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Cottage from front driveway
Cottage from front driveway
Cottage from front driveway
Now! A sail-shade covers the south-facing terrace so you can dine outside in complete comfort!
Anyone for drinks on the terrace under the new sail-shade?
Conservatory to relax at any time - daytime or evenings.
Saint Martin le Mault
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5

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Ros A
Hertford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Tranquility and relaxation with all mod cons”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

If you are looking for a totally relaxed holiday in the peaceful French countryside then this is the place to go. The peace and tranquillity just seep into you. The house is well equipped and conveniently laid out with many nice touches which add so much to a holiday, including fruit from the garden and wine awaiting our arrival. Lynne and Nick were excellent hosts, friendly and knowledgeable but never intrusive and full of suggestions for excellent places to eat. Overall we spent a very hassle free relaxing time in an area of rural France with many interesting places within an easy drive.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The ambiance and thoughtfulness of our hosts (+ reliable wi fi)
Liked least: No en -suite (although we believe that this is being considered)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Russ44
Limoges, France
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Superb in every respect.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

We stumbled across this property whilst looking for a house to buy in the area. We needed a base for a few months and wanted somewhere comfortable. From our first contact with the owners we felt we had found the perfect accommodation.

The owners, Lynne and Nick, were so very kind and helpful as we were quite new to the area. They helped us settle in and made quite sure we had everything we needed for an extended stay….even to ensuring we had a fine bottle of wine, but were never intrusive.

The cottage was clean, comfortable, and everything worked as it should. Parking and access was great and the rooms light and airy. We are frequently critical of unwholesome showers which fluctuate from unpleasantly cold to scolding hot and losing sleep due to poor quality beds. But this wasn’t the case here as the shower had a very efficient, user-friendly, temperature control and beds were of the highest quality. Actually, ‘quality’ will be the enduring memory of our stay here. One recommendation is to remember to close the external shutters at night…the experience of throwing them open in the morning to reveal a pastoral paradise was one we never tired of. Towards the end of our stay it was getting chilly overnight and the superb heating system worked very well with the newly installed loft insulation keeping the cottage warm overnight without the need for additional heating.

Vital during our stay was the WiFi connection and we had a great connection which was 100% reliable. Additionally, the satellite TV was superb.

The surrounding area is just too perfect to adequately describe. It exudes rural tranquillity with the calm only broken by the postman. However, the natural beauty also has vibrancy with riverside walks and a sighting of colourful Fire Salamanders and two wild deer in our first day. If you feel the need to ‘get away from it all’ then we could not recommend this location more highly. The local villages are charmingly picturesque with very good supermarkets and small shops within easy reach. Travelling around the area is so easy due to the lack of traffic. Something that takes a while to get used to.

During our stay Nick and Lynne were generous, supportive, convivial and, importantly, approachable…just as hosts should be but, sadly, rarely encountered.

Many reviewers frequently state “it was perfect and I didn’t want to leave” which is a superb sentiment. In our case, as we had completed the purchase of our new house, we could have vacated the property before our stay was due to end. But we chose to stay until the very end. In fact, the excitement of moving into our new home was tempered with sadness at leaving such a wonderful retreat…need I say more. For us, it made the process of searching for a house so much more enjoyable. Thanks Nick and Lynne. We hope to return as soon as we can for a summer break.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The wonderful hospitality of the owners and perfect tranquility
Liked least: Having to leave. We would be quite happy to live here.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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ken G
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“This cottage and the whole area is under rated”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

We have stayed in this cottage more than once. The close proximity of the cottage to Limoges, the airport ,and so many places of interest makes it very convenient for us. The cottage, is very comfortable and spacious, and we have shared time there with friends before going off on our respective adventures. There's lots of space to park cars etc. This area is real 'country style' France and the local Relais ( a sort of pub type restaurant) is great and there are many other local delights to experience entwined into some magnificent walks. The owners are very approachable in respect to their tariffs, and are a great source of information of France in general. We have been able to negotiate a very cheap rate to secure the cottage whilst we spent time, in our case, in the UK and visiting friends for a few days in southern France. Its great to have a 'base' and be able to come and go and feel free to explore Europe in the knowledge that you can leave all that 'stuff' behind. We hope to go back yet again in 2013.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The quiet, French, Country atmosphere with the ability to be locate close to so many attractions
Liked least: having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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irene44ab...
abergavenny
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good potential, but a long way to go”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Nice garden at the front,no garden furniture.Back garden needed to be tidied up old chairs and radiators dumped there again no garden furniture .No washing machine as advertised in literature. Third bedroom, not fit, High frosted window, no wardrobe and hot water boiler in the room. No hangers in wardrobes. Kitchen; new cooker and fridge and plenty cupboard space, breakfast bar for two only. Cutlery & utensils need replacing, no serving dishes or spoons.No iron or ironing board, no mop or bucket. Sitting room new furniture, TV fine, but antique cupboards took up too much room. No information at all on house keeping-Eg where to put rubbish..recycle etc.? Also no information on the area.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 2 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
3 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 3 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The position of the property
Liked least: Lack of attention paid to facilities
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Oct 17, 2012
To maintain our high standards, it was necessary to replace the washing machine which was becoming unreliable. Delivery of the new replacement was delayed until shortly after this guest departed. In addition we have now installed a new, top quality dish washer. There are in fact a total of 8 additional metal or cane framed chairs to be used with the garden table. This is in addition to the 6 dining chairs. To provide maximum comfort for our guests, all these garden chairs have been specially upholstered in a charming, soft fabric. Accordingly these are available in the house for guests to use with the garden table as they wish. Yes, the ironing board and iron are in the kitchen with house-keeping instructions prominently placed to help guests to also find the dust pan, the mop and the bucket. All wardrobes have many, good quality wooden hangers, including the wardrobe in the small bedroom. Other guests have remarked how useful the solid oak and antique wall cupboards are for additional, secure storage space for valuables, effects and clothes. They have never, ever been described as intrusive.
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