We booked our stay at La Roserie late, and secured the last property available. We were unsure that it was large enough for our family of 5, and staff gave an honest perspective about the property and sent additional photographs as this was a new property not yet being marketed on the website. The price was reasonable for high season and so we went for it.
What to recommend about La Roserie? Really welcoming and friendly staff. Manager Helen memorises every visitor's name and is personable and cheerful at all times. Staff are mostly Irish, so if you are looking for an authentic French experience this may not be for you... A very nicely presented and well equipped property with good quality furniture and furnishings. Wonderful grounds where our three children were able to be independent and quickly made friends. A swimming pool with a shaded area. A lovely bar and restaurant - we ate at La Roserie more than we had intended and the food was good quality and reasonably priced. The barbecue and other music evenings were laid back, well managed by staff and we enjoyed them way more than we thought we would. The location is brilliant - we enjoyed the walk down country lanes into Brantome. We know the Dordogne pretty well, and loved the area. We canoed twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were lucky with the weather, but there really is a lot to do in the area.
Anything we were disappointed with? We were made fully aware of the limitations of the property for a family of our size. In an ideal world, I would like a private terrace or small garden that isn't overlooked - and with a number of properties in a courtyard format this just isn't possible. This would potentially put me off going again, but the advantage of visiting is that you can case out the best located villas if you do want to return! Having said that, there is no less privacy than in many expensive hotels I have stayed in. If you don't want to be around children, you would have to avoid school holidays - we were very happy with the crowd of children playing together but it may not appeal to all. For those with very young children, the pool is too deep. This worried me to start with, but our slightly nervous 6 year old ended the holiday swimming confidently out of his depth, and there are clear rules about children not being in the secure swimming pool area unsupervised.
All in all, I would recommend this to a family with children aged between 5 and 14 - we had a very enjoyable stay.
- Also Known As:
- Domaine De La Roseraie Hotel Brantome
- Domaine De La Roseraie Brantome