.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 06:27 AM
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robjame...I did my best homework to try and figure out Stu's gite in the Dordogne. I had some good clues but nothing I found on the gite de France website quite fit the clues. We ended up setting for one that sounds similar but is not "The One".

Stu...thank you for your very detailed post above. I've also saved that for future reference since this is my first time renting....I'm very green. I'm sure it won't be the last and your info is so helpful. Thanks again for sending me your Dordogne itinerary some time ago. With 4 months to go, we'll be fine tuning our trip soon.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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Crazy

You might have trouble finding "our" gite because the software the Dordogne dept uses (RESININFRANCE) doesn't work very well. The selection criteria that you provide is ignored, and I think it provides you with a list of every property in the Dordogne that is not already reserved for the dates you want.

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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 08:20 AM
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Hi Stu...I know you're right. I tried fine tuning the criteria several times and I kept getting the same 99 properties. I thought the one you rent was likely not available to book online. I had thought about sending away for the book but decided to go with something that I found online with a direct to owner site. We'll see how it goes this time around. It looks like a fairly nice property from the site.

We chose Cenac based on your remarks about its proximity to shops and convenient location for getting around easily in the Dordogne. We had looked at Sarlat and Domme but thought it would be good to avoid the parking and traffic issues.

Thanks for all your help....Moolyn wrote a great trip report as well which we'll use to narrow down our itinerary. We only have 11 nights in the region...including 2 nights in the River Lot area near Carennac. I know we won't see it all so it will take some work to narrow it down to a reasonable balance of leisure and activity.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Hi mlaffitte,

The house that we rented in the Dordogne might work for you, www.chantepierre-sarlat.com/en/accen.htm. The presence of a dryer as well as washer was a plus.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 01:55 PM
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Wow bon voyage...quite the digs. Wish I could afford to stay there!!....it looks beautiful.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 02:40 PM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions! I am forwarding them along to my sister with whom I am planning this trip.
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Old Jan 14th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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For your info/those following this thread: we rented this GORGEOUS house in Montauroux: http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/Fra...oux/p11712.htm

The owners were an absolute delight to work with; the house location allowed day trips to the French Riviera as well as to many Provence towns. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! The pool was pristine, the house has cable, internet connections, grill, laundry room, excellent and modern kitchen, a whole library on the region, DVDs, etc, etc...
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Old Jan 16th, 2007, 09:46 AM
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I was quite pleased with the services provided by Simply Perigord in renting two houses in the Dordogne region last September. See their web site: http://www.simply-perigord.com/. You can also request a glossy brochure by post. While they specialize in the Dordogne, they also have rentals in Provence and Burgundy.

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Old Jan 19th, 2007, 05:31 PM
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Old Jan 19th, 2007, 08:39 PM
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Hello.
We have had nothing but wonderful times using the Gites de France site. We started using gites in the mid 1990s when everything was by paper and bank drafts. It is much easier now. You will not be disappointed. One hint we can provide is to search for gites with a dishwasher (lavavaiselle). It tends, in our experience, to indicate a level of convenience that will extend throughout the gite.
If you are going to SW France (and we recommend it), I would use www.simplyperigord.com We have rented houses using their services about 4 times and you will not find a better service or more attractive set of houses to rent in the Perigord Noir area of the Dordogne. You will also get a yearly catalog of houses to whet your appetite for next year!
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Old Jan 20th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Old May 8th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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Old May 8th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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If you look at some of the sites for rentals..AFTER you have decided what part of the country you want to be in..you will get an idea of what you like and what the price range would be. You will see all kinds of places and all kinds of prices...whether they call them gites or whatever, if you like it and the accomodations, that is all that matters. You will find the price range that your needs fall into rather quickly.
Enjoy..........
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Old May 8th, 2007, 01:16 PM
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I didn't realise this thread had gone so wonky.

i guess it would have been nice if you'd said upfront what you were doing, but I, for one, am not offended.

The answer you gave leased me to suggest three places you might look

Brittany Ferries do quite a lot of accommodation; French Connections is an owner run site as is Chez Nous. All are aimed mostly at the UK market.

Hope this helps.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 08:50 AM
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I just tried to find some info on the Gites de France site. They have changed the software completly - and like many French designed web sites, it is very awkward & I could not get it to work properly. I kept getting error messages on quite simple searches. Althougn I was on the English language version, the error messages were in French, and there were a variety of error typed. I received these error messages looking up the specific gite we are renting next week, and on inquiring on Gites in the Vaucluse with 2 bedrooms - which there must be a 100 possibilities..

I've used the Goites de France site hundreds of times, and have rented well over 25 different Gites - so I'm somehwat familiar with the past quirks. They have added a lot of new ones, which makes the site useless, as far as I'm concerned. Hoope they realizethis & make some changes. I was using it just a couple of weeks ago before the re-design/screw-up.

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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 02:14 PM
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I just tried the Gites de France website, and it's still giving error messages in french. I've tried several different options with no luck. Has anybody gotten the website to work, or found an alternative? I'm looking for gites around Sarlat for next April....
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