LOCATION, HISTORY, AUTHENTICITY...!
Ancient, fully restored, 13th century medieval village house with South facing garden & patio, Maison de la Paix is all about living and the ‘joie de vivre’ of everything that makes life in rural France so special.
STANDARD TERMS, CONDITIONS AND RULES OF THE RENTAL (“House Rules”)
NOTE - CHILDREN AGES:
Children are welcome, however Maison de la Paix is a lot like a restored vintage car and has unguarded staircases, delicate furnishings, bedding, decor and features that are not suited to children that are below the age of 5 (five). Babes in arms will be fine, but please note that you will need to bring along your own equipment such as cots, highchairs and the like.
Please note that we will need to pre-discuss and confirm a booking where a prospective guest is below the age of 5 (five) - so please refrain from using instant book if this is the case, but rather send an inquiry.
1. The Rules are to be read and interpreted in conjunction to the SHORT TERM RENTAL AGREEMENT and the definitions contained therein, of which it forms an integral part.
2. The Guest Party shall exercise due care and extreme good faith in the use and enjoyment of the Holiday Home and shall take the utmost good care thereof. In addition, the Guest Party will respect the right of neighbors and other residents of the village in which the Holiday House is located - to reasonable peace and quiet.
3. Breaking of law - The Guest Party shall not do anything or permit anything to be done in the Holiday Home that is in contravention of the law.
4. Fires – fires may only be made in the two designated fireplaces one in the downstairs sitting room and the other in the breakfast bar adjacent to the kitchen. Under no circumstances whatsoever are fires to be made in the old fireplaces in the two bedrooms on the first landing, which are now purely for decoration purposes. These are “plumbed” for gas installations and the lighting of a fire therein is likely to lead to a gas explosion and or fire resulting in injury or loss of life and the damage or destruction of the Holiday House and surrounding buildings.0
5. Policy of insurance – the holiday house is covered by a short term policy of insurance and the Guest and Guest Party and any guests thereof are not to commit or permit any act or omission which in any way negates or limits the insurance cover in place. A copy of the insurance policy and the wording thereof (in French) is available to the Guest and Guest Party on request.
6. Keys and security – the guest shall ensure that the Holiday House is secure at all times and that windows and doors are closed and locked when the Holiday House is left unattended.
7. Parking – Free unreserved street parking is available in the public roads and streets in the immediate vicinity of the Holiday House and may be used by the Guest Party, subject to the rules and regulations of the authorities responsible therefore. Rue de Porche on the Western side of the property as well as the inner village streets are usually closed off on market day, which is every Sunday and parking is not permitted within this area between 24h00 on Saturday and +/-13h00 on Sunday. The Guest Party shall take steps to ensure that such parking is not used during this time. A lock up garage is available for the parking of one vehicle on request.
8. Guest Party – the Guest Party is comprised of the number and profile of persons as disclosed by the Guest on initiation of the booking and no other person may stay overnight, except if the permission of the Homeowner or their Agent is obtained beforehand.
9. Homeowner – The Holiday House is a secondary dwelling of the Homeowner and the Homeowner is not ordinarily resident in France. As such the Homeowner has an appointed Agent (“The Agent”) who will be responsible for the day to day care of the Holiday House and matters pertaining to The Rental and the Guest Party.
10. Damage, loss or breakages to the Holiday Home (“Loss”) – The Guest shall be responsible for any damage to the Holiday Home its fixtures, fittings, equipment and appliances and shall inform the Homeowner or Agent of any such Loss or damage occasioned by the Guest Party. The Homeowner or Agent shall in addition, inspect the Holiday Home on termination of The Rental and shall bring any additional Loss to the attention of the Guest by communication to the e-mail provided by the Guest. The Homeowner shall, in their sole discretion, decide whether compensation for any Loss shall be recovered from the Guest. The cost of rectification of the Loss shall first be deducted from Damages Deposit, if any, lodged by the Guest and in the event that that is not sufficient to cover the Loss, by recourse to the Guest, who undertakes to refund the Homeowner on demand.
11. Use of electrical equipment – Electrical equipment shall only be used for the purpose for which it was designed and the Guest Party shall familiarize themselves, where applicable, to the operating instructions thereof, a copy of which is provided in the Guest Manual or manuals or instructions that are available on site.
12. Use of telephone – The use of the telephone is totally free for calls made to landlines in excess of 100 countries. Calls to mobile phones in some countries are also free. The information as to which countries free calls may be made is available in the Guest Manual. The Homeowner reserves the right to charge for calls made that fall out of the above criteria and recover the cost thereof from the Damages Deposit.
13. Wifi – is free and available for use by the Guest Party for all legal purposes.
14. Due care - The guest acknowledges that the House Rules as referred to herein are not exhaustive and that the guest party will exercise extreme good faith and do, or take, whatsoever steps are reasonably necessary to protect the homeowners interest in the holiday house. Wooden and stone floors need to be dealt with gently and respectfully as are the other residents in the village.
15. Smoking – Smoking is not permitted in any indoor area of the Holiday House at all, however smoking is permitted in the outdoor garden area provided the litter associated therewith is removed and disposed of in the garbage disposal provided.
16. Garbage and waste – garbage and waste shall be disposed of in the manner in which is described in the Guest Manual and the Guest Party shall comply with the local garbage and waste removal rules when using the village garbage bins. All garbage and waste must be removed from the Holiday Home by the Guest Party on vacating thereof at the termination of The Rental.
17. Handover of the Holiday Home – The holiday home shall be handed over to the Guest Party in a clean and tidy condition and the Guest Party shall ensure that the Holiday Home is left in such condition on their departure, failing which the cost of additional cleaning services will be recovered from the security deposit.
18. Pets are not allowed on the premises and care should be taken not to feed or encourage neighborhood cats in any way nor allow them into the Holiday Home.
19. Being the contracting party, the Guest is responsible for the adherence by other members of the Guest Party, as well as any visitors, to the House Rules.
20. The party making the booking will supply a copy of their official travel document or other identification acceptable to the hosts as well as details of their physical home address to the hosts.
We expect guests to really use the house to get maximum enjoyment therefrom, whilst respecting that the 'bones' of it are +/- 700 years old and are irreplaceable.
We are a South African couple with two adult 'children' who, together as a family, have been incredibly fortunate to travel extensively, both in our own beautiful country, as well as Europe.
Being fortunate to live and bring up our family in what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth - the little seaside village of Hermanus, in the Western Cape region of South Africa - the seed for owning a second home in another country and culture was firmly planted in our brains in the early 2000s.
Our passion for property is unbounded and after a hard working career in retail building materials supply, we decided to indulge our passion.
The two of us once enjoyed a romantic barging trip in the Burgundy region of France and using our bicycles to explore the little villages along the way down the Canal du Nivernais, we were struck by the beauty of the French countryside and the textures and colour palettes of the ancient and often crumbling village houses – many of which were deserted and for sale!
Always being on the lookout for property for sale, my interest was sparked and the internet research began in earnest.
Initially, our thoughts turned to Italy and the beautiful Tuscany in particular, but having explored it on the three different occasions, we decide to revisit the French countryside again.
Obviously the French countryside is huge and the time and resources to travel limited, so we read everything we could about France and where the ideal spot would be to indulge our fantasy.
Having narrowed it down to the Dordogne, our first family holiday in France was booked and…….the rest is history.....we were HOOKED!