L’Enclos de la Daby

795 Chemin Pierre Mouraou

83330 Le Beausset

Var, France.

(00 33) [0] 494 94 19 08 / 98 65 85

Dear Guests,

We hope you enjoy your stay at La Daby. Below are some guest guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Please note that you must check out of houses at 10.00am promptly on the day of departure and check in after 4.00pm on day of arrival. This is to give our cleaner time to prepare houses for you.

DIRECTIONS

From Calais on the motorway - Arras, Reims, Troyes, Dijon, Lyon, Marseilles. Before Marseilles turn off left toward Nice, through Aix, then right toward Toulon. Exit off the Toulon motorway at exit 11: Cadiere d’Azur.

From the Marseille airport, follow signs to Marseille which will bring you onto the main motorway (A55). Almost immediately after going through a tunnel, take the exit and follow signs to ‘Ports’. This brings you onto a raised road running along the port, and then down into across Marseille tunnel. Keep in the left hand lane, and watch out for signs to Toulon. This brings you onto the Toulon motorway (A50). Exit 11 off the Toulon motorway at Cadier d’Azur, as above.

Take road to Le Beausset (D66). At the roundabout turn left on the D599 toward le Beausset. On the edge of le Beausset turn right at the first roundabout, and then left at the second one onto the N8 toward Aubagne (the Carrefour supermarket on this roundabout is generally considered better than the Casino). Passing the Casino on the left, turn right soon after the sign indicating the end of the village and a bus stop. Follow the signs to the Motel la Cigalier,passing the Motel on your left, go up a steep little hill. At the top there is a big electric pylon and just after this again on the left, a white wall with a fence above, and our entrance with a black letter box with La Daby on it.

From Toulon (Hyeres) airport take the Toulon / Nice motorway to Toulon, through Toulon and then onto the Marseille motorway (this applies from Toulon station). Exit at Bandol (exit 12), and take road to Beausset, as above.

From Nice, take the Marseille / Lyon motorway. Just before Aix en Provence take the Toulon motorway, and exit as above.

LAYOUT

From the entrance, down into the terrain, you will find yourself at the ‘rond-point’ where we tend to leave the cars. To your left is a path leading past the swimming pool to the Cabanon and les Lavandes. Les Lauriers is beyond this but can be reached by following the drive up and round to the left past la Tour. Les Chenesis up above the rond-point, and to the right.

INSTRUCTIONS -Would you please make sure that all adult members of your party read these instructions.

SET-UP - This is the Burrill family’s much loved home. Please enjoy it, and use as your own, but leave it as you find it. The breakage deposit covers breakages and general damage. It also covers washing and cleaning where this is excessive.

KEYS – Your house keys will be found hanging up behind the Cabanon toilet door. The Cabanon is situated just behind the pool and has a large fig tree beside it.

FIRE – Please do remember the very grave danger of fire. When smoking do be careful where you put the butts. Please do not leave them on the ground and do not smoke inside houses.

BARBEQUES–in summer, barbecuing is only allowed on gas barbecue by the Cabanon fireplaces which is a part of les Lavandes. Gas is supplied.

DRAINS AND LAVATORIES - septic tanks get upset easily, so please do not put, sanitary items, cotton wool, cigarette ends, detergent, or anything else down the lavatories. Only use special product for cleaning.

RUBBISH – Please throw rubbish away regularly as otherwise ants are attracted. Recycling is now quite easy with bins for glass, plastic, and tins in the Carrefour supermarket car park. There is a black compost bin for fruit and veg. behind the parking area by the rond-point – amongst the bushes on the right hand side as you come in. Little green bins are for this (please wash out at end of stay). Other rubbish goes in the grey bins on the right of the little road going toward le Beausset after the Motel.

SWIMMING POOL Do not dive into the swimming pool it is too shallow. Please could people apply suntan cream and oil after they swim, rather than before as to much sun stuff is not great for the water quality. The swimming pool is cleaned once a week, but any help with leaf removal, etc. is gladly received.

MATTRESSES If it rains keep the swimming pool mattresses dry by piling them up under the olive tree.

NEW CABANON SHOWER We have just had this installed and if you have young children staying in here, please make sure that they turn all taps off.

CABANON TOILET This is used by all swimmers, so please help us to keep it clean and tidy.

PLEASE ONLY USE PLASTIC GLASSES BY POOL ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN.

PATHS Important: When going to the swimming pool or parking place from Laurier, please go down the steps and use the bottom path by the well so as not to disturb those staying in Les Lavandes.

DRIVE  the drive is bumpy. Everything we’ve tried tends to get washed away - though we have just improved it quite a bit recently. Except for the first initial drop off it may be better to leave cars at the ‘round-point’ parking by the entrance.

WATER IS A PRECIOUS AND EXPENSIVE COMMODITY, SO PLEASE USE SPARINGLY. However, if you notice plants drooping in heat and are feeling kind, please do water once the sun has set.

SECURITY The gates should be kept shut at all times, and locked when no one is around. Each house has a set of keys (with a green tag), and there is a spare set on the back of the Cabanon toilet door.

LOCAL HOST Madame (Sylvie) Valveri is in charge of making sure the houses are ready for you and is a key part of making La Daby work. 00 33 6 98 46 43 02. She knows most things but speaks little English.

KITCHEN Some of the kitchen drawers have more than one compartment and you have to pull them out quite far to find all the utensils, especially in les Laurier and Les Lavendes

INTERNET We have Wifi throughout La Daby, the code is ladaby94. We can take no responsibility if the internet goes down, unfortunately with all technology this can happen from time to time. There is an internet café in the village if needs be.

TORCHES It can be quite dark between the houses at night, it is a good idea to bring torches

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL The houses can be kept cool by closing shutters when the sun is upon them and opening them up once the sun has moved round. There aren’t usually that many mosquitoes, but they and flies can be kept out by keeping the mosquito nets on windows/doors closed.

KEYS Each house has an everyday key, and a double locking one for when you leave. One of the les Lavandes keys also opens the Cabanon, All the houses (except Les Chenes) have the same double key. It’s a good idea to lock houses if you are out of sight for any length of time. At the end of your stay, could you put them back where you found them, or leave them with the cleaner if she is already there.

VISITORS BOOK If you get the chance please sign the visitors’ book which is in les Lavandes.

INSURANCE The property has a ‘multirisque habitation’ insurance, but this does not cover contents or belongings, so it’s worth taking out your own insurance.

SHOPPING Le Beausset has two main supermarkets open most days in high summer and lots of food and other shops, and a launderette. The main market takes place on Friday morning, with a small one on Sundays, and fruit and veg are sold most mornings in the Place de la Poste. Toulon has a market every day except Monday and good clothes shops, cinema (including one tending to show the latest English films in English), an opera house, etc.

WINE The local Bandol wine is of an extremely high caliber (the rose is especially well known). There are many vineyards around the local area where you can do wine tastings. You can get a guide with map to these at the village tourist office. There is also a center for Bandol wine in Bandol opposite the Casino which is a good place to taste a variety of the local wine. They also have the guides to Bandol wine as well as the Cote de Provence wine. This covers a wider area and wine can be cheaper. The cheapest way to buy wine is in 5 or 10 liter 'bag-in-box'.

SEA Bandol and Sanary are lively ports, with cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. The best local beach is at Les Leques, the other side of St. Cyr (back along the motorway) or along the coast toward Bandol. At Port d’Alon, there is a rocky beach where you can pay to leave your car under the trees.

ENTERTAINMENT The Bureau de Tourism in the Place de la Poste in Beausset has lists of everything that is going on around and about. You can also obtain free parking discs to put in your car when parking in the village. Bandol considers itself the local answer to St Tropez. There is a funfair: ‘OK Corral’ on the RN8 - direction Marseille - after the Circuit du Castellet. Aqua Land - the water slides at St Cyr (exit 10) Les Leques are always popular, and the ‘Jardin Exotique’ near Bandol is a fun outing for small kids.

During July and August there are endless dances with live music in the village squares which provide a cheap and enjoyable evening.

There are wonderful walks in all directions, such as that up to the grotto of the Mary Magdalene - 45mins through oak forest from D80 between Gemonos (RN8 then toward Aix) and la Roquebrussan. Great drive back through mountains by D2. Or up in the mountains - from Signes or from St Anne d’Evonos, and above Olioulles and behind Toulon.

Boat rides go from Bandol and Toulon, to the island of Poquerolles or les Callanques de Cassis. Pierre Sierra, who lives up the hill (0404 987051) runs fantastic whale watching trips.

RESTAURANTS

We recommend La Cadiere for the Resturant L’Arlequin

http://www.qype.fr/place/433658-LArlequin-La-Cadiere-dAzur

A pizzeria with steak frites, good salads and simple food. The restaurant is on a square so the kids can run around while you relax and drink rosé.

Another hilltop village is Le Castellet – although touristy - it is fun to go in the evening, and the candle shop that has been there for years, and the leather/belt shop both have good stuff. We go for crepes there http://www.leroydys.fr/– the bretanne crepes, with cider, are good. Have supper at home and just go for sweet crepes with amazing toppings including sweet chestnut, chocolate, brandy and crème chantilly.

Le Pied du Nez is also good at Le Castellet with great views.

If you get to go out and want somewhere good for just adults we recommend:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g196672-d1332059-Reviews-L_esperance-Bandol_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html

L’Esperance – the best food in the area in Bandol.

Le Grange: 94 29 73 91 - 38 rue Republic – which runs parallel with, and one in from, the main coast road in Bandol for pizza grilled sardines and soup de poisson, a cheaper opyion off the main drag.

Le Beausset has a good restaurant especially to have lunch outside under the shade of the plane trees. http://lacauquiere.fr/en good food and a swimming pool next door for kids. It is not cheap.

For serious a Bouilabesse excursions try L’Orsinado in le Pradet, Toulon or Chez Fon Fon in Marseille both great settings. Our favourite restaurant in Marseille – Le Cantinetta http://www.restaurantlacantinetta.fr – the area to explore is Le Pannier and MUCEM on the sea. This is seriously good Italian food – best beetroot risotto and bresola ever.

Our advice is always the food you get from the market in the village and then cook/prepare at home is going to be the best food you can eat. We are always interested to know of good restaurant recommendations.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Local host: Mme Valvari 06 98 46 43 02

Owner Burrills: 00 44 Jemima (0) 7946 538 006

Doctor: Dr Zonanov 0494 987128 or Dr Peyruad

Hospital: Malartic, left on N8 toward Toulon.

Police: +33 4 94 98 70 05

Dentists: Dr Buttin 0494 259563 or Dr Taillandier 0494 98 76 00

Ambulance: 13 (if possible arrange to meet it in the Champion car park, and direct them back).

GAS Gas cylinders for the hobs are situated under the sink in les Lavandes, and in the cellars to les Lauriers, la Tour and les Chenes.There are a spare cylinders in each house. If the gas runs out please contact Mme Valari or a Burrill on advice how to change.

ELECTRICS Sometimes the electricity goes off in a storm. The main switch to les Lavandes and les Lauriers is in the wardrobe in les Lavandes (up=on). There are also jump switches in the meters by the entrance to the land, and one for la Tour and les Chenes in the housing on the drive. Fuse boards are situated in the wardrobes in les Lavandes and les Lauriers, in la Tour cave, and in the household cupboard in les Chenes.

NEIGHBOURS The people living in the little house at the bottom of the terraces get disturbed by too much noise at the pool after hours, therefore please keep noise around the pool down after 23.00.

WOOD Please help yourself to wood to burn in the fireplaces

LONG STAY CLEANING If you are staying for more than one week and would like your house to have a basic 2 hour clean, Sylvie will come in on Sunday. The cost for this is 30 eurosIf you would like sheets washed, this will cost 10 euros for a single bed plus towel and 15 euros for a double bed plus towel. This will be easier if the house could be vacated while cleaning takes place. You will need to organize this before you go.

LAUNDRY All houses have a washing machine, except La Tour, and a washing line behind each house.

WHEN LEAVING We try and keep the cost of our rentals as low as we can and with that in mind, we need your help by making sure you leave the houses as tidy as possible when you leave. We allocated 3 hours (2 hours for La Tour) of cleaning per house, if a house takes longer than this we may have to deduct the extra time from your deposit.

Please follow the following instructions on departure:

  • In order to get the houses ready for the next people it is essential that you check out by 10am, if you are renting more than one house this can be later in one of the houses by prior arrangement.
  • If you have rented more than one house and have moved furniture and crockery between them,please put it backwhere you found it.
  • Leave any used linen, towels and tea cloths in the bathtub. If there is any unused linen please leave on a chair in the main bedroom
  • Please ensure the heating is off and no taps are left running when you leave.
  • Please ensure all kitchen utensils are clean and put away.
  • Please ensure that the dishwasher is empty or on.
  • Please leave the hob in a reasonably clean state.
  • If you use the fireplace please empty the ashes if not still hot, in the garden away from the house – please make sure you let the fire burn out before you leave.
  • Pick up any cigarette butts or rubbish left on the terraces.
  • Please empty fridge of any leftover food.
  • Take all rubbish to the road side bins.
  • Enjoy using our books but please leave them for others and if you want to leave any of your own we are glad to have them (and it frees space in your luggage for the all-important wine and cheese).
  • If you can get access to the visitors book, which is kept in Les Lavandes, please sign it before you leave, we love our visitors comments.
  • Make a note of any breakages.
  • If the cleaner is not there when you leave, please make sure that you close and lock all the shutters and lock the house and replace the key where you found them.

FAILURE TO COMPLETE IN THE ABOVE COULD RESULT IN LOSING YOUR DEPOSIT.

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