Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Following in the life of a holiday villa rental agent...

We've had quite some experiences over the years, and sometimes it's nice to reminisce about some of them. You know the stories I'm talking about, the ones that are tragic and awful at the time, the ones when some idiot (usually me) says "we'll be laughing about it this time next year!" . Well, young, idiotic me was right, and now even 3 years on, we're still laughing about it.

As a business, we rent holiday villas in the South of France, but there are other services we offer too - such as visiting our owners' properties on a regular basis to ensure all is well...or not...

It all started when we were called to one of our contract owners' houses, as the neighbours had reported that there was water coming out from under the door.
The Mairie (Mayor) had our number as the emergency contact, so they gave us a call and we hightailed it to the property, to find the Mairie's plumber and several neighbours outside. One of the kind neighbours had brought a ladder with him and was, to our chagrin, teetering on it trying to get into the house through the shutter on the first floor. He had somehow managed to place the ladder on the roof of the first floor so that he could reach the shutters.

Looking on in horror, we watched as he managed to traverse his way onto the first floor balcony, but the ladder slipped away, out of his reach. He was in no imminent danger, but it was pretty clear that he was stuck and couldn't get down.
Luckily, we had the keys to the property, so we managed to enter the house and rescure the poor, stranded neighbour! We also let the plumber in to see to the cause of the flood of water.

By this time, of course, the local police had arrived too to see what all the fuss was about and everyone had a great time chin-wagging about the fun and games at the house of the "Anglais".

Needless to say, it was a very stressful evening for some (mainly for my mum - the boss. Hilarious and entertaining for me), but luckily we managed to get into the house before any real damage was done!

I feel like there should be a moral to this story...oh well!