“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!