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“A wonderful weekend we"ll never forget” We stayed for a long weekend at the beginning of February to celebrate a 50th Birthday. We were extremely excited about having the pleasure of sharing this historical family home & having the opportunity to expe
Great Tangley Manor is a wonderful property in a great location. The gardens are beautiful and the overall stay was a great experience for my family who travelled over from Germany for our wedding. I … More
Reviewed 17 May 2013
We stayed at Great Tangley manor for my husband’s 40th birthday with family - It was amazing - All I could have hoped for and more - The wow factor is really indescribable - Have to see it to believ… More
“Party of 7 (3 bedroom option) - We all love Love LOVED Great Tangley Manor!”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2012
The whole process, from booking, arriving, staying and leaving was easy (well as easy as leaving such a lovely house can be!). Nicho kept us well informed and provided all the information we could pos… More
“Lovely log cabin in a secluded forest location” Lovely log cabin in a secluded forest location ideal for walking and a relaxing romantic break. Hot tub and the log burning stove are fantastic. The cabin is really well equipped and very private. We wil
Absolutely beautiful place. So cosy yet very spacious. Very modern facilities and appliances. Hot tub was great! Extremely private and the owners were fantastic! They left us a luxury welcome hamper w… More
Thankyou for the great detailed review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Lodge and hope to see you again,
Lynda and Stu
Reviewed 1 Mar 2017
Wow this place is faultless. The place is beautiful, clean, quiet, private, Lynda and stu are wonderful hosts, who leave you to enjoy your break, but are quick to respond if needed. The little touches… More
Thankyou for the great review and your kind comments in the guest book, we're very pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you all again soon. Thanks also for being the perfect guests and taking good care of the lodge, Warm regards Lynda and Stu
“Beautiful accommodation in a great location.”
Reviewed 17 Jul 2013
Lodge is immaculate and has been done to a very high spec. It is well appointed, has a great decking area and the hot tub was fab! Owners are close at hand, are extremely helpful yet respect the priva… More
Thank you for the great review and for taking care of the facilities, we're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
“Perfect for cycling and exploring with friends and families” Really loved Depot Rd, very creatively designed making the stay more memorable. The set up for mountain biking the Afan trails was ideal. We stayed with two other families, the fantastic k
we stayed between xmas and new year 6 adults 7 children, although the weather was wet we had a great time. the accommodation was new and very well equipped.
a lot of thought has gone into large grou… More
“Strae cabin” Very nice house
We will use next time definitely
Near lake,river.big park,amazing place in Scotland.we are from England and our trip was 1200miles but we definitely use this place for next year
“Relaxing!” Myself, my partner and my dog all enjoyed a short weekend at Puddle Duck Lodge, the only complaint is that we couldnt get longer off work to enjoy more time there! We will be coming again next year without a doubt!
There is enough room
My partner and I stayed for the weekend. Lovely and warm lodge, comfortable and the facilities were top. Ideal, picturesque location. 5mins drive from Lake Windemere. We will be back later in the year… More
We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend at Puddleduck Lodge and thank you for the lovely comments. Being right on the river does make for a picturesque location! We will look forward to welcoming you back to the Lodge soon.
“Peacefull relaxing and ideal to chill out with friends.”
Reviewed 15 May 2012
Ideal place for family and friends.I went with girlfriends for a chillout weekend.Very central for getting round the Lake District.Windermere and Bowness within 20mins by car.Plenty of footpaths aroun… More
We're really glad you enjoyed your second stay at Puddleduck Lodge and had a chance to relax with the girls. There are definitely more beautiful walks nearby for you all to try out!
“Magical Christmas” We were priviledged to have a memorable Christmas with Heikki and Anna in the wilderness. The nature is pristine and exceptional. We were lucky enough to see a wonderful Northern Lights display and enjoyed exploring under Heikki and
“Just prefect!” Stayed in Jan with a group of friends.. The chalet just made our holiday.. Spacious,warm, clean and fantastic location.. Small but well stocked shops beside you and the wonderful Kathy in Andorra Travel across the road to keep us in sup
“Fantastic simple gem of a place, ideally located”
Reviewed 10 Feb 2013
Stayed here with a group of 8 and it was perfect for us.
We were self catered, and there's a supermarket beneath the chalet/apartment. The supermarket is a bit pricey but fairly well stocked and fr… More
“Fantastic log home with spectacular views” This is a lovely log home, very warm, cosy and homely. Extremely well fitted and suitable for any age range but not for anyone with mobility problems. We were a group of 7 adults and spent Christmas there, u
Had a warm welcome to CArpathian house by the owner.
My husband, grown up family x4 and partners joined us with our 1st grandchild of 4 weeks.
The Xmas decorations were up, the turkey in the fridge … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at the Carpathian Log Home. I'm happy to hear that you found here everything you were hoping for, I would absolutely love welcoming you again in the summer! Returning guests get discounts too;)
See you again sometime!:)
“Perhaps the best vacation rental I have ever stayed in”
Reviewed 26 Oct 2013
This was perhaps the best self catering vacation home I have ever stayed at world wide.
It is new, exceptionally large, comfortable, contains all the modern utensils one may need for an extended sta… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a few words, it is always a pleasure to know that our guests had a good time while staying at the Carpathian Log Home. You're welcome back anytime, this place will only get better!
“Dream challet in perfect location...beware of vampires”
Reviewed 2 Sep 2013
Spent a wonderfull week in this superb villa and cant wait to go back next year .We could not fault the high standard of accommodation on offer , furnishings are very tasteful, the kitchen well equip… More
Thank you so much for the kind words, it is wonderful to hear that our guests are enjoying their stay here, and that we can meet the western standards even in Romania. Looking forward to welcoming you here again, returning guests get nice discounts:)
“Spacious comfortable accommodation” Well-equipped , comfortable with a spacious lounge area. The central heating was very effective and we were very cosy on one of the coldest weekends. The location was very convenient for visiting the Cotswolds an
Stayed 2 nights.Great accommodation in rural location.Would have no hesitation in booking again. The owners had cake with tea and coffee on arrival and we're extremely friendly. We had 5 in our … More
Thanks for your great review. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay. John
“Amazing - A true hidden gem, the owners have thought of everything!”
Reviewed 31 Aug 2015
Just returned from the delightful Lavender Lodge after a perfect Bank Holiday Weekend with family. The lodge truly is a home from home, everything has been thought of, you only need to bring your clot… More
“Great First Stay.” This was the 1st time we have used Thomas James Holidays and found them very good.Booking was easy online and the caravan was lovely.James was always on hand and very helpful.Lovely holiday in a lovely area of France.
“Fantastic value, helpful staff, very clean accommodation”
Reviewed 25 Sep 2014
I can't fault James and Trevor for their attention to detail and friendly service. We were a couple staying with our dog in September, a quiet time of year for the French season. The mobile home was v… More
“fantastic family holiday”
Reviewed 19 Sep 2014
Brilliant location - accommodation very clean and equipped with everything you need. Site is great various slides and swimming pool for the children and play areas. Nice walk down to the harbour for t… More
Reviewed 14 Sep 2014
We stayed with Thomas James Holidays for the fourth year in a row, that in itself speaks volumes.
The caravan was spotlessly clean on arrival, in a perfect location within the holiday site and well k… More
“High quality cabin with great facilities and classy decor for relatively cheap.”
Reviewed 10 Jun 2013
I almost don't want to write this review as I feel I've found a real gem of a place.
I stay in a lot of high end hotels while I travel with work and I have to say this place compares very favourably.… More
“a lovely airy spacious lodge in beautifully kept surroundings.”
Reviewed 8 May 2013
we were lucky enough to be the first guests to stay in the rabbit burrow one bedroom lodge and spent a lovely, peaceful bank holiday weekend in the tranquil surroundings of this beautifully kept park … More
“Fun, beautiful but musty” Really loved this house and the kids had a great time there. The area is pretty and many places within close drive- charming seaside towns and good seafood. The house is musty and could use a few dehumidifiers running-I had a
“Lovely accommodation, beautiful weather and ideal location.” Thankyou for a lovely visit. Not only were we incredibly lucky with the weather, we also found an absolute gem in staying at the old mill. It has been renovated beautifully and offered every
We have found an absolute gem of a property at Le Moulin De La Combe, an idyllic property and grounds where we all enjoyed a fantastic stay.
The Property is a wonderfully restored Watermill, comple… More
Thank you Richard & everybody else for your kind comments ! When we started in 1999 our moto was that "We aime to please at Le Moulin De La Combe" it still is and always will be ;-).
Reviewed 28 Jun 2014
What a fantastic place! Lovely gardens and grounds, the setting is magnificent and the quality of the accommodation is possibly the best we have ever found in many years of gite rentals in France. The… More
“lovely property great friendly owners”
Reviewed 15 Dec 2012
the owner has put a lot of hard work into the property to retain its historical interest ,Good value for money .Owner very helpful property presented very well clean and well presented.… More
“A remarkable house, secure for kids, perfect for entertaining”
Reviewed 11 Jun 2012
Great Stay. Great Place. Large Iron Gates provide perfect security to 5-10 acres of private property 20 minutes from old Le Mans. Located in charming village with Tabac, Bakery, Bar. Quintessentially… More
Hi there! Thanks for your review! We love that the house is on the edge of such a lovely village too, and enjoy being able to wander to the bar, butchers, Sunday market, etc. We hope to welcome you back to Le Petit Bos again soon.
“Wonderful Easter spent in the beautiful 'Le Petit Bois', everything catered for a perfect holiday.”
Reviewed 27 Oct 2011
A beautiful house set in a delightful secure peacefull garden. We entered the property via electronic gates into the beautiful court yard. The house itself is an old stone 'Maison de Maitre' with beem… More
Many thanks for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Le Petit Bois. It is indeed a beautiful property and a lovely comfortable home for your holiday. We hope to see you back again soon.
“Exceeded expectations” We had a lovely stay at the lodge which was nice and clean,warm and cozy. it had everything we needed, lots of space and character! Lovely views and biggest chicken in the world wondering around on the property. We took our cat
“Amazing stay with amazing host” We arrived as a group of 10 people - friends and family. Sarah and the rest of the guys at the reception were very helpful, and offered many tips for moving around. Sarah also helped us with booking a restaurant for our