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About The Bed and Breakfasts

    The B&Bs are particularly suitable for stays of more than one night - for example when touring or for short breaks. They will be of special interest to you if you enjoy talking to people (not necessarily in English!) and exchanging ideas. Invariably, you will get a chance to chat to the owners and/or other guests over breakfast or at the dinner table, and you will get tips as to where to go and what to do in the area. As most of them do not have minimum stays they can of course also be used as overnight stops.
    Since the properties range from simple farmhouses to fairly luxurious manors, the standard of the furnishings in the bedrooms varies greatly. However, they should all be of reasonable dimensions, adequately furnished and pleasantly decorated. The rooms in nearly all the properties have full en suite facilities. If any only have partial facilities it is mentioned in the description.
  • COTS
    Most houses have some form of babies' bed available. These are most likely to be a canvas travelling cot, and unlikely to be a full size dropside cot.
    We very much regret that none of the private houses are in any way equipped for disabled guests who are confined to wheelchairs. However, a few of them have bedrooms which are on the ground floor and these may be suitable depending on the disability and help available. Further information on each property is held in our office. We will be pleased to discuss the matter with you and, if need be, consult the owners.
    It is always included in the price. It is generally available between 8.00 a.m and 10.00 a.m but you may be able to arrange to have it earlier and, likewise, your host may take pity on you if you get up late!
    We can certainly recommend you take advantage of this facility, where available. You will be able to enjoy dishes you did not know existed and typical dishes given a distinctive regional flavour. And you invariably receive excellent value. Where an evening meal is available, it is always mentioned in the individual property descriptions. At many houses it will be prepared with home-grown produce and will consist of mainly typical farmhouse dishes. At some houses, however, elaborate gourmet meals are offered. Four or even five courses are common and the price often includes wine. In France you will almost invariably be seated around a large table with fellow guests and/or members of the family. In some places meals are available every evening, whilst in others, although the proprietors are happy to cook for guests, they do not want the obligation of having to do so every day. In all cases your hosts should be informed in advance if you wish to eat. Therefore, if you are going to want a meal on the evening of your arrival, please let us know at the time of booking. (N.B If you decide later, after you have made the booking, that you do want dinner booked for you, we make an alteration charge of £4 per property we have to contact). Where meals are available every day you might be expected to dine in most nights, so if you prefer to eat out at different restaurants as the mood takes you, we suggest that you choose houses where meals are not available or where they are not available every day.
  • PETS
    At some of the houses you may find that the owners keep pets. If you are allergic to pets please inquire at time of booking.
    In most properties there will be somewhere for you to sit and relax in the evenings other than your bedroom. It may or may not be a sitting room as such, as it may just be the dining room. It also varies from place to place as to whether it is the owners' own sitting room or a separate room reserved for guests.
    With only two or three exceptions there is ample private parking at the houses. If private parking is not available it will be mentioned in the description.
    As these are private houses you do not have the same flexibility in your arrival times as with hotels. We, therefore, advise clients to plan to arrive between 4.00 p.m and 7.00 p.m (6.00 p.m if you have arranged to eat there). If you arrive earlier you may be alright but, if the owners are out, you may have to wait. If you arrive later, you should be OK up to about 9.00 p.m. but please do not plan it that way. Apart from the inconvenience to the owners you may have difficulty in finding the houses in the dark. If you are unavoidably delayed, you will have to telephone your hosts to inform them of your estimated time of arrival. You should vacate your rooms by 11.00 a.m on your departure date.
    Finding the properties should not be too difficult as, with your confirmation we advise you on how to obtain maps of the area and send you any necessary instructions to enable you to locate them.
Address: Hotels Abroad, 5 Worlds End Lane, Orpington, Kent BR6 6AA,  Telephone - UK: +44 (0) 1689 660452