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Washing machine - using ours?

 
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kathiejs



Joined: 16 Aug 2017
Posts: 28
Location: Devon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Washing machine - using ours? Reply with quote

We have a small washing machine in our cottage boiler room which I think was previously just used for dog blankets as it was full of hair (the previous owner allowed dogs). I think it's on it's last legs anyway as it doesn't always start. I was considering not replacing it but offering to let guests do a load in my machine if they wanted to - our back door/utility room is only about 10ft from the cottage door. The cottage only sleeps 2 adults so I'm guessing most people wouldn't bother.

Does anybody have any experience of this? Do you charge, and if so how much?
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zebedee



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
Posts: 893
Location: yorkshire dales

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edited to add - sorry, I misunderstood your post
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I thought you were saying you would let the guests use the old machine. Apologies.


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kathiejs



Joined: 16 Aug 2017
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Location: Devon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was planning on not advertising that there is one, and telling guests about its past so they could decide for themselves - if I haven't removed it already by that time. But it doesn't have hair in it now anyway. I was using it myself while waiting for our new one and it's all gone now.
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GillianF



Joined: 20 Aug 2012
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Location: Dordogne

PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In our very earliest days of renting (more than 20 years ago) we couldn't provide a washing machine in the gite.

If there was a family with young children I 'offered' them the occasional use of my machine. I didn't make a charge and guests rarely took me up on the offer.

When we had a second, sleeps 2, gite a young couple with a newborn (!) stayed in there and when they got home they complained to the rental website that there was no washing machine. I had to point out we didn't advertise there was one but that I had offered her the opportunity to use mine - to be helpful.

Now we have a 'laundry room' with two machines, use of a freezer, baskets, pegs, airers, garden games, pool toys etc. which everyone (3 gites) shares. It seems to work well and seeing how much the machines are used I'm glad they are not using mine!
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OdeDale



Joined: 10 Sep 2017
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Location: UK

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either remove the dog hair one completely, or swap it with yours and you deal with it until you get a new one.

If you do just offer them your machine on your side, do not attempt to charge them, you're just opening yourself up to bad reviews.
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