New Bigger TV Screens

This year has been the year of TV upgrades at all our holiday properties.

First, Sandboys Dune got a new 24″ flat screen TV and an aerial to pick up French digital HD transmissions – so now you can choose whether you want to watch British satellite channels or the whole range of French TV channels!

New smart TV

The new 49″ smart TV in The Pines is connected to the internet!

Next, The Pines was re-equipped with a bigger and better, whopping 49″ smart TV.  Not only will this TV receive French digital channels and UK channels by Sky satellite, but you can also browse the internet, watch YouTube, and do loads of other clever stuff that we haven’t even got round to trying yet.  The Master Bedroom in The Pines also got a new TV with a slightly larger screen than the old one.

Finally, as promised earlier this year, The West Wing got its own new 32″ flat screen TV, which we’ve already found to be clearer, brighter, and with better sound than its predecessor.

All our holiday properties are provided with DVD players, too, of course, in case you want to bring your own favourite films, concerts, or TV programmes.



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Another mattress upgrade!

Bedroom at The Pines luxury holiday apartment

The Master Bedroom has its own en suite bathroom

We’ve had so many compliments on the comfort of the mattress we installed in The West Wing apartment last year – and we were so impressed, ourselves, when we slept in the apartment for a few nights in the winter – that we’ve ordered another identical mattress for the master bedroom in The Pines.

It should arrive this week.

Looks like there’ll be lots of good nights’ sleep for our guests this year!





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Decor and equipment upgrades


The West Wing apartment’s private garden. Ideal for lunch al fresco.

Spring is the time of year when our gites get their most detailed and critical inspection of the year, and an assessment of what needs to be done to maintain them to the high standards our clients demand.

This year Sandboys Dune and The West Wing have come under scrutiny.  We decided Dune needed a general freshening up, so we repainted throughout.  We also fitted a new TV with a larger screen, capable of receiving French digital HD channels as well as all the UK free-to-air satellite broadcasts.  This wasn’t quite as simple as just plugging in the new set, though, since changes to the French terrestrial broadcasting system meant we had to install a new, more sensitive aerial.  Lots of climbing up and down ladders!

The West Wing apartment has also undergone a decor facelift, particularly in the bathroom, kitchen and entrance hall.  We were always unhappy about the poor WiFi reception reported by some of our guests – many of them had difficulty logging on, and most had to sit by the lounge window to pick up a signal – so this winter we have vastly improved the situation with a more powerful WiFi repeater installed closer to the apartment.  This has made it possible to connect with most tablets and smartphones from any part of the living room and now even the bedroom.

We spent a few days and nights living in The West Wing apartment ourselves so as to be totally aware of any problems that might affect our guests’ comfort.  As a result a new, better kettle has been installed, and we plan a TV upgrade before the summer.  We can certainly endorse the good reports we received from guests about the fabulously comfortable new mattress in the West Wing.







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More guest comments – and a new Visitors Book at Dune

We have had some very nice comments recently on Tripadvisor.  Check out what they said about The Pines, or click here to see what they said about Sandboys Dune!

Near the end of our 12th season of letting Sandboys Dune our Visitors Book ran out of pages. Years of nice comments from our guests have had to be archived and a new book obtained. Of course, all the pages in the new book were blank. Would we get some comments – or would our guests be too shy to start it off?

IMG_20150829_112408988Hooray! Here’s our first page of comments in the new book! Everyone agrees Dune is very conveniently positioned for shops beach, aqua club and tourist outings (even to Paris). We are complimented on the level of equipment, and our helpfulness. And we’re told the new Wifi is very fast!

Thanks to you all! Keep commenting, please. It all helps us to provide you with what you want.

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Holiday Bargains and Late Availability Deals

doisneau_kissWe’ve just added some deals to fill gaps in our booking schedule, so if you’re looking for a bargain, take a look at what’s available on our latest offers page 

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The West Wing

Here are some photos of The West Wing, including some showing the newly decorated bedroom with optional cot – for babies under 2 years.

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The Pines – interior photos

The Pines is roomy and luxurious and can accommodate up to 7 people – or even 8 with the option of a cot in one of the bedrooms.

Living room at The Pines with free WiFi

The Living Room – lots of light, a big flat screen TV, thousands of books and free WiFi

Bedroom at The Pines luxury holiday apartment

The Master Bedroom has its own en suite bathroom

Bathroom at The Pines luxury holiday apartment

The en suite bathroom

Large family dining room and kitchen

Large family dining room and kitchen

The kitchen at The Pines - well equipped and modern

The well-equipped kitchen at The Pines

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New! The West Wing is the new name for our Garden apartment

The West Wing Apartment - ideal for romantic couples

The Garden and private entrance to The West Wing Apartment

We’ve renamed our very comfortable Garden Apartment, and because it is in the west wing of our big white house, we’ve called it The West Wing!

Not to be confused with The West Wing of the White House in Washington

The West Wing at The White House

The West Wing from The White House garden

DC – this is the real West Wing of The White House!

The one-bedroom apartment is comfortable and spacious.  It is popular with couples who are looking for privacy and a quiet time, but there’s enough space for a cot in the big bedroom, so if you’re a young couple with a baby under 2 years, this could be just the place for you.

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New Sandboys Mobile Website

A new “mobile friendly” version of the Sandboys website


hardware androidSince more and more people now access our Sandboys website using tablets or mobile phones, we’ve been faced with the choice of either simplifying the site to make it faster to load (important if you are paying mobile data charges) and easier to read on a small screen, or creating a new “Sandboys Lite” website especially for mobile users.

Since Google recently announced that their search engine would automatically demote the ranking of sites that were not “mobile friendly”, we took the decision to create a new mobile version of our site designed specifically for users of small screen tablets and smart phones.  All the important details of our holiday gites are included in the new site, but we’ve left out a lot of the photos as well as most of the additional information about the region and its wonderful tourist attractions and facilities.

All this information can still, of course, be found on our original “desktop” website, which although designed for viewing on normal and larger computer screens, is still readable on most hand-held units.  Eventually much of this background information, omitted from the new site, will be transferred to posts here on our blog, and linked to from the mobile site.

In this way we hope we’ll be able to satisfy the needs of all our customers and site visitors, whatever kind of screen they choose to view our site with.

Sandboys new “mobile friendly” site




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