we recently spent a few days at manoir de longeveau. we were unlucky with the weather, which unfortunately did colour our experience somewhat. the place is english run, the staff pleasant, always available but at the same time curiously invisible. the cottage we rented, chez jean, has a simply lovely first floor with 3 beds and 2 baths in super charming style. the downstairs was a bit disappointing, mainly due to the depressing blue and grey tiled floor and the musty smell in the downstairs bedroom. but it has a great kitchen. the garden is an enclosed but fairly uninspiring patch of lawn in between other buildings. it gets the sun from around 2pm, but lacks the charm necessary to transcend a suburban garden in sheffield.
there are pools and playgrounds galore for the kids, and the restaurant and bar are perfectly good.
all in all, if the weather is good and you're not confined to the cottage contemplating de damp patch of grass on the other side of the rather wet window pane, the manoir de longeveau has all the makings of a great, practical base camp for your family holiday in france.
one thing the staff might want to consider is easing off a bit on the expansion. the estate is already quite large, but e
with building going on all around it, it is in real danger of becoming a replica of an english suburb, set in the french countryside. and that's not why we go there, right?
- Also Known As:
- Manoir De Longeveau Hotel Pillac