YOUR Holiday Matters!We love staying at Le Gaillon, but when we are not there, we are pleased to be able to rent it out to holidaymakers. This is good for us as apart from helping us to pay the mortgage(!) it also means that the house is not left empty and unloved. It’s also good for the village as it provides employment for our caretaker, cleaner and gardener, and hopefully our guests also spend money in the local shops.

We take our responsibilities as self catering holiday rental owners very seriously, and we subscribe to a website for gite owners to get together and discuss aspects of renting out properties to holiday makers – and hopefully for us all to improve our service.

One of our pet subjects is the various holiday listing sites, and in January this year, one of the members started off a discussion called “I had a dream” about how we could probably create our own listing site given the range of people contributing to the website and the range of skills and experience we all have. This snowballed and about 30 of the members got together (in cyberspace!) to set about creating this website. It has now been launched: The tagline is “HOLIDAY RENTALS FROM OWNERS WHO CARE” and basically the main criteria for inclusion on the website is that we would only include properties where we feel the owners REALLY care about providing a superior service to their guests and where we ourselves would want to spend our holidays. The website is being run on a non-profit basis and is free to advertise.

All rental owners who wish to advertise have to go through a detailed and stringent application process, and not all of them have passed as the site is being kept small with only high-quality properties.