“A little paradise in the French countryside” If your after a get away then this is the place. The nearest shops and bars are 10km away, but once the fridge is full and the charm of the locality washes over you it feels like heaven. La Rochelke, Ile de
Lovely French home in a quiet rural setting. My accommodation was private, clean and had everything I needed. The gardens are beautiful and my hosts were very friendly and provided excellent meals an… More
It was a real pleasure to have you at Le Lys. We are glad you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to your next visit. There are still plenty of places for you to visit next summer.
“Superb accomodation set in the quiet French countryside.”
Reviewed 17 Jan 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Suzanne and Tony's superb accommodation. All our needs were catered for and our hosts were very friendly and helpful - assisting us with their knowledge of the are… More
You certainly made the most of your stay here. We enjoyed meeting up every few days to hear about your outings and adventures. We are looking forward to your return in summer 2015. Don't forget to let us know when you wish to come. Thanks for your kind review, it was a pleasure having you stay
“Fantastic place and amazing hosts” we stayed with three young children, the accommodation is fantastic and so well equipped.
The pool was amazing and was kept clean and warm throughout our stay, Mark and Andrea are two of the nicest people you could
The gite is lovely, the gardens are lovely, and the pool is fabulous. But what sets this place apart is the hospitality. Mark and Andrea make sure you want for nothing and that all the things you ne… More
“Exceptional facilities for a family with babies”
Reviewed 27 May 2012
This was our first holiday away with our 6 month old baby and 3 year old son and we were really concerned that it would be difficult to find a place that could cater for all our needs. We should not h… More
“A Perfect Property”
Reviewed 25 Feb 2017
Having just seen ourselves at Debbie and Derek's fantastic gite on A New Life In The Sun, I suddenly realised I never left a review! So somewhat embarrassingly I am leaving this very late
We are a … More
Thank you for your kind comments and we're so glad you enjoyed the programme. We hope to see you again very soon and hopefully the mini golf course will be much improved.
"La Ferme Des Chataigniers " as seen on channel 4's A New Life in the Sun
Fantastic, beautiful home from home!
What a place! As soon as we arrived at Derek and Debbie's gites we knew we were going to have a great fortnight. The directions that Derek emailed through to us couldn't have been easier to follow and we made the trip down with no problems. A beautiful setting, so very private and with so much to do. Our hosts made sure we had everything we could possibly need, including a lovely welcome pack of brie, wines, beers, pate and french bread and left us to enjoy our holiday. We were in the gorgeous pool with the sun setting that evening and our three kids were having what they described as "the best holiday ever".
Derek and Debbie have really thought of everything, they taught us archery, there were bikes and a pull along trailer, a little golf course, a small wooded area that the children adored, the pool is just WOW! The games barn with darts, table tennis, table football, tennis rackets, badminton, the list goes on and the hosts let you enjoy it all at your leisure.
The spotlessly clean gites are perfect, so very rustic with the exposed brickwork, beams and log burners yet modern with every possible mod con you could need. A GREAT selection of board games and DVDs, the kids loved them all!
We visited some amazing places over the fortnight, we ended up at Chateau de Verteuil enjoying a glass of wine by the river on the most gorgeous sunny day. We watched the Bastille Day fireworks in a local village. Dressed up in period costumes at Chateau de Rochefoucauld and enjoyed so many crepes and cafe au laits...this is France at its very best.
Our favourite thing to do, without doubt was go on a bike ride around the gite and surrounding sunflower fields and then spend the day hanging out at the amazing pool. I have stayed in France many times before, but this has to be the best visit. If you are a family, and especially if you have extended family or friends that want to rent next door then you will struggle to find better than this.
Debbie and Derek, we left with very heavy hearts on Saturday and as I warned you, there would be tears. We really miss our French home from home, I feel like we made two good friends in you both and wish you continued success! …
get away from the city
We had a fabulous time in Les Canards. There is lots of space for everyone. The ping pong table and the pool are the winners. But there are loads of other things you could enjoy ie bikes, games, badminton etc. the cottages are in the middle of nowhere so this is for someone looking for peaceful holidays. the grocery shop is a while away so you certainly need a car. We did a couple of day trips: one to Poitiers and the other to La Rochelle. Excellent time out - recommend both. The cottages are well equipped including room by the pool. Everything you need to enjoy your cooking or bbq. All of my friends enjoyed the place. Thanks a lot to the owners. We did recommend the place to friends but unfortunately the dates the wanted where not available. not surprised because in low season it is a bargain:) …
Bijou Gite. The Perfect Escape Holiday. Le Lys.
Excellent value for money with all the comforts thrown in
A clean cosy gite with everything you needed to enjoy your stay.The drapes the large bed the quality sheets and thick generous towels all added to our comfort. The owner was discreet giving us information when we asked but our privacy when we desired it We enjoyed the French markets and the local restaurants and even took a trip to the coast at La Rochelle We would certainly stay again if we are ever in the area …