We have just got back from our annual holiday, staying in one of the gites called La Grangette, perfect for a family of four (two adults and two young children).
As per usual the staff were excellent. Very thoughtful and diligent whenever things were requested. We found the main pool too cold for the younger kids but after a mention from a couple of parents (inc. myself) the temperature did improve sufficiently for the kids to be able to play for long periods of time being too cold. My boy learnt to swim so we are seriously chuffed !
La Grangette was absolutely fine. It was clean and tidy and functional. It had everything it needed to be a good holiday gite. The location was great as well. Slightly tucked away but close enough for everything. A great plus was that it has dishwasher and washing machine - my two absolute necessities. The beds were very comfortable although the master bed was a little on the short side - my husband is 5ft 10 and his feet were dangling off the bed ! Having the garage was brilliant as it meant the car was always cool when we got in. For a disabled person and their family this place would be ideal.
The social tennis and BBQ night was one of the highlights. I have to mention Barry the tennis coach. He is one of the true legends of Longeveau. I hope when we return next year he will be there for a bit more 'down across to up with a bit of spin for free !'
The creche is as always amazing and one of the hat tricks that Longeveau has to offer. Lorraine the manager ... we love you !!! The kids think you are the best thing since sliced bread. Can't fault her or her amazing team of angels (aka the creche workers and babysitters). The creche is a life saver for all parents who just need 3 hours 3 times a week to read a book or lie in the sun or have a late breakfast or go into town ... the list is endless ! The kids always have fun and with all the toys/arts and crafts to do they are never bored Also take full advantage of the babysitting. Mary was our wonder woman for evenings out and we made full use of her great skills with over tired children who just wouldn't go to sleep !
We have made so many friends, as have our children. Hello Ali, George and Livi !!! xxxxxxxxx
My only gripe about Longeveau, which is the reason why I have given it a Very Good and not an Excellent, is because of the events being held there during peak holiday season. While we were there there were 2 evening events (an evening with Les Dennis for €15/head and Delimitri with dinner and drinks for €40/head). There was also Alvin Stardust but that was cancelled at short notice (thank goodness !) There was also a big birthday lunch party for non-residents that went on until late afternoon in the communal area. While we appreciate that Longeveau is a business, there comes a point in time when the the lines were blurred between being a safe holiday location for families and one which opens itself to many people coming in and out on a daily basis, plus associated implications. I hope this is addressed next year.
Looking forward already to our next trip to Longeveau xxx
- Also Known As:
- Manoir De Longeveau Hotel Pillac