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s/c accomodation with pool- italy/france?

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pipsy1 Fri 04-Mar-05 09:44:33

Anyone know a good company to book with? Or where to look. New to this type of holiday but DH says to rent a cottage or something is really expensive, but can't face hotel with a child. Also like the idea of our own pool

oatcake Fri 04-Mar-05 10:05:56

I do... have used them twice but can't remember the name of them. will speak to mil as we went with her and fil (they use the company every year!). this company specialise in french cottages and they are fantastic people to deal with and the owners of the cottages have been so nice, dropping by with a bottle of wine and for a chat...

will get back to you.

pipsy1 Fri 04-Mar-05 10:26:32

Thats exactly the sprt of recommendation I was hoping for. No hurry - but thanks

SofiaAmes Sat 05-Mar-05 02:30:31

I've found that renting a house is cheaper than a hotel and much more convenient with young children.

milge Sat 05-Mar-05 08:06:53

Try magic of italy/magic of france, or simply travel, they do childcare too.

oatcake Sat 05-Mar-05 18:33:08

ok, just found their survival guide to france. It's VFB holidays: www.vfbholidays.co.uk

bon vacances!

Merlin Sat 05-Mar-05 18:41:03

If you don't want to do the "package" thing, book your flights separately and check out accommodation on www.ownersdirect.co.uk. We have booked places twice on here and they were great!

lapsedrunner Sat 05-Mar-05 18:42:47

You can't go wrong with www.gites-de-france.fr We have booked several gites with them via the internet (go for "3 ears of corn" standard) and simply cannot fault them. Much cheaper than renting via a UK company, you will have to arrange your own ferry crossing or flights/car hire.

pipsy1 Sun 06-Mar-05 09:54:05

Right - I'm off to investigate

sinclair Tue 08-Mar-05 16:22:45

Had loads of success with booking direct too - try chez nous for france and maybe more widespread(I think www.cheznous.com). We found what we wanted and cheaper than going through an agency tho more legwork for you and I suppose theoretically it is more risky. My mate always finds gems in the classies in The Lady magazine too. Good luck!

meysey Wed 09-Mar-05 13:32:22

Take a look at www.magic-tuscany.com

I have not booked with them personally but have stayed close to a property near Rufina they rent out, which was in a lovely location in the hills with a pool and within easy driving distance of Florence.

Ryanair fly to Pisa.

Also Simply Travel are good but I have not been to Italy with them, only Greece and The Canaries.

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