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All the information you need to choose Bon Sejour en France (BSEF)

Since it was founded in 2004, Bon Séjour en France has become the top holiday rental agency on the Ile de Re.

In this section, you will find the answers to the main questions you have about our agency, our team and our know how.

Whatever you question, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Where can I find Bon Séjour en France (BSEF)?

The headquarters of BSEF is located on the Ile de Re at 14 19 rue des Jaulaines in the village of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré (17740).
The business premises of BSEF are located place du Bois de l'Ardilliers (La Croix Michaud) in La Flotte (17630).

How can I get in touch with BSEF?

If you would like to contact us or write to us, you can find all our contact details on the « Contact » page which you can access by clicking here: « Contact ».

What type of company is BSEF?

BSEF is a limited liability company registered on the La Rochelle company register. It was founded in 2004 As an estate agent specializing in holiday rentals, BSEF carries out a regulated activity in France and holds the appropriate licence issued by the La Rochelle police headquarters as well as a financial guarantee underwritten by the SOCAF.

What’s the process for getting my holiday property on the Ile de Re on line ?

Your zone manager will make an appointment with you to get to know you, present the agency and visit your house. After the meeting, you will receive a summary of the visit which includes a suggested price list.

Once we have your agreement, we will come back and photograph your house. This is an essential step as the quality of the photos is a determining factor in how well your house rents out. We will send you a mandate which is a contract between yourself and BSEF. Then it’s just a question of putting the house on line.

To summarize, these are the five steps we go through:
  1. 1st visit to your house,
  2. you receive a summary of the visit and a price list proposal,
  3. 2nd visit for a photo shoot,
  4. you receive the mandate,
  5. the house goes on line.

How much does it cost me to use Bon Séjour en France?

Net prices are fixed by mutual agreement and according to the season, ie rents, determined according to the period (very high season, high season, middle season and low season), are paid to you net of agency fees. The client pays rent per the prices indicated on the website which includes the net price due to you and the agency fees due to BSEF. The agency fees (around 20% on average) are, therefore, paid by the client.

How does BSEF find the clients for my house?

Our holiday homes are presented on 3 sites and we work daily to ensure that they are as visible as possible on internet search engines with a particular emphasis on Google (which alone accounts for 75% of internet searches):
  • the French website www.bon-sejour-en–,
  • the English website www.bon-sejour-en–,
  • and the blog

For the most popular searches undertaken by visitors (holiday rental Ile de Ré, house rental Ile de Ré, houses for rent Ile de Ré…), our sites appear on the first page of results on and If you add extra search terms such as « luxury », « exclusive » or « high quality », BSEF appears in the top 3 results on the first page of Google for both French speaking and English speaking visitors.

Does BSEF ask for exclusive rights to rent your property on the Ile de Re ?

BSEF never asks for exclusive rights to rent your property. Better still, when we receive a rental request, we systematically ask for your approval before confirming the booking with the client.
This gives you complete freedom and prevents you feeling trapped.

How does Bon Séjour en France select its holiday homes on the Ile de Re?

BSEF is an agency which specializes in quality holiday homes on the Ile de Ré. It is positioned in the mid-range to high-range market segments.
This market position is not due to chance. It is a direct result of our aim over the last five years to select quality homes - not necessarily luxury homes - but homes that are easy and enjoyable to live in and located in quiet areas. Each home meets the selection criteria which, in turn, means that visitors to the site are assured a quality offering across the board.
Each house is rated between 1 and 5 stars for « comfort » and « location ». These benchmarks significantly help the client in their choice of holiday home.

How my holiday rental income is taxed?

In these times of tax increases, Bon Séjour en France, which specialises in the rental of exclusive properties on the Île de Ré, has put together a summary of the taxation of holiday rentals as 2013 gets under way.
We haven’t addressed corporate taxation in this summary, ie when the rental activity is carried out via a company such as an SARL.
You can access this article by clicking on the following link: How your holiday rental income is taxed?

When will the net price be paid to me?

At the time of booking, BSEF receives a deposit equal to 25% of the gross rents (the gross rent is the sum of the net price paid to you plus the agency’s commissions). 100% of this deposit is paid to you. If the payment of the deposit is effected using a credit card, BSEF bears the bank charges.

When the balance of the gross rent due is paid by the client to BSEF, the balance of the net price is paid to you.

The rental balance is paid by the client:
  • For rental periods during the very high season (mid July to id August), approximately 2 months before the rental period begins,
  • For rental periods outside the very high season, at the latest on the first day of the rental period.

Renting efficiently a large holiday home on the Ile de Re?

The large house on the Ile de Re (more than 4 or 5 bedrooms) are easy to rent in the Peak Season when our clients are used to book with friends (or other family members). But you need to be aware, particularly for periods outside the Peak season, that it may be harder to rent because the clients are very often young couples with 1 or 2 babies or small group of friends.
Therefore, our advice or our strategy, outside the Peak Season, is to reduce the capacity of this type of house by closing some bedrooms (or an annex) in order to offer the kind of price associated with a smaller house. This way, in lower seasons, a large house would have two prices: the normal price for the entire house and a reduced price for a "reduced" house.

How does BSEF greet clients in your Ile de Re holiday rental?

welcome message and booklet are sent to each client around 5 days before they arrive (in general the Monday before their arrival on the Saturday). The client is given the name and telephone number of the person with BSEF who will greet them.

Each greeter welcomes the client directly at the rental house (check in) in order to:
  • hand over the keys, show them the house, explain how different items work (household appliances, swimming pool, sorting and recycling rubbish, items requiring particular attention or care…),
  • carry out the last formalities (paying the balance, taking a breakage deposit),
  • provide houselinen if required,
  • hand over a printed version of the welcome booklet, a guide to the Ile de Ré and provide some general information eg beaches and places to visit, restaurants etc.,
  • make an appointment for the end of the client’s stay in order to carry out the check out with the client.
The day before their stay is due to end, generally on the Friday, the client receives a text message reminding him of the time of check out.
During the check out, the greeter checks that the stay went well and does a general check on the state of the house. This check out procedure is mandatory - the client never leaves while just slipping the keys in the letter box.

Does Bon Séjour en France require clients to pay a breakage deposit?

Of course : the breakage deposit must be paid when the rental period begins either by cheque or by credit card (BSEF has mobile credit card terminals which work on the GSM network).
The breakage deposit is returned at the latest 2 weeks after the end of the client’s stay, subject to the cost of any damages arising (or cost of reparation).

Who provides house linen to the clients and who pays for this service?

BSEF provides house linen to the clients. Cleaning costs associated with this house linen (sheets, duvet covers, bathmats, towels and tea towels) are borne by the client.
Only the occasional cost of cleaning other house linen such as mattress covers, duvets, pillows and bed covers is borne by you.

Who does the end of stay cleaning and how much does it cost me?

The end of stay cleaning is mandatory and its cost is borne by the client. Bon Séjour en France manages the cleaning service at the end of each client’s stay.
BSEF may also be asked to provide cleaning services during the client’s stay (mid stay cleaning). This service is paid for by the client.
Sometimes cleaning is required when the house has not been occupied for long periods of time (eg before the arrival of the season’s first clients). In this case, you will bear the cost of this cleaning service.

Who looks after the garden and/or the pool during rental periods?

We ask you to have maintenance contracts with specialized personnel for both the pool and the garden.
During rental periods, BSEF coordinates this personnel to ensure the garden and/or pool are correctly maintained. The pool in particular needs weekly maintenance visits (every three to four days in the summer when it is used frequently).