Your Holiday Questions Answered

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General Rental Questions

What are your holiday rental periods

Generally all are bookings run from Saturday to Saturday, but we try to be flexible where we can. This means that during the school holidays there is less flexibility, but otherwise we will do what we can.

What deposit do we pay when renting your Normandy gites or beach house?

To confirm your booking you will need to pay your deposit, which is 50% of the rental price.  The remainder is to be paid two calendar months before the start of your booking.

What payment methods do you accept for holiday rentals?

You can pay by cheque or by internet banking.  If you wish to pay by credit card, then you can pay using Paypal, but there is a 3% surcharge on Paypal payments.  We have bank accounts in the UK (for sterling payments) and in France (for Euro payments).  We do not accept cash on arrival.

What security deposit do we pay for holiday rentals?

Our security deposit varies, but is generally 50% of the booking price.  However, for parties and single sex groups, the deposit is up to 100% of the booking price.  Your security deposit will be returned to you within 14 days of departure.

If you should cause damage beyond the cost of your deposit, you are also responsible for this.  Our insurance company will pursue you for payment.  We advise you in the strongest possible terms to take out insurance, including travel insurance in case your journey is impossible for reasons of sickness or the weather.  While you may not be responsible for bad weather or a family sickness, nor are we.

The security deposit is due along with your final payment.

What is your holiday cancellation policy?

Payment is not normally refundable. If, however, cancellation occurs more than 30 days before arrival we will endeavour to resell the period and if successful, refund the payment less any additional costs incurred.

If the renter does not appear in the 24 hours following the arrival date marked on the booking form, the contract becomes null and void.

If the renter leaves before the end of the rental period, no monies will be returned to the renter.

What is included in the holiday rental?


For all bookings longer than 4 nights, all linens and towels are included.  At Maison Mielles this also includes beach towels.  Your beds will all be made up for your arrival.  We would ask you to let us know how you wish the beds to be made up before your arrival.  How many doubles/twins do you require?

Cleaning Products

We provide all cleaning products, hoovers, multipurpose cleaners, washing up liquid, bin bags (TRANSPARENT ONLY), mops, mop buckets, brushes, dusters, dishcloths, sponges, drying up cloths.

We provide dishwasher tablets for the dishwasher (Maison Mielles only), and washing powder for the washing machine.

Bathroom products

Hair dryer

Shower gel

Hand soap


Bath mats

Kitchen supplies

The kitchens are very well equipped

We also provide :

Tea bags, and tea pots

Ground coffee and filter papers, and two coffee machines, one 8 cup and one 30+ cup.

Salt & pepper

Vinegar & oil

Some basic herbs selections



Cling film, tin foil and baking parchment

We would ask you to replace any items that you finish.

If you wish that we leave you the makings of your first evening meal, please let us know.

What other facilities are available?


Media Hard Drive with over 400 films in English and French

Wood for the fire, firelighters

BBQ and charcoal

First aid kits

TV – there is a large HD tv in the sitting room, which has SKY freeview channels, French TNT, and a Media Hard Drive, with over 400 films, in all the properties.  A further small TV is in one of the downstairs bedrooms in Maison Mielles with an integrated DVD player.  This tv is only useable as a DVD player.

WIFI – there is wifi throughout the house, but you will need to bring your own computer.

You are welcome to bring your own Wii, Playstation, Xbox

Laundry facilities

At Maison Mielles there is a 10kg washing machine, and an 8kg tumble dryer.  There is also a very large capacity washing line.  We provide washing powder, but not fabric softener.

In Gites Poppy and Lily, there is a 5kg washing machine and drying racks.


All beds are made up with two pillows of different firmness per person, both hypoallergenic.  There are lightweight duvets and blankets for cooler weather.  All the mattresses and pillows have protectors on them, which should not be removed, except for washing.

Babies and Children

What equipment is available for babies and children?

All our properties have high chairs and plastic cutlery available.  Maison Mielles is equipped with babies and small children in mind.

In Maison Mielles there are:

two high chairs, but we have others that can be requested.

two potties,

two loo seat reducers,

bibs, sippy cups,

plastic cutlery, bowls, plates and cups,

bath toys.

Stairgates – lascal roller gates at both the top and the bottom of the stairs.

Changing mat

Non-slip mats for in the bath

A wide range of books, toys and films


In Maison Mielles garden


A wendy house in the garden with a children’s kitchenette and various other toys

A small trampoline with a safety net, only suitable for one child at a time.


There is a large selection of children’s toys for the beach, but remember to bring them back to the house!


We leave a range of sizes of nappies available, and would ask you to replace whatever you use.


In Gîtes Lily & Poppy, we provide potties, plastic cutlery, cups, plates & bowls, high chairs, baby baths.

A wide choice of childrens toys, books and films in all properties.


Can we stay in your Normandy gites with our dog?

Gite Lily and Gite Poppy are not really suitable for dogs due to the open nature of the outside of the properties. If you do want to bring your dog(s) please note that we do make a nightly charge for each dog. See our terms and conditions for more details. Dogs are more than welcome if you stay in our Maison Mielles beach house.

Can we stay at your Normandy beach house with our dog?

Yes. Dogs are very welcome at Maison Mielles, but we do ask you to observe our house rules if you want to bring your dog.

Maison Mielles

How near are local services to St Martin de Bréhal?

Nearest village/town : 800m – St Martin de Bréhal

Nearest shop : 800m – St Martin de Bréhal

Nearest supermarket : 3km – Bréhal. Opening hours 9 – 19.30

Nearest markets : 500m – St Martin de Bréhal – Sunday; 10km – Granville – Saturday; 3km – Bréhal – Tuesday

Nearest petrol station : 3km – Bréhal

Nearest doctor : 3km – Bréhal

Nearest A&E : 10km – Granville

Nearest beach : 500m – St Martin de Bréhal

Nearest playground : 400m – St Martin de Bréhal

Walks from door : yes

Nearest railway station : 10km – Granville

Nearest autoroute : 15km – A84

Nearest ferry port : 90km – Cherbourg (1 hour 45 mins); 125km – Caen (1 hour 35 mins); 100km – St Malo (1 hour 25 mins)

Nearest airport : 102 km – Dinard; 105 km – Caen;

Nearest cashpoint : 3km  – Bréhal

Nearest tourist office : 800m – St Martin de Bréhal; 3km – Bréhal

Nearest restaurant : 800m – St Martin de Bréhal – Le Retro & La Vigie; Pizza Lena & Pizza Greg;