Holiday Cottages With Open Fires In Nouvelle Aquitaine To Rent
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Polly - verified booking
"Overall, we felt deflated after the holiday. Firstly, the house. Downstairs, the open plan allowed flexibility, enabling us to eat together, play cards etc and it certainly possessed a rustic charm. Upstairs, there was a spartan quality to the rooms. In bedroom 1, there was a tiny window in the roof and it became unbearably hot at night, forcing two of the children to sleep on sofa downstairs. Bedrooms two and three had windows that could be opened. There were no wardrobes or chests of drawers. Instead, the owner had provided metal frames for hanging or stacking clothes in two rooms which were out of keeping with rest of furniture. The bathroom was clean and shower hot. However, it had a slightly frosted but still see-through window that looked onto an internal upstairs corridor. We had to use drawing pins and a towel to cover the window, which, from the evidence of the frame, other guests had had to do. Finally, a huge wooden beam straddled the top of the stairs and one end of the corridor. I hit my head twice on the thing, drawing blood each time. So, our overall impression of the house was that it had the potential to be an excellent holiday home but needed work: a blind in the bathroom; wardrobes in keeping with age of house; fabric wrapped around beam to provide a degree of protection; fans in bedrooms. Little quibbles, you might argue, but they gave the unfortunate impression that customer comfort and satisfaction had not been put first.Secondly, the owner. She lived in the next-door house and greeted us on arrival. There were a number of dos and don'ts. Fair enough. She kept referring to the house as a place to chill and relax. However, later in the week, she complained about the noise our children were making in the pool, claiming it 'travelled for miles' and 'it was the first time she'd ever had to say anything in 15 years.' Noise is a subjective thing. My wife and I were reading in the cottage and did not find the noise excessive. From a customer point of view, I was more concerned by her manner. 'This is a place to be quiet and chill out,' I was reminded. So, if you have children/teenagers who like splashing about and making noise, I do not recommend this cottage for you and I feel the owner should state this explicitly on the website. On our final night, the owner stopped my wife and reminded her there was a 50 euro cleaning charge if the house wasn't clean enough for guests arriving next day. 'It is my house', the owner said, 'and all I want to have to do is change the bedclothes.' We always tidy up before we leave any holiday home but, we paid a lot of money for a week's stay, and resented the fact that the owner seemed to expect paying guests to prepare the cottage for other visitors.In summary, our holiday was adversely affected by the owner. We felt over-looked, inhibited, stifled and we felt the owner had somewhat missed the principle of the whole enterprise: that a house is rented for a week and should feel like home from home. We won't be returning."
Linda - verified booking
"Loved the peacefulness and ruralness of Maison Massignac. We spent a week there and often enjoyed just staying in and enjoying the location, lovely local foods from the supermarket, and pretty garden with shaded outdoor seating rather than venturing out. The house is extremely well equipped and comfortable, with excellent cookery utensils, pans etc and lots of mugs, crockery and serving dishes of every kind. We also loved having chilled water and ice from the large American fridge in the pantry. It really was one of the best equipped cottages we have stayed at!Whiling away the evenings in the huge comfortable sofas in the living room after a day out in the garden was very relaxing. Sadly it was not cold enough to light the wood burner, but there is plenty of wood....WiFi was spotty upstairs in the main bedroom due to the huge internal walls and the location of the modem downstairs, but not a game changer. Also the thick walls mean no phone signal inside the house, unless you leave your phone on a windowsill and are happy to go outside to take and make phone calls.Nearby Massignac town offers simple grocery shopping facilities, with a few large supermarkets within a 15-20min drive. We particularly likes the Leclerc store in St Junien.We would definitely return here if in the area again. From a personal perspective, whilst the main bed was very comfortable it is a 4’6 bed and we found it a little cramped as we have a superking 6ft bed at home, but that really is personal choice, as the mattress was extremely comfortable.Thanks to the owners for making us so welcome, and following up so quickly on our queries."
Samantha - verified booking
"We had a fantastic time! The area was lovely (although a bit lacking - i.e. post office was shut and didn't open when it was supposed to), the house was amazing and had everything you needed for a lovely, family holiday. I've actually never stayed in a house so well-equipped and clean before. There was wi-fi that worked, a TV, lots of suggestions for things to do (we did them all!) and the pool was gorgeous. The owner has a pool-boy go in and look after that so we could use it for the whole fortnight without worry. The house was stunning - really felt like I was living the high-life for a couple of weeks - my 11 year old has just reminded me that none of us wanted to leave! The owner was really helpful and friendly - just couldn't fault anything. Lots to do in the surrounding towns and cities (Confolens & Poitiers for example - and some really nice walks close by as well as a weekly music night at a beach just down the road. Lots of wildlife, some lovely night views of the stars (we saw Perseid showers in all their glory whilst there) and the Maison du Terroir in Queaux is a lovely little place to have a cold beer on the balcony. The canoeing in Moussac is a MUST - we did the shortest route (5km) it cost 44 euros for 3 adults and a child (you have to be able to swim (nager) 50 metres) and had the most fun ever! You get wet and stuck on rocks - it's hilarious and the youngsters who were running it were really friendly and really helpful.Weather was hot, hot, hot - it was 37 degrees whilst we were there - so we learnt to stay in during the hottest part of the day and venture out later."
Steve - verified booking
"This was our first stay at a gite so we picked an area that we were familiar with. The directions to the gite were spot on and we were greeted by the owner who showed us around and explained things and answered any questions that we had. There was a small welcome pack of tea coffee milk and 2 small bottles of wine which after a 8 hour drive went down very well. The gite was basically equipped with all that we needed over the 2 weeks we stayed. There is statalite TV so we could watch the news and some of the World Cup. Internet connection was poor on a good day but ok if sitting around the pool. Bread for breakfast is a 15 min walk into the village which is nice before the heat of the day. The Super market in the village square is very expensive but there is a intermarche supermarket on the outskirts of the village. There is a tourist information office again on the outskirts of the village and the gentleman who runs this is very helpful. There is a restaurant in the village centre which is popular with the local British also on a Thursday night a mobile fish and chip van pulls up in the square again this is very popular I did not try this as I can have fish and chips at home. I would gladly stay here again as everyone is so friendly the location is quite central, it was good to get away from the modern world for a bit."
Adam - verified booking
"This was our first foreign holiday with my youngest daughter who has coeliac disease and is also dairy protein intolerant. We booked this location because of the almost guaranteed sunshine, the swimming pool and the close proximity to La Rochelle. In a nut shell, we had a fantastic time. The cottage was well equipped, which meant we could cook each night without any issues so my daughter could eat Gluten Free and Dairy Free food. We had a private garden and car parking, the swimming pool was open 24 hours a day and the owners (Alan and Margret) were extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We loved the rural location, but the main A10 road was only a few miles away. The local supermarket was extremely well stocked, sold pretty much everything you would need but the biggest plus point was the excellent range of Gluten Free food. We would defiantly use this cottage again. My children loved the open space, the garden, the play equipment and the swimming pool. The only negative was the amount of flies, especially in the evening. This was not the owners fault and the cottage was based near a farm. Next visit, we will be better prepared to deal with the flies."