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Les Jardins de Saint-Benoit
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Route de Talairan, 11220 Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse, France   |  
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

We stayed in this resort for 11 days and loved every minute. As with every holiday, there are pros and cons. the downsides were that it was 40 minutes away from the nearest beach, so we didn't go very often. Also, it is very "Out in the sticks" so there is not that much nearby. If we went again we would probably go a week earlier as in the last week the weather was overcast and cloudy and we had the occaisonal storm. Also, there was a business conference on while we were still there, and we felt like unwanted guests which was quite annoying! On the other hand, the facilities were clean and the staff were extremely helpful. The restaurant and brasserie were great even though they were quite expensive. The pool is big and there are plenty of available sun loungers but you have to reserve them early! There is a fantastic kids club and a table tennis table by the pool which is fun. Overall a brilliant holiday, would definately go there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

We stayed for 4 nights in a 2 bedroom superior house. The house was very attractive, well furnished and very clean. Both bedrooms had en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower attachments but, strangely, no way of attaching the shower to the wall to have a shower. This meant showers were pretty much impossible (a disappointment for some members of the party) - however the baths were good. Good linens, beds quite firm. The kitchen was well equipped (dishwasher and washing machine) with a good number of clean pots/pans/etc. We had a small private terrace with a table and chairs but only 2 deckchairs (despite there being 3 of us and the house being designed for 4). The houses are mostly terraced and the only view from the terrace is of the house in front. However, views are lovely from the 'public' parts of the estate. The resort pool was large and enjoyable although there were nowhere near enough loungers around the pool for all the people who wanted them (my daughter had to lie on her pool towel on the concrete floor, as this was the only option), a larger area for 'lounging' would be an improvement in the height of the season as it was very difficult to find enough space/chairs - maybe if we had arrived first thing in the morning it would have been easier but by mid morning it was difficult. We ate one night in the restaurant and although the prices were roughly comparable with other options in the area, we felt the food was mediocre. Check-in was chaotic when we arrived on a Saturday afternoon (villa not ready until several hours after it should have been, quite a wait to check in), more staff are needed at such a peak check-in time. Lots of places of interest are easily accessible from here. Overall, however, a very enjoyable stay (our 14 year old was particularly keen).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Namur, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Our family rented a house "type 2" in July 2011. In general, we had a great time there. The surroundings are magnificent, the houses are very comfortable and clean, and the staff is very friendly. In the village, there is a small Spar supermarket, and in nearby Lezignan, there's a big Carrefour supermarket. Furthermore, there's a bar/pizza place in the village (at least, if the pizza guy feels like working, because his opening hours are erratic).
A number of French cities are nearby, as well as the beaches of various coastal towns such as Port-la-Nouvelle. All this forces you everyday to take the difficult decision whether to make a citiytrip, visit the beach or kick back at the pool and catch some rays. :)

Even though we were there during peak season, not all of the houses were occupied, much to our surprise.

The Kids club is great. They have staff who are fluent in different languages, and they take very good care of the kids. For instance, before they go out on a hot day, they make sure that every kid has a hat and sunscreen applied. The club does activities such as fishing in the Nielle (see picture), preparing tapas, exploring the veggie garden and various arts and crafts.

The staff deserves nothing but praise. I've seen a number of situations in which they showed that they genuinely care about the well-being of the guests. This kind of professionalism always makes me very happy.

Two remarks however:
-The restaurant needs some work. The different options of having dinner there are not clearly communicated. Sure, you can have dinner there for 50 euro, but it's not something you will do every day. It took us a while to figure out that there's also an option "brasero", which means that you can get something from the barbecue at about 15 euro per head, drinks not included. The childrens's menu is about 10 euro. Also, there is the option of takeaway, even though some of the restaurant staff did not know it. The lack of communication at the restaurant was also proven by the repeated orders that did not reach the kitchen or bar properly.
-The place is not suited for children under 4 or 5 years of age who are no longer toddlers. As of 4 years, the children can join the Kids Club. The kids pool is not a viable option, since even that pool is too deep for your average 2-year old (see picture), which basically means that you have to keep tabs on your kid all the time. And mum and dad like some time off as well. :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

This was a trip with family who were visiting the area.

We rented a 4 bedroom house with a private pool for 5 nights , which we needed as the weather was very hot. The bedrooms all had airconditioning, the bed linen and all the decor was top class.

There was a fully functional kitchen and a BBQ so we alternated between eating out and cooking dinner. The restaurant onsite was very good and ideal for a special occasion. The bar had a very friendly barman and my father enjoyed the best whiskey he had ever tasted !

There was a market one evening and giant games another, we didn't use all the facilities as we were happy by our pool, but we did walk down to the river (great for children to fish) and picked some herbs from the kitchens gardens. it is only a 5 minute walk into the village and the local shop stocked all the things we had forgotten.

The reception staff were excellent as one of my need family needed a dentist and they got him an appointment the same day, and the buggy service to the house was a lifesaver as we had far too much luggage.

I will definately return, maybe for a girls spa weekend, if not then another family holiday as it was very relaxed, If you like karoke, happy hours and fast food then this is not the place for you !

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011 via mobile

We visited for the second time in May 2011, and we were delighted that the resort was as enchanting as we remembered. Amazing surroundings with excellent accommodation and friendly service. It offers a Spa, Children's playground, river which you can swim in, lovely restaurant and bar and a charming village which is 5mins walk. Highly recommended for families looking for a relaxing but active holiday.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montpellier
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

Beautifully situated in natural surroundings, we visited in May when the countryside was in full flower and the vineyards lush green. As we were outside the holiday season we had the advantage of the beautiful spa to ourselves whilst families with children enjoyed the magnificant outdoor pool. Drinks on the terrace with views across the pool to the hills beyond. A fantastic breakfast with a wide choice of fresh fruit and pastries. The villa was spotless, well equipped and furnished, but echoing a previous guest a sponge for mopping surfaces and dishwasher product would have been appreciated as we only spent one night.

A memorable stay with a warm welcome to the region of the cather castles and excellent wines of the Corbiere. Plenty to visit including Carcassonne and the coast.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Having stayed at Garrigae Resort's Couvent d'Herepian, which was fabulous, we expected this to be similarly upmarket.

Perhaps we should have searched the website more closely, but there are almost 180 tightly packed in houses. We went just as the holiday season tailed off, so only about 12 houses were taken which was fine, but I can't imagine what it would be like in August. We had a 1 bedroom house which was in an unbroken terrace of 10, but even the pool villas were terraced, it's just that they were a bit larger.

The 1 bedroom house really could have been designed better.
- the bathroom was a good size, but didn't have a shower (crazy in a hot region)
- the bath was short but wide, so you couldn't lay down and there wasn't enough hot water to fill it more than 25cm deep.
- the kitchen window couldn't be opened because the large fancy tap blocked it
- the TV had one English channel (No 24), but we only found out by asking reception (twice). Flicking through the channels skipped from channel 21 to 29!
- there were two good sized wardrobes, but only 6 hangers in each
- the bed was quite uncomfortable
- the aircom in the bedroom was noisy and ineffective
- the service in the restaurant was both poor and slow. The starters were two fish options or a duck gizzard salad, whilst there were two mains - 1 fish and 1 duck! The portions were small, particularly for the 32 euro menu price.

The resort tries to be high-spec, but it felt like nobody had actually tried living in the house. For instance, there is a downstairs toilet with a sink, but there is nowhere to put a towel - how hard can it be to put a hook up?

In summary, the resort was OK when it was largely empty, but must feel overcrowded when it's busy. It certainly wasn't worth the high price charged - there are far better private rentals available for a considerably lower sum.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Les Jardins de Saint-Benoit

Address: Route de Talairan, 11220 Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse, France
Location: France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Aude > Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Les Jardins de Saint-Benoit 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Life in the village as it was long ago among the Corbière vineyards the sea and the garrigue. For nature lovers, for children, for epicures and explorers. A totally unique concept. Les Jardins de Saint Benoit has reinvented family holidays. Guests come from afar in order to live one of Europe’s many unique experiences. The village is completely integrated into its environment with its small houses typical of surrounding villages, its pedestrian cobbled streets, its fountains and olive groves, and its elegant pool areas. ... more   less 
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