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Excellent 5/5 

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Province of Novara / Orta San Giulio

Manor House / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £543 / night

£3796 - £4526 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
17th century villa. Recently renovated with luxurious furnishings. Intimate garden and spa overlooking lake Orta. Indoor pool with hydro jets. Turkish bath. Privacy. Stunning views. Conveniently located for easy access to Expo 2015 without needing to cross Milan. Brand  …see more


13 Aug 2015

5/5

"Ultimate luxury and SOPHISTICATION!"

Palazzo dei Leoni is one of those rare places that captivates not just your heart, but manages to excite your intellect with brilliant design details and soothe your soul with the charm of Vacciago an… More


2 Oct 2014

5/5

"The Absolute BEST Travel Experience EVER"

If you are looking to discover the REAL Italy, you need to stay at this property. It's a classic, old Italian building next to a lovely local church. Downstairs, there's a small market that has all … More


30 Sep 2013

5/5

"luxe, calme et volupté"

We spent 3 days and nights at the palazzo and everything was just perfect. Manuela, the manager, welcomed us with her charming French and did her best for us. We enjoyed the amazing pieces of design … More

Dear Guests, we thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you again in the future! Best wishes, Manuela and Stefano

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £565 / night

£3955 - £5650 / week

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Holiday manor house rental

Guildford / Wonersh

Manor House / 5 Bedrooms / sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £565 / night

£3955 - £5650 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Grade I listed 11th Century Moated Manor house. The house is surrounded by beautiful Victorian gardens situated on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Whether it is a family get together or a board meeting please feel free to call us to discuss your requirements. 11th Cen  …see more


5 Feb 2015

5/5

"A birthday to remember"

We stayed at Great Tangley Manor last weekend to celebrate a 70th birthday with our children and grandchildren. It was a real privilege to stay in a house so steeped in history and so beautifully care… More


18 Jan 2014

5/5

"Absolute perfection!"

I booked the Manor for a New Years stay for my family, as we live all over the world. The Manor is exceptionally beautiful (the photos do not come close to actually seeing the property first hand) an… More


16 Aug 2013

5/5

"Perfect spot for our big family reunion"

Our family group of six (two grandparents, two parents, and two teenage daughters) spent 11 wonderful days at Great Tangley Manor earlier this summer for a big international family reunion. The locat… More

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Good 3/5 

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La Gruyere / Moleson

Ski Chalet / 5 Bedrooms / sleeps 9

Good 3/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £114 / night

£795 - £2275 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
La Taupiniere is a detached chalet, with its own indoor 9.5m swimming pool and large sauna. It is located in the small Alpine village of Moléson sur Gruyères. This region is richly historical and spectacularly beautiful, sprinkled with idyllic towns and villages.  …see more


8 Jun 2014

4/5

"Perfect place for a long weekend with friends (also family friendly)!"

We spend this year's Easter weekend at la Taupinière with a group of friends from abroad. There is a bus that takes you to Moléson-Village, but it's much more convenient to get there by car. We h… More


10 Oct 2014

2/5

"Not What it Seems!"

This house has its good points. The location is excellent. The pool and sauna facility is good. The family bathroom is good and the lounge seating area is comfortable. HOWEVER – The house is too … More

Thank you for your review & highlighting the points you thought were good. We are constantly working on, & upgrading the chalet wherever possible & this has been the case since we purchased it in 1988. Also in that time clients' requirements have changed & the demand is for more luxury. The house is small for 11 people & we are planning to turn the studio into an en-suite twin/double bedroom. This would also give the chalet an extra shower room. The chalet would then sleep 9 people maximum. The kitchen is small, but it is well-equipped. We find that there is generally only one, or maybe two people in the kitchen, even for a large group & this works fine. Sadly it is not something we can easily change. With regards to cleanliness I was there just a month earlier & spring cleaned the kitchen. We had guests staying afterwards, & our cleaner does her best in the 6 hours between clients. The chalet was constructed in 1978 & the bedrooms are quite small, but certainly no smaller than most houses (in Switzerland & the UK) of the post war period. The twin bedroom is fine for two adults - we have had many friends, family & guests stay in that room. The pool was constructed by the previous owners & we have tried with various planners to change this over the years but with no success. As this is a holiday home, people tend not to travel with much luggage, & not to spend much time in the bedrooms. The spiral staircase complies with building regulations, including UK building regs & is not steep. If we were to add a handrail it would make the staircase narrower which we do not feel would enhance the safety of the stairs. I am very surprised you felt the downstairs smelt & felt damp. Again, we were there in July & everything was fine. Perhaps the previous tenants left the pool room door open. There is an automatic closer on the door to try and prevent this happening, along with a notice on the door. There are no locks on the internal doors. There used to be keys for each room & these were lost by various tenants over the years, & we were informed of the problem of children locking themselves in to rooms. I shall look into adding locks to the bathroom doors. We would love to add a toilet near the pool. It is a logistical & planning problem. There are steps & a path in the garden down to the pool. The rest of the area is grassed & not ‘muddy’ unless it’s rained heavily. During our visit in July we cut back a lot of Virginia Creeper on the pergola & balcony. However, we actually like the way it drapes over the building & offers some shade in summer, but our taste is clearly not for everyone. The windows were not covered in ‘growth’ as I cleaned all the windows in the chalet, inside and out just a few weeks before your visit. As the chalet has the bedrooms on the lower floor and living room on the upper floor (as is normal for chalets) then yes, the access to the terrace is via the bedrooms. However, since I assume people only eat outside if it’s sunny, then the access is also via the garden. And yes, it’s a slope (with a path) – that’s what being in the mountains generally means! The barbecue to which you refer isn’t even ours & was left by the previous tenants. With regards to wifi – we now have wifi (as of 8 October 2014). However, at no time on HomeAway, via which you booked, was wifi mentioned as a service in the chalet, & nor was it mentioned on our own website. Our prices are low considering our location & facilities. The swimming pool is expensive to maintain. We rent the chalet to cover the running costs, not to make a profit.

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Excellent 5/5 

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Confolens / Brillac

Manor House / 5 Bedrooms / sleeps 14

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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Key info:

  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Locally Confolens is the nearest town with about 3000 inhabitants. There you will find various large supermarkets, bakers, butchers, various other shops as well as a local hospital, dentists, and chemists Pays du Cognac, châteaux de la Loire, côte Atlantique, Porcela  …see more


27 May 2014

5/5

"Des vacances de rêve"

Nous avons loué ce gîte avec des amis en avril, le temps était maussade mais la maison un vrai rayon de soleil ! C'est immense, bien agencé, le mobilier est sympa (il y a même un piano !) 3 salo… More

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Good 3.5/5 

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Redon / Langon Village

Manor House / 10 Bedrooms / sleeps 16

Good 3.5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £500 / night

£3500 - £5500 / week

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Key info:

  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Originating from the 14th century the Manoir de Chalandes is renowned for its astonishing private gardens on the edge of the Loire, Brittany and the River Villaine. The Manoir even has its own spa and is a rare treat for those who enjoy pure relaxation and style.  …see more


27 Apr 2013

5/5

"Fabulous"

Last year we went on a brilliant holiday with friends at the La Manoir. The owner was very hospitable and was very warm and welcoming, plus the house was absolutely gorgeous. The garden was the centr… More


13 Mar 2013

2/5

"Unbelievably disappointing!"

We stayed last year for one week, for a special family occasion. This report has not been submitted before, due to impending litigation. The agents, Simply Chateau, have done their very best to rectif… More

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