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|ACCESS||Secure off-street parking for 3-4 cars|
|FURNITURE||Bunk beds (2). Double beds (2). Cot (1). Baby changing table. Dining (seats 10). High chair. Junior chair.|
|GENERAL||Central heating, CD/DVD player & selection of DVDs, TV plasma screen, book library.
|OTHER||Bed linen, bath towels and beach towels all provided. Baby bath. Toddler safety bed rail.|
|OUTDOORS||Private garden. Balcony. Patio. Terrace. Garden furniture & Webber BBQ. Swing.|
|ROOMS||3 bedrooms : 1 en-suite, 2 with shower room.|
|UTILITIES||Dishwasher, Cooker, Iron, Kettle. Microwave, Fridge/ Freezer, Washing machine. Nespresso.|
|Misc||During High & Peak periods arrival and departure is only possible on Saturdays (Exceptions may be possible with prior agreement at the time of booking).|
GUEST DIRECTORY – VILLA la CIGALE
The following information may be useful during your stay.
We welcome any feedback / recommendations you may have regarding our Villa & the information provided here.
ROUTE 1 (bus) runs from the Dune into the centre of Arcachon. It stops immediately outside the front of the Villa in both directions and is perfect if you prefer not to drive.
The central heating and hot water boilers are located within the “chaudiere” in the garage.
The main controller / thermostat is located in the Hallway, on the wall next to the door down to the lower ground Floor.
There are four settings programmed so the control dial should always be set at one of these four icons:
Parasol = continuous HOT WATER ONLY, no central heating.During the Summer this is the best setting as it provides hot water without central heating.
One = CENTRAL HEATING & HOT WATER from 06.00-23.00hrs.This may be useful in the Summer if there is an unusually cold evening, and to alter the temperature in specific rooms simply adjust the individual thermostat on the side of each radiator (settings 1 low to 5 high)
Sun = CENTRAL HEATING & HOT WATER continuously. This setting is typically only used in the Winter months. To change the temperature in specific rooms / bathrooms, simply adjust the individual control on each radiator (setting 1 low to 5 high)
O = no hot water or central heating unless the outside temperature drops below 15 degrees centigrade. When vacating the Villa please leave the thermostat at this setting.
CLEANLINESS & CREEPY CRAWLIES
We strongly recommend you sweep the kitchen and dining room floors on a regular basis, and seal food in a plastic box to avoid attracting ants and other creepy crawlies into the house.
Ants hate the smell of coffee so there are used Nespresso capsules scattered around the villa in small plastic boxes. Cedar wood is a natural repellent of spiders and there are small wooden blocks hanging on most of the radiators.
If you leave the windows open (especially at night when the lights are on) close the shutters to keep out moths and mosquitos.
We also recommend that you keep closed the French doors off the Lounge when you are not on the patio, the kitchen door, and the door between the garage and the vestibule. This will minimise the opportunity for geckos and other little creatures to enter the villa.
COOKER OVEN & HOB
The oven is electric. There is one electric hob and three gas rings which are supplied from the large gas bottles outside the kitchen back door. (One bottle is the supply, the other a spare).
When you arrive at the Villa the supply will normally be “on”. If the hobs will not ignite, please check the supply value in the upper section of the cupboard immediately beneath the hob. The arrow on the dial should be in the “on” position pointing from left to right
If whilst cooking the back door is open and the gas flame goes out it is most likely that the draught through the kitchen has blown the flame out, if the door is already closed the gas bottle may be empty. To change the supply flow to the spare (full) bottle, simply turn closed the cap on top of the empty bottle and then turn open the cap on top of the spare bottle. Please transfer the ribbon to indicate which bottle is now in use.
Ensure the power plugs & aerial are connected to the power/aerial pack on the floor beneath the bookcase, that the power pack is on, and that the “DVD” scart lead is plugged in to the back of the plasma TV.
Then turn on both the television set and the DVD player using the respective remote controls. The DVD player is tuned automatically to EXT1.
There is a selection of DVDs on the book case. DVDs suitable for young children are in the drawer beneath the DVD player. Please return DVDs to the correct box after viewing.
FIRST AID BOX, FIRE BLANKET & ALARMS
The First Aid Box is located on the bottom shelf below the tea/coffee, and the fire blanket is hanging to the right of the refrigerator. There are two fire alarms, one in the kitchen above the water/wine glass cupboard and one on the staircase down to the garage.
The fuse box is located on the wall at the back left hand corner of the garage. Each fuse is labelled to indicate the room / equipment it corresponds to.
The Villa was built many years ago at a time when we relied far less on electrical equipment. If a combination of high amp equipment (e.g. the oven, microwave, kettle and/or the dishwasher and Nespresso machines) are running simultaneous it is highly likely (99.9%) that the kitchen fuse will “trip”. Ditto the bedroom fuses, if a hair dryer / straightening tongs are used when a multitude of other electrical devices are in use / charging.
To reset a fuse turn off one or more of the offending equipment and simply push the fuse back into the ‘up’ position.
GAMES & TOYS
In the Lounge there is a selection of board games and cards beneath the library.
In the garage there are buckets / spades, tennis rackets / balls, badminton rackets / shuttle cocks, football, rugby ball, volley ball, boules, frisbees, skittles, hoop, and small kites. There is also a rubber dingy, flippers, snorkels, masks, junior bodyboards and two life jackets.
We recommend you keep the gates to the garden and driveway shut to keep wild pigs from the wooded/forest area behind the Villa from getting onto the lawn. Because the lawn is watered overnight the ground is relatively soft and there is a smorgasbord of worms & grubs beneath the grass which the pigs plough through to reach, leaving the garden looking like army manoeuvres have taken place!
Hot water is supplied by the boiler in the “chaudiere” on the lower ground floor so you may need to run the hot water taps for several minutes in the rose and blue bathrooms to “clear” water that has cooled in the long run of pipes between the boiler and the bathrooms.
The main controller / thermostat is located in the hallway on the wall next to the door to the Lower Ground Floor.
There are three settings available for hot water so the control dial should always be set at one of these three icons:
Parasol = continuous HOT WATER only, no central heating. During the Summer this is the best setting as it provides hot water without central heating.
One = CENTRAL HEATING & HOT WATER from 06.00-23.00hrs only.
Sun = continuous CENTRAL HEATING & HOT WATER. This setting is typically only used in the Winter months.
Please be careful especially with children as the hot water can be very hot.
The keys to the internal doors are original and cannot be replaced. Each key is unique to the door lock. €100 will be deducted from the security deposit in-respect of any key missing on departure.
The nearest local groceries store is the SPAR in Pyla opposite the Sailing School (turn right out of the drive), it is really well stocked. A short walk further along the Boulevard past the pharmacy is a group of small independent shops including a fruit/veg store, butchers, fish mongers and bakery.
There is another grocery store (similar to the SPAR) on the Boulevard if you turn left out of the villa and follow the road towards the Dune. An 8-10 minute drive from the villa is a Shopping Area known as the MIQUOLOT where there is a large Intermarche store (look for Boulevard des Miquelots, 33260), a chemist, hairdressers and a florist.
Please do not flush nappies / tampax / tampons etc down the toilet but place them in a waste bin.
PATIO CANOPY & PATIO FURNITURE
To avoid the front canopy being torn it must be retracted during the day when it is windy and over-night. Storms often hit the Bay during the night. It can be a perfectly calm evening when you go to bed and gale force winds blow in within hours, so please always retract the canopy fully and take down the umbrella before you retire for the evening or they may not be there the following morning!
Before you arrive the garden furniture will be placed out on the front patio and the rear terrace. Overnight, and during the day if it rains, please place the cushions and umbrella in the garage.
If you are returning a hire car to Bordeaux Airport, the last available petrol station is on the A63 between junctions 24 & 25.
There is a petrol station at the Shopping Area known as the MIQUOLOT – which is a 10 minute drive towards La Teste. There is also a large Intermarche store which sells just about everything, a chemist, hairdressers and a florist.
RUBBISH & RECYCLING
There are very strict local regulations regarding household waste disposal and there is a fine if we get it wrong!
There are three different bins and the guidelines from the Commune are displayed on the fridge for easy reference J
- Plastic bottles & paper should be placed in the small blue kitchen bin and then transferred to the yellow-lid/back wheelie bin outside the kitchen door. Recycled items should not be put into plastic bags but placed loose within the wheelie bin. Tops must be removed from plastic bottles. Yogurt pots, plastic food wrappers etc cannot be recycled.
- Non-recyclable household waste must be sealed in a plastic bin bag and placed in the black-lid/black wheelie bin.
- The brown-lid/black wheelie bin is for garden rubbish and green food waste
- Glass bottles/jars cannot be put in either wheelie bin, but should be put in a “glass bank” at the Recycling Station / Decheterie in Pyla – or leave them in the plastic crate outside the kitchen door and we will recycle on our return to the Villa.
Weekly household rubbish & re-cycling collections are around 7pm on Sunday evenings, and Sunday & Wednesday evenings during the Summer. The wheelie bins should be left outside the gate at the end of the drive for the collection, and taken back inside the driveway once emptied.
SHOPS, POST OFFICE, TOURIST INFORMATION
There is a well stocked SPA grocery shop, a Post Office and a Tourist Information Centre off the roundabout in Pyla. Exit the Villa left and a 10 minute drive towards La Teste is a shopping area known as the MIQUELOT where there is a large Intermarche store (at Boulevard des Miquelots, 33260) selling just about everything, a chemist, hairdressers, a florist and a petrol station selling fuel & bottled gas.
ROUTE 1 (bus) runs from the Dune to the centre of Arcachon. It stops immediately outside the front of the Villa in both directions and is perfect if you prefer not to drive.
The window shutters in the bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge should always be fully opened or closed as during high winds they may be torn from their fittings.
In the lounge when opening or closing the large shutter at the French Doors, please do not release the handle when the shutter is part way up/down. The weight of the shutter will cause it to close completely and the handle may hit you as it spins around. This shutter must always be fully open or fully closed.
TELEVISION & SAT BOX
Ensure the power plugs & aerial are connected to the power/aerial pack on the floor under the bookcase and that the power pack is switched on.
Check the HDM cable is plugged into the HDM1 socket in the back of the plasma screen, and that the DVD Scart lead is unplugged.
Power on the TV using the Philips TV remote control.
Push the power on button on the left of the HUMAX Sat box, or switch on using the HUMAX remote control.
A green light will appear above the words “HUMAX” and the TV channels will appear on the plasma on setting HDM1. (*)
To adjust the volume you can use either the TV remote control or the HUMAX remote control.
Use the HUMAX remote control to change channels.
(*) If ‘no channels’ appears on the screen press the SOURCE button on the TV remote and click down to HMD1, then press enter. The TV aerial is plugged into an outlet point in the wall behind the bookcase via the multipoint power pack, be careful not to pull it out.
The washing machine is located in the garage.
To the left of the machine is a tap for the water supply. The machine will not start if the water supply has been turned off so please check the tap is open.
Sand can seriously damage the machine so we greatly appreciate you shaking it off clothing and towels before placing them in the machine.
The drying line is in the rear garden next to the terrace.
During the late evening / early morning the front garden sprinklers will automatically water the garden. The exact times will be varied by the Gardener depending upon the general weather conditions. We recommend that toys, garden furniture, drying washing etc are not left out overnight on the lawn, path or driveway, as they may be soaked overnight and if you park your car beneath the old chestnut tree do not leave the windows down!
Please do not flush nappies / tampax / tampons etc down the toilet but place them in a waste bin.
There are a couple of hedge-hogs living in the garden, numerous little geckos, a pair of partridges are regular visitors, a small bat nests near the rear of the villa, and if you’re lucky you will see red squirrels crossing the garden via the oak trees.
We recommend that you keep closed the French doors off the Lounge when you are not on the patio, the kitchen door, and the door between the garage and the vestibule. This will minimise the opportunity for geckos and other little creatures to enter the villa.
In the Bay you may see the seal which has become a ‘local resident’ and on the roads into Pyla in the early evenings dear can often be seen crossing into the forest.