“The ideal base for a genuine 'French village' holiday” Au Pont is a lovely gite in a great location. The accommodation itself is large and comfortable (our room had one of the best beds we've slept in). The gite has a beautiful garden right on the river - which we found ideal for a late afternoon aperitif - but there are other options such as fishing and kayaking for those who are more actively inclined. In the mornings my husband and I wandered up to the beautiful little village of Gourge (about 7 mins walk to the boulangerie) for fresh baguettes and croissants, and then we'd stop for a chat (employing our very basic French!) with the friendly locals fishing from ancient Roman stone bridge.
We headed off exploring in a different direction each day (really having a car is a must in this region - there's a lot to see). Hosts Donna and Peter provided us with great ideas and information. Not to be missed is the beautiful village of Saint-Loup Lamaire (the village itself, the Chateau and the Stations of the Cross and Roman underground crypt nearby), St Jouin de Marnes Abbaye, Moncontour (especially the walk along the waterway here to see the old wash houses) and Parthenay (castle ruins and large supermarket for supplies).
We love Paris but also wanted somewhere we could experience village life in France. Au Pont delivered in spades. Donna and Peter were friendly and welcoming and very willing to help when we needed advice but otherwise they left us in private to just enjoy...and we did. We'll definitely be back for more.
“Relaxing and fun holiday with great owners” We really enjoyed our holiday at La Metairie. It was very secure for our children who had a fabulous time and loved the ducks, chicks, cats and the very friendly dog. The pool as well as the table tennis and badminton facilities were great to keep everybody entertained. Mark and Anita couldn't have been more helpful and gave us plenty of advice on where to go and what to do. The gite was great and contained everything we needed. Shopping in Parthenay was also convenient. A great family holiday!
lovely peaceful setting, great gites and friendly owners
Anita and Mark were helpful throughout the booking process and welcoming on arrival - the little extras (wine/eggs) were lovely after our long drive! We rented both gites for us, our children and grandparents and both were comfortable, spacious and cool on the hot days and nights! The immediate surroundings were lovely - frogs lullaby at night! Both gites have washing machines and the larger one has a dishwasher which was an unexpected luxury. Both gites had tv with British channels which was useful after a busy day. The pool was fantastic as was all the outdoor space which we had full use of - table tennis, badminton, boules - BBQ and outdoor seating area. Lots to see and do for all ages - Futuroscope is the big attraction if you are into theme parks but Parthenay, Poitier, Saumur, Thour, La Rochelle and Isle de Re are all within easy drives and Parthenay has three fab supermarkets and lovely bistro cafes by the town square. We have stayed in lots of areas of France and this area is one to return to, very verdant (sunflowers in abundance) but climate is definitely as good as you would get further south. Mark and Anita were perfect hosts, they welcomed us, let us know where they were if needed and then let us get on and enjoy the gites/grounds and we never felt that their being the 'owners on site' was an issue at all, in fact quite the opposite they really gave us the freedom of their lovely property without intrusion. We had exclusive use of the pool too which was very much appreciated. Overall a great holiday and with nothing negative to say about the experience at all - get booked up quick!! …
Superb house in a great location
I can't fault the communication from Susan and La Forgeard is a fantastic property.
The location is very rural yet within easy reach of civilisation and some of the best tourist attractions in the Vendee. It's maybe and hour and forty minutes from La Rochelle and about an hour from Futuroscope, which has always been too far away on previous visits.
The house is more than spacious allowing three adults and two kids to find their own space and maintain a bit of sanity. It's well appointed with pretty much everything you need for a comfortable self-catering holiday. A blender is probably the only thing that's missing and it's hardly a chore to live without one. The four-poster room is rather special.
Highly recommended. …
Eeyores Corner family holiday's
Forget any apprehensions.
Have recently returned from an extremely pleasant week spent at Eeyores Corner. The location was excellent - quiet and restful, which was exactly what we wanted. Property was very comfortable and obviously maintained to a very high standard by the owners, Dave and Jilly Rosenberg who had provided everything that was necessary within the house. Our hosts made us most welcome (including a much appreciated welcome pack, wine, milk etc.) and thoroughly explained all the general workings of the property and guidelines for making the most of our stay. We found Dave and Jilly the best of "neighbours" being both very helpful and concerned that we enjoy our stay yet without in any way being obtrusive. We would highly recommend this holiday rental. …
Historic Riverside "au pont"
Great place to relax and visit the surroudings, the Gîte is fully equipped and the garden very pleasant, with the river in the back.
The owners are really, really welcoming and strive to help whenever possible.
Overall a great place to be in, which is why we came back this year for the second year in a row ! …