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Villebon is situated in the area known as Eure-et-Loir, in central France. Most of the interesting features for tourists can be found in nearby Illiers-Combray, which was also the setting for Marcel Proust's famed work, In Search of Lost Time.
Villebon's most notable sight is the Château de Villebon, a renowned castle with a moat and drawbridge. The castle was at one time the property of the Duke of Sully. In nearby Saint Eman, visitors will find the Château de Tansonville near the source of the Loire.
One remaining link to Proust's fiction is Aunt Léonie's house, home to many items from the author's personal life, including documents, family heirlooms, portraits and everyday objects from the family's daily life.
The massive church of St Jacques dominates the town, and is the starting point for several routes exploring sites memorialised by Proust including Uncle Amiot's garden, Le Pré Catelan, and also places that were featured in Guermantes Way and Swann's Way.
As most of the attractions are outside the town, the best way to get around will be to hire a car. There are public buses, but limited schedules and routes make relying on public transportation a poor choice for seeing all that the area has to offer. The best option is to book a rental car online, to ensure that you have a vehicle reserved for your arrival at a competitive price.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).