Dominique's France - Villas France

Document Sample
Dominique's France - Villas France Powered By Docstoc
					Sept2004     22/2/05         15:56       Page 1

                                                    Dominique’s France

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sept 2004
     the Romans
     took their                                                                     Edited by Roger Macdonald, the Guild of Travel Writers’
     Holidays                                                                       only listed expert on villa holidays
     The Romans called it Vasio                      temptingly low prices and an



     urbs opulentissia, the richest                  inexhaustible range of bric-a-brac.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chemin du
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  P                     P                                                                                                                                                                         Brusquet

                                                                                                                                                                                                         l Pé


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chemin du

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quenin                                       Avenue F. Mittérand

     city of all, when Vaison-la-

                                                     At night the Roman amphitheatre,                                                                                      ue                                                                                                                      TENNIS

                                                                                                                                                                      n                     P




     Romaine was a summer


                                                     with its towering rows of seats,



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              e nu


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Amphitheatre                                                                    ed



     watering hole for the powerful                                                                         des                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          es
                                                     provides the perfect setting each


                                                                                                                  Abe                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MUSEE                                                        ora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         n                                                                                                                                                               s
                                                                                                                                                                         ph                      Ma                                                   ze
     commanders of its legions.                      summer for Vaison’s increasingly                                                                               se                                                                                              P

                                                                                                                                        Avenue                                                     ze                                             a                                                               Théâtre

                                                                                                                                                                  Jo                                    n                                      .M                                            TO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              J                                                                   Du Nymphée




     After a turbulent interlude as                  popular and prestigious music


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fouilles                                                                        R.   Colonel

                                                                                                                                                             r                                                                                                                                             de Puymin


                                                                                                                                                    heu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bon Ange

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            e G.
                                                     festival. Across the Roman bridge,
     the stronghold of rebel Counts,                                                                                                     eL


                                                                                                                                                                   ide B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rue Burrus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               de G
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fouilles                                      P                                                                                                                                                                 Gare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rue du Maquis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rue P. Buffaven
                                                     rising high above the River Ouvèze,                                                    Cu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Routière SNCF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      de la Villasse
     Vaison has once again become                                                                                                       Rue                                                           Cloître

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ch                                                                                                                Cours                                     Taulignan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      . d                                                  PTT                   Mairie

                                                     the medieval quarter of cosy


                                                                                                                                                                                  Rue Po
     a fashionable resort, ideal for                                                                                              Rue S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              u                           Rue               Trogue                            Pompée


                                                     squares and cramped houses leads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         R. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bel A
     visiting some of the highlights

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rue de la
                                                                                                                                                                                                   P                                                  ue Jules Ferry                                                                                                  P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rue du Vercors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    R. J
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aven                                                                                                                                                                  keim
                                                     to a menacing ruined castle.

     of upper Provence.                                                                                                     Avenue André Blanc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        . Ja
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Place rt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tfo                                                           Rue du5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8 Mai 194


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paul              Gontard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        n d'R
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  River l'Ouvèz

                                                                                                                                                                                Pont Neuf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           P                                                                               Rue Lo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      e                                                                            H                                              uis Ra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mtée Bel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     i de Verdun                                                                                               an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Q                                                          Quai de                                          m ge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ro Brid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nt             Verdun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      âteau       R. du Po
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       R. du Ch
                                                                                                                                                                                                            vaudan                                                                                                                                                                         Av

                                                                                                                                                                                               Rue Gé                                                                           Place du Poids                                                Qu                                              e   nu
                                                                                                                                        Fabre                                                                                          P                                                                                                        ai                                                   e
                                                                                                                                                                                   R. du Pon


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          du Châtea
                                                                                                                                                    Ch. de

                                                                                                                           ly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        r égaulière
                                                                                                                   n  u                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Geoffr
                                                                                                               Ave                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ay

                                                                                                                                                        la Grav

                                                                                                                                                                                      t Neuf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                u                                                         Haute Ville


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   la F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Medieval Quarter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               . de

                                                                                                                                                                                                              u                                                                              Château

                                                                                                           A series of twisting roads out of                                                                                                                                                whose curious streets run in
                                                                                                           Vaison encircle the Dentelles of                                                                                                                                                 concentric rings beneath its
                                                                                                           Montmirail, the fabulous foothills of                                                                                                                                            crumbling church; and especially at
                                                                                                           the Ventoux range, forced upright by                                                                                                                                             Gigondas, where a glass of house
                                                                                                           great volcanic convulsions in the                                                                                                                                                red available in the host of cellars
                                                                                                           mists of time and honed as though                                                                                                                                                around the main square is almost as
                                                                                                           into delicate points of lace by the                                                                                                                                              smooth as its far more famous rival,
                                                                                                           wind and the weather. The lanes link                                                                                                                                             Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It does not
     Its sophisticated shopping centre in                   Those who make the tortuous climb              a series of remote and picturesque                                                                                                                                               take long to be swallowed up in the
     a pedestrian area with bustling bars                   to the top are rewarded by fine                perched villages, none smaller than                                                                                                                                              time warp of the delightful Provençal
     and brasseries is supplemented                         views of Mont Ventoux, at nearly six           Le Crestet, whose claustrophobic                                                                                                                                                 countryside.
     spectacularly        every        Tuesday              thousand feet the tallest peak in              alleyways open into a Lilliputian
     morning by a vast market that takes                    France between the Alps and the                square with twelfth century church
     over much of the town. Street after                    Pyrénées. A finely engineered road             and fountain.
     street is filled with little stalls offering           makes it possible to reach the                 To the southwest lies Séguret,
     a huge range of local produce, or                      summit of Mont Ventoux, or ‘windy              whose quaint little houses are
     piled high with chic clothing at                       mountain’, from Vaison in less than            seemingly hewn out of the rock
                                                           an hour. On a clear day, the scenery            face. Its cobbled streets and ruined
                                                           is quite breathtaking, from the azure           castle tempt many an aspiring artist
                         ct x
                      wxá ÇvÄtä

                                                           Mediterranean coastline to the                  in summer. More tempting still is La

                                                           snow-capped peak of Mont Blanc.                 Table du Comtat, among the best
                                                               On the way up perspiring hikers             restaurants in Provence, located
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mont Ventoux
                     tv  Äâáx Séguret • Le Crestet •              and bikers often take a break            high on the hill with wonderful views
                  à ivxâ Sablet • • • Gigondas Brantes                 at Brantes, a hamlet that                                                                                                                                                                                            How to get there
           [tÜâÉäxÇ                                                      seems on the brink of
                                                                                                           from its luxurious fifteenth century
                                                                                                           setting across the vineyards of the                                                                                                                                     from Stansted or
           c ctÑx uv de á èzeLesMoenntmlleasil Mont Ventoux
                                  D te ir
                                                                             slipping down the
             w xá          O                                                                               Rhône valley.                                                                                                                                                                    Luton to Nîmes - an hour’s drive to Vaison
                                `ÉÇà ixÇàÉâå@VÉÅàtà                           hillside. Its frenetic
                                                                                                           The fine wines of those vineyards                                                                                                                                       London-Waterloo
                   Tä|zÇ ixÇt|áá|Ç@ctçá wx ftâÄà                                café has endless

                          ÉÇ                                                                               can be sampled at nearby Sablet,                                                                                                                                                 to Avignon in 6 hours direct in the summer

                                                                                 supplies of tisane

                        Avignon                                                   au champagne,
                                  `ÉÇàá wx                                           a deceptively                                                                                                                                                     CONTENTS
                 nce              itâvÄâáx                                          innocent-looking              P. 2                  Our properties near Vaison                                                                                                                                 P. 6                                  Travel Information
                                                      _âu°ÜÉÇ                        drink made from              P. 3                  Client stories                                                                                                                                             P. 7                                  3 new properties
                                                                                          local lime                                    Dominique’s Villa Club                                                                                                                                     P. 8                                  2005 brochure
                                                                                           blossom.               P. 4                  Gascony                                                                                                                                                                                          Christmas & New Year
                                                                                                                  P. 5                  Properties in Gascony                                                                                                                                                                            Competition
                             Vaucluse                    Durance

                                                                                Dominique’s Villas
                                  The Plough Brewery • 516 Wandsworth Road • London SW8 3JX • Tel 020 7738 8772
                                  Fax 020 7498 6014 • E-mail •
Sept2004   22/2/05   15:56   Page 2

     Our villas near Vaison in the Haut Vaucluse
     each with a private pool

                                                                                                           PR73 PR28           •
                                                                                                                   • • •••
                                                                                                      PR22        PR26-PR21
                                                                           à ivx
                                                                                                        Vaison PR56


                                                                                                          uv è
                                                                      c ctÑxá
                      Ref. PR56 Vaison
              Sleeps 14 - 6 bedrooms - 3 bathrooms
              2 WEEK PRICES from £2810 to £5160 *

             Ref. PR14 Séguret                         Ref. PR22 Roaix                              Ref. PR26 St Marcellin
      Sleeps 10 - 5 bedrooms - 3 bathrooms    Sleeps 7 - 3 bedrooms - 1 bathrooms               Sleeps 12 - 5 bedrooms - 2 bathrooms
      2 WEEK PRICES from £2530 to £4800 *    2 WEEK PRICES from £1940 to £3900 *                2 WEEK PRICES from £3330 to £4740 *

              Ref. PR28 Vaison                         Ref. PR05 Vaison                               Ref. PR98 Puymeras
      Sleeps 10 - 7 bedrooms - 4 bathrooms    Sleeps 6 - 3 bedrooms - 1 bathroom                Sleeps 7 - 4 bedrooms - 2 bathrooms
      2 WEEK PRICES from £4090 to £6720 *    2 WEEK PRICES from £2090 to £3900 *                2 WEEK PRICES from £2570 to £4380 *

                                                     Ref. PR21 St Marcellin                             Ref. PR73 Vaison
                                             Sleeps 13 - 7 bedrooms - 4 bathrooms               Sleeps 6 - 3 bedrooms- 3 bathrooms
                                             2 WEEK PRICES from £4670 to £5110 *                2 WEEK PRICES from £2500 to £4310 *

            Ref. PR72 Puymeras               * All prices quoted above were for 2004 and include one short channel crossing with SeaFrance,
                                               Hoverspeed or Eurotunnel (other routes available).
      Sleeps 9 - 4 bedrooms - 3 bathrooms     Please call us on 020 7738 8772 for 2005 rates.
      2 WEEK PRICES from £2520 to £5220 *

Sept2004    22/2/05      15:56      Page 3

     Inspired clients tell their tale
     Full of surprises                                                                                           Robert and Laura love surprises. Their flight
                                                                                                                 from Dublin having landed on time, they arrived
     Our holiday near Cannes                                                                                     at the villa and who should be waiting to greet
     by Mr Eastwood                                                                                              them to their great surprise but their granny!
                                                                                                                 Granny, parents and children were all enjoying
     “Robert has lost his camera“, said our daughter-                                                            themselves in the splendid swimming pool when
     in-law, Jackie. Their outing to Monte Carlo had                                                             Susan and I returned from shopping – giving
     been intended as the highlight of his holiday.                                                              them their second surprise on seeing their
     The previous year, our grandchildren, ten year                                                              favourite aunt. Shrieks of “Auntie Susie“
     old Robert, his eight year old sister Laura and                                                             shattered the evening calm.
     their parents had holidayed in Italy and Robert’s                                                           The villa even outdid the brochure’s extremely
                                                                 Robert and Laura with auntie Susie
     highlight had been the trip to Modena, home of                                                              accurate description. The view from the terrace
     his beloved Ferraris.                                  his precious camera. Still he wasn’t too upset       over the bay of Cannes was magnificent. The
     In the shops in Western Ireland where he lives         because it had been a great day out.                 weather was hot and sunny. The owner, Mme
     football shirts are mainly Manchester United red,      The villa holiday was to be a family re-union. I     Rebuffel, was helpful and generous, and Robert
     usually with – ‘16 KEANE‘ on the back. Robert          had thought such a holiday would be too difficult    and Laura enjoyed feeding the friendly goat, the
     too wore a red shirt to watch television, but the      to organize, but our son John became                 ducks and chickens. A wonderful time was had
     logo was the Ferrari prancing horse, with a            enthusiastic and then it quickly fell into place.    by all so many thanks to Dominique’s Villas.
     matching baseball cap and a Ferrari flag to wave       School summer holidays start earlier in the Irish    And Robert’s camera? A happy ending because
     whilst watching motor racing.                          Republic and both John and our daughter              after arriving home, his mother telephoned the
     The day had started so well with his daddy, my         Susan, who lives in Brighton, could arrange their    “Formula One” shop where a helpful assistant
     son John, driving round the public roads which         own holidays for late June – so the villa was        confirmed that they had found the camera and
     are the Grand Prix circuit. Then later he spotted      selected and booked from Dominique’s Villas          would post it on to Robert.
     a shop called “Formula One“ and his auntie             brochure. Travel arrangements were made for          The Eastwood family from East Sussex
     Susan, my daughter, bought him a new Ferrari           flights from both Dublin and Gatwick to Nice         travelled to villa ref. CD87 in June 2004
     shirt. Bliss – but afterwards Robert couldn’t find     Airport including two rental cars.

     Magical Moncaut                                                  Katie in her “new house”                   of birds were still competing for a place in the
                                                                                                                 dawn chorus, their cheerful twittering forming a
     The Lot-et-Garonne in May                                                                                   fitting backdrop to the happy little vocalist
     by Mr Danson                                                                                                downstairs.
                                                                                                                 Unwittingly, Katie had earlier spread her unique
     “Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, How I Wonder What                                                             magic over our holiday. Her expectations had
     You Are”, the softly sung words of our five year                                                            been steadily building as we completed the final
     old granddaughter Katie drifted into our bedroom                                                            leg of the journey, then as we rounded the last
     stirring us from slumber.                                                                                   bend and caught sight of the villa she could no
     Katie had risen earlier than the rest of our family;                                                        longer contain her excitement and let out a string
     she was so excited about visiting France for the                                                            of joyous little squeals that were music to the
     first time.                                                                                                 ear.
                                                            the villa. It was the most perfect introduction to
     Her happy singing suggested to us that she had         our newly discovered holiday location in the Lot-    We were so glad that she had opted to travel the
     ventured downstairs to discover her new                et-Garonne.                                          final leg of the journey in our car rather than her
     surroundings. She had spoken excitedly of her                                                               parents’ and felt very privileged to have shared
                                                            Romanticism engendered by the beautifully
     eagerness to explore her “new house” from the                                                               that special moment with her.
                                                            produced brochure from Dominique’s Villas had
     moment she knew that she was to accompany                                                                   With arms outstretched she ran to greet us as we
                                                            suddenly become reality and we knew that the
     us on holiday.                                                                                              entered the kitchen to prepare breakfast, “I love
                                                            ensuing days were going to be something really
     The words of her favourite song were pure joy to       special.                                             it here Nana” she shouted excitedly.
     listen to and a poignant reminder of the day she                                                            Her youthful enthusiasm and simplistic love of
                                                            Our bedroom window was slightly open and a
     had resolutely refused to leave her maternal                                                                life continued throughout our stay at Belle
                                                            warm gentle breeze stirred the net curtains.
     grandfather’s commemorative plaque until she                                                                Combe making it a never to be forgotten holiday.
     had sung them especially for him.                      Innumerable crickets had ceased their nightly
                                                            cacophony of chirping and the rich scent of a        Mr Danson from Kent travelled to villa ref.
     We lay listening to her gentle singing which did                                                            DL22 in May 2004.
                                                            gardenia bush wafted into our room. A multitude
     nothing to disturb the early morning serenity of

             Dominique’s VILLA CLUB
             If you are already a member or soon become one
             You can save up to 15% on brochure prices!
             A reminder of financial benefits you are entitled to:
             1. If you’ve booked with us in 2004 you will enjoy a reduction of 5% on your 2005 booking.
             2. If you book in 2005 the same will apply to any subsequent booking.
             3. An additional 2.5% if you make your 2005 booking before 30th November 2004
             4. Plus another 2.5% if your first 2005 stay does not include the period between
                2 July and 27 August 2005
             5. A 5% reduction will apply as well to a second booking taken in any one season

             Reductions apply to the villa portion of the holiday

Sept2004   22/2/05       15:56     Page 4

                                      The enduring beauty of GASCONY
                                             where life is longer

     Gascons live longer than any            duck’s liver pâté, is a delicacy in        The Gascon Museum at Riscle in                   Windmill near Riscle
     other people in France,                 plentiful supply and Croustade à           the Adour plain gives a fascinating
     enjoying what is probably               l'Armagnac is one of the tastiest          taste of life across the centuries in
     among the least polluted air in         pastries found anywhere. The local         this remote part of France. The
     the whole of Europe. The                wines have a huge and entirely             capital of the Gers, Auch, has the
     départements of the Gers and            justified reputation. Among the very       beautiful Cathedral of Saint-Marie,
     the northern part of the                best are the full-blooded red wines        with its superb 113 carved oak choir
                                             of Madiran and Saint-Mont and the          stalls and breathtaking Arnaud de
     Hautes-Pyrénées, popularly
                                             white wines of Jurançon and                Moles stained glass windows.
     known as Gascony, have no
                                             Pacherenc. Even the most                   Children may however be more
     motorways or heavy industry.            unassuming café usually stocks             taken by the statue of Charles de
     This is true farming country,           vintage armagnac by the glass, and         Batz d’Artagnan, Gascony’s most
     sparsely populated, creating            may encourage you to try its two           famous citizen, who lived nearby,
     field after field of wheat, barley      lethal derivatives, Pousse Rapier          went to Paris to seek his fortune
     and sunflowers from its rich,           and especially Floc de Gascogne,           and in fact as well as fiction
     fertile soil.                           which is armagnac mixed with fresh         became Captain of the King’s
                                             grape juice.                               Musketeers.
                                             Eating out al fresco is not only
                                             cheap but entirely feasible even as
                                             late as November. Gascony enjoys
                                             long hot summers, with more
                                                                                                                                How to get there by air
                                             consistent      sunshine       and                                                 PAU
                                             temperatures than the French                                              - Stansted
                                             Riviera.                                                                           TOULOUSE
                                             Madiran is the place to visit to buy                                      - Gatwick
                                             fine wine at wholesale prices and                                         - Gatwick
                                             the children can even ride                                                - Southampton,
                                             mountain-bikes      around       the                                               Bristol, Birmingham
                                             vineyards once the grapes have                                            - East Midlands
                                             been harvested.                                                           - Manchester,
                                             Further south, Miélan with its                       Maison Fédel, Auch            Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow
                                             delightful lake offers a host of
                                             energetic activities, including
      A typical dovecote, Miélan             sailing, wind surfing and fishing.
                                             There are canoes and pedalos for
     The pace of life in hilly Gascony       hire and the beaches of fine sand
     may also account for its inhabitants’   afford easy access for bathing.
     exceptional longevity. The concept
     of a working lunch would be viewed
     with total consternation by most
                                             Marciac also has a lake but is best
                                             known for its international jazz
                                                                                                                 • Gondrin
                                                                                                                   PY21             ZxÜá
                                             festival held each August, two
     Gascons, who regard le déjeuner         weeks of superb concerts and
     as a serious matter requiring their
     undivided attention. It begins,
                                             performances involving many of the                                                   Auch
                                             world’s finest musicians.                                Riscle
     almost everywhere, soon after
     midday, lasts several hours and
                                              Wynton Marsalis at Marciac
     more often than not involves all four
                                                                                               Madiran •   Marciac
     key local ingredients: duck, garlic,
     wine and armagnac.                                                                        Bétracq•      •
     Restaurants in Gascony provide
                                                                                               PY15        •
                                                                                                      Monfaucon • Miélan
     particularly good value for money,                                                                            PY12
     with four course meals, including
     wine, for as little as six or seven
     pounds a head. Foie gras, goose or                                                                         Tarbes                                          e
                                                                                                                                                           km s


                                                                                             (45km)              4


      Auch cathedral

Sept2004    22/2/05     15:57    Page 5

                                       A special collection of properties

                                                                Ref PY21 Gondrin
                                                                       Sleeps 10
                                                           5 bedrooms • 4 bath/shower rooms
                                                             Shops 4km Pau airport 94km
                                                          Swimming pool Private, roman steps,
                                                              security alarm, size 12x6m

                                                                   2 WEEK PRICES *
                                                                   from £3030 in April
                                                                   to £6110 in August

                                                                 Ref PY12 Miélan
                                                                        Sleeps 9
                                                           4 bedrooms • 3 bath/shower rooms
                                                             Shops 7km Pau airport 80km
                                                            Swimming pool Private, enclosed,
                                                               roman steps, size 8x3.5m

                                                                   2 WEEK PRICES *
                                                                   from £1820 in April
                                                                   to £3790 in August

                                                              Ref PY30 Monfaucon
                                                                       Sleeps 11
                                                           5 bedrooms • 4 bath/shower rooms
                                                             Shops 8km Pau airport 60km
                                                            Swimming pool Private, enclosed,
                                                              roman steps, size 8.5x3.5m

                                                                   2 WEEK PRICES *
                                                                   from £2200 in April
                                                                   to £4330 in August

                                                                 Ref PY15 Betracq
                                                                        Sleeps 9
                                                           3 bedrooms • 2 bath/shower rooms
                                                             Shops 4km Pau airport 55km
                                                            Swimming pool Private, removable
                                                                  cover, size 9x4m

                                                                   2 WEEK PRICES *
                                                                   from £1520 in April
                                                                   to £3590 in August

           * ALL PRICES quoted above were for 2004 and include one short channel crossing with SeaFrance, Hoverspeed or Eurotunnel.
             Longer routes are also possible. Please call us on 020 7738 8772 for 2005 rates.

Sept2004   22/2/05      15:57    Page 6

                                               Travel information
     Taking the stress out of travel                                                 3. If you have annual travel insurance, check the expiry date. If you have
                                                                                     none at all, ring Dominique!
     DID YOU FORGET to tell your office you were going on holiday?
                                                                                     4. Check the expiry dates on each passport held by a member of your
     Unlikely as this may seem, one per cent of holidaymakers failed to
                                                                                     party and take a photocopy of its key page. For how to resolve passport
     do so in a new extensive Lloyds TSB survey that showed as many
                                                                                     problems at the last minute, see our May 2004 Newsletter.
     as eight out of ten admitted to suffering from severe stress in the
     period leading up to their departure. Nor does stress simply dis-               5. Check whether your mobile phone is activated for international use.
     appear as soon as you reach your destination. Psychologist Susan                6. Cancel newspaper and milk deliveries.
     Quilliam believes that stress creates actual hormonal changes in                7. Leave a spare set of house keys with a neighbour and give them your
     the body, which can prevent you from enjoying your holiday for                  contact number.
     several days after your arrival and getting small problems out of
     proportion.                                                                     8. Check the kennels booking for family pets.
     Four out of ten holidaymakers attributed their stress to leaving                9. Check that your luggage catches and wheels are all in good working
     everything almost to the last moment, especially booking their                  order.
     accommodation, travel and insurance, with as many as one in five                10. If you wear spectacles, take a spare pair.
     forgetting insurance altogether. Last-minute packing was another,
     equally common cause of stress. Said Susan: “The key to avoiding                Dr Donald Whetmore, a specialist in stress management, says that we
     stress is to do as much early preparation as possible.”                         know well in advance (“like a year before”) that holidays will always
                                                                                     require a lot more of our time for special preparations. However, he
     Our stress-relieving top ten check list:                                        says, “many of us still get caught short, in crisis management, running
     1. If you are taking your own car, check you have the registration              around trying to get the last minute stuff done, feeling stressed out.” The
     document, your insurance certificate, and extra continental breakdown           solution he feels is to plan ahead with greater care and do things in
     cover.                                                                          advance at a slower pace without so much of the hassle.
     2. Ensure that each driver for your car or a rental car is carrying their       So when you are still up on the day of departure at 2 a.m. with an alarm
     driving licence, together with the paper counterpart for photocard              call booked for five, looking for little Johnny’s passport, think how much
     licenses.                                                                       better you will prepare for next year….

                                                       ONE WAY OF REDUCING STRESS is to use                    hour or two each way on the journey times.
                                                       First Luggage, a new service that                       Although the price per suitcase weighing a
                                                       undertakes to collect and deliver your                  maximum of 30 kilos of up to £175.00 return is
                                                       luggage      direct to   any    European                not cheap, by sending a very large, heavy
                                                       destination, including, specifically, your              suitcase by this method, it can lead to
                                                       villa location.                                         comparable savings elsewhere. You may well
                                                                                                               be able to reduce the size of a rental car
                                                       First Luggage provides a unique tracking
                                                                                                               needed on the holiday if your largest suitcase
                                                       number for each suitcase and scans luggage
                                                                                                               does not have to travel with your party.
                                                       six times during transit, reducing the risk of lost
                                                       items. The service is supported by FED EX.              It is also a useful service for items you might
                                                       Items are picked up the day before you travel           otherwise decide were impossible to take on
                      Luggage                          and delivered on your arrival day, then                 holiday. For example, at a cost of about
                                                       collected on the day of departure for delivery          £100.00 you could have a baby’s pram
                      without                          back to your home 24 hours later.                       collected and delivered, a cost many young
                       tears                           The main advantage of the service is that it
                                                                                                               parents might feel well worth the added
                                                       enables passengers to check in much later
                                                       with hand-luggage only and to avoid waiting at          First Luggage: or call
                                                       baggage reclaim points, thereby saving an               08452 700 670

     Irresistible flights                              Many families are reluctant to commit
                                                       themselves so far in advance, fearing that
                                                                                                               Saturday to destinations that are no more than
                                                                                                               an extra hour or two to your villa often have
     AIRLINES ATTRACT THEIR CUSTOMERS                  some unpredictable event will affect their              better availability and lower fares. By being
     by advertising their lowest fares. However,       holiday arrangements. In practise, however,             prepared to change in Paris, travellers gain
     they invariably operate a ‘demand pricing’        holidaymakers with children succeed in taking           access to the more extensive range of Air
     policy, which means that only a limited number    their summer vacation at more or less the               France destinations, which include Avignon,
     of seats are available at the most attractive     same time each year, determined by school               Pau and Perpignan. This need not necessarily
     rate and that the price goes up according to      term times. Most unforeseeable problems such            involve a coach transfer from Charles de
     demand and the closer the booking is made to      as illness will be covered by insurance, and if         Gaulle to Orly, the outgoing airport for many
     the date of travel.                               an airline unexpectedly goes bust, provided             French domestic flights. For example, there
                                                       the fares have been paid by credit card, the            are flights from London City Airport direct to
     Exceptional savings can be made by                card company will be jointly liable. Accordingly        Orly that connect with the Avignon route.
     booking a very long time in advance. For          the risk of booking early is very small.
     example, disregarding for the moment airport                                                              As a result of travellers switching to the TGV
     taxes and fuel surcharges, this month it is       Moving the booking by even a single week                on long-distance journeys between city
     possible to book peak Saturday flights for        can also result in significant savings. All             centres, domestic French air fares have
     August 2005 from Heathrow to Nice for just        schools know their complete annual calendar             become extremely competitive. Eurostar has
     £66, at £33 each way. The same itinerary for      at least a year ahead and are often much more           had the same effect on flights between London
     August 2004, booked on peak Saturday flights      receptive to requests for children to miss the          and Paris. Accordingly it is often cheaper to
     but much closer to departure, would have cost     last few days of the summer term that are               book the two legs of the journey as distinct
     £394, that is, six times as much. Including       made long in advance.                                   transactions with separate airlines, rather than
     taxes, a family of four would have paid £1,728                                                            as a single booking out of London with Air
                                                       Another way of reducing the cost is by
     for their August 2004 flights. Despite higher                                                             France.
                                                       lateral thinking. British Airways, for example,
     fuel surcharges, the same booking made now
                                                       flies to six airports in southern France:               Dominique’s Villas cannot book your flights but
     for August 2005 would cost £417, a saving of
                                                       Bordeaux, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Toulon          can give you information about routes and
     more than £1,300.
                                                       and Toulouse, and flights on the same                   timings corresponding to your villa booking.
Sept2004   22/2/05   15:57   Page 7

                     A taste of some                   2005 properties
                                      DL115                   PR83

                                                  Ref DL115 in La Roque-Gageac - Dordogne
                                                  Sleeps 12 • 9 bedrooms • 5 bath/shower rooms
                                                  Closest shops 100m
                                                  Closest airport Bergerac (50km)
                                                  Swimming pool Private, roman steps, size 12x6m
                                                  The extraordinary location of this unique Renaissance style
                                                  château makes it quite unique - it is a famous landmark along the
                                                  Dordogne River and offers genuinely privileged accommodation.
                                                  All the facilities of the picturesque riverside village of La Roque-
                                                  Gageac are within walking distance - small shops, restaurants,
                                                  a tennis court, horse riding, bicycle hire, river swimming, canoeing,
                                                  fishing. The setting is superb, on the edge of a rocky hill with
                                                  wonderful views up and down river.
                                                  Facilities Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, linen included,
                                                  cleaning 5 days per week included, cot, telephone, satellite TV

                                                  2 WEEK PRICES from £6030 to £9550
                                                  Prices are for 2005 and include a Eurotunnel crossing for one car -
                                                  other routes available on request.

                                                  Ref PR83 near Aix-en-Provence
                                                  Sleeps 8 • 4 bedrooms • 3 bath/shower rooms
                                                  Closest shops Fuveau 3km
                                                  Closest airport Marseille (20km)
                                                  Swimming pool Private, roman steps, size 10x5m
                                                  This spacious villa built in typical Provençal style enjoys a
                                                  wonderful location, combining the peace and quiet of its extensive
                                                  grounds and the proximity of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. The
                                                  grounds enclose a lovely park and lawned areas and there are
                                                  views towards the Mont Ste Victoire from the front of the house. A
                                                  well-equipped summer kitchen opens onto a pleasant covered
                                                  terrace, ideal for al fresco dining. The interior is of generous
                                                  proportions and a high standard.
                                                  Facilities Washing machine, dishwasher, linen included, cleaning
                                                  3 hours per week included, baby-sitting on request, cot,
                                                  telephone, satellite TV, video, DVD, CD player, barbecue

                                                  2 WEEK PRICES from £4270 to £5970
                                                  Prices are for 2005 and include a Eurotunnel crossing for one car -
                                                  other routes available on request.

                                                  Ref PR54 near Les Baux-de-Provence
                                                  Sleeps 10 • 5 bedrooms • 4 bath/shower rooms
                                                  Closest shops Maussane 3km
                                                  Closest airport Marseille (50km)
                                                  Swimming pool Private, enclosed, size 12x6m
                                                  This charming 18th century Provençal Mas is set in an
                                                  exceptionally beautiful garden within 5 hectares of grounds with
                                                  direct access to a thousand hectares of woods in the mountainous
                                                  Alpilles area. It enjoys wonderful panoramic views of hilly
                                                  countryside and is located just 1.5km from the impressive rocks at
                                                  Les Baux-de-Provence. The thick stone walls keep the interior
                                                  cool and the many different levels and exposed stone walls give
                                                  the feel of a small château.
                                                  Facilities Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, linen included,
                                                  cleaning 2 hours 6 days per week included, cook on request, cot,
                                                  telephone, TV, video, DVD, CD player, table tennis, bikes

                                                  2 WEEK PRICES from £4460 to £6040
                                                  Prices are for 2005 and include a Eurotunnel crossing for one car -
                                                  other routes available on request.

Sept2004     22/2/05     15:57     Page 8

                                                        2005 brochure
                     Our 19th annual brochure will soon be off the press, at the end of October

                                                                                     Dominique’s Villas

            Order a copy now - call us on 020 7738 8772 or email

                                   Christmas 2004                                New Year 2005
                                                                                 It’s not too late to book your Christmas
                                                                                 or New Year villa.

                                                                                 Fly to Geneva to discover our fairy-tale château at
                                                                                 the foot of the Alps (see photo left) or take the ferry
                                                                                 to Normandy and spend a magical few days in a
                                                                                 château or manor house (see photos below).

                                                                                 Call 020 7738 8772 for availability and prices


                      Some                                                                              NR24
             in Normandy
             still available
                 during the
           festive season
                                                                      NR18                                      NR10

                                               WIN a week at a villa next autumn
                        Simply answer the questions below to win a week’s stay (accommodation only)
                       at a large villa of our choice and email your answers to
      1. Following the Great Schism, where did the Roman Catholic Popes reside in France? For how long?
      2. Name the author who wrote about Gascony's most famous citizen and his three best friends. What were their names?

                       On October 15th a winner will be picked from those with correct answers out of the inbox
                                       The winner of our July newsletter competition was Miss A. Green from London.
                                              She will be receiving a case of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines.

                                                             Dominique’s Villas
                               The Plough Brewery • 516 Wandsworth Road • London SW8 3JX • Tel 020 7738 8772
                               Fax 020 7498 6014 • E-mail •

Shared By: