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The owners were the perfect hosts, with lots of thoughtful touches which absolutely made our visit! The place was spotlessly clean and provided everything we could possibly need. The beds were comfy, the rooms beautifully furnished and all situated in a quiet peaceful setting. The outdoor areas; pool, various dining spaces, games room and fireside den meant that there was little or no reason to leave. All agreed it was our best family holiday to date!
Our host Malcolm had quite the project to restore this historic property to modern standards, but he has turned it into a good representation of French country casual: original stone walls and wooden beams, but with en suite baths in all bedrooms (very welcome), and a large combined kitchen and dining area in which we spent a great deal of our time. It would be very suitable for groups considerably larger than our 6, as the large bedrooms with multiple beds would easily accommodate a dozen or more - a great option for several families with children.
For touring, while the Pyrenees and Basque country require some determined driving, the rest of the area was readily accessible. Our visits included Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saint Emilion, the Arcachon bay, Angouleme, La Rochefoucauld, and others - without spending too much of the day in the car.
Malcolm was a very congenial host, with both advice and stories of the area, and of the property's interesting history. We recommend this property fully - not as a luxury accommodation! - but as a solid example of country living, for groups of at least 6 or more.