Guest Book

We value customer feedback and are grateful for all the wonderful comments we have received during seasons 2008-2016. Here are a few extracts from the visitors books ..........................

The kids have talked about the holiday incessantly since our return, we all returned so chilled we drifted through the rest of the school holidays. Thank you!! It really was just the best two weeks and definately the best holiday we have had since we have had the kids. Ashby-Giles, Maidenhead

Second year for us and just as perfect as last year – no better!! All the kids couldn’t wait to come back. We all loved doing nothing except diving in the pool! Dawn, Mark. Louie & Gair have been great – non-obtrusive but available. Thankyou for the bolognaise Dawn, it was a great time-saver when we got here. The kids are already asking about next year (actually Harry doesn’t want to go home). I’ve never been this relaxed on any holiday. Furmans, Derbyshire

Have had a fabulous holiday. Dawn & Mark treat guests as kindly as you would friends and family. You run a thoughtful & touching business that is really special. I would very highly recommend you to all with young families. Thank you. Martins, Cheltenham

We had a fabulous 2 weeks here – the Camilli family have done all they can to ensure we have been comfortable and had all we needed. Dawn’s daily weather reports have been much appreciated and we are sad we didn’t stay long enough for Mark’s curry no 3! We very rarely would come back somewhere again but this place will probably break that rule for us! Thanks for everything Mark & Dawn – you will be highly recommended to all of our friends. Jusqu’a la prochaine! James’ Shoreham, W Sussex

An amazing holiday – children made friends and we relaxed for the first time all year! Dawn & Mark were so welcoming and the curry was delicious. Thanks Gair for the games of footie, pool & black jack! The kids say it’s the best holiday they’ve ever had – praise indeed! We will be back next year. Baylis’, W Sussex.

Dear Mark, Dawn & the weans, we had a smashing time once again. Your hospitality truly knows no boundaries. Your gite has a stunning location and offers everything one could ask for on a relaxing holiday. Tips for visits:- Sarlat:stunning medieval city. Perigueux: beautiful old city, great to wander around in. Oradour sur Glane: hauntingly grim. Thanks for everything. See you again next year! Batailles, Belgium

We’ve had a very good holiday, the area is lovely, lots to do, and the gite and pool have been difficult to drag the children away from. We have stayed in many gites but this is the one where the hosts - Dawn & Mark – have gone the extra mile to make sure their guests are comfortable and enjoying themselves. I am sure if Dawn could arrange the weather she would! We have really enjoyed regular supplies of fresh veg and eggs and the children were delighted to buy some football shirts (ask Mark!). This last week there have been evening football matches between parents and children and Mark has shown why he is the local team coach! Goodbye & thank you to Dawn, Mark, Lana, Gair & Louie – we’ll keep in touch. DeHeers, Hampton.

A big thanks to Mark & Dawn for the lovely family atmosphere, the fresh foods straight from the fields, the playing of our kids with was a great and relaxing time for all of us. Regarding the surroundings, we mostly enjoyed our visits to Brantome (also for canoe trips) and spectacular forest park in Thenon – gliding from tree to tree high above the ground. All in all a wonderful visit and vacation. All the best and we hope to see you again! Van Muijens Holland

Beautiful and relaxing place to stay. Thanks to Dawn and Mark for all your help. Mark and Dawn have created a special place where the integrity of their gites blends perfectly with the serenity of the surrounding area. Thank you. Bakers, Kent

The peace and tranquillity of this lovely villa gave us a relaxing and special holiday. The playroom was a haven for the young and old. Many hours spent battling on the pingpong table, whilst donkeys and princesses totted around. The rivers around provided a magnificent days canoeing and pleasant beaches. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Patersons, Hampshire

We loved the view, the pool, the house, the surroundings, the …. So we loved everything about our week’s stay at your place. I think we’ll certainly return. And last of all: we enjoyed your curry very much! Van Rowenswords, Holland

A wonderful time was had by all – lovely setting and lots to do in surrounding area. Thank you so much to Mark, Dawn & family for helping us with our car & medical problems also!! Thank you all – looking forward to our next visit. Phillips & Laights, Worcestershire

Dear Dawn, Mark & the kids, our holiday here was very good. You live in a real nice place! Your gites are spacious and very nice. There were a lot of toys for our children. They had a very good time, especially in the pool! Many thanks for the fresh vegetables, they were a surprise! We’ve had a relaxed holiday with our kids; they enjoyed being in their ‘holiday home’, playing in the pool with their friends from next door more than visiting cities…. The service was super!! Verschures, Belgium.

Many thanks to you both. We had a really nice time relaxing around the gite and visiting the surrounding area. From the moment we arrived you couldn’t have been more helpful, Mark with his advice on where to visit and Dawn with her wonderful curry recipe!! Mark’s culinary skills were pretty good too! Holly would like to say thanks also for the box of toys you provided which helped keep her busy! We had a lovely 2 weeks and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this holiday to anyone. Thanks again. Parkers, Stafford

Wonderful scenery, super weather & brilliant friendly atmosphere. Both our 10 yr old boys had the time of their lives. A huge thankyou to all of the children for making the most of their time together – hopefully friendships will continue. Vardens, Hinckley. Leics.

Many thanks for being such attentive hosts. Wishing you much success with the whole venture – the gites are delightful. Jaimesons, Cambridge

We’ve had a lovely time. James enjoyed playing with Louie. Great bolognaise, curry, beetroot and courgettes! Thank you. Godwards, Leeds

Excellent location – fabulous views/scenery and nice accommodation. Children loved the pool … parents loved the peace! Great cycling – apart from hills! Would love to come back. Thanks to Dawn and Mark for great hospitality. Barkels, Buckinghamshire

We wished we could stay for longer! Comfortable gite in a magnificent setting. The boys swam in the pool every day because it always looks so inviting. Good cycling territory and peaceful villages to visit. Had a fantastic day out at futuroscope – 2 hrs away but a wonderful day for the family. Thanks to Mark and Dawn for their kind hospitality and for the meal on arrival, the courgettes and the curry. We will certainly recommend your resort to our friends at home! Brightmans, Kent

As our gite neighbours said on the second day of sunshine, ‘Quite a find this!’….Certainly is! Region interesting, gite facilities excellent, hospitality very good with information, curry and even daily fresh produce. Thanks very much, we will be back. Fosters, West Midlands.

Our stay was a very relaxing experience. The host and hostess did everything in their power to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The cucumbers, beans and courgettes we received regularly were very refreshing. We’ve even learned the difference of taste between a ‘male’ & ‘female’ cucumber! We’ve visited Aubeterre, Chalais, Angouleme, Bourdeille and Brantome. We’ve enjoyed a violin concert at Aubeterre and last, but not least, reading some books near the swimming pool. Briefly: a holiday to cherish! Kortzighs, Belgium.

I agree with all the other comments re Mark & Dawn – great couple, very welcoming and true to their word in the literature – we were treated as their guests. We all loved the fore-mentioned legendary curry. Poor Mark had to come and find us around midnight when we lost our way on the way here!! We all had a fantastic time and want to come again. Heptinstalls, Redditch

Thanks a lot for the enjoyable stay, with the lovely pool and the delicious vegetables from your own garden! And thanks a lot for your enormous hospitality! We’ve had a real relaxed time here! Cheers. Mintens, Holland

Great gite, great weather and a super place for cycling ( apart from a few hills!) and painting. Thanks Dawn & Mark for your hospitality (and the supply of fresh veg). Wises, UK

Eng leuke vakantie in comforotabele gite, prachtig mitzicht, fantastisch zwembad en heulijke groenten (gekregen van eigenoor Mark) mit eigen tuin. Geweldige eettewaring in restaurant in Ronsenac, fantastisch mooi dorp in Aubeterre, zelfs mitstap noor de zoo in Palmyre - was leuke ewaring voor de kids. Kortom, een gasturij verblyf woorby je voor vele vrogen in verbord met witstapje by de eigenoors terecht kan. Kerstens, Antwerpe Belgium

We enjoyed our stay very much! The children loved the swimming pool very much! It was difficult getting them out of it. We also enjoyed the surroundings, our trips to Cognac, Angouleme etc. If you love chocolate go to the chocolaterie of la truffe in Trois Palis – on Wednesdays you can do a workshop! Van Der Heidens, Holland

It was a last minute decision to book a little house in the region, but we didn’t regret a single thing of it! Thank you for your hospitality, kindness & passion for what you do (& your delicious veggies!) Joris’, Antwerpe, Belgium

We stayed two very fine weeks in this large gite - it contains all you need including a dishwasher! The pool is great, cooling down after a hot summer day. Places we visited: Angouleme – shopping; St George with great sandy beaches; Cognac with nice shopping area and, of course, the cognac; Barbezieux, Brantome – the Venice of France; Aubeterre; Montbron with great canoeing over a small river and several water traps; Libourne and Torsac for horse-riding. We have toured over the many ‘green’ roads. All beautiful; sunflowers, maize and grapes. Excellent views! Mark & Dawn thank you very much and we enjoyed your fresh vegetables! Verhoevens, Arnhem, Holland.

We’ve had such a fantastic time here. Mark & Dawns’ hospitality has been second to none: Mark’s fresh veggies have been a particular added bonus! The kids (and us) have really enjoyed the pool, the play area, the football matches and we feel inspired to go back home & play lots of ping-pong & ride our bikes more! We’ve visited Aubeterre, the market in Chalais was great and the ‘Jardin des Arenes’ in Perigeux is great if you have small children – it allowed us adults to take it in turns to look around the town which is beautiful and interesting. Kenyons, Eastbourne.

Our welcome meal was much appreciated, as was the various garden produce. We loved the wonderful views and watching the sunsets from the patio. We have been walking along the GR4 & 36-60 miles – and enjoyed every minute in this wonderful countryside. Bakers, Kent.

L’Hirondelle gite is very fresh & bright – wonderful views and full facilities. Mark & Dawn gave us a warm welcome, with spaghetti and special sauce! The detailed book of towns, villages & places of interest was extremely helpful. We have explored quite a few of them and particularly Chalais and its market; Villebois & pretty square, church and Chateau; Aubeterre with wonderful picturesque square, monolithic church & well-recommended creperie; Bardenac where we had the 7 (!) courses at lunchtime – wonderful! We enjoyed meeting the whole family. Will be back to explore even more of this beautiful countryside. See you soon…. Ross’, Portadown, N Ireland.

We spent a lovely, relaxing week here. Overwhelmed by the tranquillity and the kindness of our hosts Mark & Dawn. The kids loved the pool and the football games and we appreciated the welcome food and drinks. Thanks for letting us experience a little bit of life in France – we thoroughly enjoyed it. Roberts’, St Albans.

We all had a fantastic week. The weather was fabulous and so was the house and pool. We all loved the games room. We also enjoyed the canoeing, beach and the firework/fair in Villebois. A big, big thankyou for the lovely bolognaise and fresh fruit & veg. Thank you Mark & Dawn for making us all feel so welcome. Walkers, Runcorn.

We have had a lovely relaxing holiday. Fantastic pool & views – this is a special spot. Thanks to Mark & Dawn and their welcome. Hutchins,Guildford.

We enjoyed our stay here very much! A beautiful view, a great pool, a nice house! Our son was very happy with the sandpit and liked to play with the toys. Thank you for your hospitality & your vegetables (& curry & bolognaise!). Van der Heides, Utrecht, Holland.

Thanks for a great time Dawn, Mark & family! Lovely gite, pool & views! Excellent holiday from our perspective! Fantastic hospitality, very relaxing stay & Adam enjoyed Gair’s company immensely! O’Donovans, Southampton.

Dear Mark & Dawn we enjoyed our stay very much and the kids even liked it more! Thank you for your warm welcome, vegetables and curry. Hope to see you next year – will keep in touch. Awaters, Holland.

We have had another fantastic time staying here. Mark, Dawn et famille were their usual helpful, cheerful selves. This time was beyond the usual. What wonderful weather for end Sept & October! ‘Til the next time.. Ross’, Portadown, N Ireland.

Wonderful gite and hosts! We all had a very relaxing time and enjoyed visiting the local area; a very special thanks for building a Thomas the Tank train set for Thomas. All the very best. Cassidys, Oxford

We have had a very special time here. We enjoyed the tranquillity and the hospitality from Dawn & Mark. We will recommend you to our friends. Aronious’ Holland

Had a fabulous time – came with 2 other families – all children didn’t want to go away from the pool. Had a fab Sunday meal at Chalais ‘La Bonne Humeur’, restaurant with otters and Brossac also excellent value. Horse-riding a huge laugh. About all you could wish for. Thank you Dawn & Mark. Jones’ Cardiff

We had a great time here, the weather was nice, the swimming pool was great and the view was fantastic. Maarten loved the cycling, the donkey and the hills. Thomas & Brecht liked the playroom and the pool. Brecht learned cycling by himself and we just enjoyed it. Ocket-Saps, Belgium

Two great weeks: gite great, kids loved the pool & lovely location. The welcome meal was fab and very welcome after long journey. Horse riding was very good value & real good fun, canoes & boats at Aubeterre good value and nice relaxing trip up river (husband rowed!). Newsways, Cardiff

Thank you both for a very hospitable week. Spagbol welcome, curry loved by all of us & the fresh produce fab. Jonah absolutely loved the pool, the bikes and made some good pals. We have canoed in Aubeterre, picnicked in Brantomme & Bordeilles – both lovely, drank lots of fab wine and had evening drinks up at Jimmy’s in Ronsenac. Wish you all well. Scanlons, Catersham, Surrey

This has been a most relaxing holiday. You can do as little or as much as you want. Two weeks have not been enough to see all the lovely places around. Mark, Dawn and their family have been perfect hosts. The welcome meal was great, especially after a long journey and Mark’s curry is fantastic. The childrens’ areas and pool are great and the children have made the most of them. Thank you for the fresh vegetables! Best wishes. Farmers, Huddersfield

We’ve all had a wonderful week. The gite was very comfortable and had plenty of room for all 7 of us. We will miss the sun and beautiful scenery. The support and assistance provided by Dawn and Mark was invaluable. We hope to be back next year. Connells & Smiths, Sheffield

Weather very good and gite fantastic – we received a very warm welcome from our hosts. The highlight of the holiday for me was visiting Oradour sur Glane. The story of the village was well told in the museum. If you are a keen photographer then the village is a must! (dad). Lovely place and relaxed for 2 weeks. Enjoyed the curry and the welcome pack was a brilliant touch! Aubeterre is a must for the ladies. Kids enjoyed the canoes at Aubeterre and the market was great in Chalais (mum). Horse-riding was good and spent most of my time in the playroom and the swimming pool. (Katie, aged 10) Hulleys, Cardiff

Great relaxing holiday, reading my book around the pool (mum). Mark & Dawn are great hosts, always on hand with info on shops, restaurants, towns to visit and activities. The ‘Welcome Pack’ and beers were a welcome treat on the first day. Great hosts, gite & location for a relaxing holiday, thanks (dad). Must go to Futuroscope! (Jay, aged 11). I loved the pool and the playroom and pony-riding around the lake (Lara, aged 8). Guillards, Jersey

Thank you so much for your hospitality, although we booked just 1 day before. The weather was warm and Ruud went several times to swim in the pool. The tomatoes were very sweet and also the welcome package was a surprise for us. Although we didn’t spend much time at the gite, we found it very comfortable and we loved to be there. On our vacations we want to see much of the environment. Every day we visited a town or made a tour by car. Highlights were Cognac, Villebois, Aubeterre, Rochefoucauld, Voutre, Oradour & Brossac. In one week we have seen a lot! Dawn & Mark thank you for everything! You have given us a vacation to remember. Izlelledons, Holland
Its fabulous here – they give you lush home grown vegetables, spaghetti and curry. Moreover ther are kids for me to play with and grownups to chat to. Sebastien, 10yrs, Brighton. UK

Thank you so very very much for the relaxing week we spent with you all. It was truly wonderful: the love, kindness and support you gave us, especially the boys. I think they spent more time at yours than ours!! Mark, Dawn, Louie, Lana and Gair will always be known as dear friends from now on. P.S. Charlie will never forget the dogs! Osbaldistons, Scotland

Very beautiful region, kids paradise. Great place, great people! Schamps Belgium

When we booked, we were looking for a typical, charming holiday home where we could relax and enjoy the countryside & the French culture. That’s what we’ve had here…and so much more! Thanks for the hospitality, the atmosphere of ‘conviviality’ you create and all the efforts to make everyone at home. The place & house has given us the possibility to relax, spend time together and enjoy the company of our ‘neighbours’. Good luck and keep up the good work! Un grand merci. Willemses Netherlands

We have never beeen to a place that has been this great! We had a lovely time and we will definitely come back! Kohlshiers-elberses, Holland

We went to the market in Chalais, the castle at Villebois, the subterranean church at Aubeterre, Oradour-sur-Glane, a vineyard and horseriding. We had great fun playing by the pool, Sean got on well with Louie and Mark & Dawn were great hosts. The legendary curry was fabulous and the children enjoyed barbequed courgettes!! We will recommend it to our friends and hope to come back here next year. Franks, Maidenhead

We’ve had a fantastic holiday – completely blown away by the location and scenery in the area. The pool, games toom and use of bikes were particular highlights, as were new friends and – obviously! Mark’s curry x 2! Thank you for being such attentive hosts, am sure we’ll be back. Madigans, Staffordshire

The gite has a special location among the lovely sunflowers and breathtaking views. Massive thank you to Dawn and Mark for their outstanding hospitality. We’ve had a great relaxing 2 weeks, made friends and enjoyed lounging around the pool. We will not hesitate to recommend the gites to our friends and family. We hope that one day we will return. Woods', Farnham

We have had the most amazing holiday. Thanks for all of your help, always being on hand, for your beautiful veggies & of course Mark’s fabulous curry! It’s a breath of fresh air here, the gites & pool are perfect. Lots of exciting things to do: archery, shooting, kayaking, lakes, beach otter restaurant, vineyards and ofr course relaxing for lazy days by the pool. Don’t want to go home. Thank you.x Ashkuris. Dorking , Surrey

A great week, children & parents all had lots of fun. Highlights include the beach at Royan, Monday lunch in Bardenac and a scenic drive along D16 back from Oradour. The real stars though are Mark, Dawn & family, echoing the views of others – they are incredibly hospitable and make it seem effortless. Must say thanks for the child minding – recommended for an escape! Many thanks Edwards, Highbury, London

This is our second time here and it was just as great as the first! We even brought friends with us this time! We’ve had 2 weeks of lovely weather, amazing food, great company and wonderful hospitality from Mark & Dawn. Thanks for everything and we hope we come back soon!! Franks, Maidenhead

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