Had a fantastic 1 week stay in La Amelia, the pictures on the website really do not do it justice! (1 week wasn't really long enough!)
We were met by Steve and Jacqui when we arrived, who were absolutely fantastic hosts. A lovely welcome basket was also awaiting us, milk in the fridge along with a bottle of much needed wine after the journey!
We cannot fault anything about our stay, it really was fantastic and wouldn't think twice about returning! Would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of booking any of the cottages, they really are beautiful and ours was a little home from home!
We can only echo the comments below. For a tranquil family holiday these cottages are unbeatable. As others have said, Steve and Jacqui are impeccable hosts, unobtrusive but always on hand. We rented the two cottages at either end as a family, with us Gran and Granddad in the one bedroom La Grace and Daughter and Son in Law with the two Grandchildren in the larger La Amelia. The cottages were superbly and tastefully appointed, the beds were very comfortable and the linen and towels changed weekly. We would recommend the nearby Auberge for midday and evening meals on non- barbeque days, it is a five minute walk away, and the grounds host a local market and food festival every other Friday during the summer season. We cannot stress enough the pristine condition of the cottages and pool. Steve is there every other morning to maintain and clean the pool, and we enjoyed our chats with him and Jacqui when she changed the linen at the week-end. We will be back in 2018 probably in May or June.
Garry and Maureen
We really enjoyed our stay. It is very peaceful and quiet and has all the ingredients for a relaxed vacation. The house itself is lovely suited and well equipped as well as the garden, which is very big and due to the fact that there is a natural fence around it we could let our children play without having to guard the surroundings. Jacqui and Steve are very kind and helpful and make you feel at home. We stayed for one week but could easily stayed longer.”
Stayed in this lovely cottage last week, had a warm welcome by owners. Cottage was Of a high standard throughout ,as it was early in season had a lovely log fire in lounge to light ,which was needed in the evening. Cottage had everything you needed down to a welcome basket. Lake and bar/restaurant was closed in week due to out of season when we where there. If you want a restful holiday it's ideal but has plenty of places to visit within an hours Drive. Had a very enjoyable stay and will be going back to stay at cottage.
Our family rented all 3 cottages for 2 weeks in August. We could not fault anything. The cottages are beautifully decorated and have everything you need for your stay. The outside area is amazing with us each having our own BBQ and table and chairs. The four children (aged 7 to 10) loved the pool and were in it every day and they had plenty of space to run around and play ball games. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing holiday! Plenty of things around if you want to enjoy a day out, we visited Futurescope and Lac de Saint-Pardoux, which were both enjoyed by all. The campsite at Lac de Mondon is just across the road (a 2 minute walk) and has pedal boats, a pool, playground and a bar. The bar was great for ice creams and drinks. The owners were very welcoming yet not intrusive and were just up the road if we needed anything. Overall, a fantastic place to stay, we all loved it!
A wonderful 10 days in Sunny France 30 to 35 oC for the 10 days - the 3 cottages are lovely, we were met by Steve & Jacqui on arrival and were given all the information about the cottage with loads of tips as to where to go and what to see. we had the middle cottage as we have 2 younger children and it was superb, beautiful inside with lots of room, outside the back BBQ table & chairs, large pool fenced off & alarmed for safety, Steve was there every other day to clean the pool and be on hand for any problems or questions,behind the pool there was a very large grassed area to have fun with the kids. the cottage has a dishwasher and washing machine, free view English TV to get the kids out of the sun for a while each day and lovely bed rooms up stairs. There is a big lake and camping facility 200 yards from the front door with a swimming pool and stuff to do, the restaurant is owned by an English couple and the food is lovely, esp Thursday when they do Traditional fish and chips. A small town near by (5 mins in the car) for the local fresh bread or a small supermarket for essentials, if you need more there is a Le Clerc Hyper market 15 mins drive in the next town. We had neighbors both sides for the 10 days and we met some lovely people esp in the evening with a glass of Wine & BBQ on. We loved our stay and Steve & Jacqui could not do enough, a lovely couple and would definitely stay again 10/10
We rented the “La Emelia” cottage for seven nights and am very happy to echo the comments of Liz P below (who was there the same week as us). The cottage is of exceptional quality, providing a fantastic home from home. The swimming pool and grounds are of a very high standard and well maintained. The location of the cottage provided easy trips into the local towns of Saint-Sulpice & La Souterraine where we found a range of supermarkets & restaurant’s. The area around the cottage really helped make the holiday special. The walk to the lake is literally 2mins. Access to the pool was free for children under 14years & only 3 euro’s per day / adult. I should mention at this point that swimming shorts for boys / gents are prohibited – proper swimming trunks (budgie smugglers) only. Our 7 & 9 year old children loved this pool with slides. On site is a bar / restaurant run by an English family – very friendly, basic menu but good food – can honestly recommend the fish & chip night. There is a sign posted walk along the river from the lake. The water level was low in August which meant that while the waterfall wasn’t so spectacular the kids could climb over all of the rocks and boulders that were exposed along the river – great fun was had by all.
I would just like to say a big thank-you to Jacqui & Steve – as Liz mentioned they were there to meet us, a lovely welcome basket provided complete with a much needed bottle of wine & they were there to wave us off. They really have created something special with this place.
We will definitely return in the future.
We have just returned from a wonderful week’s holiday in this gite. We had a very relaxing, enjoyable stay and we were lucky to find this. As we had 35 degree heat some days, including the day we arrived, the pool was wonderful for cooling off regularly and very well kept. The gite is well furnished with high quality fittings and furniture. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and the best I have had use of when travelling. We ate out most evenings but did use the oven, which was of good quality and very quick to heat. We had use of a barbecue and some charcoal and firelighters were left for our use. It was very calm sitting in the garden and we loved this so didn't use the other community pool which was less than five minutes' walk away. There are supermarket facilities a short drive away and a range of restaurants. The shower was large and towels were thick and of good quality. The owners, Jacqui & Steve, were friendly and accommodating, greeting us on arrival and waving us off when we left. I booked at short notice when they had a cancellation booking and they arranged a comfortable additional bed for our daughter. The bedroom is large and even with another bed in the room it still felt spacious. They left a welcome pack with essentials including a bottle of wine, which was lovely to receive on arrival and saves on buying large packs of sugar, tea and coffee for a short stay. Although we do our best to speak French we are far from fluent. It was so nice and easy arranging things in English. Jacqui & Steve obviously take pride in their work. Everything is kept beautifully and I will recommend them without reservation to friends and family. Thank you x
Wat een geweldige gite is dit, Wij hebben samen met onze zoon van 7 ons uitermate goed vermaakt. Leuke dorpjes en marktjes in de buurt, maar het huisje zelf met het zwembad maakten het helemaal af. Het zijn 3 aaneengesloten huisjes en we hadden hele gezellige buren. Het zwembad is er voor deze drie huisjes, maar er is nog een veel groter publiek zwembad bij het meer op 100 meter loopafstand. Deze ligt bij een camping en daar zijn veel gezinnen met kinderen te vinden, al blijft het een kleinschalige camping. Je kan daar ook tennissen en waterfietsen huren. Het huisje zelf is van alle gemakken voorzien, wasmachine, vaatwasser, douche, bad, Engelse TV en heerlijke banken om even in te ploffen als het weer even niet mee mocht zitten. We hebben 2 geweldige weken gehad en zouden er zo weer terug gaan. De eigenaren Stephen en Jacqui zijn zeer aardig en behulpzaam wanneer nodig, ze wonen zelf op 5 minuten afstand dus zijn er meteen als er iets is. Zekere aanrader.”
We had a very good start of our holidays at the cottage of Stephen and Jacqui! When we arrived we had a warm welcome and we felt at home. The place was ready for us and a bottle of wine was waiting! Jacqui and Stephen are great hosts and available when needed. Thanks for having us, we would love to enjoy your cottages with pool in the peacefull surroundings again! Kindest regards, Pieter, Roos, Fleur and Philippe
We spent a week at this wonderful cottage in December 2015. We honestly cannot say enough good about the cottage itself or the owners. We were traveling together with our two small dogs and wanted a relaxing getaway, out of the city, before heading to the south of France to visit family for Christmas, and we got -exactly- that. From the amazingly comfortable bed, the beautiful double sided fire and the spacious kitchen (which my husband used to work in during the week we were there) we were so relaxed and happy. That's not even mentioning the beautiful tub!
The owners were incredibly helpful and friendly, but not intrusive. While we did spend quite a bit of time chatting with them, it wasn't because they came around a lot, but rather we just enjoyed their company and ended up chatting whenever we found ourselves in passing. They are truly lovely people who really care about the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. They even had a little Christmas tree and lights set up over the fireplace, which made it even more cozy.
Our city dogs, that rarely get to run off the lead really enjoyed the fenced in garden as well!!
Just a wonderful, wonderful place to stay. We'll definitely be visiting again!
Cosy, spacious, modern and clean gite. Well equipped large kitchen. We especially loved the living room with 2 comfortable sofas. Beautiful outside area with nice pool!
Friendly hosts. Thanks Jacqui and Steve.
Lovely accommodation; clean, tasteful, modern, and very well-equipped. Peaceful garden with clean pool and sun beds. Weather let us down but the wood burner came in useful on a couple of cold days. Steve and Jacqui, the owners were delightful, and very helpful.
Food at the restaurant at the nearby lake was reasonably priced and tasty. Lovely location. Would love to go again.
We booked the large 2 bed cottage (2 adults and two 13 year old girls) and totally agree it was absolutely super. Everything you could possible need for a great holiday –well done to the owners who have thought of everything and then added those surprising final touches that make your holiday special!! We could not fault anything… accommodation, swimming pool, huge garden and location within 2 minutes walk of lac Mondon, La Benaize river and the forest with other picturesque towns/villages a short drive away. There was plenty to do to enjoy an adventurous break and exceptionally comfortable for a relaxing break if the weather is not so great.
The owners are a lovely relocated English couple who are very knowledgeable on the area. They provided a folder of easy to read information and loads of leaflets from the Tourist Office so we could consider our plans at a leisurely pace whilst drinking a bottle of chilled bubbly in the garden from the totally unexpected welcome provision pack – how’s that for 5 star service!!!!
If you don’t want to cook in the very well equipped kitchen, or use the barbeque (with the provided bag of charcoal and lighter!) you can walk to the lakeside restaurant for tasty fish and chips among other dishes! There are also many of lovely eating places a short drive away where we enjoyed ‘Plat de Jour’ at very reasonable prices.
This is a fantastic holiday cottage and highly recommend to families of all ages. We will definitely return ourselves.
These cottages have been recently renovated - very lovingly too! So everything is in good condition and beautifully finished but very much kept to the traditional French style both inside and out. Well equipped and comfortable. The pool is perfect, a good size and depth and cleaned each morning, it has an alarm for children and is fenced. There were plenty of loungers, a table and a parasol. There is a big garden for fun and games. We took the two larger cottages as we had our children and partners join us. So our ages ranged from 16 upwards. We went for a relaxing , family time and it really worked for us. We all did the local forest walks several times. These are marked trails, some of which are quite hilly and physically demanding but you can choose. The forest is literally on your doorstep and is very pretty with a running stream and a waterfall (although this was dried up as there had been not rain for quite some time!) The stream/river is full of prehistoric rocks and wildlife. We also hired bikes at a very reasonable 100 euros for 2 bikes for 3 days to do a little exploring. The cottages are directly opposite a small camp site which has a good/reasonable restaurant bar, often with music nights at a weekend. Also at the campsite is a pool with flume, tennis courts and pedalos on the lake it overlooks. Disappointingly the campsite didn't sell morning bread but there were numerous patisseries within a short drive and they still had croissants and pain au chocolat by the time we found our way there every morning. There is also a very good restaurant in a very pretty village about 7km away, Henris, where a set 3 course menu with wine cost us just 13euros a head! And if you want more to do there is plenty a short drive away, we visited Lac Pardeau , a huge lake with watersports and a beach. So Highlights - finding a deer in the garden one morning, a fab pool, plenty to do locally, great hosts who were really helpful, having wifi to keep up to date (bit sketchy but enough for us!) , english tv. A very relaxing holiday enjoyed by all!