What we provide

Brittany Thatched Cottages

What we provide
2nd October 2014 
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Le Helleguy
Quistinic
Brittany 56310
FRANCE
Tel/Fax :
+33 (0) 2.97.39.79.11
 
info.btc@sfr.fr



Services & items provided (free of charge):

The following services & items are provided free of charge and are included in the rental price of your cottage(s):


Gas, Electricity & Water:

Normal usage of gas, electricity & water has been factored into your cottage rental price.
For use of central heating & wood burning stove please refer to the Services Offered section below.


Unlimited Internet Access:

Wi-Fi internet access is available in each cottage for guests who bring suitable laptops.


Travel Discounts (Ferry Crossings & Car Hire):

We are able to give you access to travel discounts with Brittany Ferries (up to 20%), P&O Ferries, LD Lines, Norfolk Lines, SeaFrance and Condor Ferries.

Once you have made a reservation with us, we will forward to you our advertiser travel membership numbers which you will enable you to obtain discounted quotes and make subsequent reservations with any of the above companies.

The travel discount is available to all members of the party, travelling to Le Helleguy.


Welcome Basket:

Prepared for your arrival is a sumptuous Welcome Basket containing key food provisions to help you settle in. This includes:

  • French bread (baguette & sliced loaf) & croissants
  • Jam, honey & butter
  • Milk, fruit juice & water
  • Bottle of wine
  • Bacon, eggs, ham & cheese
  • Biscuits, cake, chocolate, crisps
  • Filter & instant coffee
  • Teabags, fruit tea infusions & sugar
  • Salt, pepper, cooking oils & balsamic vinegar

    We also provide tin foil, microwave cling film, plastic food bags & food protectors and a supply of toilet rolls & kitchen rolls.

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  • Flowers:

    In addition to silk flower arrangements which decorate each cottage, we provide a fresh bouquet of flowers to add a warm welcome to your arrival.

    The flowers are supplied by our local florist and add seasonal colour and fragrance to the cottages.


    Herbs:

    An abundant supply of fresh herbs can be found in the herb plot – help yourself to Chives, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Tarragon, Mint etc.


    Linen & Towels:

    Provided for your convenience is a range of luxurious quality bed linen, duvets, pillows, mattress & pillow protectors, towels, bath mats and house robes, all inclusive of your cottage rental. For guests who prefer not to have duvets, we have an alternative selection of beautiful Jacquard weave bed throws.

    Matching linens throughout the cottages, supplied by DORMA (Vichy lilac Jacquard Weave & Chestnut Hill floral design) create a co-ordinated, country house character in the bedrooms. Luxury percale cotton sheets supplied by Dorma & Horrocks are soft and gentle on the skin.

    Waffle house robes are also provided for use around the cottages, swimming pool and/or when benefiting from Complementary Therapies or Beauty Treatments.

    Towels sets (800 gsm) are provided for each guest (adults, children & infants) and include a bath towel, hand towel and flannel. Towels are tumble dried to provide a soft and fluffy finish.

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    Firm orthopaedic mattresses on the beds at Le Helleguy (both king-sized and single divans) ensure maximum comfort & support to enable a good night’s rest. The beds do not have foot boards which can otherwise be restrictive to tall guests!

    The linen at Le Helleguy is privately laundered ensuring that we are able to monitor & maintain control of the laundry environment. The machines used to launder the linen are used solely for the linen at Le Helleguy and we ensure that only high quality, non biological products (Persil) are used during the wash/rinse phases, thus reducing the possibility of allergic reactions to sensitive skin.

    Please note that Beach Towels are NOT provided.


    Cleaning Materials:

    We provide a wide range of cleaning materials and equipment in each cottage, to help minimise the amount of items you might normally consider bringing with you. These include:

  • T-towels, hand towels, dishcloths
  • Pan scourers & J-cloth roll
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Washing-up liquid & hand wash soap
  • Dishwasher powder, rinse aid & salt
  • Washing machine powder & fabric softener
  • Hand wash soap for bathrooms & cloakrooms, etc.
  • Bleach (septic tank friendly!) & toilet fresheners
  • Multi surface disinfectant & surface wipes
  • Shower shine, Jif cream & window cleaner
  • Polish, dusters, mop & bucket
  • Dustpan & brush, feather duster
  • Electric vacuum cleaner & house broom

    A Departure Cleaning Service is available for those who prefer not to clean through the cottage themselves before departure – see services offered at a nominal cost, below.


    Information Pack:

    To help you plan your holiday itinerary we have provided each cottage with an ‘Out & About’ information folder containing details and personal recommendations of:

  • Local tourist attractions
  • Sorting activities e.g. golf, horse-riding, cycling, canoeing etc.
  • Places of specific interest to visit (& brochures) i.e. chateaux, megaliths, zoos etc.
  • Beaches (child friendly, pet friendly, plus sporting options)
  • Market days (what to buy, where & when)
  • Shops (with opening times)
  • Local restaurants & crÍperies (from rustic to Michelin star)

    Also provided in each cottage is a folder containing essential information about the cottages, grounds, facilities and services available, plus emergency contact numbers etc.

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  • Walking Pack:

    For exploring the wonderful countryside of the Blavet Valley we provide a super ‘walking pack’ containing over 20 local walks (some suitable for cycles and horse riding).

    Each walk is detailed on a laminated sheet, with map, distance, estimated duration and level of difficulty.


    Infant Accessories:

    We provide a wide range of high quality infant accessories to help reduce the amount of infant related equipment & materials you might otherwise need to bring on holiday with you. These include:

  • 2 x Cots - full sized (Mothercare carved wooden cots), plus bed linen
  • 1 x Travel Cot – full sized (Mothercare - folding steel frame & fabric surround)
  • 2 x High Chairs – (Peg Perego with safety harnesses)
  • 2 x Baby Monitors – (Tomy)
  • 1 X Pram/Pushchair – (Peg Perego - collapsible for transportation via car)
  • 4 x Stair Gates - 4
  • 2 x Bed Guards
  • 2 x Baby Baths & Potties!
  • 2 x Food Blenders
  • 1 x Bottle Steriliser

    If you have any additional infant accessory requirements, please feel free to let us know.

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  • BBQ, Patio Set, Picnic Box & Picnic areas:

    Each cottage has its own patio area, equipped with superb quality patio furniture with luxury cushions and tableware. Large 4-burner gas BBQs compliment the alfresco dining areas, with the addition of family sized picnic hampers for dining out, on day excursions. Items provided include:

  • Patio table, chairs & cushions (German manufacturer: Kettler – all weather metal)
  • Sun loungers & cushions
  • Large sun parasol & stand, table mats
  • Sunshine 4-burner gas BBQ (Australian manufacturer)
  • Gas bottles & refills
  • BBQ tools & equipment, plus tin foil, foil trays etc
  • BBQ cleaner & scrapper
  • Family sized picnic box, plus accessories:
  • Melamine crockery, cutlery, flask, serviettes, straws, ice packs, Tupperware boxes
  • Picnic blanket

    Also positioned throughout the 3 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds are several picnic tables, so that you may enjoy alfresco dining in a variety of locations i.e. by the swimming pool, play areas and in the tranquil, landscaped pond garden. Sun loungers can also be found located throughout the grounds, in addition to those situated by the swimming pool.


  • Bikes:

    We have a selection of bikes (plus child seats) available for your use when exploring the lovely quiet country lanes around the hamlet and/or when visiting the local bakery/creperie.

    We also have a universal bike rack available should you wish to take the bikes further afield.

    Games:

    We have equipped each cottage with a wide selection of indoor games for you to enjoy during your stay. In addition to these, there is also an outdoor games cupboard in the pool garden which is packed with a good selection of outdoor games.

    Indoor Games

  • Monopoly, Cludeo, Scrabble, Junior Scrable, Ratrace, Risk
  • Articulate, Trivial pursuit, Pictionary, Taboo, Over the Hill, Boggle
  • Buckeroo, Ker Plunk, Battleships, Mastermind, Cards, Happy Families,
  • Jigsaws, Chess, Drafts, Dominos, etc.

    Outdoor Games

  • Table Tennis (Kettler professional outdoor table), Children’s swings
  • Mini Pool Table, Badminton, Jumbo Tennis
  • Croquet, Swing Ball, Jengo (building bricks), Cricket (junior & adult)
  • Football (with nets), Bat & balls, Skipping rope, Jumbo garden darts


    Media Entertainment:

    In addition to free unlimited WiFi internet access we also provide the following:

  • Satellite TV (English & French)
  • DVD/Video players
  • An extensive library of DVDs & Videos (over 500 titles)
  • HiFi stero system with a selection of music CDs
  • A wide choice of reading material (over 100 titles in each cottage)


    Restaurant Bookings, Activity Reservations & Veterinary Appointments:

    Living permanently on site in one of the three thatched cottages in the hamlet, we shall be on hand to assist you during your stay, if & when required.

    We shall be more than happy to make table reservations for you at local restaurants; arrange sporting activities, organise visits to local attractions & places of interest.

    We can also arrange in advance of your arrival, fishing permits, tee times at local golf courses, horse riding, sailing etc. If bringing your pet on holiday with you pe , we can also arrange appointments at the local veterinary surgery for the regulatory checks prior to your departure.


    Weather Forecasts:

    Prepared for your arrival, a weekly weather chart helps you to plan your week’s activities. Daily updates are available if required.


    Undercover Heated Swimming Pool:

    Whether you are holidaying in Peak season or taking advantage of a Spring or Autumn break, you will be able to enjoy swimming in a warm comfortable environment from the beginning of April to early November (after the October half term holidays).


  • What we provide #06The pool’s retractable telescopic shelter helps to maintain the water temperature (28C) and provides the option of indoor swimming - ideal for the children if the weather becomes cold or wet.

    Our flexible pool operating times permit swimming at all hours (early morning and/or late evening)
    with the addition of floodlit swimming at night.

    Only two cottages share the swimming pool and
    its large dimensions 12.2m x 6.1m (and perfect rectangular shape for maximising swimming) provide ample space for everyone to enjoy.

    Professionally installed around the swimming pool are two of the four swimming pool security systems recognised by the French standards association (AFNOR). Each has a certificate of conformity to the latest regulations (P90-306 - Barrier/Fences and P90-309 - Shelters/Verandas).

    A mini paddling pool is available for infants, if required.


    What we provide #07Cottage Grounds:

    The cottages are surrounded by an extensive 3 acres of land. This includes landscaped gardens, lawned play areas, secure pond garden, swimming pool & orchard areas.

    Whilst each cottage has its own patio area (intended for the sole use of the cottage occupants), you are able to enjoy full access to virtually all 3 acres of land. There are no additional areas or gardens restricted to the use of an individual cottage.

    The wide choice of relaxation areas within the extensive grounds provides a vast area for the two cottages to enjoy. Many of our guests comment that they feel they have enjoyed exclusive use of the hamlet and its facilities, even though both cottages were occupied.

    Click on the VIDEO below to see the pool garden and play area:





    What we provide #08Christmas & New Year decorations:

    For the festive season, you will find the cottages are fully decorated (unless requested otherwise). Each lounge has its own decorated Christmas tree with fairy lights and many more garlands, decorations, holly, mistletoe and fir, arranged to create that special seasonal atmosphere.

    Additional festive lighting arrangements, plus candle decorations (supplied with a variety of candles) give a traditional ambiance to the cottages.


    Click on the VIDEO below to see how we decorate the cottages for Christmas:




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    The cottage dinner services are supplemented with a lovely selection of Christmas tableware, luxury festive table cloths, napkins & table decorations, servers, gold plate chargers, crackers etc. enabling you to make your festive dinner an extra special one.

    We can even organise the purchase from a local farm, of a succulent Turkey for the celebration.


    Access to approved Property Searcher:

    If you are looking to purchase a property of your own in southern Brittany, we can help! We can put you in touch with a registered bilingual Property Searcher and Immobilier (estate agent) who can liaise with you directly to determine your requirements, in advance of your arrival at Le Helleguy.

    This advance contact will enable you to start looking at those properties of interest to you, without delay. Our contact will accompany you on viewings and provide advice free of charge.

    We shall also be more than happy to share with you our own experience & knowledge (plus useful hints & tips) regarding property purchase & the associated legal procedures here in France.


    Services available (at additional cost):

    The following services are offered to guests at an additional cost:


    What we provide #10Complementary Therapies & Beauty Treatments:

    A comprehensive range of Complementary Therapies & Beauty
    Treatments are available onsite, for you to enjoy during your stay.

    Relax in our private treatment room, away from the distractions
    of family & friends.

    Please refer to the Treatments & Therapies page for detailed
    information & a price list.



    Departure Cleaning Service:

    If you prefer not to spend valuable holiday time cleaning through the cottage before your departure, we recommend our in-house Departure Cleaning Service @ £60. This option can be selected on the reservation Booking Form.


    Heating:

    If you are holidaying out of season you may decide that you would like to use the cottage’s central heating and/or wood burning stove.

    A fixed weekly sum of £80 is normally charged from October to April (inclusive). This covers usage of the central heating and a supply of wood for the wood burning stove. The 'supply' includes a made-up fire, a basket in the house and a bin load externally. Further bin-loads can be paid for locally at cost.

    The central heating can also be activated at any time throughout the year, paid for locally at cost, via a meter reading.

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    Pets:

    Provided prior authorisation is requested, we do welcome family pets. A fixed fee of £50 per pet is normally charged. Further conditions apply, as specified in our Terms & Conditions, summarised briefly below:

  • pets are not allowed on the furniture
  • animals must be on a lead when within the grounds
  • animals are not allowed to toilet within the grounds
  • the refundable Security Deposit is doubled, due to the increased risk of damage
  • the Departure Cleaning Service becomes mandatory.

    We have a good relationship with our local vets (6km away) and we can make arrangements for the necessary pre-departure visit for your pet(s) – i.e. when travelling back to the U.K.

    Please contact us if you wish to consider bringing your pet(s).


    Welcome Meals:

    If you would like a meal to be prepared for your arrival, we are able to offer a selection of professionally pre-prepared ‘Welcome Meals’ which simply need to be heated in the oven.

    Please contact us for menus options & prices.


    Catering Options:

    You may wish to take advantage of the services offered by our professional caterers during your holiday.

    Whether you would like to enhance a special occasion with a celebratory meal, or perhaps opt for a selection of catered evenings to provide a welcome break from self catering, we have a number of catering options available for you:

  • French – local caterers on hand to provide French buffet catering, hot & cold a la carte menus
  • Indian – a special 3 course menu for Curry lovers
  • European – English caterers offering a sumptuous selection of 2, 3 and 4 course menus

    Meals can be prepared in your cottage, (with or without waitress & washing-up service) or prepared externally and delivered to your door.

    Please contact us for menus options & prices.


  • Celebratory Cakes:

    If you will be celebrating a special event during you stay e.g. Birthday, Anniversary etc. we shall be happy to organise a celebratory cake for you, to enhance the occasion.

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    Baby Sitting:

    We are able to organise a baby sitting service at very reasonable rates.


    Additional Occupancy:

    We are able to provide guests with an extra bed (plus linen, towels set & house robe) if required. This additional occupancy is charged at a fixed rate of £50.




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    Fancy a day trip on a luxury barge or special holiday extension?

    Our friends Ian and Jane operate a newly renovated and luxuriously fitted barge on the waterways of Brittany and are able to offer either:

  • A day trip for up to 6 people including a buffet lunch, or
  • A week’s cruise for up to 4 people on their barge Libje, including an evening welcome meal and half board (breakfast and lunch) thereafter.

    So if a split holiday break appeals i.e. a week in luxury thatched cottages and a week afloat for all or some of your holiday party, we can definitely recommend the Libje.

    For further details either contact us or our friends via their website www.libje.eu. Trips are available from April through to September.



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