We stayed in one of the two gites for a week in late October. The gite was clean, pleasant, spacious, well-equipped and warm. But, in the end, this was only a small part of why our stay was so wonderful.
Whilst we had planned a self-catering holiday, we ended up eating at 'the big house' several evenings. With one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian, we both agreed it was some of the best food we had ever eaten (and we do like to eat good food!). It was simply wonderful - I can scarcely remember the detail of the mouth-watering combinations David put together, but WOW! And he was really responsive to our personal preferencess Lorraine was also a tremendous host - detailing the food we were about to eat and keeping glasses topped up! At €25 per head for a three course meal, it was amazing value too. An added huge bonus was that their delightful daughter, Isabel, babysat for our daughter so we could enjoy the wonderful meals in peace! Fabulous. Though they were very happy for our daughter to eat with us (which she did on the first evening) had we wished.
The location was great - very easy to visit the stunning town of La Rochelle and the beautiful Ile de Ré. As well as many other interesting things to see and do in the area. The gite is packed with tourist type info and the Tomlinsons are very knowledgeable too.
We had a look around the guest rooms before leaving and they were beautiful - so we would definitely consider the chambre d'hôte option at some point.
I would be astonished if we didn't return. Big thanks to the Tomlinsons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tomlins is set in the beautiful Charente Maritime area of France. Ideally situated to explore the Atlantic coast and the historic sea port of La Rochelle. Other places within easy rreach are Cognac, the Marais Poitevin and the iles of Ré, Oleron and Aix. The nearest airport is at La Rochelle and there are airports at Bordeaux, Nantes and Poitiers all within 2 hours drive. The TGV from Paris stops at Surgeres, a mere 10 minutes away. ... more less