FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked, though please contact us if you have any questions or queries.

1. How many yurts  do you have?

2. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 2, how much would a week cost?

3. Is there electricity in the yurts?

4. What is the layout of the yurts?

5. Can I bring my dog?

6. What is there to do in the area?

7. What is included in my stay and what do I need to bring?

8. What do I need to bring to conform to French Driving legislation

9. How long does a yurt take to put up?

10. What time can we arrive

11. How many families do you accommodate?

 

1. How many yurts do you have?

We have 3 yurts at Le Chene Vert. 1 x 6 meter diameter sleeping 4/6.  1 x 5 meter diameter sleeping 3/4 and 1 x 4 meter diameter sleeping 2 or 3. It is possible to add extra beds to all 3.

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2. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and 2, how much would a week cost?

The prices quoted are per yurt. Each yurt can accommodate different numbers of people. Prices vary according to season, but in July or August the cost would be:

Oaks yurt sleeps 4 (1 double and 2 singles)- 595€

Lake view yurt sleeps 3 (1 double and 1 single) - 495€

Meadow yurt sleeps 2 (1 double) - 425€

It is possible to add an extra bed to all of the yurts. To work out the cost look at the "extra bed " column for your prefered yurt.

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3. Is there electricity in the yurts?

Each yurt is powered by it's own solar panel which runs lighting inside the yurt. Power points are also available in the summer kitchens and english adapters are provided. Rechargeable electric tealights are also provided for each yurt to provide extra light or night lights for children.

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4. What is the layout of the yurts?  

 

 

layout of the large family yurt  5m yurt layout layout of 4m yurt

6m yurt.
The additional bed is optional

                                5m yurt. 

4m yurt.
The 2 single beds are optional.

 

The yurts have a wooden floor. There is a wardrobe in the large yurt for clothes, and storage chests in the other 2 yurts. Please note that these diagrams are NOT to scale and are intended to give an idea of layout and space available.

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5. Can I bring my dog?

Well behaved dogs are welcome, though we ask that they are kept on a lead so as not to disturb other guests. Please bring your dogs bed and ensure that any mess is cleaned up. Please be aware that for your dog to travel to France it will need a pet passport. These need to be arranged at least 3 months before travel and updated yearly. Your dog will also need to see a vet here 24 - 48 hours before being allowed to travel back to the UK. We can help make appointments at the vets for you. For more information see This article on pet passports. Please update yourselves on the regulations as the law is changing with effect from January 2014.

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6. What is there to do in the area?

There are many attractions in the area and a list of activities can be found here: Limousin Links. Futuroscope at Poitiers is about an hour away. There is a nearby lake resort with beaches and activities for children, including watersports and a tree climbing adventure park.

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7. What is included in my stay and what do I need to bring?

If you have opted for our luxury package everything you need is provided. (Bedding, towels and fully equipped kitchen). The welcome hamper provides you with enough goodies for breakfast the first morning and other essential supplies yo see you through your first day or two.

If you have opted for the experience package then pillows and cases are provided along with the fully equiped kitchen, but you will need to bring;

  • duvet covers or sleeping bag
  • bed linen (sheets)
  • towels

Your welcome pack provides you with a few basics to help you through the first few days (tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread, butter, jam) but please be aware that most shops shut on Sunday and those that do open are local grocers with limited choice. We do have a few basic groceries available for purchase on site.

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8. What do I need to bring to conform to French Driving legislation

The drivig legislation changed in France in 2012. It is now compulsory to carry a breathalyser in the vehicle. (This law does not seem to be upheld, however it is adviseable to carry one). This can either be a disposable type (in which case you must carry 2), or a digital/electronic type. These can be purchased inexpensively before you travel so you avoid high charges at the ports. If purchasing the disposable type check the expiry date.

You will also need 2 warning triangles and a yellow high visibility jacket. These must be accessible for the driver in the vehicle (so not in the boot). Spare bulb kits are advisable but not compulsory, unless you are continuing your journey through Spain. You will also need to ensure that your headlights conform and the simplest way (if your car lights don't adjust) is to use stick on beam benders.

If you use a Satanv you MUST ensure that any facility for detecting speed cameras has been disabled. Unfortunately you cannot use the excuse that you don't know how to disable it, as the gendarmes WILL know how to! If you genuinely can't turn it off, pack it away on arival into France. "Accident black spot detectors" are also deemed illegal as are "road angels". 

The same laws apply to mobile phones in France as the UK. You can be stopped and fined for having the phone in your hand or lap, even if you are not using it.

The tolls are an easy place for the gendarme to spot check vehicles, and detect speeding vehicles based on the time taken between collecting your ticket and leaving the toll road. 

All these recommended items can be purchased inexpensively HERE from our Amazon store. Select Driving in Europe

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9. How long does a yurt take to put up.

The small yurt takes 2 people approximately 3 hours to put up. The hardest part is extending the walls to the right size and centering the crown wheel so that each pole fits perfectly. Once this is done it's just a matter of putting on the layers and final cover.

The large yurt takes 2 people approximately 4 hours to put up. There are over 80 roof poles to insert, and centering the crown wheel is a lot harder. The yurts never go up exactly the same each year !

Don't panic, the yurts are assembled ready for your arrival!

montage of yurt
montage of yurt
montage of yurt
Our small yurt.The wooden floor is laid first. Walls are then put up and all poles put in place
The felt insulation layer is now on.
This sits on top of a lightweight white cotton inner liner.
The outer decorative and water proof cover is the final layer. Held in place by horse hair ropes. The crown wheel is topped by a removable cover.
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10.What time can we arrive?

You are welcome to arrive any time between 2pm and 7pm. If you are travelling down the day before and think you may be with us earlier, you can call us en route, or let us know at the time of booking. It may be possible to arrive earlier We ask our guests to vaccate the yurts by 10am to give us plenty of time to get organised for the afternoon arrivals. Your yurt may not be ready if you arrive early, but there is plenty of space to relax with tea, coffee and other refreshments available, and of course the local restaurant is open for lunch. We do do not live on site and have normally left the premesis by 7pm once eveyone has settled in. If you hit traffic en route or think you are likely to arrive later than this, it's no problem, but PLEASE let us know so that we can arrange to meet you, or arrange to leave the key for your yurt. The gates to Le Chene Vert are kept locked, and you will need the code/key to get in. We are also quite difficult to find in the dark and we may need to meet you on the road.

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11.How many families do you accommodate?


Although we have 3 yurts on site, we only have 2 groups/families staying at any time. The third yurt is used as an overspill for families/groups requiring extra sleeping space. This ensures that each group have their own bathroom and kitchen space. We offer you the choice of which yurt you wish to book to cater for all budgets.

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luxury yurt camping at Le Chene Vert SW France

 

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