I need some advise and possibly a lawyer. We live in a small town in the Cevennes, the house backs on to the central cour which is a large green and tranquil space unlike the front of the house which is filled with all the normal sounds you would expect from a town. Because of this we have our bedroom and my wife's office at the back.
Recently our old neighbours moved to America and they have rented their house to an American couple and we soon discovered that they are running it as a training centre/school . When the first group came in we discovered that there were about 25 people in total. At one point the two houses were connected so our bedroom and office is four metres from a covered terrace which they are using as a refectory area, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also overlook the garden and pool and at times, especially in the afternoon it seems to be overrun by very noisy American teenagers who age from 13 upwards. The noise at times is so loud due to the acoustic effect of the terrace, garden and courtyard that the noise reverberates throughout the house and you can not find a quiet corner anywhere. We have been told by the new that we can pretty much expect this level of noise all summer and that it is normal neighbourly noise! I have pointed out that its not normal to have 25 neighbours and that even though they are not being 'noisy' its the sheer number of people talking that is the problem. At times it is difficult for my wife to work and her clients are starting to complain and we are both incredibly upset with the situation.
So what to do? The Maire here are typically useless. We have talked to the neighbours and asked them to limit the times they use the outdoor space. Does anyone have any advise or know where I can access some so we can work out what are options are before we try and do something about it. All help gratefully receives.