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Manoir de Longeveau
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Reviewed September 5, 2010

We have just returned from a really relaxing (but quite active) break with our three kids aged 11,10 and 7. We stayed in Le Potager, one of the gites up the hill (5 minutes walk, 40 seconds down on a bike and about 2 minutes back!) from the main manoir. The gite was well equiped (bathroom and shower room, good sized living area and nice kitchen - two fridges and dishwasher and slept 6 in 3 bedrroms. It had a really nice private garden, equipped with BBQ and table chairs and umberella. The main manoir has the tennis and golf. I chose the place after googling for golf (mainly for me) and tennis (mainly for my wife) in France.

This is what we liked about it - we were welcomed by Lynne (Rick and Lynne are the owners) who proceeded to tell me all about other children who were staying and were of similar ages to ours. We like to self cater, but the food at the restuarant was all fresh, good and not too anglicised, although a little expensive (but it does save driving out as the place is nicely remote).

The best thing about the place is that it is a really friendly and has a "safe" feeling family environment. Within a couple of days our kids had teamed up with many of the others and we felt really comfotable allowing them to go off to play with each other. Even though the four gites at the top of the hill have their own pool, most of the activities took part at the main manoir (although we did have one afternnon when the all the kids decided to come up the hill for a change of scenery (and the view from the top is fantastic).

The tennis facilities were good and social tennis and ladies social tennis sessions are arranged and lessons are available (the latter at extra cost). I am not a regular tennis player but thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, although I had to swallow my pride when beaten each week by kids!

The golf course is a short par 32 nine hole course. The fairways were parched (preferred lines) and some of the greens were damaged. However I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and played a few holes every day. As I paid 160 euros for two weeks I thought it was good value. The best bit was again the welcome. I played each week in the club stapleford as well as the weekly social golf ( texas scramble). Most of the members are retired english, with a scattering of French and Dutch. I was made to feel really welcome and there was no hint that visiors are second class citizens as you get at so many golf courses. I was also able (and comfortable) to take both my wife and kids out for a few holes (there are clubs available for those who do not have their own).

We were really luck that we had two weeks of fantastic weather, but should it rain there is a in indoor playbarn with short tennis and basketball and a covered table tennis table. In the evenings, there were BBQ, curry and quiz nights each week. We really enjoyed the social side of things and had great fun joining up with other parents in the bar at the end of the day, sometime taking the kids back up the hill after midnight (what irresponsible parents we are)

We like it so much that we have booked for next year. We have decided to take one of the gites at the main manoir, but we did have a bit of debate about that as there were a couple of evening when it was nice to chill ot in the tranquility of our garden up the hill.

Do not go here if you like clubbing or an extensive night life - you will ruin it for the rest of us!

As with all holdays, there were things that were not perfect. Our washing machine was missing a few runners which mde it awkward to use and one of the oven elements was not working. However when we mentioned thses to Lynn, she said she would sort them out and arrived with a new oven that evening! There is also the occasional whiff from the septic tanks (but if you stay in rural France, then you need to get used to that!)

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

Having spent several summers at Longeveau with young children and then teenagers we have had delightful holidays. I don't own a four by four, play tennis, or wear boat shoes but I do enjoy the pleasant company of those folks who choose to holiday there year after year. The scenery and walking in the surrounding countryside is excellent, there are a wide range of restaurants some very french and others catering for the large numbers of English tourists who have chosen to hoilday there.
Longeveau is a tennis and golf club, if that's what you booked then that is what you get. However, there are other activities if you care to look. Great food, drink, service and accommodation is on offer.
No complaints from the numerous reeat visitors. Do your homework before you book.
We will certainly be rebooking next year if there is any available space!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

This is a lovely place but....
It's just no very French!
The accomodation is excellent, we stayed in a converted barn for three and it was perfect for us, there's a good restaurant, and a decent bar, but its too much like an English Golf club that happens to be in France, and most importantly, the electronic revolution seems to have passed them by - we were able to pay for the holiday using electronic transfer, and they have WiFi, but try using a credit card! With the technology available we didn't take that much cash so were horrified to find that everything on site had to be cash, no cards, and they don't make it clear.
The local town is lovely, but it's all English, every shop, every bar, every restaurant.
If your holiday uniform consists of boat shoes (even though you don't own one, or ever been on one) blue shorts, and a Ralph Loren Polo shirt (in a pastel colour). or striped business shirt, button down collar. Plus sweater over the shoulders for the cool evenings, and sunglasses perched on the top of your Hugh Grant hair style then this is the place for you.
Your kids are probably called Chloe, Imogen, or Jonny, your Wife MUST have a four wheel drive even though the tyres have never seen any dirt, and she clearly plays tennis at least three times a week, then this is your destination.
Even better if your ideal holiday is somewhere you can dump the kids for at least 12 hours a day, and have no idea where they are most of the time, then this place is made for you.
On the other hand if you'd like a destination with some nice beaches (the river beaches are just not as good as those further west), a warm pool, and lots of stuff to do WITH YOUR CHILDREN, then maybe this isn't ideal.
It seems very critical, and that's probably unfair as the Manoir is lovely, and so is the area, it just feels like Notting Hill on sea instead of France. Maybe we were there when there were a lot of the same type of person who were more interested in themselves than their kids.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017
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Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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