Well, pre-arranged a visit by a cerrajero today to get the door opened and we are in!:D
Whilst waiting I tried with a flimsy piece of plastic, didn't use enough brute force/wiggle the door hard enough and was unsure exactly where the latch was in relation to the key.
But I know what to do if it happens again (though hopefully that is unlikely......)
Charged 60 Euro inc IVA to call out/open.
A very easy job for him but peace of mind for us that we'd get in.
I think we got off reasonably lightly.
I've fitted a new cylinder with pomo/knob on the inside and measured up to get the same handle on the outside, which I'll do on the next visit.
Thanks for the suggestions of both.
Glad you're sorted - we had a similar charge to get us back in when I locked us out. Needed something from the car, grabbed the car keys (which also have a front door key on the ring) and went down to the garage. Only realised when I came back upstairs that I'd left the house keys in the lock on the inside and couldn't open from the outside with the key I had on the car keyring. The house keys are now kept on a hook by the front door and are never left in the door.
You can turn the key to a position where you can pull it out; if you simply pull it out a quarter of an inch, a key can be inserted from the other side and operate the lock. This is what I do of a night; in case of fire, then the key is already in the lock and simply needs to be pushed home and then turned, but other keyholders can enter the house easily
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