Bed & Breakfast : our home is your home

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    Spend one or more nights in private homes where you will be welcomed like a family friend by people who have converted a part of their property into guest accommodation. Properties include farms, châteaux and traditional houses, all in pleasant surroundings, with a maximum of 5 guest rooms and a wealth of information about local places of interest. The price per night always includes breakfast, which is a wonderful opportunity to sample local specialities, home-made jams, bread, cakes, pastries, local dairy produce and charcuterie. It is also the occasion to have a friendly chat with the owner and other guests.

    The 'Charmance' logo

    The 'Charmance' symbol was created by the national federation of Gites de France to give B&Bs their own identity within the organisation and distinguish them from other types of accommodation.

    This explains why you will often find this new logo alongside the Gites de France sign.

    The Gites de France rating system

    The Gites de France rating system for B&Bs ranges from 1 to 4 ears of corn and guarantees specific standards and values as set out in the National Charter.

    All establishments are regularly inspected and classed according to the quality of the building and surroundings, the standard of comfort, decoration and facilities. Whatever the classification, you may be sure that the owners will do everything they can to ensure you have a pleasant stay in their home.

    'La Table d'Hotes' evening meal

    Many B&B hosts offer an evening meal which can range from a simple supper to a gastronomic dinner. These meals are only available to residents of the B&B and as the dining room is not a restaurant, meals should be booked in advance. Where evening meal is not available, owners will advise where to go to sample the best local food.

    Prices

    Prices shown are per room per night and vary according to the number of people sharing the room. Breakfast is always included. Evening meal prices are all-inclusive (starter, main course, cheese and /or dessert, coffee and drinks) and may vary according to the menu. Some B&Bs offer children's meals too.

    How to book ?

    Each B&B description contains booking contact details, which can be either those of the owner or the Reservation Service. Many owners have email, which makes booking much easier and gives prospective guests the opportunity to view details and photos of the property as well as directions on how to get there. Booking is strongly recommended, particularly during high-season or for longer stays. You will be asked to send written confirmation and/or a deposit, and some owners will ask you to sign a booking agreement. If you have a pet, please check that the B&B accepts pets.

    Practical tips

    If you think you may be late arriving at the B&B, please advise the owner. Don't forget that you are staying in a person's home, which does not offer the same services as a hotel. Guest rooms are cleaned every day and for longer stays, sheets are changed at least once a week and towels at least twice a week. For families with children, some owners put a camp bed in the room, whereas others offer family rooms (with 3 or 4 beds) or even family suites of 2 communicating rooms.

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