Essential Information for Visitors

Gas · Electricity · Rubbish/Recycling · Pool · Telephone


Calor/Butane bottled gas is used for the oven and hobs. There is a door to the right of the oven and this is where the large bottle of gas stands. It is connected to the cooker via a pressure valve and hose. There is a large wheel knob on top of the gas bottle which needs to be open (like turning a tap - unscrew ) to connect gas to the cooker.

If the gas runs out there is a new bottle under the stairs* in the kitchen. Open the wooden door with the spoon stuck in the latch & it should be standing there.

Changing the gas bottle

1. Turn off /screw down the wheel knob on top of the old bottle and remove from cooker.
2. Undo the hose joint on the side valve and lift the new bottle out of the cupboard new bottle will have a carrying handle on top of it - lift it out from under the stairs with this - it will be quite heavy .
3. When you get new bottle to the cooker undo the carrying handle. It just screws off.
4. Screw on the valve with hose attached , make sure it is tight.
5. Lift the bottle into the oven cupboard and unscrew the top wheel knob to open the valve.
6. Test by lighting one of the gas hobs.
7. Turn off again and make sure there is no smell of gas. If there is turn off brass wheel knob on top and check that the valve connection is tight - finger tight, don't use a spanner. It should never smell.

There are two Calor gas heaters to supplement the wood burning stove if weather very cold. They have the same pressure valve/hose connections as the cooker. Follow the same procedure for changing gas bottles if necessary. These heaters should never be left burning during the night or used in bedrooms.

*In the unlikely event of running out of gas totally bottles can be exchanged at the shop in Blacons.

Please make sure all the brass wheel knobs are tightly off when you leave. Thank you.

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Main fuse Box

The main fuse box is to the left of the kitchen door. Each of the main rings and lighting circuits has its own fuse - they are labelled in French. Spare fuses ( power & lighting - red/ green? - the amp required is written on them) are in the drawer of the kitchen dresser to the right of the door. The main on/off power to the whole house is in a grey meter box on the wall in the courtyard to the left of the bread oven.

Immersion Heaters

The big tank which provides hot water for the kitchen and main bathroom is in the cupboard in the right hand corner of Baudelaire. You will need to open the cupboard door to check the hot water tank is on. There is a large white switch with red/green options to the right of the tank. It is opposite to normal - up is on.

There is a small immersion tank in the corner of the mezzanine bathroom in the Pigonnier. This also serves the bathroom (Tardis shower) on the next floor down. Same sort of switch as large tank.
Please turn them both off when you leave.

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Rubbish / Recycling

On the road to Beaufort, just three minutes drive from the house, there are several large green bins on the right hand side of the road. Rubbish can be put in these bins and glass and paper recyled here.

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The pool is not fenced off. Children must be watched vigilantly when outside.

The pool is 1.5 metres deep throughout. This means there is no deep diving end and it is dangerous to attempt to do so. However it does make team games more of a possibility and the water heats up more quickly.

All the chemicals , the test kit, the net and the vacuum cleaner for the pool are housed in a small pool house/cupboard under the pool. If you go down the side nearest the pool steps hold on to the edge of the wall - its quite steep & steps are yet to be built.

Open the wooden doors and you will see the large blue sand filter on the right, three pipes with straight plastic handles and a sort of clockface with a black lever handle. On the wall to the left are the electric switches which control the pump etc. There should be plastic tubs which contain slow dissolving chlorine tablets (chlore lente) and fast dissolving ones (Chlore shoc ?)

To test for chlorine - blue box has a small square plastic tube set. Fill Cl side up to line with pool water and drop in 5 drops of small yellow test bottle. The water will go deeper yellow the more chlorine is present in the pool. It is possible to let the level drop a little below 'ideal' if the pump filter is on manual ( i.e. in use more than an hour morning and evening as this is the automatic setting for the pump/filter) Normally if the pool is at the correct chlorine level, two of the chlore lente tablets per week should be sufficient. These are put into the skimmer basket which is under the rectangular white plastic lid at the far end of the pool.If chlorine level low you will need to add shock tablets and leave the filter on manual .

Pump/Filter - The normal position for this is Filtration. The black handle should be in this notch.

Backwashing - this needs to be done at least once a week. It washes all the dirt and insects out of the sand filter pulling the water up from the bottom of the filter to the top and pumping out the dirty water. Never alter the position of the pump handle
without first turning off the pump motor and always turn it clockwise. Press the middle of the three switches on the wall (Marche/Arret) the On/Off button - if the pump is on, the switch will be lit up. The top switch is for a pool light & the bottom one is to leave the pump on automatic or manual (half in or fully in) As the dirty water is pumped up through the filter you will see the water in the top plastic dome go cloudy. After 3/5 minutes it should start to clear. Stand on the edge of the pool house as you feet will get wet! Turn the pump off - then turn the handle clockwise to Rinse - turn pump on again. Rinse for 1 minute. Turn off - move lever clockwise back to Filtration and turn on again.

Vacuuming - you should always backwash prior to this and then make all the water go through just one of the three pipes leading to the pump. These are marked s (skimmer) as (Extra skimmer?) and b (balai -? Cleaner) The pipes are open if the plastic handles are in line with the pipe and shut if the handle is at right angles to the pipe. Again, never alter these handles with out turning off the pump motor.. First attach the oval, two brush cleaning head to the long pole. There are two plastic lugs which click into it. Then push on one end of the long corrugated hose and lower the head into the shallow end lodging the pole against something . Next fill the hose with water from the jet in the middle of the pool steps. The air should be forced out of the brush end and the hose will gradually sink as it fills with water. Hold your hand over the end or keep it under water and walk it round to the side where the pool house is. The jet in the middle of this side is where you push it in. The hose should be sucked tight into the hole and you should feel some resistance as you push the brush across the bottom of the pool. When you have finished vacuuming the filter must be backwashed again. Don't forget to open the other pipes to the skimmers.

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Please use the phone for incoming calls and emergencies only. All calls should be reimbursed.

The number is 00 334 75 76 43 06


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