Leclerc too far from us to use Stella.
The very one Peter…
we have friends who live there.
There must be quite a few brits there now, I knew of two families who bought in the early 90s. George & Pam from Litchfield down the bottom on the left who I believe sold up years ago and Roger & Cathy opposite but 100M before in a tiny house. They also sold up when they divorced and i’m guessing your friends live there ? I re visited the house a couple of years back when I was trying to track down Roger and met them.
Talk about going off topic !
Well, you’re in luck…
We know George quite well. Incredibly talented builder but he went back to the UK a couple of years ago now and we haven’t seen him since. I have a photo somewhere of him. Last I heard, he was having trouble with arthritis in his hands which I think prompted his return. We know the people who bought his house in Rancogne very well.
As for Roger, he sold up quite a few years ago to an English couple who turned the small house in the front garden into a gite which they still run. If it is the same Roger, he married Maggie and they have a daughter who has just been accepted into an international law college in Paris. They bought an old barn in Genouillac which George helped them renovate.
Small world eh?
It is indeed Graham, I recall George very well tho’ I always thought Pam bought the property in her name ? Didn’ t they split up or divorce ? George was a card and as you say, a very good builder/renovator.
I though Roger (and Maggie) were living closer to Chasseneuil, I had an address but never re found him. He and Cathey originally bought a property with another couple (best friends) over near Ruffec but sold up when they had a major disagreement. It’s strange that all the houses I sold to groups or two families were re sold due to disagreements between the parties (usually the wives !)
I’ll try again to find Roger in a few days when i’m back in the area.
I had no idea about them previously being in Ruffec but if you pm me will tell you their address should you wish to make contact again.
This my friend, brits tend to forget it too often
I know a lot of French people that are not so easy to deal with, I don’t think stupidity has something to do with a nationality
Lack of French, so frustration plays a huge part, I suppose!
Our experience so far has been pretty good too. Our Agent whilst costly went above and beyond what any UK agent would do, our Notaire was hilarious on the day we signed and our insurance agent has been really helpful for both the house and the car. The concessionaire at Mazda made our purchase virtually painless (parting with cash for cars always hurts ) and even EDF (in the form of Energis) turned up on the appointed days within the time slot on both occasions - something that has rarely happened in my previous experience in the UK .In fact I’ve waited in all day (here in UK) for our Electrician to come and quote for removing the oven and other stuff before we move . No call or text to say he couldn’t make it . I know he’s really busy but …
My agent was good too, when I was refused permission to convert the ‘cowshed’, he got me by the arm, hauled me out to his car, off to the Marie, talked to them, resolved things amicably, so the deal went ahead, been on good terms with the Marie since too, even got married there
One good one from Espace Emeraud in St Foy-la-Grande I bought a pair of wheels for my sack truck in their branch in La Reole which didn’t fit the axles. As we were in St Foy I took them back to the branch there and, somewhat to my surprise, the young man who served me was happy to take them back on production of the bill ofrm La Reole (unusual in itself). He couldn’t find either a suitable replacement or a new inner tube for the old wheels so we bought a watering can and he refunded the difference in cash.
A very bad one - Ikea in Bordeaux. We bought a kitchen there on 25 June and delivery was arranged for 5 July. No one turned up. Many emails (37 actually) to Ikea customer service at Bordeaux, 3 to CEO Ikea France (not answered) produced another date for 12 July. 5 of 326 packages arrived, nothing else. Another date eventually fixed ot 24 July which I had told them several times would be after we had left so finally a date for 6 September was arranged. No idea if they will turn up then either. Email to Ikea CEO in Sweden acknowledged with auto reply be return. Actual reply two days later from secretary wholly inadequate and offered apology for my experience.
Many similar experiences reported on various review websites. Pretty poor service.
My advice - if you buy anything form Ikea in Bordeaux take it home that day or be prepared that you may never get it.
That is Swedish service Mike
So it may be Bill but that doesn’t make it acceptable.
Bit of a panic when the (fully-closed) Heki Rooflight was torn off my caravan in an overnight storm in March. Although I was able to make the hole vaguely waterproof, there was no way it would survive the further storms forecast. The nearest stockist proved to be Narbonne Accessories (in Narbonne) and I chatted online with “Karim” about availability, stressing the urgency. Home delivery would however be around four days, with three days to the shop – I said I would place an order for the latter. It was only at the end of my fifth “chat”, that I added my name.
About 5 mins later, the phone rang, it was Karim who said (in English) that he had found me as an existing customer, had been to check the stock in the warehouse, and I could have one in the morning, if I came to the Head Office (also in Narbonne). Really impressed with his level of service.
A check with my insurance – Matmut – showed that there was an excess of €200 for storm damage (unless an official “disaster” was declared) and the claim was duly submitted. I got a response advising that they were waiving the excess in “our constant commitment to the quality of the coverage we provide to our policyholders”. Can you imagine this from a UK insurer?
A double whammy of exceptional French service.
But we are talking French Service Mike
Brilliant Pete, don’t get better than that
That doesn’t make it any more acceptable. From the lack of response to my emails to the French CEO and the tone of that from the main board CEO it clearly represents a policy set at the top. Surprisingly we have had very good service from Ikea in UK and Cyprus so it is evidently influenced by local management as well.